The Norman Transcript

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November 8, 2008

They're good, but …

Commentary

esterday morning I called the game Oklahoma played Saturday a bridge to tomorrow.

Well, not exactly, but how often can you get yesterday, tomorrow and a day of the week in the same sentence? Anyway, I called it something like that. So how did OU fare?

Basically, it was everything the Sooners wanted.

A 66-28 victory. Another four touchdown passes from Sam Bradford. A defense that held Texas A&M; to around 200 yards of offense until garbage time. Almost 11 yards per carry from their tailback trio. Another crazy quick start. And another one to begin the second half. The only reason OU failed to score 80 points was it didn’t want to.

Let’s see. What else?

A 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

Oh, wait, that was A&M;’s Cyrus Gray.

A 67-yard kickoff return.

Oh, wait, that was Gray, too.

A 40-yard kickoff return?

Yes, that was Ryan Broyles.

You see where this is going?

The Sooners have cast away most of the demons that were bothering them going all the way back to the TCU game. They have found their running game, the defense has responded the last two weeks even in the absence of Ryan Reynolds and Auston English.

Heck, Austin Box, playing for Reynolds, after a game he picked off the first pass of his collegiate career, already sounded like a veteran.

“We held A&M; under 300 yards and that’s a team goal we set every week,” he said. “There are some things we need to clean up. We can always play better.”

Once again, OU is a juggernaut with the best quarterback in the nation, a buffet line of receivers to throw to, even a bevy of dangerous tailbacks to hand the ball. The defense hasn’t merely stiffened, but is now scoring points of its own. And it’s getting turnovers the way the very early Stoops era teams did.

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