Hurts So Good, Sooners Roll Houston

Jalen Hurts was 26-2 as a starter at Alabama and he was known primarily as a running quarterback with a questionable passing arm. Well so much for that.

Oh Hurts can still run, picking up 176 yards on just 16 carries (second all-time at OU for a single game) with three touchdowns. But he showed no signs of being a slouch when it came to throwing the football. He was a steller 20-23 for 332 yards and three more TDs. His 508 yards of total offense smashed the school record for a Sooner debut, previously held by Baker Mayfield (396 vs. Akron in 2015).

And if that's not enough, he became the first Sooner ever to throw for at least 300 yards and rush for at least 150 in a game. He is the only player in Big 12 history to throw for at least 300 and rush for at least 150 while completing at least 80 percent of his passes.

Not bad for a guy with reputation for not being a great passing quarterback. OU's defense appeared to be much better in the first half than at almost any time last season. The second half was much more of a struggle but at that point the outcome was not in doubt.

As usual though it was the offense and some of Lincoln Riley's play designs that stole the show. Check out this from ESPN's Dan Orlovsky....

 

OU head coach Lincoln Riley spoke to reporters after last night's game. You can hear what he said in the block below...

 

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