Oklahoma’s defense struggled against Alabama on Saturday, falling to the Crimson Tide 48-35.
The Sooners had been able to run the ball well, but they failed to find a way to create opportunities against Alabama’s prolific offensive line and the Crimson Crimson Tide’s dominant defensive front.
Oklahoma was able to control the clock, forcing Alabama to play catch-up and forcing the Sooners to throw the ball at will.
The Sooners were able to limit the amount of time the Tide could get on offense and, in the process, gave up some big plays.
The defense also gave up several big plays, with quarterback Mason Rudolph getting sacked five times, running for just four yards on a sack and two fumbles.
Rudolph had just two catches for 10 yards, and was sacked twice.
Rudolph is a redshirt freshman, and his freshman year has been a mixed bag for him.
Rudolph was not nearly as good as he was in his freshman season, which was when he was a freshman.
Rudolph finished with a career-high 595 yards rushing and seven touchdowns, but he also averaged just 4.7 yards per carry and had four fumbles on the season.
Oklahoma’s receiving corps, which ranks 28th in the nation with 896 yards, is one of the worst in the country.
Rudolph and his receivers are not getting much help from the offensive line.
State, which had been ranked fourth in the Big 12 with an average of 17.3 points per game, was outscored 29-8 in the first half and was forced to punt on five occasions.
The Cowboys had a chance to pull away late in the third quarter when Rudolph caught a touchdown pass from sophomore receiver Tyrell Williams, but Rudolph failed to get a step on a linebacker and was intercepted by sophomore linebacker Matt Moore.
Oklahoma finally managed to score in the fourth quarter, when Rudolph had a touchdown catch with 10:53 left in the game.
It is hard to tell how Oklahoma’s performance will impact its chances of winning the Big Ten.
The program was ranked 18th nationally in offensive rating in 2016, but has only managed to rank 16th in scoring offense the past three seasons.
Oklahoma also ranks 19th in sacks, giving up a ridiculous 16.5 per game.
Still, the Cowboys should have a good chance to make a bowl if they can improve their defense.
The Big 12 Conference has announced that it will not be awarding a playoff bid to Oklahoma State.