OU 11: Game 3

In shootout against Tulsa, offensive weapons shine for the Sooners

Each week Sooners Illustrated will rank the top 11 players from Oklahoma’s past week’s performance.

Players are assigned a point value equal to the rating given by Bob and Justin. (Top player on either list gets 11 points, 11th player gets 1). That makes for a maximum of 22 points.

Here’s the OU 11 for Game 3:

1. Baker Mayfield – (22 points): It was Mayfield’s best game of the season. Well, probably the best game of his career. Against Tulsa, Mayfield threw for the second-most yards in the nation and set a new Oklahoma record for total yardage. Oh yeah, he also tied the Oklahoma record for most touchdowns accounted for. Clear-cut best player on the field Saturday.

2. Sterling Shepard – (20 points): It comes as no surprise that a quarterback’s best game also became the best game of the season for his top receiver. Shepard doubled his receiving yardage and his touchdowns for the season. He also set a season-high with eight catches. He is returning to form as one of the top receivers in the country.

3. Samaje Perine – (17 points): The run of best games continues. Perine eclipsed 100 yards for the first time this season, more than doubling his season total in the process. No surprise: Perine got better as the game went on and visibly wore down the Tulsa’ defensive front.

4. Mark Andrews – (16 points): Held back early, Andrews exploded in his third game with the Sooners, finally showing all that potential in a real game. Andrews finished the game with three catches for 87 yards and two touchdowns. He showed play understanding on his second touchdown when Oklahoma went to its scramble drill, and he ran away from a defensive back on his first score.

5. Jonathan Alvarez – (15 points): Alvarez was the glue that held the Sooners’ patchwork offensive line together against Tulsa. With new players subbing in constantly around him, Alvarez helped keep things steady for an offensive line that averaged more than six yards per carry.

6. Dede Westbrook – (11 points): There has to be somebody that can take the pressure of Shepard and blow the top of the defense. Westbrook showed that he could do that against Tulsa. He had five catches for 81 yards. Consider Westbrook ready to play on the Big 12 Conference.

7. Hatari Byrd – (9 points): Oklahoma’s pass defense was torched by Tulsa, but strangely enough, the safety didn’t have that bad of a game. In fact, he had a pretty good one. Tulsa had just three plays of long than 20 yards, and Byrd made 15 tackles. He kept everything in front of him – the job of a safety.

8. Joe Mixon – (8 points): Coming just shy of 100 all-purpose yards, Mixon continues to be one of the more dynamic players on the roster and is quickly growing into one of the more dynamic players in the conference. Mixon had 48 yards receiving and 28 yard rushing – the only player in the game not to lose a yard.

9. Charles Walker – (5 points): Oklahoma’s pass rush was almost non-existent, but when the Sooners created pressure, it came primarily from Walker. He had half a sack and four tackles.

10. Durron Neal – (2 points): Neal remains the only player on the Oklahoma roster who has more than one catch but has not scored a touchdown. It hasn’t been for a lack of trying. Neal finished with 74 receiving yards against Tulsa, an up in what has been an up-and-down season.

11. Dominique Alexander – (2 points): Alexander tied for a team-high six solo tackles, totaling 13 against Tulsa. He also had a tackle for loss against Tulsa.

Honorable mention: Austin Seibert, Jordan Evans, Derek Farniok


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