1. Running back Dominique Whaley's major presence--The questions coming into the season were if Whaley would really play at all. Those were quickly answered after the walk-on posted a four-touchdown performance in his very first outing against Tulsa. He rushed for those four scores and 131 yards on that day. Despite missing the final five games of the year, Whaley still led the team with 627 rushing yards, along with nine touchdowns on the ground.
2. Place kicker Michael Hunnicutt's consistency in vastly improving the kicking game--In one of the most storied moments of college football history--For the first time in recent years, OU had a kicking game that wasn't embarrassing. Hunnicutt converted 21-of-24 attempts in 2011 and put through all but one point after attempt. Outside of two big misses against Texas Tech, he was phenomenal.
3. The precision and perfection of the Belldozer package--Almost every time the coaching staff elected to use quarterback Blake Bell in their new formation, it worked. He led the team with 13 rushing touchdowns on 44 attempts. He finished the year with 171 rushing yards. Bell provided a Tim Tebow-like option with a powerful quarterback, and with its near perfect success rate, look for the Sooners to really utilize this package heavily in 2012.
4. How inconsistent OU was week after week--The preseason No. 1 team in the nation finished No. 15/16 after dropping three games. One of those came to a 28-point underdog, the Texas Tech Red Raiders, at Owen Field. That snapped a 39-game home-winning streak. Still, OU showed signs of greatness at other times, especially early in the season in contests at Florida State and against Texas in the Red River Rivalry. The Sooners walloped UT 55-17 after winning a top five battle with FSU in Tallahassee 23-13. This team was certainly a tough one to figure out.
5. OU loses to 28-point dog Texas Tech--As previously mentioned, the Sooners fell in perhaps the most shocking upset this season when they lost to quarterback Seth Doege and the Red Raiders. Doege torched OU for 441 yards and four touchdowns and just had his way in one of the most embarrassing losses in recent history for OU. Frankly, no one in their right mind saw this one coming.