Game Notes: Oklahoma 42, Texas A&M 14

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
NOVEMBER 03, 2007
Saturday night's victory over Texas A&M was the Sooners' fifth straight win against the Aggies, tying the longest streak in the series. Oklahoma also won five in a row from 1946-1950.
• With eight tackles against the Aggies, junior LB Curtis Lofton moved into 13th place on OU's career list with 101 stops. Lofton is just 27 tackles shy of the record held by Butkus Award winner Rocky Calmus, who recorded 128 tackles in 2000 and 2001.
• Sophomore RB Chris Brown hauled in his first career touchdown pass, a 14-yarder in the second quarter. It was Brown's sixth reception of the season after entering the year with no career catches.
• Sophomore DE Auston English recorded one sack against the Aggies to up his season total to 9.5. That number places him alone in 10th place in OU's single season record book.
• Senior DB D.J. Wolfe's second quarter fumble recovery was his fifth takeaway of the season. It was his first FR to go along with four INTs.
• Oklahoma forced two A&M turnovers, giving the team a season total of 21 takeaways. The Sooners have capitalized on those turnovers, turning them into 93 points.
• Junior OL Duke Robinson recorded his first career reception on a tipped pass in the second quarter. He even picked up some yards after catch, rumbling eight yards after snaring the ball out of the air.
• Sophomore TE Brody Eldridge caught two passes for 23 yards against Texas A&M. Coming into the game, Eldridge had four career receptions for 25 yards.
• Two Sooners made their first career starts against the Aggies, sophomore OL Brian Simmons and junior WR Quentin Chaney.

• With five TD passes against the Aggies, freshman QB Sam Bradford tied the OU single game record. Jason White threw for five TDs against A&M in 2003, and Bradford also accomplished the feat against North Texas earlier this season.
• Bradford's 25 TD passes on the season ranks as the fifth highest total in school history. He trails only Jason White, who threw for 40 in 2003 and 35 in 2004, and Josh Heupel, who recorded 33 in 1999. It also places him sixth on OU's career list for passing touchdowns.
• Bradford stands just four TD passes shy of tying the NCAA freshman record set by Texas' Colt McCoy in 2006 (29).
• With four touchdown catches against the Aggies, sophomore TE Jermaine Gresham became the Sooners' single season record holder in touchdown receptions by a tight end with 10. Trent Smith held the previous record with six TD catches in 2001.
• Gresham's four TD grabs against the Aggies tied Trent Smith's school record for touchdown catches. Smith set the record against Kansas in 2001.
• Gresham's 10 TD catches in 2007 are the most for a TE in program history and ties the third highest total for any OU receiver.
• Gresham's 10 TD catches puts him into sole possession of the team lead. Malcolm Kelly is second with eight TDs in 2007.
85,044 - Saturday night's attendance at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, the third highest in OU history. It also marked the 54th consecutive home sellout under Bob Stoops.
70 - RBs Allen Patrick and DeMarco Murray finished the game with identical rushing totals, 15 carries for 70 yards.
52 - Bob Stoops recorded his 52nd home win as the Sooners' head coach. Stoops owns a career record of 52-2 at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, a winning percentage of .963.
25:4 - Sam Bradford's touchdown to interception ratio through nine games.
16 - With Saturday's win, OU extended its home winning streak to 16 straight, the eighth longest in school history. The Sooners have won 35 of their last 36 contests at Owen Field.
7 - With 284 yards against the Aggies, QB Sam Bradford notched his seventh game this season with more than 200 passing yards. That total ties Paul Thompson's 2006 production as the fifth best in OU history.
6 - Saturday's 42-14 win was the sixth straight home game in which Oklahoma has scored 30 or more points. The Sooners have outscored their opponents 301-95 in those games.
Tight end Martellus Bennett set a school record for consecutive games with at least one catch with four catches for 63 yards against the Sooners. The 6-foot-7 Bennett has made at least one grab in 27 straight games, which breaks the old record of 26 that he shared with Terrence Murphy (2001-04). The team's leading receiver, Bennett has 36 catches for 430 yards in 2007.
Bennett increased his career receptions total to 92, which puts him just 13 away from matching the A&M record for career catches by a tight end, which is 105 by Rod Bernstine from 1983-86.
Return specialist Kerry Franks surpassed the 1,000-yard plateau in career kickoff return yardage with two returns for 60 yards against the Sooners. Franks now has 1,008 yards on 39 career returns. Franks is the fourth Aggie with more than 1,000 yards, joining Rod Harris (1,209 from 1985-88), Leeland McElroy (1,099 from 1993-95) and Carl Roaches (1,087 from 1972-75). Franks' 60 yards pushed his season kickoff return total to 503, which ranks No. 3 in school history.
The Aggies continued their strong punt coverage against the Sooners. Aided by the long punts from Justin Brantly (44.3 average), the Aggies allowed held Oklahoma to minus-6 yards on two returns. For the season, A&M has allowed just 65 return yards on 22 returns (2.9 average).
The Aggies failed to produce a takeaway on defense for the second straight game, while giving up two fumbles on defense. In 2007, the Aggies are 6-0 in games with the turnover margin advantage and 0-4 in games with an even or minus turnover margin. During the Dennis Franchione era, the Aggies are 7-24 in games without the turnover advantage.
With two lost fumbles against the Sooners, the Aggies gave up more than one turnover in a game for just the second time in 2007. The other time was against Miami when they had three giveaways. The Aggies entered the game with fewest turnovers lost in the Big 12 Conference (nine prior to the game).
The loss moved quarterback Stephen McGee's career road record against Big 12 foes to 5-2.
Game captains were Chris Alexander, Matt Szymanski, Chris Harrington and Red Bryant. The 12th Man was Nick LaMantia, a junior fullback from Mission, Texas. It was LaMantia's 21st career 12th Man start, including all 10 this season (school record is 23 by John Ray from 2003-05).



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