Saturday, September 11, 2010
Instant analysis: Oklahoma 47, FSU 17
By David Ubben
NORMAN, Okla. -- A big time 47-17 win for Oklahoma, who showed once again, that when it needs a victory at home, it can quickly shift into invincible mode. The atmosphere and result was reminiscent of the Sooners' 65-21 win over undefeated Texas Tech in 2008.
How the game was won: Oklahoma doubled Florida State's offensive output in the first three quarters, and picked off Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder twice in the third quarter to end any hopes of a comeback.
Stat of the game: Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder, a Heisman candidate, finished with 113 yards passing. The Sooners secondary gave up 341 yards to Utah State quarterback Diondre Borel last week. Clearly, Stoops' faith in his defensive backs was rewarded.
Player of the game: Landry Jones, quarterback, Oklahoma. Jones finished with 380 yards passing and threw three first-half touchdown passes to pace Oklahoma's offense, which scored on its first four drives to go up 27-7.
Unsung heroes of the game: Oklahoma's offensive line. Last year's scapegoat, the Sooners' big men gave Jones plenty of time to rack up his impressive numbers, gave up just one sack and kept the sophomore signal-caller's jersey pretty clean.
Second guessing: Facing a 4th-and-6 at the Oklahoma 37-yard line on its opening drive of the second half, Florida State elected to punt while trailing 34-7. Oklahoma didn't score on its next drive, but the Seminoles ended one of their most productive drives of the half with the game still not entirely out of reach.
What it means: Oklahoma's defense shut down one of the nation's best offenses. For whatever reason, it looks like last week's struggles against Utah State were an aberration, both on offense and defense.