Observations, Social Media Reacts: Lightning Delay halts Oklahoma’s momentum after a slow start vs. Kansas

Well, that first quarter didn’t go the way anyone wanted. It was a struggle in every aspect of the game as the Kansas Jayhawks jumped out to a 14-0 lead to put the Oklahoma Sooners on upset alert.

The Sooners gained some ground back with a huge touchdown drive to pull within seven, but they’ve still got a long way to go to come out on top.

Here are few observations and social media reactions as we await the restart of the game.

Tackling has to improve

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Nathan J. Fish-USA TODAY Sports

There isn’t an official number of missed tackles at this time, but it feels like it’s been a lot. Kansas’ pre-snap shifts and motion and misdirection have given the Sooners defense fits.

Oklahoma’s defense has put the Jayhawks in several third and long situations, but have struggled to get off the field in large part because of missed tackling.

We’ll see if they’re able to lock back in and get more consistent on defense to keep the Jayhawks’ offense from controlling the game.

Keep it simple offensively

Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

The Oklahoma Sooners put a lot of effort in getting the ball to the sidelines in both the run and pass game but finally found success when they attacked between the tackles.

Gavin Sawchuk got the start, but it’s been Tawee Walker making the most headway against the Kansas defense. He’s carried the ball nine times for 49 yards.

Sawchuk may have more juice to hit the big play, but right now, Walker’s physicality is what this team needs.

Oklahoma's been tested, can they respond

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Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The Oklahoma Sooners fell behind against UCF and were able to respond late and win the game in crunch time. They’re behind again, but are driving to potentially even the score.

It’ll feel like a totally different game when the Sooners and Jayhawks restart. Whichever team is able to come out after the break and start fast could run away with the game.

Adjustment Game

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Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The Oklahoma Sooners have done a really great job making in-game adjustments this season. While most of those adjustments would occur at halftime, Brent Venables and his staff get an early opportunity to make those adjustments.

If the Sooners can tackle better and play a bit more disciplined on defense, they’ll have a chance to leave Lawrence with a win.

Time to respond

Dillon Gabriel answers the call

Tawee Walker the answer...

Please, Sooners, don't let him be right

Challenge Expected

It's going to take big day on the ground to win this one

Story originally appeared on Sooners Wire