Report card: Oklahoma Sooners defense shines in Bedlam's win on Senior Day (2023)

In a game that had no championship implications for the Sooners this year, there was a lot more at stake for Oklahoma. Seniors day, 20+ prospects in the building, and the fact that in-state rival Oklahoma State was in the building. Oklahoma couldn't take a loss and they came out firing on all cylinders.

They won a 28-13 game that for 15 minutes looked like Oklahoma would have 60 points over Oklahoma State. That wasn't the case, but a win is a win and Oklahoma ran their business.

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The win also made them eligible to bowl, an achievement considering how bad Oklahoma has looked at times.

A herculean effort by the Sooners defense is the biggest story of the day. How did the rest of the team do when we evaluated performance if we took a big picture? Here's a look at this week's report card.

Field Mariscal: C

Report card: Oklahoma Sooners defense shines in Bedlam's win on Senior Day (1)

Oklahoma's Dillon Gabriel (8) warms up before a Bedlam college football game between the University of Oklahoma (OU) Sooners and the Oklahoma State University (OSU) Cowboys at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman , Oklahoma, on Saturday, November 19. . , 2022. Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Saturday was a strange day for the Oklahoma Sooners' offense. They came out bubbly. 28 points in the first quarter and it looked like they were going to roll to a season high point total.

The Sooners never scored again.

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The contrast in quality was jarring, and while Gabriel's QB play helped put 28 on the board, his play also contributed to the three scoreless quarters we saw. At one point in the second half, Gabriel was 0 for 11. That's almost impossible statistically at this level of football. Things took a turn for the worse and completely ruined a perfect first quarter.

Gabriel and his offensive coordinator Jeff Lebby still have work to do.

Runners: B

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Eric Gray (0) runs the ball during a Bedlam college football game between the University of Oklahoma (OU) Sooners and the Oklahoma State University (OSU) Cowboys at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma , on Saturday, November 19. . , 2022. Oklahoma won 28-13.
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Eric Gray continued to be the version of himself that OU fans have fallen in love with. Eric's biggest crime is that he didn't get the ball as much as he should. He got 20 carries, but felt it should have been 30. He also should have seen more work in the passing game.

That said, 90 rushing yards and 30 receiving yards is a decent day for Gray. But considering how unspectacular the passing game looked in the second half, the running game should have leaned more. Backup RB Jovantae Barnes added six carries for 59 yards off the bench and continues to lay out his resume to be next year's starting RB1.

Wide Receivers: C

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Oklahoma's Drake Stoops (12) runs past Oklahoma State's Jason Taylor II (25) after a catch during a Bedlam college football game between the University of Oklahoma (OU) Sooners and the Oklahoma State Cowboys (OSU) at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma, Saturday, November 19, 2022. Oklahoma won 28-13.
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Like Dillon Gabriel, the wide receivers started with the guns until the clock hit 0:00 for the first quarter and then it went downhill. The scoring break should see equal blame on all facets of the offense, including the receivers.

The lack of separation, casualties and other issues detracted from a magical first quarter.Drake Stoops led the receiverswith six receptions for 89 yards and a touchdown in his last home game. Jalil Farooq also added a touchdown reception, but he struggled with the knockdowns for the rest of the game.

Stramende ender: C

Report card: Oklahoma Sooners defense shines in Bedlam's win on Senior Day (4)

November 19, 2022; Norman, Oklahoma, USA; Oklahoma Sooners tight end Brayden Willis (9) jumps over Oklahoma State Cowboys linebacker Mason Cobb (0) and safety Sean Michael Flanagan (18) downfield at Gaylord Family- Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Risk Credit: Bryan Terry-USA TODAY Sports

Brayden Willis' home run as a Sooner ended Saturday night in victory for the Sooners. While it wasn't his best performance, Willis finished with three catches for 35 yards. A loose ball in the red zone by Willis took points off the scoreboard. In the end, he wasn't going to bite Oklahoma on the butt.

