4 Reasons Sooner Fans Can Get Excited About This OU Team
Oklahoma’s come-from-behind 31-24 win over Tennessee in double overtime on Saturday night at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville was one of the most dramatic Sooner comebacks in years, and there’s a lot for OU fans to be excited about in that win.
Here are four things the Sooners did that showed they could make this a special season:
- Baker Mayfield’s play wasn’t perfect, but his tenacity, resilience, leadership, and ability to make plays was the biggest reason why OU beat Tenneseee. His ability to escape the pass rush, throw on the run, and just his competitiveness led the way to the Sooner win.
- Sterling Shepard reminded OU fans that when healthy, he’s one of the top receivers in the country. His clutch catch for a gain of 13 yards on 3rd and 4 on OU’s final drive in regulation, then 5-yard touchdown catch to cap the drive and tie the game were big time plays in a tough environment. For good measure, he added the game-winning touchdown in double overtime from 18 yards out, an acrobatic display of balance down the sideline.
- Oklahoma’s defense rose to the occasion when needed. After falling behind 17-0, the Sooner defense didn’t give up another score the rest of regulation, and time and time again gave the OU offense a chance to rally. The biggest series came after OU cut the Tennessee lead to 17-10. The Sooner defense held Tennessee without a first down, giving the Sooners the ball back with plenty of time to tie the game.
- Austin Siebert’s kicking has been impressive and clutch. He got the Sooner scoring started with a 35-yard field goal, and had several key punts, including one that pinned Tennessee inside their own five-yard line.
Oklahoma returns home next Saturday, September 19 to host Tulsa at 11:00 am on Owen Field.