“I guess things have changed,” Williams said.
The offensive changes might have been expected. OU surrounded Knight with returning starters at every position.
The defense lined up with eight first-time starters Saturday night. The result was something its predecessors failed to deliver.
“We did a good job today, but we still have a lot of work to do,” OU cornerback Aaron Colvin said. “We’re gonna face a lot of good offenses. We played well, but we can always play better.”
Statistically, it will be tough. The Sooners open Big 12 Conference play next Saturday against West Virginia.
Last season, the Mountaineers put up more than 700 yards of total offense in a game OU won because it threw for 554.
The Sooners showed Saturday night they were no longer interested in playing that way. They’re a different team.
“It feels amazing,” Nelson said. “After that loss in the Cotton Bowl, to come out here and get a shutout in the season opener is an amazing feeling. We have to keep that chip on our shoulder, remain hungry and always be humble in everything that we’re doing.”
Something akin to Saturday night will be pretty impressive.
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