Offensive Line: C

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November 19, 2022; Norman, Oklahoma, USA; Oklahoma Sooners running back Eric Gray (0) celebrates after running for a touchdown against the Oklahoma State Cowboys during a game at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bryan Terry-USA TODAY Sports

The trend continues. Then a good start to the offense was followed by mediocre results. The offensive line is no exception. They played well, but struggled to open things up in the running game in the second half, and Dillon Gabriel was under pressure from the Oklahoma State defensive line. he was not there. An injury to Wanya Morris saw Tyler Guyton get a few snaps.

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Defensive line: A

Report card: Oklahoma Sooners defense shines in Bedlam's win on Senior Day (6)

November 19, 2022; Norman, Oklahoma, USA; Oklahoma Sooners defensive lineman Jordan Kelley (88) celebrates with defensive lineman Isaiah Coe (94) after a sack against the Oklahoma State Cowboys during a game at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bryan Terry-USA TODAY Sports

Although things looked shaky for a full game for their offensive linemen, Oklahoma's defensive linemen played hungry and up front for the entire four quarters.

Contributions from Jonah Laulu (one interception, two tackles for loss), two Jordan Kelley sacks, and sacks from Isaiah Coe, Ethan Downs and Jalen Redmond highlighted one of the best games of the season from this defensive line group.

They led the way by limiting Oklahoma State's running game to just 103 yards on 35 rushes for a paltry 2.9 yards per carry average. carry. Ted Roof, Todd Bates and Miguel Chavis deserve their flowers for the production they got from this unit on Saturday night.

Linebackers: A

Report card: Oklahoma Sooners defense shines in Bedlam's win on Senior Day (7)

November 19, 2022; Norman, Oklahoma, USA; Oklahoma Sooners linebacker David Ugwoegbu (2) celebrates after a defensive stop against the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the second quarter at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Phipps-USA TODAY Sports

With the defensive line setting the tone, Oklahoma's linebackers followed suit and flew around the field all day. DaShaun White had a great final game at home with eight tackles, one sack and one interception.

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David Ugwoegbu and Danny Stutsman were first and second in tackles and each recorded a QB run. This unit has quietly put together a full month of performances on top of their effort against Baylor. Kip Lewis and Kobie McKinzie, two true freshmen who signed with the recruiting class of 2022, also saw some action along with fellow class of 2022 Jaren Kanak.

Defensive Backs: B

Report card: Oklahoma Sooners defense shines in Bedlam's win on Senior Day (8)

November 19, 2022; Norman, Oklahoma, USA; Oklahoma Sooners defensive back C.J. Coldon (22) intercepts a pass against the Oklahoma State Cowboys during a game at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Bryan Terry-USA TODAY Sports

The Oklahoma Sooners secondary contributed to the good performance. Oklahoma State entered the game with a potent passing attack, and while they gained 381 passing yards, the yards are greatly inflated because quarterback Spencer Sanders was forced to drop back 67 times.

Regardless of the team, no one wants their QB to do that, and if he does, it's backfired.

The Oklahoma secondary was flying in the first half. They limited the Cowboys' passing game and took three interceptions in the first 30 minutes.

CJ Coldon caught his third interception of the season and Billy Bowman showed off his incredible athleticism, reaching up to intercept a Sanders pass intended for an Oklahoma State wide receiver. Woodi Washington finished third in tackles and also had a pass breakup. Meanwhile, true freshman Gentry Williams saw more plays outside at the corner and showed up well.

Special Strong: A

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The Oklahoma All-Star was a major asset in this game because the offense couldn't move the ball after the first quarter. Thus, the onus fell on punter Michael Turk to continue the booming punts to give Oklahoma State advantageous field position. Turk complied, handing over 11 punts for an average of 49 yards. Three of those punts were downed inside the 20-yard line with a length of 67 yards.

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How good is Oklahoma Sooners defense? ›

According to Pro Football Focus, OU ranked 79th in the nation in overall defensive grade, 54th in pass coverage grade, 79th in run defense grade, 26th in pass coverage grade and 71st in tackling grade.

Who won Bedlam this year? ›

The Sooners won the Sunday finale, 5-1, for their 41st consecutive victory. Up next for both teams is the Big 12 conference tournament, kicking off May 11. Below is a game-by-game recap of the Bedlam series.

