The curtain rose tonight on the 2015 OU football season in the most promising way with Durron Neal taking the opening kickoff 39 yards to set the Sooners up at midfield. However, the offense was forced to punt on its first three possessions racking up a whopping 5 yards to total offense and -5 rushing. Penalties were killing OU, an offsides, a hold and a block in the back all helped Akron keep the Sooners off the board. The bright spot was new kicker/punter Austin Seibert, who held the Zips on their end of the field allowing the defense make life tough. It looked like we were getting our fist glimpse of the big play Air Riad offense when Baker Mayfield hit Durron Neal on a 35 pass putting OU in prime position to put up six. Instead, Seibert connected on 35-yard field goal giving OU a 3-0 lead.
It was beginning to feel as that score were going to have to hold up as the offensive line struggled to keep it’s blocks, and Sterling Sheppard was having multiple punt returns negated. But, given time lesser opponents will wear down, Mayfield and Company put together an 11 play 60-yard drive that ended with a Samaje Perine 2 yard touchdown for a 10-0 lead. Then the show began, a four play 80-yard drive that got started with a Joe Mixon run of 11 yards followed by a 38-yard completion to Sheppard and a circus catch by DeDe Westbrook, making it 17-0. A fumble by Sheppard on a punt gave Akron the ball on the OU 31 with under a minute left in the half. The Zips settled for 3, and the half ended with OU holding a lead and the defense winning its battles.
A 76-yard touchdown pass from Mayfield to Mixon got the second half going a bang. After a mistake-filled first quarter, the Sooner faithful were getting what they wanted. A dominant defense to go with a big play offense and a 24-3 lead that looked to only get bigger. Which it did, aided by an Akron personal foul OU took the ball 80 yards to make it 31-3 and Jeff Mead caught his first touchdown of the year. By 5:16 in the 3rd quarter Mayfield had totaled 303 passing yards and needed only 61 more to surpass Sam Bradford’s for most yards in a season opener. Mayfield finished his record-breaking night 23-33, 388 yards, and three touchdowns, he also added 8 yards on the ground with one touchdown. The Sooners cruise to a 41-3 win and now look toward Tennessee next week in Knoxville.