Every play matters but some stick out more than others. Each week Sooners Illustrated will look at the five plays that stood out in Oklahoma’s performance.
OU 44, Kansas 7
Play No. 1: Perine scores on first carry
The Sooners couldn’t generate any offense on their first series, but OU let Samaje Perine get a crack at things during the second one. There you go.
Perine saw where the hole was and attacked it and went 49 yards untouched in scoring the first of his five touchdowns to give OU a 7-0 lead.
A lot of people have said it was easy and any OU back could have done it, but what Perine has shown in the last few weeks is much improved vision and the ability to make cuts that somebody who tank-like as him shouldn’t be able to do.
Play No. 2: Rip makes a play
There is going to be a lot of criticism of quarterback Cody Thomas following another underwhelming start in terms of his numbers.
He was 3-of-13 passing for the game, but at least three or four could be attributed to receivers not making a play for him.
But you know who did? Fullback Aaron Ripkowski. With OU only up 10-0 and coming off back-to-back punts, the Sooners had third-and-eight at own 20 yard line.
It wasn’t a great pass, but Ripkowski made the adjustment and the run after to get nine yards and the first down. The drive would end with a Perine 33-yard touchdown, his second of the half.
Play No. 3: Perine sets OU record
He had 222 yards in the first half and began the second half with a 66-yard touchdown. It became clear Perine was ready to put up some gaudy numbers and one record he would set with his next carry.
Greg Pruitt had held the OU single game record of 294 rushing yards for 43 years, but Perine broke that mark early in the third on an 8-yard carry that epitomized what Perine is all about.
He broke a couple of tackles and wouldn’t go down easy. It gave him 296 yards at that point, but he was far from being done.
Play No. 4: KU throws in the towel with Perine
OU was up 34-7 midway through the third quarter and faced a fourth-and-two at KU’s 27 yard line. No need for Michael Hunnicutt as the Sooners gave it to Perine one more time, who scored his fifth and final touchdown.
But what makes this play stand out was how essentially the beaten down KU defense just decided it couldn’t stop Perine on this day. A couple of defenders had a chance to try to bring him down and said not today, letting Perine get closer and closer to the record.
Play No. 5: Perine sets the record
His final carry, and he made it count. Perine went through one more enormous hole to set the all-time single game FBS record for rushing yards in a game.
Leading the way on the edge was redshirt freshman Jordan Smallwood, who guaranteed Perine would get the 23 yards he needed for the record. Perine ended up with a 42-yard gain to give him the whopping 427 yards on 34 carries and five touchdowns.