Even though Louisiana-Monroe is a mid-major program, it upset Arkansas last season and came within a touchdown of doing the same to Auburn and Baylor. It scored at least 28 points in all three of those games.
Saturday, Louisiana-Monroe managed to get into the red zone only once.
“They give you a lot to work on with all the formations, the personnel groupings, the empty sets,” Bob Stoops said. “I thought our guys really did a great job of handling that.”
More good news for the Sooners: Knight settled down in the second half.
Knight, who became only the fourth freshman to start at quarterback for OU in a season opener, connected on only three of his first 10 pass attempts, and he was just 7 of 21 for 42 yards at halftime. But after the Sooners established a strong running game -- they finished with 305 rushing yards -- the redshirt freshman from San Antonio was 4 of 6 for 44 yards and two touchdowns in the third quarter.
“It took us a little while,” Knight said, “but we got it going.”