OU vs. Florida A&M postgame: Breaking it down

NORMAN, Okla. — The No. 5 Sooners throttled the Rattlers 69-13 in their home opener, and now Sooners Illustrated digs deeper into this contest.

Game ball goes to: OU's junior JUCO transfer running back Damien Williams. The San Diego, Calif., native raced his way into the Sooners' record books by compiling the most rushing yards in an Owen Field debut. Williams totaled 156 rushing yards to go along with his four rushing touchdowns.

Play of the game: Talk about a display of speed. With 10:45 left in the third quarter, Williams took the handoff from senior quarterback Landry Jones, ran through a gaping hole on the left side of the line and saw only daylight en route to an 89-yard touchdown run. Just one play and 11 seconds for pay dirt to put OU on top 49-10. Once Williams got to the second level, it was over.

It was over when: Oklahoma signed the check, sent it over and Florida A&M cashed it.

Surprise of the game:The Sooners rushing for 349 yards. It was the third-highest total in the Stoops era and the eight rushing touchdowns was the most by OU under Stoops.

The biggest thing we learned: Williams should be the No. 1 option at running back and get the bulk of the carries. Senior Dominique Whaley still appears a step slow, while Williams has been stellar, putting his strength and speed on display.

The biggest concern:Tony Jefferson's health. Stoops said it was only a minor ankle sprain and that Jefferson probably could have played if necessary. Players echoed that sentiment. Still, with No. 21 Kansas State looming after the bye week, the Sooners can not afford to start Big 12 play sans their biggest defensive playmaker in Jefferson.

Streak count: With the win, Oklahoma has now won 12 straight non-conference games. Overall, the Sooners improved to 51-12 outside Big 12 play in the Stoops era.


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