On a night that OU rolled La Tech 48-16, the grades reflect that dominance.
TREVOR KNIGHT: A
The Sooner quarterback was stout from the get-go. He finished the night 19 of 34 for 253 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He rushed for another 17 yards. Knight wasn’t as spectacular as guy who finished last season with that breakout performance against Alabama, but remember, OU didn’t have to bust open the playbook against Louisiana Tech. The playcalling was rightly conservative, but Knight still looked sharp.
PROTECTING KNIGHT: C
The grade isn’t a knock on anyone in particular. It’s more a reflection of circumstance. Back-up Cody Thomas was apparently injured, never throwing during warm-ups and was limping slightly as he walked off the field, and with the coaches wanting to redshirt Justice Hansen and the NCAA not yet clearing Baker Mayfield, the Sooners had limited options. In a game that was decided by halftime, it would’ve been great to get Knight out in the third quarter, but instead Knight played the entire game. The good news: Knight ran only four times all night, and he was quick to slide, avoiding contact and possible injury.
PREGAME POMP: B
Any time there’s a pregame flyover, I’m inclined to give high marks. And a pregame flyover by WWII-era bombers? Even better. The only problem was that flyover came early, during the opening strains of the national anthem. The intro video while solid was not a constant source of chill bumps. But there was definitely opening-game buzz in the stadium. Everyone was ready for some football.
RE-TOOLED SECONDARY: A