A collective sigh of relief hit Owen Field early in the third quarter Saturday. After Oklahoma built a four-touchdown lead, the offensive changes made over the last eight months showed merit.
An explosive, quick-hitting offense emerged with three straight third-quarter touchdown drives. It’s a 60-minute game. The 19th-ranked Sooners’ offense improved as the game went along.
Whether it was nerves or a better-than-expected Akron defense or confusion along the Sooners’ offensive line, it all created a lethargic offensive start.
Stout defense allowed OU to get away with it. The overwhelming positive to emerge Saturday night was OU’s ability to contain the Zips. One field goal in Akron’s 15 possessions, 10 were three-and-outs.