Oklahoma presents one of the most prolific offenses in the country. The
Sooners pace the nation in yards per play (8.2) and yards per pass attempt
(11.4), rank second in total offense (554.2; LSU averages 554.3), fourth
in passing efficiency (195.9 rating), fourth in yards per rush (6.1), and
fifth in scoring offense (43.2 points per game) and third-down conversion
Quarterback Jalen Hurts has completed 222 of 309 passes (71.8 percent;
school record is 70.9 percent) for 3,634 yards (279.5 per game) and 32
touchdowns with seven interceptions. The Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award
and Davey O’Brien Award finalist has also rushed 219 times for a team-high
1,255 yards (96.5 per game) and 18 TDs.
Hurts leads the nation in yards per pass attempt (11.8; FBS record is 11.6),
yards per completion (16.4), points responsible for per game (23.7; tied) and
touchdowns accounted for (51; tied), and is third in total offense (376.1 yards
per game) and passing efficiency rating (200.3; FBS record is 199.4), fourth
in completion percentage, seventh in rushing TDs and 10th in passing TDs.
All-American wide receiver CeeDee Lamb has posted team highs of 58
catches, 1,208 receiving yards and 14 receiving touchdowns in 12 games
this year. He ranks third nationally in receiving TDs, seventh in yards per
reception (20.8) and 11th in receiving yards per game (100.7). The Biletnikoff
Award finalist and unanimous first-team All-Big 12 selection ranks second at
OU in career receiving touchdowns (32), fourth in receiving yards (3,173) and
tied for sixth in receptions (169), despite being just a junior.
Charleston Rambo has collected 734 yards and five touchdowns on 42
receptions. Lee Morris has 18 catches for 330 yards and a score, and his last
27 receptions dating back to Oct. 26, 2018 have gone for a first down. H-backs
Jeremiah Hall and Brayden Willis each have three receiving touchdowns.
Running back Kennedy Brooks is on the cusp of his second straight 1,000-
yard season with 976 rushing yards and five touchdowns on 145 carries (6.7
yards per rush), while Rhamondre Stevenson has churned out 515 yards and
six scores on just 64 carries (8.0 yards per rush).
Center Creed Humphrey, a Rimington Trophy finalist and second-team Walter
Camp All-American, anchors an offensive line that was a semifinalist for the
Joe Moore Award after replacing four starters from the 2018 unit that won
the trophy for best offensive line unit in the country.
Fans and media have often referred to Oklahoma’s offense under head coach
Lincoln Riley as the “Air Raid.” The label is not exactly accurate, however,
as the Sooners have rushed more than they’ve thrown in each of the five
years since Riley arrived in Norman, and that’s counting plays in which
the quarterback was sacked as pass plays (officially they are recorded as
rushes). OU’s rushing play percentage was 52.6 in 2015, 57.7 in 2016, 53.1
in 2017 and 54.7 in 2018. Through 13 games this season, 58.4 percent of the
Sooners’ plays have been rushes.
Oklahoma’s average possession time of 37:50 the last four weeks is the
second highest nationally. OU has run the ball 210 times in its 315 plays the
last four games (66.7 percent of the time).
The Sooners’ tremendous offensive success has been consistent throughout
Riley’s five seasons in Norman. Since the start of the 2015 campaign, OU
ranks first nationally in points per game (44.9; next most is 41.6), total
offense (558.3; next most is 516.4), touchdowns from scrimmage (378; next
most is 365), pass efficiency rating (190.6; next best is 167.6) and yards per
pass attempt (10.8; tied), second in completion percentage (69.5), third in
passing offense (323.3) and eighth in rushing offense (235.0).
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