Just like I predicted, we beat Abilene Cooper on Friday. I didn't think we'd beat them 48-10 like we did, because I thought it'd be tougher since they're always a good team.
On our opening drive, we took it 75 yards in 11 plays scored. After that, Cooper never really recovered. We ran the ball most of the game, so I only threw 15 passes, but I completed 12 of them for 175 yards and two touchdowns.
I felt more comfortable than I've ever felt out there. I was making the reads and throwing to the right people, but at times it kind of felt like my sophomore year, because I wasn't throwing much. That doesn't even matter though, because as long as we win, I don't care, especially when we run for something like 300 yards. That's awesome, because last year we really couldn't do that, so hopefully we'll be able to mix our offense up a little more this season.
Besides the touchdown passes, I also ran for 63 yards and two touchdowns. My favorite play of the game was my second touchdown run, which covered 25 yards. Cooper's defense was in a zone and I was in the shotgun, so I just read the defensive end coming at me and pulled the ball down to run. As soon as I did, I knew I'd score, because one of our receivers made a great block to open up the middle. From there, I just outran a single defender to the end zone.
Overall, we pretty much played a perfect first game. We didn't have a single turnover or many penalties. Our defense picked off three passes and even ran a fumble back for a touchdown. They're a lot better than last season too, so it was good to see them have some success. But you know what the best part of the night was? It was the three-hour bus ride home after the game. There's nothing like celebrating a big victory with your team. That felt great.
We got home about 3 a.m. on Saturday, so I went straight to bed. I got up about 10 a.m. to watch ESPN College GameDay and ended up spending the rest of the day at home watching football. I watched Houston-Michigan, UCLA-Colorado and then my cousins came over to watch the OU-Alabama game.
Before it started, I knew it'd be a tough game, but I was confident OU was going to win. Still, I couldn't believe how loud it was there. Alabama's fans are crazy and I thought the atmosphere was pretty good. OU's defense played well again. They bent a little, but never really broke. Jason White played another good game and I was impressed with some of the deep throws he made, because he hit his receivers right in stride. All of OU's receivers are great players. I think it's safe to say I could throw to any of them. I thought they'd run the ball better, but then again it's early in the year, so I'm sure they'll get it going.
I was really impressed with the fake punt and then the decision to go for the throat and hit Brandon Jones deep on the next play. That took a lot of guts. I liked it, because that play is what makes OU who they are. That's the reason Coach Stoops and his staff are a little bit ahead of everybody else in the country, because they're not afraid to do what it takes to win.
After the OU game, I watched the end of the Florida-Miami game. Both schools offered me scholarships, but I was actually kind of pulling for Florida, even though I've never really cared about them much. At one time, I actually liked Miami a lot, but they got a quarterback early in the summer, so it wasn't that big of a deal. Anyway, it was a great game. I'm still not sure how Miami did it, but I guess they can't lose at home, no matter what.
My cousins and I didn't go out Saturday night , because we were tired. Instead, we played a little PlayStation2 before we went to bed. I played with Oregon and my cousin played with LSU, but I still beat him just like I always do. I think it was Oregon's yellow uniforms that won the game for me.
With the "dead period" over, Coach Venables and Coach Long called me this week. We talked about my season and their stuff too. It was a good conversation, because Coach Venables is so energetic, upbeat and funny. It's always fun to talk to him. Coach Long is funny too and he's a nice guy. They've both got great personalities.
Arkansas and Florida State also called me. They're real nice and I talked to each of them for about five minutes. Neither school is going to push me or recruit me hard, but just in case I change my mind, they want me to know they're always there. And just in case you care, no, Texas didn't call.
I had a test in AP Physics this week and I made a 98 percent. The test was over several formulas and velocity. I would have aced it, but I didn't put direction on one of the problems, even though it didn't ask for it. I think everyone in the class missed that one.
My next game is Saturday against Colleyville Heritage and Alan Davis (an OU defensive end commit) at Irving School Stadium at 7:30 p.m. That means I won't be in Norman for the Fresno State game, but I'm planning on being there for UCLA. Our game was supposed to be a Friday night home game, but we can't play at our stadium this week, because it's getting that new, soft turf.
I'm looking forward to playing Heritage, because it'll be fun going against Alan. He's a nice guy and we respect each other. I saw him at the North Texas game, but we really didn't talk about playing this week.
Anyway, thanks for the questions. Keep them coming and I'll give you a report on Alan and I's game next week.
Ask Rhett Bomar
If you could pick any recruit in the nation to commit to OU right now, who would it be and why?
Bomar: "That's a tough one, because as a quarterback you need so many different people. I'd probably say Jeff Byers, because I'm a quarterback and you have to have good lineman. But since he's not listing OU in his final eight, I'd have to say Adrian Peterson. He's a great player and he's what Oklahoma needs to get their running game going. If OU had me and him, they'd have the number one quarterback and running back, which would be pretty cool. I've thrown to him, so I know he's a great, if not a once in a lifetime player."
Who is your all-time favorite OU football player?
Del City, Oklahoma
Bomar: "I wasn't one to follow Oklahoma football much growing up, so I'm not a diehard fan. Maybe (Troy) Aikman, even though he only played there for two years, but the more I think about it, I'd say Josh Heupel. He's a great leader. When you meet and talk to him, he's such a nice guy and you can tell why the OU fans love him and would do anything for him. He wasn't the most talented player, but he got it done. There's just so much to say about him."
What do you plan to major in at Oklahoma?
Kansas City, Missouri
Bomar: "I really don't know. I'm considering mass communications, so I can be like all of those football players who are broadcasters after they're done playing. I want to play in the NFL and after that I want to do something sports-related."
Got a question for Rhett? If so, e-mail it with your name and city to OUInsiderDiary@hotmail.com and he might just answer your question in one of his future diary entries.
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