It was another rough outing for the Oklahoma Sooners offense, but the defense rose to the occasion in a tight 16-13 win over West Virginia. When it mattered most, the Sooners and Spencer Rattler provided the drive of the game as they methodically moved the ball down the field from their own eight-yard line into position to give Gabe Brkic a chance to win the game.
And Brkic did what Brkic did, nailing the 30-yard field goal for the game-winner as time expired.
During the game, a segment of Sooners fans in attendance began chanting for Caleb Williams to replace Spencer Rattler. While Rattler and the offense were certainly struggling a bit with West Virginia’s defense, it was never so bad that Rattler needed to be replaced.
The running game was as big of an issue as anything. That goes to the offensive line’s inability to move the line of scrimmage or set the edge against a very good defensive front for the West Virginia Mountaineers.
While there were some understandably frustrated with the play of Spencer Rattler and the offense, there were others still supportive of the Oklahoma Sooners starting quarterback.
Football is a team game, and while Rattler needs to be better, he also needs some help. While the quarterback gets all of the focus, even the best will struggle if the offensive line is struggling or if receivers aren’t getting open.
There were inconsistencies throughout the offense last night, and a lot of that credit has to go to West Virginia for coming in with a solid game plan and executing it to the frustration of the Sooners’ offense.
Offensive Line Inconsistency is a Problem
One thing that is clear after tonight: the offensive line play isn’t even close to where it should be.
Oklahoma can’t run when they want to. Makes the offense predictable. Hurts QB play.
You fix the OL – other issues begin to fix themselves.
— Ruf / Writers – Stephen (@OUupdatedSB) September 26, 2021
Lincoln Riley’s team showed some gusto at the end
Lincoln Riley, asked about the fans chanting, says they play better when the fans are supportive. Then adds, “I’ll tell you what: It takes a lot of balls to do what we did there at the end, so people better see that, too.”
— Jason Kersey (@jasonkersey) September 26, 2021
Spencer Rattler has Some Support
Sooner Nation owes the entire Football Team an apology. What they did in the stands tonight is unacceptable. We are 4-0. Spencer Rattler has won 12 games in a row. Who cares if a few of those wins are ugly-they are wins! You don’t boo your team and QB; especially on National TV!
— ChariseK (@ChariseK3) September 26, 2021
Offense isn’t Playing Great
Heading into the 2020 season, Oklahoma had not scored fewer than 28 points since Lincoln Riley took over as head coach.
The Sooners have now scored fewer than 28 points in three straight Big 12 games. Their 16 points today were the least since OU lost 40-6 to Clemson in 2014.
— Shehan Jeyarajah (@ShehanJeyarajah) September 26, 2021