NORMAN â Saturday night's game at Owen Field against the Ball State Cardinals could have been a scary game. For starters, the Cardinals entered with only one loss, and beat Big 10 opponent Indiana (coached by former Oklahoma Sooner Assistant Coach Kevin Wilson) â and not to mention it was the last game before the annual Red River Shootout, which will be at 11 a.m. this Saturday at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.
But Sooner fans didn't worry for long, however. After the Cardinals cut the OU lead to 10-6 on Ball State place-kicker Steven Schott's 31-yard field goal with 12:38 left before halftime, the Sooners scored the game's 52 point en route to a 62-6 rout.
Over the final 41:22, OU (4-0) looked about as good as anyone could â in all aspects, but especially on defense. Tony Jefferson had three interceptions on three straight Ball State possessions (and had a shot at a fourth straight pick), which all were capped by the OU offense scoring touchdowns.
âIt was pleasing to come out and play so well,â OU Coach Bob Stoops said in his postgame press conference. âWe're very aware that Ball State is making some improvement. (First-year) Pete Lembo is going to do a great job there, and they're going to continue to get better. But our guys know that there are bigger challenges for us out there, but we still wanted to play in a good way â and play the way we're capable, and I felt like we did in all parts of the game. Overall, we coaches still feel that there's a lot that could be a lot better â and the players realize it, so that's the exciting part. We know we can still do some things better in anticipating for getting ready for (this) week â and try to polish things up.â