For years, Oklahoma has been one of the best teams in college football on the offensive side of the ball. Saturday, it’s the defense that’s come to play against rival Texas.
The Sooners have allowed just 83 yards of offense to the Longhorns. They lead at halftime, 10-3, in a game that most thought would feature a lot more scoring.
Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger is 9-of-11 for 71 yards. But the Longhorns’ running game has been completely shut down. Texas has run for 12 yards on 17 carries.
College football analysts around the country are taking notice, wondering if the Sooners finally have a defense to go along with their elite offense.
So THIS is what Oklahoma looks like with a defense. Oh my.
— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) October 12, 2019
I just watched the best 3-and-out series by an Oklahoma defense in several seasons. This came on Texas' opening possession. Maybe there's hope for this unit.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) October 12, 2019
What a day for OU defensive coordinator Alex Grinch. The Longhorns have been impotent on offense all day, including -5 rushing yards. What a safety blitz to end that drive.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) October 12, 2019
Watching Oklahoma’s defense shut down Texas so far, I can’t help but wonder what Ohio State’s defense would have looked like last year if Alex Grinch had been in charge of it instead of Greg Schiano.
— Bill Rabinowitz (@brdispatch) October 12, 2019
Oklahoma has turned the ball over twice in the red zone, which is why the game is close at the break. If they can limit turnovers in the second half, they should wind up with a victory.
The game is being broadcast on FOX.