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QUICK HITS: Oklahoma 62 Ball State 6

Posted on: October 1, 2011 10:34 pm
Edited on: October 1, 2011 10:35 pm
 
Posted by Tom Fornelli

OKLAHOMA WON. And boy did it. This was exactly the kind of game you'd expect out of a national title contender against a MAC school. The Sooners racked up 655 yards of total offense in this game, even though it removed most of its starters in the fourth quarter. Landry Jones had a Heisman-padding performance, throwing for 425 yards, 5 touchdowns and an interception. Dominique Whaley also rushed for 109 yards and 2 touchdowns while Jaz Reynolds caught 5 passes for 141 yards with a score and Ryan Broyles caught 4 passes for 109 yards and 2 touchdowns.

On defense, safety Tony Jefferson went about earning himself the Big 12 Defensive Player Of the Week Award by picking off 3 Keith Wenning passes. Oklahoma's defense forced 4 turnovers overall, and held Ball State to only 214 yards of offense.

HOW OKLAHOMA WON. By completely overwhelming Ball State on both sides of the ball. Oklahoma has a pretty big game against Texas next week, and they made this game look like a scrimmage in preparation for it.

WHEN OKLAHOMA WON. Ball State hung around with Oklahoma for the first 17 minutes, trailing only 10-6 early in the second quarter, but once Dominique Whaley scored a 25-yard touchdown to make it 17-6, this one was over.

WHAT OKLAHOMA WON. A game on the schedule and nothing more. It wasn't a conference game, and drilling a MAC school isn't going to do much to impress voters and help the Sooners overtake LSU in the AP poll.

WHAT BALL STATE LOST. I don't think it would be fair to say that Ball State lost anything in this game. It was a huge underdog coming into Norman, and no one was expecting all that much. Sure, losing this badly hurts any player's pride, but Ball State is still undefeated in the MAC and has wins over Indiana, Buffalo and Army that it can be proud of. The Cardinals will be fine and could still make some noise in the MAC this year.
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 18, 2011 11:09 pm
 

QUICK HITS: Oklahoma 62 Ball State 6

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Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: October 1, 2011 11:27 pm
 

Oklahoma 62 Ball State 6

I was glad to see Stoops pull his starters for much of the 4th and some of the 3rd quarters.  OU has a big game in Dallas next week and giving your back-ups some playing time also protects the starters from injury, once the game is put away.  I've seen too many quarterbacks, star runners, receivers, and other key players go out with an injury in my years of watching college football.
Texas beat a spunky Iowa State team today and the early October game in the Cotton Bowl with the Longhorns has always been hard-fought, regardless of who may be ahead in the rankings.


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