Welcome to the another edition of LET US DELIGHT IN, a weekly feature in which we, well, delight in the performance of a particular football player from the previous weekend. This week, we are delighting in the performance of Oklahoma linebacker Eric Striker.
Last time we checked in with Eric Striker, he was giving Tennessee fans the business and causing Butch Jones to have a case of the Classies.
He's never been shy about talking, and personally, I think that's a good thing. But once you see past the bluster and frequent business-givings, he's actually a pretty God damn great linebacker. His skill was on full display on Saturday, helping Oklahoma bust West Virginia's ass raw in the second half en route to a 44-24 win.
Striker finished the game with a robust stat line: 13 tackles, three tackles for a loss, two sacks, and a forced fumble that led directly to a scoop-and-score which emphatically put an end to West Virginia's comeback chances.
West Virginia's second half drives went like this: touchdown, field goal, fumble, touchdown, punt, fumble returned for touchdown, interception, interception, end of game. Any momentum they gained in the third quarter when pulling back to within three points of the Sooners went right out the window when Striker and the defense tightened their coils around them, like some kind of demented boa constrictor that starts salivating anytime someone plays "Boomer Sooner."
It's easy to just pick a quarterback or a running back that had a big day, but we try to give proper credit and all due adulation to defensive players as well. And Eric Striker most certainly earned it this week.