Who earned a game ball in the Sooners 52-31 win over TCU?

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The Oklahoma Sooners finally had a comfortable win against an FBS opponent. It only took them a month and a half but it’s here. The win came at TCU’s expense but you can be sure head coach Lincoln Riley won’t complain one bit.

After a week of closed media availability, Riley unveiled his new starting quarterback with what looked like a completely brand new offense. The Sooners rolled the Horned Frogs 52-31 behind a prolific offensive performance led by Caleb Williams.

John Williams of Sooners Wire shared The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly from Saturday’s win, but let’s hand out some game balls from the Sooners three-touchdown victory over the Horned Frogs.

Caleb Williams, QB

After receiving a game ball last week, the kid dubbed as “Superman,” walked out of the booth in full costume. Caleb Williams’ stats speak for themselves.

Williams ended the night going 18-of-23 for 295 yards and four touchdowns. He added another 66 yards rushing, including an absurd 41-yard touchdown run in the third quarter that looked like something Jalen Hurts or Kyler Murray did in their time with the Oklahoma Sooners.

Williams looked like he had been starting in this offense for three years. Instead, he had just half a game under his belt and proceeded to cut through Gary Patterson’s 4-2-5 defense like he was cutting through the most tender of meats.

His poise, awareness, and athletic ability are truly one of a kind for a player so young. With that said, one should feel comfortable believing that there will be no discussion about who is starting when Oklahoma takes the field against Kansas next Saturday.

Up Next: Breakout Performances

Jadon Haselwood, WR

Hat trick Haselwood. It certainly has a ring to it. While the name is catchy, the performance was even better. Former top-five recruit Jadon Haselwood has fought relentlessly to get on the field and show the mountains of potential he has. This season he’s had limited flashy moments but has been steady making big catches and being pound for pound the best blocker on the team. On Saturday night, he was able to show why Lincoln Riley recruited him to Oklahoma personally. Haselwood finished with 56 yards on a team-leading six catches, three of which went for touchdowns.

Prior to the game, we discussed the importance of a secondary star emerging at wide receiver. After his performance, it’s safe to say that guy may be Jadon Haselwood.

Bill Bedenbaugh, OL Coach

Offensive Line Coach Bill Bedenbaugh had a rough start as a coach this year. His unit has struggled and has been a large part of Oklahoma’s offensive issues as a whole. They struggled to move guys in the run game and were getting beat and outplayed in the passing game.

Against TCU, the Oklahoma Sooners offensive line put together their third straight solid performance. Bedenbaugh has these linemen playing at a really high level right now and it’s only going to get better the more confident they get. Caleb Williams comfort level navigating a pocket has helped the Oklahoma Sooners pass protection. The more comfortable he gets, the better it will all look for the Oklahoma Sooners offensive line.

Up Next: A Solid Defensive Effort

DaShaun White, LB

Oklahoma’s defensive performance was far from fantastic but it was steady and they made just enough plays to help the Sooners win the game.

DaShaun White filled gaps and was in the right place at the right time for a defense that had some real head-scratching moments overall. For an older player that hasn’t had a flashy season, it was good to see a veteran step up and make some plays during the game to help Oklahoma seel the win.

White had seven total tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss in Oklahoma’s win over TCU. The highlight of his performance was the 37-yard fumble recovery and return that nearly ended in a touchdown for the Oklahoma Sooners. Unfortunately, White lost his grip on the ball reaching for the pylon and it rolled out of the back of the end zone for a touchback.

Otherwise, it was a good performance for one of the elder statesmen on the squad.


5 Takeaways from the Oklahoma Sooners 52-31 win over TCU Horned Frogs

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