Analyzing the Season-Opener Further: Part II

When looking at almost every part of last weekend's 31-24 win over Utah State, it's hard to pull a lot of positives out of it.

But there are a few.

1. Special teams was a bright spot--Consider that it was the biggest concern coming into the season, and then think about all the major mistakes the group made in the season opener. The truth is there weren't any. Place kicker Patrick O'Hara converted a 32-yard field goal, although it was an ugly, line drive, knuckleball shot through the uprights, and he also made all four of his extra points. Punter Tress Way averaged 46.6 yards per punt, and one of those was the third longest in OU history at 85 yards. Coverage teams were good, and punt and kickoff returns were solid.

2. Stars DeMarco Murray and Ryan Broyles shined--Murray had 35 carries for 218 yards, both career highs, and two touchdowns. He held onto the football and maintained his health. Broyles caught nine passes for 142 yards and two touchdowns. Both of these guys came up with big plays when the Sooners needed them.

3. The defense did bare down in the fourth--Give them credit. They were gashed all over the field throughout the first three quarters, but they allowed only 65 yards in the fourth quarter and kept the Aggies off the scoreboard for the entirety of the final 15 minutes. The performance as a whole was dismal but the fourth quarter was encouraging.

Check here for analysis on some of the negatives.

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