Mark Stoops — forbidden by new FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher from talking to the press — might eventually get the Seminole defense into gear. Until then, Florida State will get lit up like it has been for a few years now.
But the Seminole offense has been in high gear for awhile, and this Sooner defense did a number on Ponder and his veteran offensive line.
"We played like we're capable of playing," OU d-coordinator Brent Venables said. "Hopefully, some guys now understand what the standard is."
Bank on it. Game 2 of a season, especially with the spotlights glaring and the state and nation doubting, is much more telling than an opener.
The Sooners emptied the playbook, both offense and defense, against Florida State, and it was more than the usual suspects who shined.
On offense, DeMarco Murray and Ryan Broyles got all kinds of help from ballhandlers, and OU's line protected Jones well. On defense, the young guys — Jamell Fleming, Tom Wort, Tony Jefferson — were making as many plays as graybeards Travis Lewis, Beal and Quinton Carter.
Nobody ever admits to a statement game, but these Sooners made just that against Florida State, announcing to the nation their prowess. These Sooners did what Stoops' other great teams have done at Owen Field; send potential threats home without their supper.
This was 34-7 at intermission, Florida State's biggest halftime deficit in 25 years, and OU tight end Trent Ratterree kept glancing at the scoreboard, thinking, "Hey, this is us."
Stoops knew it all along, even if he knew he wouldn't like it.
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