Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Week 1 - OU Comes A Knockin'


West Point, NY (AP) - The Sooners from Normal came into Miche Stadium with one thing on their mind, destruction. However, the Black Knights were ready for war. With no respect given to the Knights in the national press, coach Shaun Mason had the cadets fired up and ready to play. The opening kickoff went the the Knights, who drove down the field, stalled and kicked a 33 yard field goal to take a 3-0 lead. Oklahoma was stifled it's first two drives and the bell rang at the end of the first stanza with the Black Knights leading.

In the second quarter, the Black Knights again drove the field, scoring when true freshman super recruit T()() Brigham took the ball in on a flexbone dive from two yards out. The drive showed the diversity of the Black Knight offense as they mixed things up to keep the far more talented Sooner squad on their heels. The Sooners tried valiantly to move the ball on the swarming Army defense, but were denied right before the half when a big hit jarred the ball lose inside the Oklahoma five. The half ended with Army up 10-0. The vaunted Sooner offense was limited to 86 yards of offense in the first half.

In the second half, the Sooners finally looked like they were the better team. After trading drives ending with punts, the Sooners finally took the ball down the field and pounded the ball into the endzone on a Calhoun two yard dash. The drive was dominated by the running game of the Sooners, who manhandled the opposing line. Not to be deterred, the Knights answered with a field goal to take a 13-7 lead into the final quarter.

With the biggest upset in school history looming large, the Black Knights of Army began to show their youth, unable to control the line of scrimmage on either side of the ball. On the first Oklahoma possession, they marched down the field to take a 14-13 lead on the back of running back Calhoun and tight end Reese. Reese made defenders look silly with leaping grabs. Army got the ball back, determined to win, but were turned back. Looking to run the clock, the Sooner offense marched methodically down the field to take a 21-13 lead. Army received the ball one last time, but the offense was unable to transition to a passing team and senior quarterback Chip Bowden threw a long interception on fourth down to clinch the Sooner victory.

Coach Shaun Mason said in the post game interview, "My boys played better than I could ask for today. No real turnovers, we hit hard and moved the ball. They were better today, but I feel good about the rest of the season. It sure would have felt good to get one over on the big boys today."


  1. Very nice review...I posted mine today as well with three videos. The first big run by your back, Calhoun's stiff arm TD and the late INT.

  2. Hell of a game. Makes me a bit worried to play you now.