There was so much going on in Oklahoma's 65-10 demolition of Texas A&M Saturday night that it's impossible to dismiss the victory outright or bestow much praise on it.
(Click here for a slideshow photo recap of the game.)
In either case, the bone of the game would crack if the weight of too much interpretation is applied to it.
The game could get the victor labeled as having returned to the glory days of yesteryear. Not. Or as a trendy fraud in Sooners' clothing. Not that either.
Like a sociopath, Texas A&M is boring. Boring on defense, boring on offense, boring even on kickoff returns, where they fumbled more often than teenagers in the back seat of a car.
So for OU, it was a victory–not a particularly impressive one–that extended Oklahoma's nation-best home win streak to 29 games. Oh, and it made the Sooners bowl eligible.
Unlike A&M, though, the Sooners did leave some impressions to speak of:
- Landry Jones is still a stud. Five interceptions last week? No big deal. Five TDs against the Aggies and a career best 392 passing yards.
- The Sooners OL is still in shambles. Penalties and pressure were as prevalent as pancake blocks and protection. The Aggies got down on themselves and got steamrolled.
- The OU placekickers are still practically one-legged monsters. Now the Sooners have a three-man rotation. That works at shooting guard, but not at kicking guard.
- The Sooners' defense is still on par with the best in team history.
What Oklahoma can put its weight down upon, of course, is the preparation and no-quit attitude that pervades this team despite having a down year crushed by injuries and unmet expectations. It's obvious coach Bob Stoops and his staff haven't lost this team Mondays through Fridays. So while this on-field performance is really nothing to write home about, what it says about the Sooners off the field could fill a proverbial library shelf.
Bryan Waters writes for the Oklahoma Sooners Football Examiner. Click here for more of his articles on Sooner football.