Sooners impressive in win over Frogs
Rodney Anderson and Baker Mayfield led No. 5 Oklahoma to a blowout win of No. 6 TCU in Norman. Anderson had 290 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns.
NORMAN — Rodney Anderson popped up from the crimson-painted turf, football in hand.
As the roar of 88,308 escalated to a fever pitch, Anderson spiked the ball on the white block H in the end zone, facing the field as quarterback Baker Mayfield sprinted toward his favorite weapon, arms flailing.
Anderson had just capped Mayfield’s strike down the middle with his fourth trip into the end zone, using the body of a TCU defender to keep his knee from grazing the turf as he dove.
The spike was the exclamation point on the play and on Anderson’s firsthalf theatrics.
With four scores before halftime of No. 5 OU’s 38-20 win against No. 6 TCU, Anderson didn’t just dispel any ounce of lingering doubt about his ability — he blew the doors off it.
Mayfield said he wanted a new-era “Jump Around” game. What he got was the Rodney Anderson game.
Anderson, once all-but-forgotten in the running back rotation, made sure everyone gathered at Owen Field on Saturday night would remember him with a four-touchdown, 290yard performance.
TCU (8-2, 5-2 Big 12) came into Oklahoma Memorial Stadium with the nation’s best rushing defense, smothering every opponent before the Sooners (9-1, 6-1) to just 69.7 rushing yards per game.
In the three games leading up to the tangle in Norman, TCU limited opponents to 12.3 rushing yards per game.
That’s not a typo, that’s just a testament to the talent of TCU’s defense.
But none of that mattered to Anderson, who sliced up TCU for 80 yards by the time he scored a 24-yard touchdown early in the second quarter.
When halftime rolled around, Anderson had 206 total yards of offense.
Bolstered by a strong performance from the Sooners’ offensive line, Anderson burst through giant holes in TCU’s defense and averaged 10 yards per play.
He was a Swiss Army knife threat, filling a role occupied by Joe Mixon for most of the 2016 campaign. For the first time in his career, Anderson finished with more than 100 yards receiving and rushing, notching 139 and 151, respectively.
Since scoring a touchdown against Texas, the redshirt sophomore has one-upped himself each week.
There was the game-winning touchdown against Kansas State to go with 177 yards and another score. Then, 181 yards against Texas Tech and a touchdown. In Stillwater, two touchdowns and 159 yards.
And it wasn’t just what he could do on the field.
After his Kansas State heroics, Anderson pulled off another super hero move, leaping out of a rehabilitation pool in the Switzer Center and onto the deck, no hands required.
Every week, a highlight more ridiculous than the week before, all from a guy who missed two years of football thanks to catastrophic freak injuries.
Saying Anderson is back wouldn’t be accurate because he never had an opportunity to get started.
But after Saturday night, this much is certain: Rodney Anderson has arrived.
Oklahoma’s Grant Calcaterra scores on a Baker Mayfield pass during the first quarter of the Sooners’ game vs. TCU on Saturday in Norman.
Oklahoma’s Rodney Anderson runs through TCU’s Ridwan Issahaku (31) and Markell Simmons for one of his four touchdowns Saturday during a 38-20 win in Norman.