Why Tennessee Should Be Concerned Over the Sooners
Oklahoma got an impressive debut from quarterback Baker Mayfield and running back Joe Mixon, and rolled past Akron 41-3 in the season opener for both teams at Owen Field in Norman.
The Sooners started slowly, getting just one first down on the first two drives of the first quarter, the only first down coming on a 15-yard pass from Baker Mayfield to Jarvis Baxter.
OU’s defense though, held Akron in check as well.
The Sooners finally got on the board on a 35-yard field goal by Austin Seibert to make it 3-0 OU with 3:58 to play in the first quarter.
The big play on the drive was a 35-yard pass from Mayfield to Durron Neal.
It stayed 3-0 until midway through the second quarter, when OU marched 60 yards in 11 plays, with Samaje Perine scoring from two yards out to put the Sooners up 10-0.
Oklahoma’s next drive was their best of the night, going 80 yards in just four plays in 1:08 for a touchdown.
On the drive, Mayfield passed to Sterling Shepard for 38 yards, then found Dede Westbrook for a 29-yard score to make it 17-0 Sooners.
Oklahoma forced an Akron punt, but Shepard fumbled the return and the Zips recovered at the OU 31-yard line.
Akron got a 26-yard field goal from Robert Stein with 6 seconds left in the first half to cut the Oklahoma lead to 17-3 at halftime.
Oklahoma’s first snap of the second half resulted in a touchdown, with Mayfield finding freshman running back Joe Mixon all alone down the left sideline, and he went 76 yards for the touchdown to make the Sooner lead 24-3 with 11:56 to play in the third quarter.
Mixon had 115 yards receiving in his OU debut, and ran for 27 more.
Oklahoma’s next possession resulted in a score as well, as the Sooners went 80 yards in nine plays, with Mayfield passing to sophomore receiver Jeffrey Mead for an 11-yard touchdown to make it 31-3 Sooners with 7:11 to play in the third quarter.
It was Mead’s first college reception.
On the drive, Perine had a 15-yard run on 4th and 1, and Mayfield passed to Shepard for a gain of 19 to set up the touchdown.
OU’s next possession was even more impressive, as the Sooners went 93 yards in nine plays, with Mayfield scoring on a run around the right side from two yards out to make it 38-3 Oklahoma with 2:36 to play in the third quarter.
Mayfield passed for 388 yards and three touchdowns.
Oklahoma’s defense forced a turnover early in the fourth quarter, with Jordan Wade recovering a Zips fumble at the Akron 25-yard line.
OU’s defense held the Zips to just 226 yards.
Seibert kicked a 41-yard field goal to extend OU’s lead to 41-3 with 10:29 to play in the fourth quarter.
Trevor Knight took over at quarterback for Oklahoma to start the fourth quarter and it looked like he would lead the Sooners to another score, but Knight was intercepted in the end zone by Akron’s DeAndre Scott for a touchback.
Oklahoma improved to 15-2 in season openers under Bob Stoops.
The Sooners visit Tennessee for a 5:00 kickoff next Saturday in Knoxville.