“We took a chance down the middle,” Broyles said, “and it paid off for us.”
Quick to the line, Jones dropped back on the next play, giving a shoulder pump to fake a bubble screen – a route that gave FSU fits a year ago in OU's blowout win in Norman. Jones' move caused Seminoles cornerback Greg Reid to bite and Stills ran free down the sideline.
Jones saw him open, but underthrew the deep ball. That forced Stills, the talented sophomore from California, to adjust and then box out Reid for the grab and the touchdown.
“I mean, let's face it; they had all the momentum,” OU co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell said. “We kind of gave it to them, but our guys really believe in each other. We believed we could come back in the fourth quarter when it was tough. It wasn't just lip service.”
Trickett threw an interception on Florida State's ensuing possession, and Oklahoma, riding Dominique Whaley down the field, went on another scoring drive that ended with a Jimmy Stevens 31-yard field goal to seal the game with two minutes to play.
Whaley, the walk-on surprise, again led the team in rushing, finishing with 71 yards. On the seven runs that led to the field goal, he had help, too, from OU's line.
“They played with a lot of attitude on that drive, a lot of toughness,” Jones said of Whaley and the line. “That's what you need in drives like that, in that time of the game.”
There were moments on the night when the country's top-ranked team didn't look like it was deserving of that distinction. There were times when it looked like it might lose. But the Sooners (2-0), and their celebrated offense, responded at the proper time.
“That's what No. 1 teams do,” Jones said.