How CeeDee Lamb, Marquise Brown dominated at Oklahoma in Kyler Murray’s 2018 Heisman season
CeeDee Lamb and Marquise Brown will play in the same football game Tuesday night for the first time since they were tearing up Big 12 defenses in Kyler Murray’s 2018 Heisman season at Oklahoma.
The rising star wide receivers face off when Brown’s Ravens (6-5) host Lamb’s Cowboys (3-8) on Tuesday night in Baltimore. The pair spent two seasons together with the Sooners, 2017 and 2018, and both contributed to Baker Mayfield’s 2017 Heisman campaign, too, with current Baltimore tight end Mark Andrews helping the cause. But it was in 2018 that Brown and Lamb both showed the ability that would lead to their eventual first-round selections in the NFL Draft (Brown in 2019, Lamb in 2020).
Before their meeting in Baltimore to close out Week 13, this is a look back at that 2018 Oklahoma season and how two receivers and one generational quarterback caused so many problems for opposing defenses.
CeeDee Lamb and Marquise Brown at Oklahoma
In 2018, Lamb was a sophomore and Brown a junior. Lamb was the bigger target, while Brown was the short, shifty option. Both had great down-field pass-catching abilities to go with dynamic skills after the catch.
In the season’s first four games, they had a bit of an alternating routine going on. Brown had 133 yards in the opener, then Lamb went for 146 yards the next week. It went like that for much of the season.
Both Lamb and Brown topped 100 yards when the Sooners blew out Baylor, 66-33, on Sept. 29 to set up a highly anticipated matchup with Texas. That proved to be the Sooners’ first loss, but Brown had nine catches for 131 yards and two touchdowns in defeat, while Lamb added six catches for 75 yards and a score.
They’d meet Texas again in the Big 12 Championship and get their revenge, with Lamb leading that way that day with six catches for 167 yards and a touchdown. Brown had put on his best show the week prior against West Virginia with 11 catches for 243 yards and two TDs.
They call him Hollywood for a reason.
Marquise Brown's five highest-graded plays as an Oklahoma Soonerpic.twitter.com/5uiBDZj5km
— PFF College (@PFF_College) June 10, 2020
Oklahoma’s 2018 in the College Football Playoff
The Sooners’ victory over Texas in the Big 12 title game secured the No. 4 seed in the 2018 CFP. That meant a date with top-seeded Alabama on Dec. 29 in the Orange Bowl in a national semifinal.
The story of the loss that night for Oklahoma ended up being Brown, who was held without a catch. He’d suffered a lower-leg injury in the second meeting with Texas and was questionable to play against Alabama. While he made it on the field, he couldn’t make an impact.
Lamb did what he could to pick up the slack, catching eight passes for 109 yards and a touchdown, but the Tua Tagovailoa led Crimson Tide advanced to the championship game with a 45-34 win. Brown’s final college game ended with the OU star held catchless.
Overall, though, the 2018 season was a success for Oklahoma’s top-two wideouts as they helped a second-straight quarterback take home the Heisman. Brown finished with 75 catches for 1,318 yards and 10 touchdowns, while Lamb had 65 catches for 1,158 yards and 11 touchdowns. Brown declared for the draft instead of returning for his senior season, and Lamb had a huge junior season catching passes from Jalen Hurts the following fall before joining Brown in the NFL.
CeeDee Lamb ends Oklahoma's scoring drought. pic.twitter.com/yz35QEM14i
— ESPN (@espn) October 26, 2019
Marquise Brown college stats2017
- Catches: 57Receiving yards: 1,095Receiving touchdowns: 7
- Catches: 75Receiving yards: 1,318Receiving touchdowns: 10
CeeDee Lamb college stats2017
- Catches: 46Receiving yards: 807Receiving touchdowns: 7
- Catches: 65Receiving yards: 1,158Receiving touchdowns: 11
- Catches: 62Receiving yards: 1,327Receiving touchdowns: 14