Oklahoma Sooners fall in season opener to Houston Cougars

Offense stifled by Houston defense as Sooners lose third season opener under Bob Stoops

A devastating kick-6, surprisingly mediocre quarterback play, dropped passes and an ineffective offense: Suddenly, the No. 3 Oklahoma Sooners and its prolific offense that averaged more than 43 points per game last season looked incredibly average.

No. 15 Houston shock @Oklahoma in the Sooners’ first season-opening loss since 2009, when Oklahoma played a neutral site game against BYU, with a thorough 33-23 domination.

Houston (1-0) had never won back-to-back games against top 10 teams in program history.

After scoring on the first two drives of the game, @Oklahoma managed just one more scoring drive until two minutes remained in the game. Combined with the loss to Clemson in the Orange Bowl, Oklahoma has scored just six points in the last two combined second halves.

Oklahoma (0-1) has now lost a season opener after losing a bowl game three times under Stoops.

After Austin Seibert missed a 53-yard field goal, Clemson defensive back Brandon Wilson returned the miss 100 yards for a touchdown and suddenly a potential scoring drive for Oklahoma turned into a nine-point lead for Houston.

Baker Mayfield finished 24-for-33 for 323 yards and two touchdowns, but Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon combined for just 20 carries. Mark Andrews finished with 94 yards and two touchdowns.

Oklahoma plays host to Louisiana-Monroe in its home opener next weekend.


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