OU v Houston football

OU's Trey Sermon runs with the ball during the Sooners' game against Houston, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. (Kyle Phillips / The Transcript)

Oklahoma

• High point: OU faced third-and-five on its opening drive of the second half. The Sooners led 21-10 and a fruitless series would've allowed the Cougars to put the game within one possession on their next drive.

OU sophomore receiver Charleston Rambo caught a Jalen Hurts pass, however, on a slant route that would’ve moved the chains. Although, the Cedar Hill, Texas, native thought bigger.

Rambo raced past two Houston defenders in the vicinity. It was then a footrace between Rambo and two more Cougar defensive backs.

Rambo was nearly caught at the goal line but he managed to flip into the end zone and shift the momentum back to OU, which scored two more touchdowns in the period.

• Low point: OU’s defense succumbed to a 6-play, 81-yard drive that put Houston on the board late in the second half. OU still led by three touchdowns, and could have taken a commanding four-touchdown lead into the locker room and had the ball to begin the third quarter.

The Sooners couldn’t capitalize, however, on a seemingly promising drive. Jalen Hurts, who rushed for 128 yards on 11 carries in the first half, fumbled on the Houston 30-yard line. It was a rare mistake for the Sooners, who otherwise looked as efficient on offense as they have under coach Lincoln Riley.

Houston

• High point: The Cougars looked lost for most of the first half. Houston quarterback D'Eriq King finally turned his team's luck with a touchdown drive to end the Cougar drought.

First, King ran for 12 yards on third-and-one. Then on Houston's next three plays, King hit junior receiver Marquez Stevenson for a 20-yard pickup, rushed for 22 yards and found Kyler Porter for a 23-yard touchdown.

On Porter's touchdown reception, he shook off OU cornerback Tre Brown behind the line of scrimmage and fended off a Delarrin Turner-Yell tackle as he bullied his way into the end zone.

• Low point: First-year OU defensive coordinator Alex Grinch's unit showed all the promise OU fans had anticipated over the offseason. But for Houston? It seemed the Dana Holgorsen era would take some time to truly launch.

Houston didn't pick up any yards on its opening drive that lasted three plays and a minute and a half. One Sooner touchdown later, the Cougars' second offensive drive end in three plays again but resulted in a net total of -6 yards of offense.

Houston produced a first down on its third drive but the five-play drive and the Cougars' next offensive series ended with the Cougars punting to Riley's offense.

Joe Buettner is a sports reporter for the Norman Transcript. You can contact him at (405) 366-3557 or jbuettner@normantranscript.com.

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