It wasn't pretty, but we did it. That's right we beat Colleyville Heritage 34-16 on Saturday night at Irving Schools Stadium. Our defense played really well. Offensively, we made too many mistakes. The only reason Heritage scored all their points is because we had a pair of turnovers inside our own 30-yard line. They scored on those occasions, but other than that, our defense pretty much shut them down and played great, which really saved us a couple of times.
Don't get me wrong, we had some pretty good drives on offense. We ran the ball really well, but Heritage is really good upfront and very physical, so they were always coming after me. They do a lot of twisting around and blitzing, which caused some problems, because we didn't pick it up real well. Still, I finished the game 16-of-24 for 181 yards passing with a touchdown. I also had something like 71 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 15 carries.
I finally threw my first interception this season on Saturday. On the play, I was scrambling right, getting ready to hit one of my receivers on a stop-and-go pattern, when I got hit just as I released the football. Because of that, I put too much air under my pass and Heritage's safety came across the middle and picked it off. To be honest, I tried to do too much on that play. If I could do it again, I would have stepped into the pass more and tried to throw it a little harder. Oh well, it's my mistake, I'll learn from it.
As for Alan Davis, my future teammate at OU, he played very well against us. He and Heritage's defensive line really got after me. In fact, there were more than a few times where I had to scramble to avoid him. Alan is such a great player, because he's so physical and athletic. Besides playing defense, where he sacked me twice, Alan also plays tight end and his blocking plays a key role in their rushing attack. After the game, he and I talked about this Saturday's UCLA game. He's going to be there, so if I go, I'm sure we'll see each other, which is good, because he's a cool guy.
My most memorable plays on Saturday were my runs. I had one where I broke to the left side and ran over something like three tacklers for about 30 or 35 yards. That's the thing about me, I like to hit people, so when someone is in my way, I run them over, especially when I get in the secondary, because I'm just as big as most of those guys. My dad doesn't really like me taking the extra hits, but I got to do what I got to do for my team to win.
Another play I was proud of came on my 5-yard touchdown run in which I rolled out right behind one of our guards, who made a pulling block and fell to the ground with the defender. That forced me to jump over them both and I landed at the 2-yard line, where another defender hit me, but somehow I held on to the ball and snuck it in the right corner of the end zone, just inside the pylon. It was awesome. I love stuff like that.
It feels good to be 2-0, because it's always better than being 0-4, which is how we started off last year. I know these games don't count towards the playoffs, but they're helping our team build a lot of confidence. Entering this season, I was pretty sure we'd be where we're at right now, because we have a good team. Unlike other schools in our district, we play a tough non-district schedule. We don't play Cupcake High School. We actually go out and challenge ourselves.
For instance, this Friday, we play at North Mesquite at 7:30 p.m. We lost to them 45-42 last season, when they were loaded with Tarrell Brown, who now plays cornerback at Texas, and another one of my future Sooner teammates, Darrien Williams, a safety, who is redshirting this year. I threw for 407 yards and four touchdowns in the loss, but hopefully we'll walk away with a victory this time.
On Friday, we had our first pep rally of the year, which was cool. We didn't get to have one before we played at Abilene Cooper, because the game was so far away and we had to leave early that morning. I'll admit it, I kind of like pep rallies, because they get me pumped up. Since I was one of our five co-captains vs. Heritage, I was supposed to talk during the pep rally, but before it started, I told one of my fellow co-captains that he was doing the talking because the rest of us didn't really feel like it. The reason I didn't want to talk is because all you really get to say is "Come support us at the game," or something stupid like that.
Since we didn't have a game on Friday night, we had an hour-long team meeting at the school. After that, I went and watched our rival, South Grand Prairie, play at Arlington Sam Houston for a quarter or so. They're a good team that is much improved from last year. They're not as big, but they're definitely faster this year.
