Oklahoma’s second game of the season found them taking on Kent State, and for a while, it looked like they had Oklahoma a bit puzzled.
Kent State held Oklahoma scoreless until the waning moments of the first half. Brent Venables’ team headed into the break up 7-3. Whatever was said in that locker room worked as Oklahoma flipped a switch and ran away with the game.
A few players, in particular, stood out in the win as their efforts kept Oklahoma in the game and helped elevate the team when the Sooners needed another gear to separate from Kent State.
Here are this week’s 3 stars!
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Marvin Mims, WR
Oklahoma’s resident alpha wide receiver had the best game of his career against Kent State. Marvin Mims finished with career highs with 203 all-purpose yards, 163 receiving yards, and tied his career high with seven receptions.
He was a big play machine, injecting life into the team and the fan base. His 36-yard touchdown just before halftime reignited a team that had struggled offensively in the first half.
Jeff Lebby fed him touches, and Mims delivered. There’s no doubt who the best offensive playmaker on this team is.
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Danny Stutsman, LB
Most around the college football world knew that with Brent Venables in Norman, there would be an uptick in defensive production. A byproduct of that would mean that more defensive stars would need to emerge for those teams to become genuinely elite units.
It looks like that’s precisely what’s starting to happen with sophomore linebacker Danny Stutsman.
The Floridian linebacker is a heat-seeking missile that can do it all. He can rush the passer, drop in coverage, and fill gaps in run defense. Against Kent State, he tallied a career-high 12 tackles (nine of them solo), four tackles for loss, and a sack. He had not recorded more than 0.5 TFLs in a game prior. He topped his previous career high in tackles he had set the week before against UTEP.
He’s becoming the linebacker people envisioned him being with Brent Venables in his ear.
Up Next: Another Defensive Star in the Making
Billy Bowman, S
Right behind Danny Stutsman, raising his game to a new level, sits another sophomore in safety Billy Bowman.
Bowman was in position limbo last year under Alex Grinch. He felt more comfortable at safety but played various roles due to injuries, poor performance, among other things.
Ted Roof, Brandon Hall, Jerry Schmidt, and Brent Venables all deserve credit for their impact on Bowman’s development. He’s becoming a fearsome defensive back.
He registered a career-high 11 tackles, two more than the previous high he set last week vs. UTEP.
Bowman also recorded his second forced fumble and first fumble recovery on the same play in the third quarter as the Sooners’ onslaught on the Golden Flashes turned up a notch.
Bowman has become one heck of a player in this defense and offers an athletic playmaker on the back end. With questions about how the Sooners would replace the steady play of guys like Delarrin Turner-Yell and Patrick Fields, Bowman has answered provided an emphatic answer to the safety question through two games.
The Sooners weren’t perfect, but these three separated from the pack. Their play helped the Sooners separate from Kent State en route to the 30-point win.
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