University of Oklahoma

Houston Cougars 33 — Oklahoma Sooners 23

What did we learn?
The biggest question marks coming in to the Sooner season seemed to revolve around replacing key cogs in the defense. Houston showed, however, that replacing an all-everything receiver (Sterling Shepard) and a couple of elite O-linemen may be tougher than expected for Coach Stoops.
The Cougars challenged Baker Mayfield from the start, forcing him to make plays to an unproven cast of characters. The offensive line was shaky all day, and it did not help the Sooners that Samaje Perine banged up his shoulder on the first drive. Even though he would return later, the offense never recovered.
Although the defensive secondary allowed too many big plays, especially on third down, the lack of offensive firepower came as a surprise to most prognosticators as the season begins.


Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State 61— Southeast Louisiana 7

What did we learn?
Perhaps the most important thing we learned from this runaway game is how Mason Rudolph would react to this being HIS team. Coach Gundy mentioned last week that he felt like Rudolph finally understands the QB position:

“This is the first time, in watching him, I feel like he finally understands and is comfortable and is not guessing at quarterback.”

From all accounts Saturday, Rudolph understands. He tossed two touchdowns on 18–26 passing for 188 yards. He even showed some remarkable skills in eluding the rush and finishing plays with completions.

The Cowboys were also able to capitalize on almost everything the Lions gave them. Including pouncing on a muffed punt in the endzone less than two minutes into the game.

It’s difficult to judge how the team really looked against an FCS school, but the Cowboys took care of business in impressive fashion.


University of Tulsa

Tulsa 45— San Jose State 10

What did we learn?
Leading in to the 2016 campaign, the question around Tulsa was “Would the defense stop anyone?” The answer, in week 1 anyway, is yes. A maligned rush defense from a year ago help the Spartans to just 53 yards on the ground. The 10 points allowed were the fewest in Coach Montgomery’s short tenure.

The offense picked up right where it left off last season, capitalizing on a weak San Jose State Defensive front. Tulsa rushed for 305 yards, led by D’Angelo Brewers 164 yard, 3 TD performance.

Picking up a big win in week 1 was important for the Golden Hurricane. Next week, they travel to the Horseshoe to face Ohio State.