It took nine minutes of game time to see Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley make the right decision at the quarterback.
New quarterback Caleb Williams was 5 of 5 for 71 yards and led two touchdown leads at that point, giving the Sooners an early boost in their 52-31 win against the TCU on Saturday.
Riley kept the worst kept secret until match time, but Williams is now a full-time replacement for Spencer Rattler, and Sooners fans were delighted.
Williams once again proved why it is the right decision.
It’s the great playing dimension that Williams adds to the attack that makes the difference. The Sooners had five drives that featured at least one game of 25 yards or more in the first half. That resulted in three TDs and a field goal in building a 24-14 lead in the first half. Williams hit his first 10 assists and averaged 20 yards per achievement in the first half.
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Williams did not stop in the second half. He broke in a 41-yard TD run that gave the Sooners a 45-24 lead with 2:20 left in the third quarter. All but one of Oklahoma’s scoring drives featured that big play of 25 yards or more.
Play the big OU against TCU
|1||Kennedy Brooks 32 yards||TD|
|2||Caleb Williams 35-yard pass to Tryvon West||TD|
|3||Williams 41 yard pass to Marvin Mims||Miss FG|
|4||Williams 59 yard pass to Michael Woods II||FG|
|6||Williams’ 28-yard pass to Eric Gray||TD|
|7||Brooks 45-yard track||TD|
|9||Williams ran 41 yards TD||TD|
|12||Brooks 25 Yard Race||TD|
Oklahoma also finally won a double-digit game, and soon they committed one of three fouls we’d like to see for four quarters against a devastating Georgia defense. We’ll likely see Alabama vs. Bulldogs in an SEC championship match, and Ohio State’s five-star offense is another offense we’ll be looking at.
But Oklahoma has that look on that side of the ball too, now, and Williams is the reason. Remember when Baker Mayfield took Georgia to the limit by losing 54-48 times overtime at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018? Maybe we get a second game in four years.
The Sooners are set up as one of the six remaining undefeated Power 5 schools, and their path back to the Big 12 Championship is theirs. Defense questions will always remain, but offense is no longer a question mark.
With Williams at quarterback, it won’t be like that for the rest of the season.
Here are some of the winners and losers from Week 7.
home and state of north carolina
Wake Forest had a week off, but two ACC schools improved to 5-1 with wins.
It’s entirely possible that the ACC Championship game is NC State versus Pitt.
Wolfpack climbed sideways in a trap game when he defeated Boston College in a 33-7 blast on the road. Devin Leary finished 16 of 24 for 251 yards and three TDs, and NC State used 21 points in the third quarter to dominate the game.
Wolfpack already has a Clemson win in hand, and the November 13th match against Wake Forest could be huge. NC State has the highest defense in the ACC at 292.7 yards per game.
Meanwhile, Pete has the first offensive line in the Conference at 533.5 yards per game. Kenny Beckett passed for 203 yards and a pair of TDs in a 28-7 victory at Virginia Tech, and Israel Abanikanda added a 140-yard rushing yard.
The Panthers had no turn in Lane Court; Another sign of maturity. Now, Pete has a chance to put the stakes in Clemson at Heinz Field on Saturday. Will they benefit?
Bedlam and Bunyan are rising
Oklahoma State, Oklahoma State, Michigan State, and Michigan are some of the most intense competitions in college football. Could both be undefeated tag team battles this season?
With Michigan in farewell week, the Spartans did their part orchestrating what could be a massive showdown on October 30th between the Metn State rivals.
Michigan State hasn’t played its best game. The Spartans were limited to 57 yards in the first inning against troubled Indiana, but Michigan State made plays necessary for a tough win on the road. The defense forced three turns, and Peyton Thorne didn’t make the big mistake.
Sophomore coach Mel Tucker took Michigan State 7-0, and the Spartans beat Michigan 27-24 last season. Michigan faces more pressure in the fight for the Paul Bunyan Cup.
Oklahoma State doesn’t play Oklahoma at Bedlam until November 27, but the Cowboys did their turn in the fight from a 14-point delay to beat the Texas. Jaylen Warren rushed for 193 yards and skipped the second stage of Longhorns Bijan Robinson, who finished with 173 total yards.
The Oklahoma State defense also limited Texas with seven points in the second half. Mike Gundy did not lead the Cowboys to a Big 12 Championship match. This opportunity will exist in the second half of the season.
