The Oklahoma Sooners barely squeaked by the Texas Longhorns in an instant classic.
Here are three things we learned from the emotional game.
- Oklahoma’s secondary must improve. Texas can pass for a bunch of yards, but they’re definitely not a truly incredible passing team, or even the best passing team in the conference. IF Oklahoma wants to win this season, they’ll have to improve in the secondary. Several times young Longhorn wide receivers were running completely and totally free in the open field. That cannot happen against teams with a stronger passing game like West Virginia or Texas Tech.
- The pass rush looked extremely good. The Longhorn offensive line is the furthest thing from solid, but the Oklahoma pass rush still didn’t look bad. They forced the young Texas quarterbacks into a lot of bad situations that helped the Sooner defense a ton. There’s always room to improve, and they’ll need to do the same against better offensive lines, but today, they can rest assured that they did just about all they can do against a team that for a while seemed destined to upset them.
- You can’t dwell on the final score of a rivalry game. No matter what the predictions are, you can’t every count out either team in this game. It’s a rivalry game, arguably the biggest rivalry game in the country. No matter what the records are, there’s always a bigger chance of a close game in this one than in others. Oklahoma did well to come back after a tough loss to Iowa State. They beat Texas, when it seemed like Texas was destined to win. Enjoy the win, understand the magnitude of it, and come back to work the next week. The Sooners lost one, but after Friday night’s upsets, they’re not out of any playoff hunt just yet.
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