What we learned from the Sooners after Week 3 beatdown of Tulsa

The Oklahoma Sooners (3-0) had just about everything go their way in a 66-17 victory over the Tulsa Golden Hurricane (1-2). A lot of positives came out of the game for OU that they can take into the road test against the Cincinnati Bearcats.

Dillon Gabriel is wheeling and dealing

Gabriel basically did whatever he wanted against the Tulsa defense, finishing the game 28-of-31 for 421 passing yards and five touchdowns. 11 different receivers recorded a catch.

I know it is only September, but Gabriel looks much improved compared to last year. He also seems more comfortable. Head Coach Brent Venables talked about why that might be:

“He looks like he’s having a lot more fun,” Venables said. “I think it’s a combination of experience and the guys around him being a little more confident and sure in what they’re doing.”

Three wide receivers with at least 100 yards

Oklahoma’s wide receivers were running open all game. Jalil Farooq, Nic Anderson, and Andrel Anthony combined for 358 yards. Nic Anderson, the younger brother of former Sooner running Rodney Anderson, had a breakout game. He scored three touchdowns on just three catches for 120 yards. Sooner fans are happy to see Anderson contribute after battling the injury bug for all of 2022.

Farooq tacked on six catches for 126 yards and a touchdown, and Anthony hauled in four catches for 112 yards.

First five-interception game since 2003

Not only did OU have a lot of people contribute on offense, they had five different players record an interception! Danny Stutsman, Trace Ford, Gentry Williams, Key Lawrence, and Kendel Dolby got in on the action.

Stutsman returned his interception for a touchdown, which was Oklahoma’s first pick-six since Tre Norwood had one against Florida in the 2020 Cotton Bowl.

Up Next

The Sooners open conference play on the road against the Cincinnati Bearcats (2-1) on Saturday, Sept. 23.

Kickoff is set for 11:00 a.m. (CT).

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