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Film study: Taking a second look at Oklahoma’s 69-13 win over Florida A&M

by Jason Kersey Modified: March 29, 2013 at 5:05 pm •  Published: September 11, 2012
Trey Metoyer catches the first touchdown pass of his OU career in the second quarter of Saturday's 69-13 win over Florida A&M. PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN
Trey Metoyer catches the first touchdown pass of his OU career in the second quarter of Saturday's 69-13 win over Florida A&M. PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN
NORMAN — Here is the second installment of my Oklahoma football film study, this time on the Sooners’ 69-13 win over Florida A&M last week.

I watched the whole game and tried to narrow it down to some interesting moments and things that happened during the game that I missed watching it live.

* The pay-per-view broadcast showed OU’s new intro video. Again, I say two thumbs up. Maybe the best intro video OU has had, and that’s saying something.

* Second offensive play for FAMU, quarterback Damien Fleming hands it off to James Owens on a zone read. David King briefly committed to staying with Fleming, and that gave Owens room to run outside. Nice blocking there by FAMU, really, .but it also looks like Tom Wort and Corey Nelson each crashed too far downfield and couldn’t get back outside to stop him from picking up 14 yards. Wort and Nelson both had bad angles trying to come back and stop him.

* 2nd-and-9, on FAMU’s fourth offensive play, Javon Harris makes a very nice open-field tackle. He really played well Saturday.

* R.J. Washington brought the heat on the very next play, putting good pressure on Fleming, who slips around him but then slips and falls to the ground, where Jamarkus McFarland is there to get credit for a sack.

* OU comes out in a hurry-up on its first drive; on the first play from scrimmage, Landry Jones finds Justin Brown on a quick comeback route, which Brown took for a 9-yard gain. Brown almost escaped the FAMU defender who made initial contact, but was gang tackled. The skills he uses to break tackles in punt returns will definitely come in handy on offense, too.

* On 2nd-and-1, it seems like Taylor McNamara, who started at tight end, was supposed to pick up the blitzing safety and missed him, which forced Dominique Whaley back inside, where there really was nowhere to go.

* 3rd-and-1, Tyrus Thompson didn’t get in fast enough for the Belldozer and OU had to use its first timeout. Bob Stoops didn’t look happy about that. After the timeout, Bronson Irwin got tripped up while trying to pull, and that seemed to blow Blake Bell’s run attempt up.

* On FAMU’s first play of its second drive, just a great catch by Travis Harvey for a 26-yard gain. Aaron Colvin’s coverage was good; sometimes the other guy just makes a great play.

* Not sure why Jones makes the throw he makes at 8:20. Seemed like he was intent on throwing it to Trey Metoyer the whole time, even though he was covered pretty well, and the pass should’ve been picked off. There were four FAMU players in Metoyer’s vicinity on that play.

* Two plays later, Jones finds Kenny Stills across the middle, and Stills makes a terrific one-handed grab while being hit pretty hard by the FAMU defender. Just a really nice play all around by Stills, who seems to really be getting more comfortable going across the middle and being open to taking those kinds of big hits.

* The next play is just nice all-around; good blocking from the line, Trey Millard out of the backfield and Brown on the perimeter, and good vision by Whaley to find the holes for a 13-yard gain. The next play, Damien Williams takes it right up the gut for his first of four touchdowns. Credit to Bronson Irwin, who does a nice job pulling and blocking his man to give Williams the room he needed to find the endzone.

* At 5:28 left in the first quarter, Brown shows again why coaches were so excited about his punt-return skills. It’s tough to do his return justice in writing; he breaks away from one tackle to get to the sideline and sprints down the field, where he very nearly stayed in-bounds. Just excellent vision and toughness to break tackles. He hasn’t returned one for a touchdown yet, but I bet he brings at least one back before the season’s over.

* Inside the 5-yard line, the Sooners aren’t going to need the Belldozer as much with Williams in the backfield. He shows why on his second touchdown run, when he makes contact with four different FAMU players, pushes through and spins past them before reaching into the endzone. Just an impressive runner who adds so much to the OU offense.

* R.J. Washington does a nice job getting away from a double-team, and gets nice run support from Tony Jefferson, who shows again why, to me, he’s the best player on the team. Unfortunately, though, this is also the play where Jefferson hurt his ankle, an injury that eventually forced him out of the game.

* Javon Harris comes through with two straight big plays; on the first, he comes up to make a nice hit and break up a pass. Then, he’s there to intercept Fleming’s next throw and is mindful of staying inbounds at the 50.

* On 2nd-and-17, Tyrus Thompson gets beat by his man, leaving Jones under some pressure, but he still makes a perfect throw to Stills, who is open in the endzone but drops the sure touchdown pass. One of the few mistakes Stills has made through these first two games.

* During the sideline interview with Lon Kruger and Blake Griffin, Eddie Rocker bounces outside of OU’s defense for a 16-yard run. David King beat his man and almost caught Rocker from behind, and Wort looks like he took a bad angle once the FAMU back did get outside. You know, OU did only give up an average of 2.2 yards per carry, but this run defense still looks a little suspect sometimes.

* At 1:41, Harris with another monster hit.

* Second play of the second quarter, Landry Jones is intercepted. Really tough to see what he was looking at here; Kenny Stills had three defenders around him, but it looks like Jones decided early in the play that he was going to Stills. Protection was good from the offensive line.

