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Sooner offense near flawless in win over Louisiana Monroe

NORMAN, OK (KSWO) - The most anticipated part of Oklahoma's Week 2 matchup with Louisiana Monroe was supposed to be the debut of OU's renovated South End Zone. The new addition, complete with a new video board, was definitely a smashing success.

But after last week's loss to Houston, fans were much more concerned with the product on the field. What they saw was a nearly flawless first half, as the Sooners took a  42-0 lead in to halftime.

Controlling some of the things we can control. And that's being smart with penalties. Playing clean. Playing smart. Blocking the right people. Being in the right positions on defense. And you know, taking care of the football. Fumbles, taking care, keeping it tight. Some of the things we didn't do so well the week before were better, explains Bob Stoops, OU Head Coach.

We all were incredibly disappointed with our performance. Especially in the second half last week. We've got to make improvements. Regardless of whether we had won the game at Houston or not, we got to make jumps if you're going to be where you want to be at the end of the season. And have a chance to play in some really meaningful games, states Lincoln Riley, OU Offensive Coordinator. Our group made a really good jump this week. They responded to all the things we put forward and put forth. We coached them, not that we don't always, but we coached them incredibly aggressive this week and they did a good job of responding.

A big part of that fast start was due to an offense that was clicking on all cylinders. It all started with the man at the wheel, quarterback Baker Mayfield. After admitting he played a subpar second half in the loss to Houston, Mayfield bounced back in a big way. He threw for nearly 250 yards and three touchdowns in just one half of play.

I mean it's tough knowing that you could have played better. And personally I always take the responsibility for that. And I should have played better last week, but that's why I made the corrections I did, says Mayfield. I just worked hard this week in being decisive and knowing what the defense was going to give me. And then taking advantage of what they lined up and gave us.

It was also a coming out party for OU's receiving corps. Mark Andrews and Dede Westbrook were their usual selves, but they got a lot of help from Nick Basquine and A-D Miller, who both delivered their first career touchdown catches.

Finally people were able to see that. And the receivers showcased it for you. Geno made some plays. Obviously had one called back on a holding call. But it was a great route by him and a good catch. Obviously Nick Basquine, I've been big on him all spring and summer. So you guys finally saw that. A young guy, Mykel Jones is going to be a great player here. I saw how shifty he is. He's an explosive guy. It's good to see those guys make plays. And A.D. Miller getting his first touchdown, it's promising when a big guy can run like that, says Mayfield.

The OU passing attack was helped out by the success the ground game. Sooner running backs only got 12 carries in the loss to Houston. It was a far different story against ULM as three ball-carriers racked up at least 50 yards, led by Joe Mixon's 117 yard performance.

Riley says,
Joe and Samaje did a great job early. I thought we really played well up front. We had really good balance offensively, which tells you you're doing some good things up front. And I thought the rest of the guys played up to where the o-line played last week.

The Sooners definitely feel better about themselves after the blowout victory, but there are still a few areas of concern, mainly in the secondary, where a couple of breakdowns led to long ULM touchdowns in the 2nd half. They'll have to be a lot better in Week 3, when Number four Ohio State comes to town.

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