September 11, 2006

Plenty of good, plenty of bad for OU

The Oklahoma Sooners' 37-20 victory over Washington was a mixed bag of positives and negatives. Paul Thompson showed the country that he's much more than just a coach on the field, he's also a playmaker. Adrian Peterson had a very good game, but found running lanes nearly extinct at times.

The defense played musical chairs in the secondary and the defensive line still struggled to win the battles in the trenches. Editor Carey Murdock grades the Sooners following their second game of the season.

Quarterbacks - Paul Thompson had his best day as a Sooner quarterback on Saturday. His line was outstanding as he completed 21-of-33 passes for 272 yards and two touchdowns.

He also displayed better accuracy on his deep throws than we've ever seen. The one glaring area of weakness for Thompson on Saturday was his pocket presence. Thompson continues to make throws as he's getting hit. His lone interception on Saturday came when he tried to get rid of a ball as he was being hit from the backside.

His fumble in the endzone was also caused when he didn't feel the pressure coming from the backside.

Thompson's biggest gains on Saturday came in his ability to make clutch plays. His 25-yard completion to Fred Strong on 3rd-and-4 kept Oklahoma's drive alive after the Oklahoma defense gave the offense the ball following Thompson's fumble.

His touch pass to Malcolm Kelly for a 35-yard touchdown and his pass to Joe Jon Finley on the Sooners' last scoring drives were two of the best throws Thompson has ever made in practice or games.


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