The Sooners came out of Saturday’s matchup with Tennessee still undefeated after winning 34-10 at home.
Trevor Knight continued to impress, reaching 300 yards for the second time in his career, both against SEC teams.
The defense was especially strong, getting in the backfield and providing plenty of disruptions for the Volunteers’ offense.
Here’s some of the national reaction to OU’s final game for before Big 12 play:
Defensive back Julian Wilson was given a helmet sticker by ESPN.com’s Max Olson after a big came from the corner back in his first year on the outside.
“As far as icing on the cake goes, it’s hard to beat a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown to secure a 34-10 victory over Tennessee,” Olson said. “Wilson grabbed a ball deflected by Jordan Evans and took it all the way to make a statement for the Sooners’ defense”
The Oklahoman’s Ryan Aber discussed the potential of Oklahoma using Samaje Perine if running back Keith Ford can’t play after leaving the game with an injury in the final quarter:
“Still, the Sooners would feel much more comfortable about their offense with Ford available.
“Not only has he seemingly corrected the ball-security issue that plagued him last season, but he’s transformed himself into a pass-catching threat when that part of his game was admittedly lacking not long ago.
“Perine has given the Sooners plenty of power in their running game. Alex Ross, the third member of OU’s running backs trio, gives them speed.
“Ford can give them both.”
SB Nation’s Adam Jacobi praised Trevor Knight’s effort against the Vols’ defense.
“Kudos to Knight for this stat line: 20/33 for 308 yards and a TD, plus 17 more yards rushing and another score on the ground. That’s a good Vol defense he did that to. Knight’s not going to win the Heisman—there are too many players who’ll put up gaudy numbers every year—but he’s going to give Bryce Petty a legitimate push for first team All-Big 12 status, and if Oklahoma works its way into the Playoff, Knight might, might get a trip to the Downtown Athletic Club out of the deal. And even if he doesn’t, hey, it looks like he’s poised for a pretty rad year all the same.”
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