Who won the OU vs OSU game last night? ›

Oklahoma State 13-28 Oklahoma (Nov 19, 2022) Final Score - ESPN.

Has Oklahoma won any awards? ›

The fresh take on Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's “Oklahoma!” opened on Broadway in April of 2019 and won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. Additionally, the 2023 Oliviers honored Arthur Darvill with an award as Best Actor in a Musical for his performance as Curly in the London transfer.

What college football team has the best Defence? ›

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Who has the best overall defense in college football? ›

Overall records (Rec) and records against FBS opponents (FBS) are specified.
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Is OU better than OSU in football? ›

Though Oklahoma currently leads in wins with 90, Oklahoma State, the beloved underdog, never gives up easily. Since this rivalry started, OSU has only beaten OU 19 times and they have tied 7 times.

Who has won more Bedlam games OU or OSU? ›

Bedlam Rivalry

The rivalry has its roots in the schools' prestigious wrestling programs; OSU has won 34 NCAA titles, OU 7.

How many times has OSU beat OU in football? ›

Meetings total117
All-time seriesOklahoma leads, 91–19–7
Largest victoryOklahoma, 75–0 (1904)
Longest win streakOklahoma, 19 (1946–1964)
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Who is Oklahoma State's biggest rival? ›

The Oklahoma State–Tulsa football rivalry is a college football rivalry game between Oklahoma State and Tulsa. The two teams first played each other in 1914, and the rivalry has been played on and off for a total of 75 games as of 2021.

What is the record between OSU and OU? ›

OU has dominated the Bedlam Series with its 90-18-7 (. 813) all-time record against Oklahoma State and is 42-7-5 (. 824) in the series in Stillwater. The Sooners have won 16 of the last 18 meetings.

What year did Oregon beat OU? ›

Oregon, 2006: Allen Patrick Recovered the Football. The Sooners might have been in the conversation for a national title, instead, they were saddled with a loss they didn't deserve thanks to historically bad officiating in Eugene.

Who has the most state championships in Oklahoma? ›

Ada leads the way, having won 18 state titles in a 64-year span.
  • Ada. State titles: 18. Years: 1951-96. ...
  • Clinton. State titles: 16. Years: 1965-12.
  • Jenks. State titles: 15. Years: 1979-14.
  • Morrison. State titles: 14. Years: 1984-08.
  • Carl Albert (Midwest City) State titles: 10. ...
  • Thomas-Fay-Custer (Thomas) (Formerly Thomas)
May 29, 2015

Who has won the most awards ever? ›

As of 2022, Katharine Hepburn maintained her lead as the actor with the most Oscar wins of all time. While the "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" star scored four acting accolades during her career, six fellow actors tied for the second spot with three wins each.

Who is the most award winning? ›

Katharine Hepburn won four Academy Awards (all for Best Actress), more than any other actor or actress in the history of the award.

Who has the number 1 defense? ›

San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers have the best defense in the NFL with only 300.6 total yards allowed per game. On defense, San Francisco has been a top-five unit, ranking best by giving up only 16.3 points per game. On defense, the 49ers rank 20th in the NFL, giving up 222.9 passing yards per game.

Who has the number 1 defense in the country? ›

Team Defense
Total Offense
3Air Force50.5
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What is the most popular youth football defense? ›

The 52 defense is commonly used youth football defense. There are 5 down linemen. There are 2 inside linebackers, with 2 cornerbacks. There is a free safety and a strong safety.

Who is the best defensive college player this year? ›

College football award winners for 2022 season

Bednarik Award (Best defensive player): Alabama linebacker Will Anderson, Jr. Other nominees: USC lineman Tuli Tuipulotu and Cincinnati linebacker Ivan Pace, Jr.

What college has the most defensive backs in the NFL? ›

Which program has the most ever secondary players drafted to the NFL? Ohio State. While there is always room for DBU debate, it's hard to argue with Ohio State's résumé when it comes to producing defensive back talent for the NFL. In the history of the NFL draft, the Buckeyes have had 65 DBs selected.

