Week two of the college football season has come and gone and the Oklahoma Sooners sit at 2-0 after a 70-14 dismantling of FCS opponent South Dakota.
This result probably comes to the surprise of, well, nobody. The game was an obvious mismatch and even the 44.5 point spread was not enough for the Coyotes to cover.
The Sooners’ 70 points came on a nice and neat ten touchdowns which, amazingly, came from ten different players. Today, we power rank all ten of those touchdowns.
Obviously, this is extremely subjective. The ten touchdowns will be ranked under the criteria of the quality of the play and how meaningful it could be going forward.
So without further adieu…
10) Trey Sermon 1-Yard Touchdown Run
This is one is pretty easy to place.
The game was already 35-0 nothing at this point, and Sermon just punched it in from the South Dakota one yard-line.
It is a good play, but obviously not super impressive of a play in it of itself. We also don’t really learn much from it. Trey Sermon is good, he’s powerful, the Oklahoma offensive line is good. We already knew all that, and that’s why this comes in at #10.
9) CeeDee Lamb 3-Yard Touchdown Reception from Jalen Hurts
This one follows along the same lines as the Trey Sermon touchdown at #10.
After going three and out to start the game, Jalen Hurts bombed it deep 48 yards to his favorite target in CeeDee Lamb, then hit him for another 20 yards, before the touchdown came from the three yard-line.
It is fun to see the connection that Hurts and Lamb have formed, but we already knew that Lamb is one of the best receivers in the country. Him torching the South Dakota secondary from inside the five isn’t going to grab any headlines.
8) Charleston Rambo 7-Yard Touchdown Reception from Jalen Hurts
This was one of the plays that made it most blatantly obvious that South Dakota and Oklahoma really don’t belong on the same field together.
Rambo came in motion and took a jet sweep style of shovel pass from Hurts as he came by and just used his flat out speed to easily trot into the end zone.
The blocking kept him from being touched as he put the Sooners up 28-0 right before halftime.
7) Kennedy Brooks 13-Yard Touchdown Run
Kennedy Brooks really didn’t do anything too notable in Oklahoma’s week one win over Houston, so it was good to see him rip this 13-yarder up the middle to put Oklahoma up 21-0 in the second quarter.
It was a pretty typical Kennedy Brooks run, doesn’t look like he’s really rolling but before you know it he’s carrying defenders into the endzone.
If Brooks can recapture that easy power and speed he had last season, that will be really nice for Lincoln Riley and the offense as they look to continue their reign as the best offense in college football.
6) Jadon Haselwood 14-Yard Touchdown Reception from Tanner Mordecai
After Jalen Hurts exited the game in the third quarter, Tanner Mordecai entered and promptly started throwing darts against the Coyote defense.
Jadon Haselwood leaked out over the middle and Mordecai put it right on him, allowing Haselwood to back his way into the endzone to put Oklahoma up 49-0.
The three-headed young receiving monster of Haselwood, Bridges, and Wease all have shown early flashes but it seems Haselwood is the furthest along at the moment, having gotten the most playing time with the starters in the first couple of weeks.
5) Jeremiah Hall 8-Yard Touchdown Reception from Jalen Hurts
For the second week in a row, Jeremiah Hall was on the receiving end of a Jalen Hurts touchdown pass.
This could be an interesting development if Hall can become a legit receiving threat out of the backfield. We have seen under Lincoln Riley these hybrid fullback/tight end type of players have success in guys like Dimitri Flowers and some Carson Meier last year.
If Jeremiah Hall can be like those guys, that is a huge security blanket in a big spot. Flowers came up with some huge touchdowns in his time with Baker Mayfield, Meier came up with some key catches when it looked like nothing was there for Kyler Murray, maybe Jeremiah Hall can be that guy for Jalen Hurts this season.
4) Theo Wease 37-Yard Touchdown Reception from Tanner Mordecai
It’s kind of crazy that this play is coming in at #4 because boy was it spectacular.
In the fourth quarter, Tanner Mordecai hit Theo Wease at around the twenty yard-line. Wease then went on to break no less than four tackles as he carried a pack of Coyotes into the endzone.
Wease showed his pure strength and spectacular athleticism that has so many Sooner fans excited about what he might be in the years that lie ahead. Based purely off quality of the play, this could have been the best of the day.
3) Trejan Bridges 9-Yard Touchdown Reception from Spencer Rattler
Oklahoma fans finally got a look at the much-hyped Spencer Rattler on Saturday.
In his first drive in Crimson and Cream, Rattler went 4/4 for 50 yards and this beautiful touchdown to fellow freshman Trejan Bridges.
If your’e an Oklahoma fan, this play could make you shed a tear. It’s the freshman phenom quarterback we’ve all heard about throwing an absolute dime to one of the freshman receivers that are supposed to set the college football world on fire. It is everything you could hope to see from this South Dakota game: the young guys getting out there and making big time plays to get everyone excited.
2) Rhamondre Stevenson 75-Yard Touchdown Run
We discussed what Rhamondre Stevenson could be here on the Franchise last week, having touched on the fact that he was a JUCO stud and maybe one of the more underrated potential breakout Sooners in 2019.
This 75-yard touchdown run was a thing of beauty. He took the sweep handoff from Mordecai, broke one tackle, and then just flat out beat everyone to the goal line. The man is north of 230 pounds and he just flat ran away from everybody…think about that for a second.
South Dakota or not, this was a really impressive run by Stevenson and just strengthens the argument that he may be a key piece for Oklahoma this season, especially if TJ Pledger isn’t at 100% whenever he comes back.
1) Brendan Radley-Hiles 30-Yard Interception Return Touchdown
Oklahoma fans might have had to blink repeatedly to make sure their eyes weren’t deceiving them when Brendan “Bookie” Radley-Hiles ripped off a pick six to open the second half.
Alex Grinch has done nothing but preach the importance of turnovers since he arrived in Norman and the Sooners were able to force three on Saturday, albeit obviously against an FCS team.
This is a double whammy of goodness for Riley and the staff though with it having been Radley-Hiles on the other end of it. Perhaps nobody needed this play for their personal confidence or for the fans to believe in them more than Bookie.
It may have been South Dakota, but the three turnovers, and especially this play, are huge for the defense’s confidence that they can in fact force some turnovers.
The Oklahoma offense is going to put up tons of points all year long, if the defense can join the party and get some touchdowns themselves like this…the Sooners will be very tough to beat.
Oklahoma will hope for more plays like these when they head out to their first road game of the season this Saturday night against the UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.