OU football: Tre Norwood's interceptions, Spencer Rattler's poise and defensive line depth punctuate blowout win
Norwood takes advantage of opportunity with two interceptions
LUBBOCK, Texas — The ball just seemed to find Tre Norwood’s hands on Saturday night.
“Just a blessing is how I describe it,” Norwood said after his two first-quarter interceptions helped OU blow out Texas Tech 62-28. “Thankful for the opportunity. Grateful for the opportunity.”
Norwood was making his first start since the 2018 Orange Bowl and made the most of the chance.
He found out early in the week that he would get the start with safety Delarrin Turner-Yell out.
Norwood had played in the first five games of the season but was still working his way fully back after missing last season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Then he became the first Sooners player since Jordan Evans in 2016 against Baylor to have two interceptions in a game and the first OU player since Jordan Thomas in Bedlam 2015 to record two interceptions in the same quarter.
On both interceptions, Henry Colombi’s pass hit off a Tech receiver’s hands and went high in the air for Norwood to nab.
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“Right spot, right time,” Norwood said. “We harp about tips and overthrows and making sure we come down with those. That’s exactly what both of those were. Two tips, just trying to capitalize on our opportunities.”
Rattler doesn’t rattle
Spencer Rattler’s line was solid.
He completed 21 of 30 passes for 288 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.
It could’ve been much better, if it weren’t for a couple of near sure-fire touchdowns that were dropped, most notably a long throw to Marvin Mims that bounced off Mims’ hands right at his chest.
After the drive, Rattler sought out Mims and noticed the freshman was pretty upset.
“Hey man, don’t even trip,” Rattler told him. “Your first dropped ball of the season. Don’t worry, we’ve all been in situations worse. Keep going at it.”
Rattler said he doesn’t let those missed opportunities bother him.
“I know they’re gonna do their job and I trust all of them,” Rattler said of the receivers.
Defensive line highlights depth
A deep group of defensive linemen got even deeper Saturday with the addition of Ronnie Perkins.
OU was without LaRon Stokes, though Isaiah Thomas’ ability to slide inside from defensive end helped the Sooners continue to rotate heavily.
“The ability to rotate guys and really not take too much stock to who is in the game, which sometimes you do say, ‘Wait a second, we can’t have this individual in with another one,” Sooners defensive coordinator Alex Grinch said. “I think you’re certainly seeing it in the front.”
Marcus Stripling got his first career start at defensive end and a variety of players helped the Sooners record nine tackles for loss and overall keep the Red Raiders’ offense in check.
Ryan Aber, Staff writer