What we learned: Week 12

Here's what we learned during Oklahoma's 48-10 win over Iowa State on Saturday:

The Sooners can still have success against average defenses. We’ve seen this before. OU can have plenty of success and put up plenty of points against defenses ill-equipped to put up with its strength up front or athletes at the skill positions. The Sooners proved it again with 405 rushing yards (9.2 yards per carry) as their running game was clicking against the Cyclones. Some wondered if the Sooners could have any success on offense after its ugly showing against Baylor. Saturday proved OU still has some explosiveness in its offense.

The Sooners still can’t pass. OU finished with 118 passing yards against the Cyclones. Nobody should be surprised. The Sooners played three quarterbacks, Blake Bell, Trevor Knight and Kendal Thompson, and none of them passed for more than 61 yards. Knight, who rushed for 123 yards, played the majority of the game after Bell was injured. OU receivers combined to catch eight passes in the win.

OU’s defense will bring hope in 2014, no matter what happens with the offense. There’s a bunch of young talent on the defense and even more was on display in the blowout win over the Cyclones. True freshman Dakota Austin got his first career interception, true freshman safety Ahmad Thomas recorded more tackles against the Cyclones (six) than he had all season (2) and true freshman linebacker Dominique Alexander led the team in tackles with 11. There are a bunch of reasons for OU fans to be excited about 2014, no matter how the offense looks for the remainder of the season, because the Sooners defense is young, athletic, fast and improving.