The only thing you could really gauge against an outclassed team like Chattanooga was certain aspects of the kicking game, and to me, that's a concern for OU. A missed extra point, a deep snap through the end zone. The kicking game could cost the Sooners if they don't shore up a couple of spots.
No need for concern — yet. You had two freshmen making their career debuts, so some shaky nerves are to be expected. There were plenty of good snaps and good kicks in the game.
You don't need "plenty” of good snaps and kicks. You need all of them to be good. OU won a national title in 1975 because Colorado missed an extra point. I'm not sure the Sooners know whether Jimmy Stevens will be their go-to foot.
OU won a national title in 2000 despite a bad deep snap against Florida State that resulted in a safety. Had a PAT blocked by Texas Tech that season, too. Yeah, you'd like to make them all. But you seldom do. It's all about timing. Miss and mess up against Chattanooga.
Well, we know we'll eventually see another deep snapper, as soon as Derek Shaw gets healthy, and don't be surprised if we see Tress Way take over at kicker.
Shaw will be back. And if he goes down again, James Winchester will have played. As for Stevens, he needs to make his kicks. I — and Bob Stoops — at this point have confidence he will.