Will the real Oklahoma Sooners please stand up. After what was a less than stellar performance in their season opener, the Sooners put on display the very reason some considered them a legitimate threat to this year’s national title.
The Heisman campaign of Dione Borel got a huge boost Saturday afternoon when the Sooners pretty much eliminated Christain Ponder from any further consideration in the prestigious award. Ponder shouldn’t feel isolated in that respect either as several potential Heisman candidates over the last few years have had their hopes dashed at the hands of the Sooners.
Chase Daniel came to Norman back in ‘07 riding the hype only to find himself along with team mate Jeremy Maclin getting piggy backed into the North end zone by Curtis Lofton. A year later Graham Harrell brought his Heisman considerations and second ranked Red Raiders into Norman and nobody has seen him since.
The numbers that Ponder put up on Saturday(11/28, 113 yards, 0TD’s, 2INT’s) weren’t necessarily a reflection of his poor play, rather the inspired defense played by the Sooners. After giving up over 400 yards the week before to a Utah State team, this week’s Sooners came into this game with a bit of a chip on their shoulder.
After the two initial drives of the game when Florida State answered Oklahoma’s opening drive for a score with one of their own, many were thinking they were about to see a shootout. It appeared that FSU’s experienced offensive line was going to be too much, forcing this into a whoever scores last affair.
Then Florida State’s second possession came. The fans stood up and the defense fed off of all that positive energy and never looked back. The much criticized and inexperienced defensive backfield put on a show, and showed their true potential.
While the rest of the Country was questioning the Sooner’s secondary before the season started, most in the know around the program actually felt pretty good about who they had back there. The fact that there is so much youth in Oklahoma’s secondary should scare the hell out of the rest of the Big 12 and the Nation. Tony Jefferson, Jamelle Fleming and Demontre Hurst are as solid as there is for as young as they are, and they will only get better.
Offensively was a little more difficult and complex to gauge. Sure they played lights out, and Landry Jones was the one that was putting up the Heisman caliber numbers. However the defense that was out there for the Seminoles is truly inept. They have a punt returner that can return kicks with anyone in the country, but he plays defense with no arms. Not that Dejuan Miller can be arm tackled to begin with.
There wasn’t much of a running game, but that’s a misleading statistic as they were getting the ball into the hands of their backs via the pass. The offense that was on display against FSU was not the same one that lined up against Utah State. Credit the Oklahoma coaching staff for keeping cool heads and knowing they’d be ready for Florida State, regardless what the media and fans were saying after the Utah State performance.
What the rest of the Country is dying to know is which one is the real Sooner team. However after taking a closer look at what happened in Norman on Saturday, it’s hard not to think that the one that showed up against Florida State could play with anyone in the Country.
Boomer Sooner Baby!!
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