Zeb Noland and Bo Nicks
Zeb Noland’s story continues to be one of the most interesting of the season given the nature of his quarterback this season. Noland played two seasons at Iowa State from 2017 to 2018 before moving to North Dakota State over the next two years. He was hired as a graduate assistant in South Carolina but was promoted to the active roster when Luke Dottie was injured. Noland threw four TDs against Eastern Illinois on September 4.
Noland reappeared on Saturday when he replaced Doty with 1:36 left in the fourth quarter and the Gamecocks trailed Vanderbilt 20-14 at the 25-yard line. Noland hit 5 of 8 passes, including a clutch throw on third and 10th for 15 yards to Josh Van. That set up the match-winning touchdown card to Xavier Legette with 37 seconds left. The Gamecocks beat the Commodores 21-20, and hope is still in the bowl berth in Shane Beamer’s first season.
Auburn quarterback, Bo Knicks, took a different path. He’s started with the Tigers since his freshman year, and has been fighting for his job with quarterback TJ Finley this season. The Knicks is that guy who’s been there forever, and he made his best start to the season with a 38-23 win over Arkansas.
The Knicks finished 21 of 26 passes for 292 yards, 2 TDs and an interception. He added 42 rushing yards and a point. It’s always unpredictable with the Knicks, but keep in mind that he beat Alabama in the Iron Bowl. Tigers can make it fun on November 27th.
Dan Mullen broke the season
The heat turns to Florida coach Dan Mullen, who has yet to answer the quarterback’s question. Anthony Richardson and Emory Jones combined to finish 22 of 38 for 328 yards and four TDs, but they also threw four interceptions, which the Tigers converted to 21 points.
Now, Mullen is faced with the question of whether it’s time to start running Richardson once and for all. Richardson added some oomph to that with his post-match comments when asked about a possible transfer.
Anthony Richardson asked about fans’ concerns that he might move or leave: “I can’t really talk about that. Time is the only thing that tells me. Now I’m Gator.”
Nick de la Torre (@delatorre) October 16, 2021
Is this a strong arm that isn’t hidden from the first-term quarterback? Dating back to last year’s loss to LSU, the Gators are 4-6 in their last 10 games.
Mullen continues to hold on to Jones, who is more experienced but also continues to struggle with costly interceptions. He has 10 TDs and nine interceptions this season. Yes, Florida lost its first-round picks Kyle Bates and Toni Kadarius in the 2021 NFL Draft, but that’s the second half of the season.
With Georgia on the next table, it’s time for Mullen to give the ball to Richardson once and for all.
Iowa crime falling
The Iowa defense won the first half of the season.
But what happens when Hawkeyes need to attack? Iowa found the hard way in their 24-7 loss to Purdue at Kennick Stadium.
Purdue pressed the Hawkeyes with quarterback Aidan O’Connell, who passed for 375 yards and two TDs, and David Bell, who fired the NFL draft boards with 11 catches for 240 yards and a TD. The boilers had one spin and no choices, and Iowa didn’t have the answer to the offense.
Spencer Petras threw four interceptions. Iowa had 30 attempts to lunge for 76 yards and snagged Tyler Goodson, who had 12 buggies for 68 yards. Kirk Ferenc’s methodological formula did not work. All the momentum was lost from Penn State’s win, and now Iowa State must win the Big Ten for a playoff shot.
How can this offense match a Goliath like Ohio if it can’t beat Purdue? That’s the uncomfortable question in Iowa City right now.
Texas and Arkansas
Arkansas beat Texas 40-21 on September 11 in one of September’s most surprising results.
Perhaps the slides that both teams have undergone are more impressive since then. The Longhorns blew a 14-point lead in the first inning against Oklahoma State in a one-week 32-24 loss after losing 55-48 on penalties to Oklahoma.
One of the biggest issues of the Tom Hermann era was losses of ten points or less. They were 15-15 in this position under Hermann, and now first-year coach Steve Sarkissian is 1-2.
That’s part of the reason the show is stuck in neutral despite bright spots like Bejan Robinson.
Meanwhile, Arkansas lost to Auburn 38-23. It’s the Razorbacks’ third consecutive loss, and quarterback Bo Nix finished Auburn in 21 of 26 for 292 yards. Sophomore coach Sam Pittman overturned the program, but Arkansas still allowed an average of 42.3 points and 461 yards in those losses and sits 1-3 in the SEC.
Which of these teams is your best bet to go 8-4?