OU coach Bob Stoops kept saying the same word after his Sooners' season opener Saturday night: execute.
The blocks that were missed and the passes that weren't caught were all part of execution, things that the Sooners have worked toward in the offseason but didn't accomplish in the game. One of Stoops' example was freshman Trey Metoyer.
“Just a deep ball to Trey would have been what you see from him a lot,” Stoops said. “If he would have stayed a half-step inbounds more and execute better.”
Tress Way's dropped hold for Michael Hunnicutt's field goal in the second quarter was another place the Sooners didn't execute well, but it's something Stoops said that they will continue to coach on. He did comment on the execution of the secondary. They only gave up 50 offensive yards to UTEP.
“I don't care who you're playing, to play the entire game and not give up any pass of any consequence is a good thing,” Stoops said. “So hopefully that will continue. I thought those guys looked pretty good overall in their coverage and what we were asking them to do.”
DOM WHALEY NOT HAPPY WITH HIS PERFORMANCE
Dom Whaley thought Saturday went “not too good at all.” But he wasn't talking about his ankle, which he said felt really good. As for his performance, it wasn't what he wanted.
“Couple of bad penalties on my part,” Whaley said. “Possible turnover. Dropped passes. Stuff like that. Those kind of things I want to permit from future games.”
Whaley returned for his first game since his ankle injury against Kansas State in 2011.
HEUPEL: OU TRIED KEEPING TEMPO DOWN FOR NEW GUYS
Oklahoma co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said coaches tried to keep the offense's pace down Saturday against UTEP for the younger players.
“You got a bunch of young guys that haven't played before, at various positions,” Heupel said of the offensive linemen and receivers. “Early in the ballgame, you saw us not use a lot of tempo. We're trying to get them into a rhythm and into the flow of the ballgame.
“The tempo got us going a little bit at times, but then we stumbled and ended up behind the chains sometimes when we were across the 50.”
When Oklahoma did attempt to speed things up in the third quarter, it resulted in some good drives but no touchdowns. The Sooners led the Miners by a field goal, 10-7, entering the fourth quarter.
METOYER NOT DISAPPOINTED
Trey Metoyer, the true freshman receiver who entered his college debut with great expectations, struggled to get open and make catches against UTEP.
He finished with four catches and 21 yards, with no receptions in the first half. Landry Jones targeted Metoyer five times in the first half, though.
“I was kind of frustrated for a moment,” Metoyer admitted. “But, hey, as coach kept on talking, we're a team. We won. Whatever I gotta do ... to win, I'm down.”
In the third quarter, he caught what initially appeared to be an impressive touchdown catch on the edge of the end zone. But he was ruled out of bounds by an official because one foot was on the boundary line.
“Kenny (Stills) said he was behind me, and Kenny said he thought I was in,” Metoyer said. “I thought I was in, too, but they called me out.”