What is the most dominant defense in the NFL? ›

1: 1985 Chicago Bears. Any list of top defenses in the NFL's long history is not complete without the Monsters of the Midway near the top. Their 46 defense wreaked havoc on the league all season long.

Who has won more OU or Texas? ›

Texas leads the overall series 63–50–5 (. 555). In 2005, The Dallas Morning News asked the 119 Division 1A football coaches to identify the top rivalry game in college football. The Red River Rivalry ranked third, behind only Michigan–Ohio State and Army–Navy.

Who is OSU biggest rivalry? ›

The Michigan–Ohio State football rivalry, referred to as The Game by some followers, is an American college football rivalry game that is played annually between the Michigan Wolverines and the Ohio State Buckeyes. Michigan and Ohio State are two of the most successful teams in NCAA Division I football.

Who has won more Bedlam games? ›

The Sooners have dominated the series with a 90-19-7 all-time record. Some would say that OU's overwhelming command of the football series hardly qualifies as a bona fide rivalry. The first game in this series was played in 1904, with Oklahoma winning 75-0. The Sooners' domination started right from the beginning.

Why is there no more Bedlam? ›

Logistical issues in scheduling appear to be blocking the game from being played — at least for several years — after OU leaves the Big 12 for the SEC, which will happen no later than the 2025 season. “We're moving on, they're moving on,” OU athletic director Joe Castiglione told The Oklahoman on Tuesday.

Who has won more games OSU or Michigan? ›

Ohio State and Michigan are the two winningest programs in FBS history. UM, in its 143rd season of play, has 987 victories on the gridiron. Ohio State, in its 133rd season, is second with 953 victories.

Has OU ever lost 4 games in a row? ›

The Sooners lost five consecutive games in 1998 and they lost four straight times in both the 1996 and 1997 seasons.

How many times has OU beat an SEC team? ›

It is the only Big 12 program to be one of the four teams selected for the College Football Playoff, which the Sooners have done four times. However, they have yet to advance past the semifinals, with three of the defeats to SEC teams.

What is the highest scoring OU football game? ›

Points Scored ▪ Game ▪ Home
  • 157. W. 1919. H. Kingfisher College.
  • 140. W. 1916. H. Southwestern Oklahoma State.
  • 104. W. 1911. H. Kingfisher College.
  • 102. W. 1915. H. Northwestern Oklahoma State.
  • 101. W. 1913. H. Northwestern Oklahoma State.
  • W. 1914. H. East Central.
  • W. 1912. H. Central Oklahoma.
  • W. 1917. H. Tulsa.

What is the biggest high school football rivalry in Oklahoma? ›

OKC Millwood: The most lively and stimulating rivalry among Oklahoma City schools. Played every year since 1976, and the 40th meeting is Saturday. Millwood leads 21-18.

What is the longest football rivalry in Oklahoma? ›

The Bedlam rivalry between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State is older (1904) than the state of Oklahoma (1907). It also happens to be the most lopsided annual rivalry in college football; OU leads 90-19-7.

Has Oklahoma ever beaten Alabama? ›

The Alabama Crimson Tide has only one win ever against the Sooners. The one win came in the first game between the two schools, the 1963 Orange Bowl.

What is OSU highest scoring football game? ›

Half of the team's points were tallied in a 128–0 victory over Oberlin. The 128 points scored against Oberlin remains a single-game Ohio State record.

How many losing seasons has OU had? ›

Fewest Losing Seasons
RankLosing SeasonsTotal Seasons
1. Oklahoma12120
2. Notre Dame13127
3. Ohio State13126
4. Texas14123
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Has Oregon ever been ranked number 1 in football? ›

On October 16, 2010, Oregon was ranked number 1 in the AP Poll for the first time in program history.

Who beat Oklahoma in 1957? ›

A full highlight package of the 7-0 upset Notre Dame pulled off over Oklahoma in 1957, ending the Sooners' NCAA-record 47-game win streak.

What is the Oregon State Oregon rivalry called? ›

The Oregon–Oregon State football rivalry (formerly known as the Civil War) is an American college football rivalry game played annually in the state of Oregon between the Ducks of the University of Oregon in Eugene and the Beavers of Oregon State University in Corvallis.

