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The Answers: OU vs. Tulsa
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Inside Look At Some Key Questions
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1. How far can OU ride Adrian Peterson?
Call this one to be determined. Although he accounted for 237 of OUâ€™s 269 total yards â€” thatâ€™s 88.1 percent, professor â€” Peterson didnâ€™t have an overwhelming workload.
He had 34 touches â€” 32 carries and two catches. Thatâ€™s not out of line with his carries in some games last season. It seemed like more, perhaps, because of how often he got the ball in relation to, well, any other Sooner. But consider that OU ran just 58 offensive plays.
All that said, there will come a time â€” and soon â€” when the Sooners canâ€™t rely exclusively on Peterson. â€śAll Dayâ€ť canâ€™t go all day, everyday. OU wore down Tulsa, finally. Can the Sooners count on wearing down other, better defenses? Say, Texas?
And one other question: Can the Sooners count on Peterson ITAL not UNITAL wearing out?
2. Is there a quarterback controversy?
No. Should there be? Iâ€™ll leave that to talk radio. Despite a vague answer to a question from Bob Stoops, there didnâ€™t appear to be a doubt on Saturday as to who would quarterback the Sooners in the future, or at least at UCLA.
Gone was the ill-fated rotation used against TCU. OU picked one guy, and stuck with him. And although Rhett Bomarâ€™s debut as starter was underwhelming, they didnâ€™t seem inclined to make another change.
Bomar completed seven passes in 13 attempts â€” and two of those went to guys wearing the wrong uniforms. So it was really 5 of 13, 42 yards, two interceptions. Give Bomar a break on the two picks â€” on the first, Travis Wilson fell down, leaving the defender alone and, well, wide-open. On the second, Bomar was being pulled down just as he threw.
That said, Bomar didnâ€™t exactly throw with precision. And in the second half, of course, he didnâ€™t throw â€” coachesâ€™ decision.
Offensive coordinator Chuck Long said he hadnâ€™t planned to pull Bomar unless he lost the football. Though he fumbled a couple times, including center exchanges, OU recovered each.
For now, Bomar is the guy. Now, wasnâ€™t he supposed to be a passing quarterback?
3.Did Bomar do anything positive?
Actually, he did. Long hailed his composure despite poor play and while facing unexpected adversity. And there was one tangible.
Coaches didnâ€™t have any quarterback run game in the package. But Bomarâ€™s legs provided one of the gameâ€™s most important plays. Though it perhaps was overlooked amid Petersonâ€™s performance, Bomarâ€™s 15-yard scramble on third-and-9 deep in OU territory was the reason the Sooners were in position for A.D.â€™s fourth-and-1 game-breaker.
By the way, the play call was a pass. Bomar decided a bolt upfield was the better choice.