It is quiet in Ohio Stadium in Columbus right now, and Oklahoma’s football team started making it quiet in the second half.
As the Sooners upset the second ranked Buckeyes 31-16 on Saturday night.
Nate, Oklahoma really did with success on both sides of the football.
That’s right, Brian, quite the win for Lincoln Riley in just his second game as OU’s head coach.
What a win it was.
Oklahoma’s offense sputtered a little bit in the first half.
They had two turnovers.
Only came away with three points in the first half.
But in the second half they started finishing those drives scoring on four of those first five possessions in the second half, all touchdowns, and pulled away to win by 15.
“Bake deserves a ton of credit,” Lincoln Riley, OU head football coach, said. “He’s a great player. He played extremely, extremely well tonight. Especially against a defense as good as theirs. But he’s not doing it with a bunch of Rudy’s out there. We have some other good players. Dimitri Flowers has played a lot of ball for us. Jeff Badet is a really good player that keeps getting better. We have some talented, young guys. It just shows his trust level in them. It’s higher then maybe it’s been with our other teams early in the season.”
“I’ve seen what they’re able to do,” Baker Mayfield, OU senior quarterback said. “Spent a lot of time in the offseason with them, getting timing down, learning what they’re best at. I think you guys would agree I’ve been one of the most honest players when it comes to interviewing, so when I say that I trust those guys and they’re capable of playing in big games they are.”
As good as Oklahoma’s offense was the defense played really well against a team that lit them up in Norman a year ago.
Lincoln Riley credited the defense’s performance as the story of the game.
Mike Stoops said last year’s loss to the Buckeyes in Norman hurt him even more than his own Sooners, and I heard him telling some of his own players after the game that he was redeemed after this performance.
“When you’re around it as long as I’ve been around it there’s going to be tough times and good times,” Mike Stoops, OU defensive coordinator, said. “You can’t ride the wave, you’ve got to stay with it and keep fighting or you’re going to get run over. I think our players have done a great job with that, certainly we have as coaches. I felt good about our leadership as a group, and our ability to be stronger inside, out. I keep saying that, we’re stronger. Our will. Our ability to compete is stronger. That’s really where it all goes to.”
Brian, after the game Baker Mayfield was already getting his guys set and ready for Tulane which may be hard to believe after doing some celebrating tonight.
The Sooners are going to be riding high for a few days, I have a feeling, after this.
The win by Oklahoma continues an amazing trend in this series.
The visiting team has won all four games between OU and Ohio State.
The home team is now 0-4.
Ohio State has amazingly never beat a non-conference, top-five opponent at home, they’re now 0-6-1.
Coming up tonight at ten, we’ll take a look at Lincoln Riley’s first big win as the Sooner head coach, and the former OU head coach that was here to watch this game, and the amazing performance by Baker Mayfield, particularly in the second half.