The Oklahoma football win over Ohio State not only allowed the Sooners to leap frog three other teams into the No. 2 spot in the weekly Associate Press Top 25 Poll, but also earned Lincoln Riley’s crew the honor of being named National Team of the Week.
The honor was bestowed by the Football Writers Association of America, which has been presenting the weekly national award since 2002.
Led by Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma rolled up 490 yards of total offense, while the Sooner defense held the potent Buckeye offensive attack to 150 fewer yards and just one touchdown in handing the Ohio State its largest margin of defeat at home at The Horseshoe since 1999.
It was only Ohio State’s third loss at home in Urban Meyer’s six season as the Buckeyes’ head coach.
Oklahoma had 11 possessions in the game on Saturday, and was forced to punt just once. The Sooners advanced the ball over the 50-yard line and into Ohio State territory in 10 of their 11 possessions.
While the Sooner offense consistently moved the ball in all four quarters of the game, the Oklahoma win would not have been as impressive without a stellar performance from the much-maligned OU defensive unit. Ohio State senior quarterback J.T. Barrett completed just 54.3 percent of his passes and contributed just 249 yards of total offense. Twenty-three of the Buckeyes’ 69 total plays were for zero or negative yards.
The last time Oklahoma gave up fewer than 16 points to a top-five opponent was in 2004, when the Sooners shut out Texas 12-0.