OU: Needs play­mak­ers like Mot­ley, Stoops says

Tulsa World - - Around The Na­tion - Eric Bai­ley 918-581-8391 eric.bai­ley@tul­saworld.com Twit­ter: @er­icbai­leyTW

shuck­ing mem­o­ries of a big win isn't easy to do.

“Sure, you're con­cerned about a let­down. You're con­cerned about how they ap­proach the week,” Ri­ley said. “I thought, for the most part, our men­tal­ity was good. We weren't at our best early in the week and I thought we started to re­spond a lit­tle bit as the week went on and we started to chal­lenge them as coaches.

“So I think we're grow­ing but I think we've got to un­der­stand what you've got to put to­gether com­pletely to play com­plete games.”

The No. 2 Soon­ers (3-0) scored 49 con­sec­u­tive points af­ter trail­ing 14-7 late in the first quar­ter.

While the fi­nal score is what the na­tion will no­tice, OU coaches will have plenty of film to dis­sect.

Quar­ter­back Baker May­field agreed with his head coach — a slow be­gin­ning dur­ing prac­tice week can cause slug­gish game days.

“Not ev­ery game is go­ing to be Satur­day night, 7 o'clock with the whole team watch­ing and play­ing the No. 2 team in the coun­try,” OU quar­ter­back Baker May­field said. “There ob­vi­ously was a dif­fer­ent feel last week than there was tonight. That's up to the lead­ers to get those guys to fo­cus in and treat it just like any other game. I feel like I failed at that part this week. We were fo­cused start­ing Thurs­day, but we were a lit­tle sloppy through­out the week be­fore that.”

Tu­lane (1-2) threw the first punch. The Amer­i­can Ath­letic Con­fer­ence team used an op­tion game that was sim­i­lar to death by pa­per cuts for the Ok­la­homa de­fense early. The Green Wave kept chip­ping away on long drives with a 5-yard run here, a 4-yard run there.

Two touch­down drives in its first two of­fen­sive se­ries si­lenced OU's home crowd.

The de­fense set­tled af­ter the first two pos­ses­sions. Tu­lane man­aged 140 yards of of­fense in its first two drives and only man­aged 151 yards in the fi­nal dozen drives.

“We were get­ting disori­ented and guys out of gaps,” de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Mike Stoops said. “They were giv­ing us a lot of dif­fer­ent for­ma­tions and looks. We just didn't have guys in the right spots. Noth­ing out of the or­di­nary that they don't do … it was a lot of things that we repped, but they gave us a lot of dif­fer­ent looks and kept us off-bal­ance.”

Tu­lane (1-2) was on an­other time-con­sum­ing, run-dom­i­nated drive when it de­cided to test the Soon­ers' sec­ondary with a rare pass.

Par­nell Mot­ley stepped in front of in­tended re­ceiver Ja­cob Robert­son and raced 77 yards for a touch­down.

The Green Wave (who had 62 runs against 12 pass at­tempts) would not re­cover from the turnover and didn't put any more points on the board.

“They're a team that can score so many points and are so po­tent. With their re­ceivers and run­ning backs and, of course, their po­ten­tial Heis­man Tro­phy­win­ning quar­ter­back, we didn't re­spond very well,” Tu­lane coach Wil­lie Fritz said.

Mot­ley's emer­gence at cor­ner­back has been a good sign for the Soon­ers, who strug­gled early last sea­son at the po­si­tion. The sopho­more has two in­ter­cep­tions in as many games, with both com­ing at crit­i­cal sit­u­a­tions.

“Some guys have to make plays, and Par­nell is a play­maker,” Stoops said. “We des­per­ately need play­mak­ers, es­pe­cially out on the edge. That gives us en­cour­ag­ing hope as we move for­ward.”

The Soon­ers (2-1) trailed 14-7 with 4:04 left in the first quar­ter be­fore the on­slaught be­gan.

The early of­fen­sive hero was true fresh­man CeeDee Lamb, who caught four passes for 131 yards and two TDs. He was off to a record-set­ting per­for­mance but was ejected from the game af­ter be­ing called for a tar­get­ing penalty in the sec­ond quar­ter.

Lamb's penalty negated a 44yard touch­down run on a re­verse by Jeff Badet. Lamb had a key block com­ing against traf­fic to free the wide re­ceiver on the scor­ing play.

Ri­ley chose not to dis­cuss the play af­ter­ward, and said he will ask the Big 12 for a rule in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the play.

Wide re­ceiver Mar­quise Brown starred for OU. Brown ended with a game-high six catches for 155 yards in­clud­ing an 87-yard TD re­cep­tion from Kyler Mur­ray in the fourth quar­ter.

May­field re­ceived three quar­ters of work. The se­nior ended 17-of-27 pass­ing for 331 yards.

May­field's four pass­ing touch­downs brought his sea­son to­tal to 10, and he now has 133 con­sec­u­tive passes thrown with­out an in­ter­cep­tion dat­ing back to last sea­son.

Lamb's sec­ond touch­down re­cep­tion — a 22-yard grab from May­field tied the game at 14 with 1:11 re­main­ing in the first quar­ter.

Mot­ley's in­ter­cep­tion made it 21-14, and Ab­dul Adams had a 20-yard scor­ing re­cep­tion to give OU a 28-14 lead at in­ter­mis­sion.

Marcelias Sut­ton, who had a ca­reer-high 63 rush­ing yards, scored on a 9-yard run in the third quar­ter. Jor­dan Small­wood (11-yard pass from May­field) and Trey Ser­mon (11-yard run) joined Brown with fourthquar­ter scores.

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