What high school in Oklahoma has the most football championships? ›

Jenks football program won the 3A state championship in 1979 followed by a 5A state championship in 1982, and the Oklahoma 6A high school football championship in 1993, 1996–2001, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2012–2015, 2020, and 2021 for a total of 18 state championships.

What college football team has played in the most national championships? ›

Yale football has one of the most impressive resumes in the sport, with two of the first three Heisman winners, 100 All-Americans, 28 Hall of Fame inductees, and 18 national championships recognized by the NCAA — the most all time.

What state has the most championships? ›

New York leads all states with 57 total pro sports championships.

What actress has won the most awards in history? ›

Katharine Hepburn holds the records for most wins with 12 nominations and 4 wins for Morning Glory (1933), Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967), The Lion in Winter (1968), and On Golden Pond (1981).

Who was the youngest Oscar winner? ›

Anthony Hopkins and Tatum O'Neal are the oldest and youngest winners of acting Oscars, winning at age 83 and age 10 respectively.

What male actor has the most Oscars? ›

What actor has the most Oscars? There is a three-way tie for the male actor with the most Oscars. Walter Brennan, Daniel Day-Lewis and Jack Nicholson all have three awards. Brennan won best supporting actor three times, the only performer to do so.

Who has been awarded as the best actor? ›

National Film Award for Best Actor
Last awarded2022
Most recent winnerSuriya Ajay Devgn
Most awardsAmitabh Bachchan (4)
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Who is the most awarded singer? ›

The record for the most Grammy Awards won in a lifetime is held by Beyoncé, an American singer, songwriter, record producer and dancer, who has won 32. It was previously held by Georg Solti, a Hungarian-British conductor, who won 31.

What is the hardest award to win in acting? ›

The term is related to other competitive areas, such as the Triple Crown of horse racing. Only 24 people, 15 women and nine men, have achieved the Triple Crown. Helen Hayes became the first actor to do so with her Emmy Award on February 5, 1953.

What is Oklahoma Sooners ranked now? ›

Oklahoma Football: Sooners No. 23 in 247Sports 2023 power rankings.

Who is favored to win OU vs OSU? ›

The Sooners are favored by 7.5 points in the latest Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over/under is set at 64.5.

Where do the Oklahoma Sooners ranked? ›

BIG 12
9West Virginia5-7
10Iowa State4-8
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What is Oklahoma ranked in NCAA football? ›

CBS Sports Rankings Updated May 25, 2023
54Wisconsin 7-65
55Oklahoma 6-72
56Marshall 9-41
57Kansas 6-72
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How many 5 star players does OU have? ›

The Oklahoma Sooners just had arguably the best recruiting class since 2000. With three five-star signees, Oklahoma finished fourth in the 247Sports team recruiting rankings for the 2023 cycle.

Who is favored Baylor or Oklahoma State? ›

The Bears are favored by 1.5 points in the latest Oklahoma State vs. Baylor odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over/under is set at 141.5. Before entering any Baylor vs. Oklahoma State picks, you'll want to see the college basketball predictions from the model at SportsLine.

What is the prediction for OU and OSU game? ›

College Football HQ prediction: Our projections indicate that Oklahoma will defeat Oklahoma State, 34-28, but fail to cover the spread.

Who is the winningest coach at OU? ›

Oklahoma's all-time winningest coach, Barry Switzer, led his Sooner teams to three national championships, 12 Big Eight Conference championships and eight bowl wins in 13 appearances.

What NFL team has the most OU players? ›

If we were to get really picking, it is the city of Chicago that is rightfully the city that has selected the most OU football players in the NFL Draft.

When was the last time OU was not ranked in football? ›

The previous two unranked finishes under Stoops came in 1999, his first year at the helm, and 2009.

Who is number 1 college football? ›

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What was the best college football team ever? ›

The highest-scoring team in college football history, the Florida State Seminoles were extremely talented in all phases. Led by Jimbo Fisher and Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jameis Winston, the 'Noles averaged 51.6 points per game while allowing just 12.1 points each contest.


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