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It was another rough outing for the Oklahoma Sooners offense, but the defense rose to the occasion in a tight 16-13 win over West Virginia. When it mattered most, the Sooners and Spencer Rattler provided the drive of the game as they methodically moved the ball down the field from their own eight-yard line into position to give Gabe Brkic a chance to win the game.
And Brkic did what Brkic did, nailing the 30-yard field goal for the game-winner as time expired.
During the game, a segment of Sooners fans in attendance began chanting for Caleb Williams to replace Spencer Rattler. While Rattler and the offense were certainly struggling a bit with West Virginia’s defense, it was never so bad that Rattler needed to be replaced.
The running game was as big of an issue as anything. That goes to the offensive line’s inability to move the line of scrimmage or set the edge against a very good defensive front for the West Virginia Mountaineers.
While there were some understandably frustrated with the play of Spencer Rattler and the offense, there were others still supportive of the Oklahoma Sooners starting quarterback.
Football is a team game, and while Rattler needs to be better, he also needs some help. While the quarterback gets all of the focus, even the best will struggle if the offensive line is struggling or if receivers aren’t getting open.
There were inconsistencies throughout the offense last night, and a lot of that credit has to go to West Virginia for coming in with a solid game plan and executing it to the frustration of the Sooners’ offense.
What a sight to behold
— Cliff Brunt (@CliffBruntAP) September 26, 2021
Offensive Line Inconsistency is a Problem
One thing that is clear after tonight: the offensive line play isn’t even close to where it should be.
Oklahoma can’t run when they want to. Makes the offense predictable. Hurts QB play.
You fix the OL – other issues begin to fix themselves.
— Ruf / Writers – Stephen (@OUupdatedSB) September 26, 2021
Lincoln Riley's team showed some gusto at the end
Lincoln Riley, asked about the fans chanting, says they play better when the fans are supportive. Then adds, “I’ll tell you what: It takes a lot of balls to do what we did there at the end, so people better see that, too.”
— Jason Kersey (@jasonkersey) September 26, 2021
— TJ Eckert (@TJEckertKTUL) September 26, 2021
Gabe Brkic. Clutch.
— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) September 26, 2021
— John E. Hoover (@johnehoover) September 26, 2021
That just changed. Gabe Brkic hits a chip shot from 29 yards at the horn, and Oklahoma survives West Virginia 16-13.
(Sooner Nation collectively exhales)
— Parker Thune (@ParkerThune) September 26, 2021
Spencer Rattler has Some Support
Sooner Nation owes the entire Football Team an apology. What they did in the stands tonight is unacceptable. We are 4-0. Spencer Rattler has won 12 games in a row. Who cares if a few of those wins are ugly-they are wins! You don’t boo your team and QB; especially on National TV!
— ChariseK (@ChariseK3) September 26, 2021
Spencer Rattler showed some mental toughness
— I Am Veech (@Hoosierfan515) September 26, 2021
Offense isn't Playing Great
Heading into the 2020 season, Oklahoma had not scored fewer than 28 points since Lincoln Riley took over as head coach.
The Sooners have now scored fewer than 28 points in three straight Big 12 games. Their 16 points today were the least since OU lost 40-6 to Clemson in 2014.
— Shehan Jeyarajah (@ShehanJeyarajah) September 26, 2021
Would you rather?
— Cliff Brunt (@CliffBruntAP) September 26, 2021
It could be worse, you could be WVU
This is maybe a story for another day. But West Virginia fans have to just absolutely hate Oklahoma. Another near-miss against the #Sooners. Still can’t beat OU since joining the league.
— Josh Helmer (@JoshOnREF) September 26, 2021
That other team's defense was pretty good
How many Oklahoma fans were injured tonight while jumping off the Sooner Schooner? How many Oklahoma fans were injured trying to jump back on?
— Dan Wood (@packmuleDan) September 26, 2021
Half Sooner, Half Pirate, All clutch
— Pronounced with an Umpty (@Babatikidido) September 26, 2021
Apparently it’s too much to ask for good offense AND good defense
Finally Oklahoma has a defense with depth and discipline that can consistently hold teams to three scores or less and it feels like 1996 and Dick Winder is calling our offense! #Sooners
— Black (@Blacintosh004) September 26, 2021
Outside perspective of the Issues
What is wrong with the Sooners?
What is wrong with Spencer Rattler?https://t.co/NAkLNmihlZ
— The Field of 12 (@TheFieldOf12) September 26, 2021
No running game, no problem. Apparently.
The last time Oklahoma rushed for less than 100 yards was the 2019 Peach Bowl against LSU. The Sooners rushed for only 57 yards tonight, but still won. #WVU
— Dave Weekley (@weekley) September 26, 2021
He has a point
The Oklahoma Sooners did not lead against WVU til the game winning FG…..
beat TULANE by 5
beat NEB by 7
beat WVU by 3
yet us texas fans need to be worried? lmao im far from worried about them
— The Legend #48🤘 (@BJFK94) September 26, 2021
Perrion Winfrey has QB1's back
Disrespecting our quarterback will never be tolerated we put in work day in n day out the only thing y’all should be doing is supporting us🤬 https://t.co/fwZdym94AM
— Perrion Winfrey🦍 (@pdontplay) September 26, 2021
Aaron Colvin too
— Aaron Colvin (@AColvin_22) September 26, 2021
Spencer's not hearing it
Some sobering perspective
A lot of upsets today. OU wasn’t one of them. Way to hang tough @SpencerRattler. You led the team on a great game winning drive!
— Kelvin Hicks (@khicks71467) September 26, 2021