OU vs. Ball State Postgame: Breaking It Down

OU nickelback Tony Jefferson

NORMAN, Okla. — The Sooners took care of business in a 62-6 blowout victory over the Cardinals, and Sooners Illustrated digs deeper into it.

Game ball goes to: Nickelback Tony Jefferson—He joined a heralded list of eight Sooners who have recorded three interceptions in a game and could have had a fourth had he come up with it. All of them came on consecutive possessions in the second quarter, and the second was an acrobatic snag along the left sideline.

Play of the game: With just more than six minutes remaining in the second quarter, Ball State quarterback Keith Wenning threw a pass downfield, and Jefferson leaped into the air and with his right hand, snatched it, all the while keeping his balance staying in bounds. It was his second of three interceptions in the contest.

It was over when: OU quarterback Landry Jones hit wide receiver Kenny Stills for a 7-yard touchdown pass moments after Jefferson came up with his first interception. That made it 24-6 at the time.

Surprise of the game:It seems to be a reoccurring theme that everything has Jefferson's name in it tonight, so this one does as well. No one saw a three-interception performance on the horizon.

The biggest thing we learned: The Sooners are ready for Texas. They showed up and took care of business and, because of it, have an undefeated record heading into next week's Red River Rivalry game.

The biggest concern: OU's slow starts: Despite the blowout, the last two week's have featured OU's opponents hanging around early. Last Saturday, Missouri leaped out to a 14-3 lead, and this time Ball State was in it 10-6 after making a couple field goals in the first 17+ minutes.

Streak count: 39 straight home wins

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