The Oklahoma Sooners started the season on a high note with a dominating 73-0 victory over the Arkansas State Red Wolves. The Sooners dominated on both sides of the ball, and might have even answered a few questions that some fans might have had. Here are some takeaways from the season-opener.
Depth at wide receiver
Oklahoma showed that they have plenty of names at wide receiver that can contribute in a big way this season. 11 different receivers caught passes. True freshman Jaquaize Pettaway led the way with nine receptions for 56 yards. Drake Stoops caught all four passes, along with a touchdown before getting injured early. Andrel Anthony’s play style reminds me a lot of Marvin Mims, hauling in three receptions for 66 yards. Sophomore Jayden Gibson also caught an impressive touchdown pass from Jackson Arnold.
Defense looked physical in shutout
OU’s defense will face a much tougher test in week two against SMU, but they looked impressive against the Red Wolves, getting their first shutout since Brent Venables has returned to Norman. They held Arkansas State to just 208 total yards and 2.1 yards per carry. Some fans are worried about the lack of pass rush since they only recorded one sack, but the Red Wolves made it a point of emphasis to get rid of the ball quickly.
Injuries not as serious as originally thought
After Stoops injured his shoulder, he returned to the sideline with his shoulder in a sling. Venables said Stoops wanted to return to the game, but he decided to keep him out since they had a convincing lead.
Sophomore Dasan McCullough injured his ankle on his second play and did not return. Venables said there is hope that it is not a high-ankle sprain and that he would be back soon.
Davis Beville’s ankle injury looked to be pretty serious originally. Venables said that he suffered an ankle sprain, but could be back as soon as Sept. 16 against Tulsa.
The Sooners will face a much tougher test on Sept. 9 when the SMU Mustangs come to Norman. Kickoff is set for 5:00 p.m. (CT). The Mustangs won their season opener against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs with a final score of 38-14.