Manhood was on the line in Manhattan. The Sooners had theirs stolen in Dallas by Texas last week, but got it back with a 55-0 stomping of Kansas State Saturday.
The numbers were stunning.
Total Yards: OU 568, KSU 100.
First Downs: OU 35, KSU 7.
And Bob Stoops let off the gas against his old friend Bill Snyder.
The Sooners Air Raid offense, grounded in the Cotton Bowl, got going early for once, scoring on its first possession and rolling to a 35-0 lead by halftime.
Baker Mayfield was sharp. The offensive line blocked better. And the early success seemed to give the offense confidence after last week’s shaky performance.
The defense also benefited from the offenses early spark.
The Sooners shut down the K-State running game most of the game. And when the Wildcats were forced to throw, Joe Hubener was horrible.
The OU defense intercepted Hubener twice in the first half. And Zack Sanchez picked off a Kody Cook pass for a TD in the second half.
That KSU passing game sure seems a lot less imposing without a Lockett in a purple jersey. The Sooners secondary simply overwhelmed Wildcat receivers.
What was most obvious is the Sooners seemed focused and ready to go from the opening kick. OU fans have to be wondering why that wasn’t the case last week in Dallas.
Not as many penalties, missed tackles and bumbling around as the debacle in Dallas.
It’s a good win for Oklahoma. A loss could’ve cratered the season.
I’m still not sure how good this Oklahoma team really is. Still, the K-State win means the Sooners have a shot against TCU at home and at OSU in November.
I’m not willing to put Baylor at Waco in that category.
It’s hard to figure which OU team squad is going to show up from week to week.
I’m not even sure if Nostradamus could predict this team.