For the first time against an FBS opponent since late in the 2011 season, Oklahoma's two leading tacklers were linebackers.
Corey Nelson had eight tackles, including two for a loss, and Frank Shannon had seven, including one for a loss.
“I think that's a good indication,” Sooners defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said. “That's the way it's supposed to be. I'm happy for both of those guys. They played hard and prepared well and really played good football.”
Nearly half of Oklahoma's tackles (20 of 43) came from linebackers.
CRAMPING NOT AN ISSUE
With the kickoff temperature in triple digits for the season opener for just the third time in Sooners history, a few cramps might've been expected.
But Oklahoma didn't show any sign of heat-related ailments, getting through the game without any cramping issues.
Bob Stoops said the offense controlling the clock, especially in the second quarter, helped stave off any issues.
“They got good breaks,” Stoops said. “When you go three-and-out, three-and-out, three-and-out or turnover and out and you're back out there, it doesn't work so well. You have to play together as a team. Tonight it worked that way.”
The Sooners held the ball for 10:57 in the second quarter after managing just one first down in the first quarter.
KNIGHT DOESN'T MIND TAKING A HIT
It might not sound right, but one of the things redshirt freshman quarterback Trevor Knight was looking forward to the most in Saturday's game was taking a hit.
“The last game I got hit in was during high school, so it's been a long time,” Knight said. “To get out there and get hit around a little bit felt good.”
Knight has worn the blue jersey, designating him off-limits for hitting in practice, since he arrived in Norman.
BIG DIFFERENCE IN SPECIAL TEAMS
A year ago in an opening win over UTEP, Oklahoma struggled in special teams in a lackluster 24-7 win.
The Sooners had a punt and a field-goal attempt blocked, and the Miners were able to return four of five kickoff tries.
In their first game under new special teams coach Jay Boulware, though, the Sooners were exceptional Saturday.
Junior kicker Nick Hodgson booted all seven of his kickoffs well into the end zone for touchbacks, Michael Hunnicutt made both of his field-goal tries, Jalen Saunders delivered a 45-yard punt return that set up a quick touchdown, and Brennan Clay wrapped up ULM punter Justin Manton short of the first down on a fake punt try late in the third quarter.
Louisiana-Monroe senior linebacker Cam Blakes on the Sooners upping the tempo on offense in the first half:
“They definitely move a lot faster than they show on film. We didn't communicate and get our defensive calls in. A lot of it was just execution. We didn't play up to par for that kind of offense.”