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The revolutionary world offensive for the Oklahoma Sooners

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Published on Apr 05, 2020

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In the course of the last few seasons the Oklahoma Sooners have become a fixed presence in the playoff the NCAA and the great merit of this must be attributed to the winning mentality that was built up at the university of Norman in the course of the last two decades. The introduction of this path has, in fact, as the first stage in 1996, the year in which Bob Stoops became the head coach of the Sooners. After many years of anonymity, the Sooners saw Stoops is the man capable of changing the fate of Oklahoma. To Norman we saw right at the time of his retirement, in fact, 21 years later, Stoops will lower the curtain on his career after he became the coach, the most successful in the history of the Sooners. In the course of his adventure in Oklahoma, the coach will win a national title in 2000, and will lose the other two in a row, in 2003 and in 2004. In the meantime, he had the opportunity to mold two Heisman Trophy, or the quarterback in Jason White and Sam Bradford, and put your hands on the countless other players of the level of the likes of Adrian Peterson, DeMarco Murray, Sterling Shepard, Joe Mixon and Baker Mayfield.

In 2015, however, in a time in which Oklahoma was experiencing a particularly negative period from the point of view offensive, Stoops decided to fire his coordinators and the hiring of Lincoln Riley, a young 31-year-old from offensive coordinator of East Carolina had one of the best passing game of the entire NCAA. It will be the same as Lincoln Riley and, later, in 2017, to be the successor to Stoops as head coach of the Sooners, opening a chapter in the history of college football and the university. The team that Stoops left to Riley had won two consecutive titles in the conference the Big 12 and could count on Baker Mayfield in the role of quarterback. This story starts right from here and go to face the seasons 2017, 2018 and 2019 for the Oklahoma Sooners, juncture in time, which Riley with his “Air raid offense”, an attack purely based on launch, will allow Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray to win the Heisman Trophy, getting what was never achieved in the history of college football, that is, two quarterback belonging to the same university that won a Heisman Trophy for two consecutive years.

The season 2017 was a much better for the Sooners with Riley's first year as head coach. Oklahoma, in fact, concluded the regular season with a budget of 12-1, with the only misstep committed against Iowa State. The season was a concentrated mix of genius and intemperance of Baker Mayfield, who in addition to humiliate Ohio State by planting a flag of Oklahoma in the center of the logo of the Buckeyes in the mid-field, he pointed to the “low parts” in front of the bench and Kansas State. His behavioral problems were, however, set aside because of a series of incredible performance, such as for 386 yards with 3 touchdowns rifiliate to Ohio State, or the 598 yards (a record in the history of Oklahoma) with a 5 touchdown run against Oklahoma State. The Sooners came out victorious even from the usual rivalry, the annual against Texas, called the “Red River Rivalry” for the river that runs through the two states. Riley and his Sooners will not broke the streak started by Bob Stoops and shared conference wins against TCU, thanks to a Mayfield from 243 yards and 4 goals.

Your Baker Mayfield at the end of the regular season, won the Heisman Trophy, which is the prize of best player of the season, following a line of statistics from 4627 yards, 43 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. In addition to Oklahoma was awarded the second seed, thus enabling the university to play in the playoffs for the first time from 2015. The semi-final against Georgia ended after two overtime, with the result of 54 to 48 in favour of the Bulldogs. Georgia had relied on a running game lethal against the bad defense of the Sooners (68th in all of the NCAA), in particular, Nick Chubb and Sony Michel made to register respectively with 145 yards rushing and 181 yards rushing, with five touchdowns total. Baker Mayfield ended his career at the college and was selected with the first overall pick by the Browns in the Draft in 2017, with him was draftato also the team-mate Mark Andrews, the current tight end and target preferred Lamar Jackson to the Ravens.

