Rapid Reaction: OU escapes El Paso with 24-7 win
By Anthony Slater – Aslater@opubco.com - @anthonyVslater
Nathan Jeffrey went down with a hip injury late in the third quarter and never returned. He was the Miners only source of offense (Jeffrey ran for 177 yards, QB Nick Lamaison threw for 39) and they looked lost without him. No scoring threat in the fourth.
It was over when…
Landry Jones drilled Brannon Green with an 18-yard touchdown strike early in the fourth quarter. It was the first catch of Green’s career and the clincher for OU. Green’s catch put the Sooners up 10 and, with UTEP’s anemic offense (zero points on Saturday), it was an unreachable mountaintop.
Game storyline – Special teams play
OU played one of the worst special teams games I’ve ever seen. And UTEP was just as bad (maybe worse). The Sooners had a kick blocked late in the first half, one quarter after they had a punt blocked and returned for a touchdown. But UTEP’s kicking crew, not to be outdone, answered back, missing three field goals and dialing up an awful fake punt call late in the third, which was easily stuffed, changing the game’s momentum.
Stat of the game
0 – Points scored by UTEP’s offense. The Miners quarterback, Nick Lamaison, was bad (6/23 for 39 yards). The Sooners defense was good enough.
“We need to make a lot of improvements, obviously. Just very inconsistent, especially offensively.” – Bob Stoops
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