Playing on Saturday was a little different, because it changed up my game day routine. Usually, I go to school, eat my pregame meal, go home and then come back to get ready for the game. For Heritage, I got up about 9 a.m., went to the school for a walk-through from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., went home to watch the Arkansas-Texas game and then I was back at the school for our pregame meal at 3 p.m.
As for the Arkansas-Texas game, I was a little surprised, but I guess you could say kind of happy that Texas lost. I couldn't believe they only had 62 yards rushing. You just can't do that and win. If they can't run the ball against Arkansas, they'll never be able to do it against Oklahoma. I'm sure some people reading this are probably wondering if I thought about my decision to pick Oklahoma over Texas, while I watched the game, but I didn't. I just was just having fun watching it. I'm sure those same people also want my opinion on Coach Brown's strategy vs. Arkansas, but honestly, I don't know if he did a good job. I mean Texas did OK, but I just think they need to utilize their receivers a little more, because, they've got some stud receivers. Heck, nobody can cover Roy Williams. I'd throw to him on every down, but that's just me.
Because I had a game on Saturday, I didn't get to see Oklahoma play this weekend. When I was eating my pregame meal, one of my teammates checked the score for me on his cell phone and OU was ahead 31-0 in the second quarter. Sounded like the game was a blowout, but I was really disappointed to hear that Lance Mitchell hurt his knee. That's bad for a great player. I think that might cost OU a little bit, but I know Coach Venables is really high on Lewis Baker. In fact, he told me Lewis could be a great player.
From what I heard, Jason White had another good game. I like it that OU is really throwing the ball a lot this season. I think Jason might have a chance at the Heisman Trophy, because the guy who usually gets it plays on a team that wins a bunch of games. If he keeps putting up the stats, I think it's a definite possibility that Jason wins it, because I don't really see any other front-runners at this time.
I haven't decided whether or not I'll be at the UCLA game this weekend. I'm not sure I feel like driving all the way to Norman, but I'll probably end up going, because I heard Fred Davis and Marcus Freeman will be on campus making their official visits. I'm really looking forward to meeting Fred, because every quarterback needs a big-time receiver. I've never met or seen him play before, but I heard he's a really great player. I'll talk to him about playing at OU with me, but I don't want to get to the point to where I'm annoying him. I just want to be cool and hangout with him. In all honesty, Oklahoma sells itself. After all, OU is the nation's one-ranked team.
Regarding the UCLA game itself, I think OU will take them. I saw them play against Colorado on television last weekend, but at this point, considering their coach is in his first year, I don't think UCLA is in Oklahoma's league right now. I think it'll be close early, but Oklahoma will eventually pull away.
I talked to Coach Venables and Coach Long again this week. We talked about Alabama and Fresno State, but we didn't talk long. Florida State was the only other school to call me this week. They keep calling me "just in case."
At school, I had a test in U.S. Government this week and made a 96 percent. It was pretty basic and covered the powers of all three branches of government. Besides that, I also had some physics homework this week.
Anyway, we're going to have our hands full at North Mesquite on Friday. It'll be tough, but I'll let you know about it and whether or not I went to the UCLA game next week. Until then, keep those questions coming.
Ask Rhett Bomar
What is your prediction, including score, for this year's OU-Texas game?
Rhett: "I think Oklahoma will win 31-14, because Texas can't run the ball. I'm just not seeing that toughness Texas wanted to put in this year. They've got great receivers, but they're too one-dimensional."
How do you feel about Tommy Grady being in OU's camp this year as a redshirt?
Rhett: "I'm sure he's a great player. All of them are up there (Oklahoma). You're going to have competition wherever you go, but you just can't be afraid of it and you can't back down. Before I chose OU, I knew I'd have to compete with him, so it really doesn't affect me much. I just have to suck it up, work hard and try to be the best quarterback."
Are you single?
Rhett: "(Laughing)…Yeah, I'm single, but I'm kind of going through something with my girlfriend."
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