* At 13:56, really nice read by Jesse Paulsen to come up and make the tackle in run support.

* At 12:24, Dominique Whaley fumbles as he’s being brought down; OU turned the ball over on back-to-back drives. This one led to FAMU’s first 3 points. We don’t see Whaley again for a while after this one.

* On 3rd-and-10, Landry Jones takes advantage of a free play via FAMU jumping offside; Jones heaves it down the sideline to Justin Brown, who makes a really nice catch while being interfered with. Good focus by Brown.

* 9:20 left in the first half, Williams takes the outside handoff and takes it 15 yards for his third touchdown of the half. Trey Millard comes up with a nice block that sprung Williams free. Justin Brown kept his perimeter blocking assignment long enough to let Williams get outside, and then Williams himself did the rest. Really well-executed play here all around.

* Jordan Phillips and Marquis Anderson enter the game at defensive tackle on FAMU’s next drive.

* Justin Brown makes his second really nice return of the game. Nice blocking there, too, by OU’s punt return team, but Brown’s vision, patience and quick decision-making are apparent on this 62-yard return.

* 6:45 left in the first half, Jones is under pressure and tries to escape it, but it met head on by FAMU’s Frances Mayes. On his replay show, Bob Stoops said Jones should’ve thrown this one away.

* The Sooners’ fourth touchdown of the day comes on the next play, a 16-yard pass-and-catch. Really a nice throw there by Jones, who put it where only Stills could get it, and a good grab by Stills.

* 3rd-and-7 for FAMU, and here comes the first touchdown of the season OU’s defense has given up. As has been noted, Jesse Paulsen just got his assignment wrong, which left Demontre Hurst on his own covering Travis Harvey without deep support. If you look, before the snap Javon Harris is screaming from the other safety spot for Paulsen to get back into coverage. This play is certainly concerning, but easily fixable.

* I’ve gotta say: Travis Harvey really is a nice player. He made some good, contested catches and showed good speed.

* OU essentially ends the first half with a nice 11-play, 87-yard drive that took nearly four minutes off the clock.

* 2:29, Sterling Shepard makes his first career reception, and it was a nice one. Across the middle, in traffic, Shepard left his feet and makes the first-down catch on a pass that was a little behind him. Shepard is going to be a special, special player at Oklahoma. It was pretty cool to hear the ovation he got after this catch, too.

* With Shepard in the slot, Kenny Stills moved outside. As Shepard gets more involved in the offense with experience, I would expect this set-up more often.

* On the play after Shepard’s catch, Jones leads Stills a little too far on a deep ball into the endzone; Stills dives after it and slides through the Pride of Oklahoma marching band and into the north endzone’s brick wall. He looked hurt initially, but returned in the second half to grab three more catches.

* 0:41 seconds, Jones gets the snap and quickly finds Trey Metoyer in the endzone for his first career touchdown, an 18-yard score. Metoyer reaches up with his big hands and makes the grab behind the FAMU defenders. Once he gets more and more acclimated to the college game, Metoyer is going to be unreal.

* On the first drive of the second half, Brennan Clay runs for 5, 12, 18 and 3 yards on four straight plays, with the last one being a touchdown. The 18-yard run is Clay’s career-long; his previous long was 13. The touchdown came in the diamond formation, and Clay does a nice job powering through and carrying some FAMU defenders into the endzone.

* 10:45 left in the third, Williams scores his fourth TD of the game on the 89-yard run. Just a very nicely blocked play by the line, and then Trey Millard, as he has done time and again, leads Williams into the secondary and gets in a FAMU safety’s way to spring Williams free.

* The all-freshmen defensive line makes its debut on the Rattlers’ next drive (Charles Tapper and Michael Onuoha on the ends, joining Phillips and Anderson). The two freshmen ends did fairly well in their opportunities Saturday night. I’ll have more on them later.

* OU’s next offensive drive opens with two straight Trey Millard 15-yard runs.

* 6:49 left in the third, OU scores on a 10-yard Brennan Clay run. At this point, OU’s offensive line has completely worn down the FAMU defensive front. OU now leads 56-10.

* First play of the fourth quarter, with Blake Bell running the offense, he finds tight end Brannon Green for a first down on a 2nd-and-16. Green showing off his hands in some limited opportunities through two games.

* 13:52 left in the game, Dominique Whaley finds the endzone on a 4-yard run. Again, a nicely blocked play and good vision by Whaley on this one.

* Michael Hunnicutt misses the extra point, driving the ball into an upright. I don’t think it’s anything to be terribly concerned with, but still kind of odd for a guy who’s usually money.

* 12:45 left in the game, really nice play by Jordan Phillips, who shows some of the talent that coaches and teammates have been raving about. He just takes complete control of the guard who is blocking him and brings down FAMU running back James Owens after just a 1-yard gain.

* Next play, Marquis Anderson does a nice job and sacks Damien Fleming. Back-to-back good plays there by the redshirt freshman defensive tackles.

* 9:30, Bell finds Shepard on a 3rd-and-4 for a 28-yard gain. Shepard dives to make the grab across the middle, but if Bell had made a better throw, Shepard could’ve possibly caught that one in stride and been gone for a touchdown.

* Roy Finch is in the game here at running back. Makes his first carry of the season, picking up 11 yards by breaking a couple tackles, and then, on the very next play, scores on a 15-yard run for OU’s final touchdown of the game. Finch finished the game with 5 carries and 50 yards.

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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