The Moore American


September 12, 2012

Tough road lies ahead for Sooners

MOORE — American Staff

After two games, Oklahoma has done what it had to do. Saturday night’s 69-13 victory over Florida A&M lifted it to 2-0. It even got its starters a fourth quarter off and emerged from the first two games in good health.

But the bar was set low for the Sooners’ first two outings. After all, the Rattlers — an FCS team — and UTEP, which OU topped 24-7 on Sept. 1, are a combined 0-4 through two weeks.

It’s going to get a lot tougher.

No. 15 Kansas State, which pummeled Miami (Fla.) 52-13 on Saturday, is next on No. 5 OU’s agenda. There will be an obvious elevation in talent when the Wildcats arrive at Owen Field on Sept. 22.

Have the Sooners made the kind of strides they needed to make in the first two games? In some ways, yes. In others, no.

The positive for the Sooners on Saturday night was that the offense was much more explosive. Six of their 10 touchdowns came on plays of 10 yards or more and they averaged over 9 yards per play in piling up 662 yards of total offense.

“The whole week we had been saying we need to light it up,” OU center Gabe Ikard said. “That was our little slogan we had going. We said we were going to light the scoreboard up and put points on the board for our defense since we kind of disappointed them last week and it was just we need to be more crisp, more clean. Get into a better flow of the game.”

It did, scoring touchdowns on eight straight possessions from early in the second quarter until early in the fourth quarter. But that came after a five possession span to start the game where OU scored a pair of touchdowns, but also punted twice and had committed its first two turnovers of the season.

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