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Can Alabama keep undefeated? Who will emerge as contenders for the Faculty Soccer Playoff? Week 11 in faculty soccer solutions those questions and a lot more.
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NORMAN, Okla. – Possibly we will have to simply chalk it as much as Bedlam. As a result of, neatly, via definition.

However let’s be sure to spotlight the protection, or lack thereof. As a result of honest or now not – however it sort of feels lovely honest, doesn’t it? – each and every recreation Oklahoma performs turns out marked via sketchy performances on that aspect of the ball. Clearly, crucial factor is profitable, however the Sooners also are enjoying, no less than partially, towards belief.

Which is why whilst No. 6 Oklahoma’s 48-47 win towards Oklahoma State assists in keeping the Sooners’ Faculty Soccer Playoff hopes alive, it did not anything to additional their argument. Listed here are 3 takeaways:

– Subsequent time any person wonders why the playoff variety committee chairman frequently turns out to query Oklahoma’s protection, simply convey up Bedlam.

Yeah, the protection got here up with a vital prevent with a turnover – nostril guard Neville Gallimore pressured a fumble from working again Chuba Hubbard with 6:09 left in a tie recreation, finishing an Oklahoma State pressure and putting in place the go-ahead landing.

Yeah, after giving up a landing on fourth-and-12 with 1:03 left, they escaped when cornerback Tre Brown broke up Oklahoma State’s two-point conversion check out.

Yeah, they gained.

Nevertheless it’s transparent now that Oklahoma’s midseason exchange at defensive coordinator to Ruffin McNeill has now not appreciably modified a lot. For lots of the day, Oklahoma State quarterback Taylor Cornelius had his select of open receivers. To win, the Sooners should outscore combatants and win shootouts. Thankfully, with Kyler Murray and his array of guns, that’s generally potential.

– Oklahoma State’s meteoric season – great highs, bizarre lows – virtually reached its easiest height thus far. Taylor Cornelius threw for 304 yards within the first part. Repeat: 304 yards within the first part, en path to a profession top 501 yards. The fifth-year senior quarterback riddled Oklahoma’s secondary. In spite of his yards and grit – and several other drops via receivers – there have been additionally some dangerous misfires from Cornelius, which ended in this: What if the Sooners had confronted a greater quarterback? Like, say, West Virginia’s Will Grier (see Nov. 23 in Morgantown)?

– Kyler Murray gets the lion’s proportion of credit score for Oklahoma’s victory, as it’s what we do with quarterbacks at the present time. However junior receiver Marquise Brown made two massive performs to assist the Sooners get the lead again overdue within the 1/3 quarter. Trailing 35-34, Oklahoma confronted third-and-12 from its 26. Brown took a brief go after which, as he gave the impression set to be stopped neatly shy of the primary down, shimmied previous a defensive again for a 20-yard acquire. Two performs later, Brown corralled Murray’s deep go between two defenders, putting in place the Sooners on the nine. They scored two performs later.

And Oklahoma’s offensive line created holes for a run recreation that stuck and sparked within the fourth quarter. At the pressure to take the lead, 5 of six performs had been runs.

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