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Sooners send message in Salt Lake

Discussion in 'Thread Archive' started by Kingspring, Aug 10, 2010.

  1. Kingspring

    Kingspring Walk On

    Jul 31, 2010
    Sooners send message in Salt Lake

    Salt Lake City, UT--

    The Landry Jones era that was one year ahead of schedule opened a new chapter Saturday night, as the 15th ranked Sooners went to battle against 23rd Ranked Utah Utes. Oklahoma came out in their all white tributes to the teams that rattled off the longest winning streak in history. Things did not go well for the sooners on the first drive, Utah's Jordan Wynn who won the primary snap taker in fall practice hit many fo his first and second targets getting the Ute's into field goal range, and then Utah kicker, Neil Harris made a staggering 53 yrd field goal giving the Utes a early 3-0 lead.

    When Oklahoma took the field they played with a sense of urgency, they passed first and had a variety 4-5 receiver sets, the rest of the first quarter would be OU's drives stalling around mid field and Utah not gaining a first down. Sooners then caught lightning in a bottle as Ryan Broyles caught multiple lasers from Jones, and the Sooners were in business marching the ball down and connecting on a field goal pulling it even at 3, headed into the second quarter.

    In the second quarter it was all OU, after some huge defensive plays Landry Jones and crew started to light up the night Sky, on huge connections to Broyles and Miller both connecting for Touchdowns the sooners dominated the second quarter 17-0. Headed into halftime OU was up 20-3, and feeling confident but still hungry.

    The second half would be Jones connecting with multiple receivers for huge gains, and the emergence of Demarco Murray, who busted the game wide open gashing the Ute's defense for 10 and 20 yard gains. The game took a turn for the worst and the fans started to file out when Landry Jones, dropped back and hit Frosh Kenny Still for a 15 yrd cross route, and eluded two defenders and scampered for a 80 yard score. That would be the last of Broyles, Jones, and Murray, making way for the second units. The second units impressed just as the first, Allen made his progressions and completed some nice passes and calhoun looked like he sewed up the 2nd back for the season.

    Overall the most impressive was the Sooner defense, who did not grab a ton of headlines because they were solid and stiffened the Ute spread to the point were three and out's became natural. One big play was when the Sooners were just up 20-3 and rs fr LB Travis Wort made a remarkable play at the goal line when Wynn connected on a cross route and the wr dove into the end zone and Wort stripped him as he was crossing the line, that was the true turning of the game.

    Oklahoma looks to spread the ball out, and is in comfortable in all sets as of now. Especially on third downs where they connected on 60%. They were able to go five wide and connect with multiple sets, and then bring in two tight ends and pound the ball to Murray. Jones looked rather impressive going through his progressions and finding his 3rd and 4th receivers and murray out of the backfield.

    The Sooners left Salt Lake making a statement of "we are here" and play Boston College next week in an anticipated match up of an explosive defense vs the best Linebacking core in the country.

    Game Balls:

    Broyles: 7 catches 144 yards and 1 TD

    Wort: 8 Tkls and FF

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