OU football journal: Lamb's performance against Texas earns national accolades
DALLAS — CeeDee Lamb’s 10-catch, 171-yard, three-touchdown performance in Saturday’s 34-27 win over Texas unsurprisingly earned the Sooners’ receiver national acclaim.
Sunday, Lamb was named the Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week.
Lamb tied Dede Westbrook for the most receptions by a Sooners receiver against the Longhorns. Only Westbrook and Manuel Johnson had had three touchdown catches against Texas.
Lamb has scored a touchdown in eight consecutive games starting with last season’s Big 12 Championship Game. Only Westbrook has a longer such streak in school history, with 10 in 2016.
Up and down on fourth down
While Lamb’s two second-half touchdowns Saturday received the most attention, his first was huge, too.
It wound up being the only Oklahoma touchdown of the first half and it came on fourth-and-goal from the 1 with Jalen Hurts rolling to his right and easily completing a pass to Lamb just inside the end zone.
The Sooners weren’t as lucky on fourth down late in the third quarter from the Texas 39, and on fourth-and-1 again.
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This time, Oklahoma again targeted Lamb, with Hurts making a quick throw. But the throw was behind Lamb and easily fell incomplete.
The Longhorns then drove down and scored a touchdown to send the game into the fourth with OU up 20-17.
It was the first time all season a fourth-down conversion hasn’t worked for the Sooners, who are now 4 of 5 on fourth-down tries.
Sooners in top five
Oklahoma climbed a spot in the Associated Press poll following its victory against Texas.
The Sooners checked in at No. 5 in the latest poll released Sunday afternoon. Texas fell from No. 11 to No. 15.
While OU recorded its first marquee win of the season Saturday, the Sooners' slight move up the poll had as much to do with Georgia's stunning loss to South Carolina.
The Bulldogs, formerly ranked No. 3, fell to No. 10 after their 20-17 defeat.
Oklahoma trails No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 LSU, No. 3 Clemson and No. 4 Ohio State in the AP Top 25.
OU (6-0, 3-0 Big 12) will face West Virginia (3-3, 1-2) at 11 a.m. Saturday in Norman.
OU a heavy favorite
It’s no surprise that Oklahoma is expected to win the game handily, but the number still jumps off the page a bit.
The Sooners are a 33.5 point favorite for Saturday’s game.
Oklahoma has regularly been heavy favorites in recent years and hasn’t been an underdog in any of its previous seven meetings with West Virginia heading into this week.
But they’ve never been a favorite like this.
In fact, only one other time in its history have the Mountaineers been this big of an underdog.
In 2011, a West Virginia team that finished the season 3-8 went on the road to top-ranked Miami.
The Hurricanes were favored by 35 that day and won, 45-3.
OU’s biggest spread against the Mountaineers during the Big 12 era came two seasons ago when the Sooners were a 23-point favorite. Oklahoma won by 28.
Ryan Aber and Joe Mussatto, Staff writers