With the 2017 now behind us, Lincoln Riley gave Kyler Murray to the role of starting quarterback for the season 2018. Murray, while he continued, in parallel with his career as a player from baseball, he had an immediate impact in the attack of Riley. Also in 2018, the Sooners ended the season with a budget of 12-1, with the only defeat in the Red River Rivalry Game against Texas, a match in which a wild Sam Ehlinger led the Longhorns to victory with a fireworks display 48-45. Kyler Murray, in the course of the season developed good connections with the “Hollywood” Brown, the present receiver of the Ravens and CeeDee Lamb, one of the best receivers in the next Draft. In the course of the year, Murray had spikes frightening, such as the 6 touchdowns with 432 yards obtained against Baylor with only 17 interceptions. Murray dominated the defenses far and wide throughout the course of the season, proving to be dangerous both in the passing game and in the running game. The icing on the cake of his season came in a rematch against Texas in the match to award the winner of the conference, the context in which Murray shone with 379 yards and 3 touchdowns, allowing Oklahoma to win the fourth title of conference in a row.

The resounding of the year Kyler Murray ended with a line of statistics from 4361 yards, 42 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions, to which were added to 1001 yards rushing and 12 other destinations. With these numbers, Murray became the second player in the history of the college to collect at least 4000 passing yards on throws at least 1000 on the race, going to make company to DeShaun Watson. This goal led him to win the Heisman Trophy, beating it in the race Your Tagovailoa and Dwyane Haskins, in this way, Oklahoma reached something never seen, that is, two consecutive wins of the trophy by quarterback of the same university. The Sooners, it was assigned the fourth seed entering the playoffs, which is meant to challenge Alabama, holder of the first seed. The Crimson Tide are imposed for the 45-34 thanks to a spectacular Tagovailoa with 318 yards and 4 touchdowns, baked for the talents of the likes of Josh Jacobs, Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs, which is not difficult to make suffer the 101st defense in the NCAA. The Sooners came thus early exit from the playoffs for the second consecutive year. At the end of the season, Kyler Murray decided to put an end to his career at the college, declaring for the nfl Draft where he was selected with the first overall pick, by writing once again the story of Oklahoma; as Mayfield and Murray are the only two quarterbacks from the same school to be selected in the first round for two consecutive years. With Murray, he left Oklahoma for the nfl Draft also Marquise Brown.

With a new season at the door and a new quarterback search, Riley led the expedition to win the performance of Jalen Hurts, the quarterback is recovering from numerous hits to Alabama, the context in which it lost, however, the role of holder because of Your Tagovailoa. Intent to raise his value in the Draft, in view of the last year of college, Hurts arrived at the court of Riley. Despite the third quarterback changed in three years, the attack of the Sooners has not had difficulties and in 2019 Oklahoma concluded the regular season with a budget of 12-1 for the third year in a row. With Hurts, Riley has found a “dual-threat” quarterback is unique in its kind. In the opening game against Houston, the former QB of Alabama has produced 508 yards and 6 touchdowns total, appearing in the Sooners in the best possible way. So how did Murray, even Hurts has reached peaks dazzling in the course of the season, as for example, the provision from 235 yards on the launch and 131 on the race with 4 goals total in the “Red River Rivalry” Game in win against Texas. Despite the only defeat of the regular season, suffered against Kansas State, Oklahoma, has kept the pace high throughout the course of the season, concluding with the victory of the title of the conference for the fifth year in a row, this time against Baylor.

In the race for the Heisman Trophy, however, Hurts had to bow to Joe Burrow, who with probably the best season ever by a college QB, won the award, leaving the former Alabama second place. With the possibility of their redemption, the Sooners have entered the playoffs for the third consecutive year, still with the fourth seed. The challenge against LSU in the semifinals, however, was certainly one to forget. Joe Burrow has accompanied her to the win with 493 yards and 7 touchdowns, main reason of the heavy 63-28 final. LSU has subsequently continued his way to winning the title and proving himself as one of the best teams in the history of college football. Once again in the home Sooners is a shift, with Hurts designed for the third round in the next Draft, and the receiver CeeDee Lamb as the second best prospect in the role of wide receiver.

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