“People think you just run it. It’s a time investment, and it’s a big time investment,” he said. “You ask anyone who wants to run the option, you don’t just run it. It has to be drilled and drilled and drilled. There’s a huge time investment with certain plays.”
Slower pace: OU ran 83 plays against Louisiana-Monroe, which was about six more plays than it averaged per game last season. Still, there weren’t many snaps with 20 seconds or more on the play clock. Running back Brennan Clay said Knight being at quarterback for the first time had nothing to do with the pace.
“I think it was hard Saturday night because it was so hot. I feel like we were extremely tired out there. The heat was really getting to us,” he said. “I believe it doesn’t change at all. We’re still gonna hit that tempo. We’re still gonna hit those outside zones, those inside zones and we’re gonna keep it rolling.”
Tapper excels: Sophomore defensive end Charles Tapper made his first career start and finished with three tackles. However, OU coach raved about the performance following the game.
“Charles has a chance to be one of the guys that we are used to having around here,” Stoops said. “We have had a lot of good ones and he is on par as a young guy. He’s as good as any of them. We just have to keep bringing him along and he works hard. He has got great athletic ability, he can run, he has got stamina and he’s strong.”
Cornerback controversy: OU played without starting defensive tackle Chuka Ndulue and cornerback Cortez Johnson. Both served one-game suspensions due to offseason arrests.
The absence of Johnson moved redshirt freshman Zack Sanchez into a starting role and finished with three tackles and one of OU’s four pass breakups.