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"The sharks," as they like to be called, is a term used to describe Oklahoma's secondary.
On Saturday, "the sharks" looked more like shark bait... assuming the Missouri receivers were the actual sharks in this scenario.
Regardless, they didn't play well—or at least, as well as they have been playing. The same could be said for the entire defense.
After hearing that his team gave up over 500 yards of offense to Missouri, head coach Bob Stoops said, "For whatever reason, there just wasn’t quite as much energy or emotion... That’s disappointing in my eyes, because I thought we were more mature than that."
Missouri QB James Franklin looked like the real deal on Saturday, as he threw for 291 yards and rushed for another 103 yards against a defense that had more or less shut down Florida State a week prior.
Franklin had all the time in the world to throw the ball, as the defense was hardly able to get any pressure on him. Senior DE Frank Alexander had the most luck getting into the backfield, but even that was scarce.
I noticed the Sooners had the same problem against Florida State QB E.J. Manuel, as well. They were certainly able to get pressure on Manuel's backup, Clint Trickett, as soon as he came into the game. Maybe the Sooners just weren't showing the blitz as much in order to compensate for Franklin and Manuel's running ability?
Whatever the case, it didn't work against Franklin. By having time to stand in the pocket, Franklin was able to cut the secondary up. Five Missouri receivers were able to catch passes of at least 22 yards.
This means Franklin was easily throwing the ball down field.
Oklahoma did have a few blown coverage mistakes, but it really just looked like the Missouri receivers were finding holes in the zone coverage or beating their man in one-on-one coverage. When Franklin received pressure, he normally ended up just throwing the ball away.
The Sooners will have to do a better job at getting pressure on opposing quarterbacks in the following weeks, and "the sharks" will have to stop blowing their coverages. Blown coverages have happened in each of Oklahoma's games this season, and that's not going to fly when they play Oklahoma State or Baylor later in the season.