Oklahoma has always been known for its explosive offense, but the defense proved in 2020 that it could hold its own. Unfortunately for the Sooners, that hasn’t been the case thus far in its 2021 season opener.
So far in the first quarter, Tulane has 147 total yards of offense and two touchdown drives. The Green Wave started things off with an eight-play, 55-yard drive that was capped off by a Michael Pratt touchdown pass to Cameron Carroll.
After the Green Wave gave up a long touchdown drive to the Sooners, the offense responded with yet another score of their own. This time around, it was a 15-yard rushing touchdown from Jaetavian Toles.
Though it’s still very early in this game, the college football world is a bit surprised by the Oklahoma defense’s performance. Most fans thought that unit solved its problems now that Alex Grinch is running the show as the Sooners’ defensive coordinator.
I was led to believe that Alex Grinch had this solved.
— Kevin Noon (@Kevin_Noon) September 4, 2021
Shortly after Oklahoma gave up its second touchdown drive of the game to Tulane, Grinch had a “spirited” conversation with his players.
That pep talk from Grinch may have worked because the Sooners forced a punt on the very next drive.
Alex Grinch meets his defense coming off the field, has a few “spirited” words with them. Then walks away.
Tulane averaging 11 yards per play (12 snaps) against #Sooners defense.
— Eric Bailey (@EricBaileyTW) September 4, 2021
The Green Wave and Sooners are tied heading into the second quarter.
College football fans can catch the rest of this game on ABC.
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