Oklahoma took the field in week two feeling good after the beatdown they put on Florida Atlantic last Saturday. UCLA entered the game without starting QB Wilton Speight, and threw Dorian Thompson-Robinson into the hostile environment that is Gaylord Memorial Stadium. UCLA got out to an early 7-0 lead, but after Kyler Murray and the rest of the offense came to life, it was really no contest.
Murray once again, had a huge week, earning Big 12 Player of the Week honors. He tallied five total TD’s and 375 yards.
The Sooners were dealt a huge blow when, for the third time in his career, Rodney Anderson went down with a season-ending injury. If there is any positive from this, it’s that TJ Pledger and Marcelias Sutton combined for 90 yards, and looked strong doing it. Trey Sermon had another great day as well, so the Oklahoma backfield still has a ton of depth and talent to replace Anderson.
The best performance of the offense had to be the receiver play. Marquise Brown had another stellar performance, grabbing four catches for 88 yards and a TD. The real star was CeeDee Lamb, who recovered from a less-than stellar week one, and earned 150 yards receiving and a touchdown. Those two look like the strongest wideout duo in college football through two weeks.
Offense Grade : A
For a second week in a row, Oklahoma’s defense came to play. They were led by a strong showing from linebackers Kenneth Murray and Curtis Bolton. They both combined for 17 tackles and 2.5 sacks. The Sooner’s defense was in the backfield all game, finishing with 6 sacks before the final whistle.
UCLA struggled all game, and didn’t really find success until late in the 4th quarter against the Sooner reserves. Oklahoma’s defense was strong against both the run and the pass, showing versatility and athleticism fans didn’t see much of last season. UCLA ran the ball a total of 50 times, but the Sooners only allowed 129 yards on the ground.
Defense Grade : A
The Sooners have played two stellar games thus far, and hope to ride the momentum into their first conference game against Iowa State. The offense is burning on all cylinders, and will need to keep it up if they want to push for a playoff spot. Health will be an issue now, especially losing a potential Heisman candidate in Anderson, but with the depth they have at running back they should be fine for the rest of the season.
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