Game Notes

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
OCTOBER 25, 2008

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  Oklahoma Game Notes

• With the 58-35 win, Oklahoma improved to 68-14 against Big 12 opponents under 10th-year head coach Bob Stoops. Oklahoma improved to 69-17-4 against Kansas State and 31-10-1 in Manhattan. The Sooners have won the last three in the series and six of the last seven.

• OU eclipsed the 500-yard mark in total yardage for the fifth time this season with 528 total yards Saturday. The 528 included 273 rushing yards, the second-highest total this season behind 274 vs. Washington.

• Oklahoma’s 55 points in the first half tied an Oklahoma program record for points in a half. OU had previously posted 55 points against Kansas State in the second half of its 1942 matchup. The point total is the highest ever in the first half, topping the previous record of 52 against Rice in 1978.

• With a DeMarco Murray one-yard TD dive 4:26 into the game, OU resumed its streak of scoring on its opening possession of the game. OU has scored on the opening drive in seven of its eight games after failing to do so last week versus Kansas.

• With its 28-point first quarter, Oklahoma tied its second-highest scoring output for a quarter. It marked the fifth time in OU history to do so and the second this season after scoring 28 in the first quarter of the 49-17 win over Baylor (Oct. 4). The record for most points scored in a quarter by OU is 35 in the second quarter of its 77-0 win over Texas A&M in 2003.

• Oklahoma had three scoring drives of a minute or less Saturday with drives of 23, 31 and 60 seconds in the first half. On the season, OU has 11 drives for a minute or less.

• Oklahoma’s 399 yards in the first half is the 14th highest in program history and the third highest total against Kansas State in the first half. OU had previously racked up 457 yards (1988) and 423 yards (1971) in first-half action against the Wildcats.

• With 134 and 104 yards respectively, RBs Chris Brown and DeMarco Murray both eclipsed the 100-yard mark in the same game for the second time this season. The duo teamed up for 107 yards (Brown) and 100 yards (Murray) against Washington on Sept. 13.

Sam Bradford
• With 7:16 remaining in the first quarter, Sam Bradford picked up his third career rushing touchdown, all coming this year, with a sneak from a yard out. All three of Bradford’s scoring runs have come from a yard out.

• Bradford threw for at least three TDs for the sixth time of the season Saturday. The sophomore has reached the five TD mark three times this season (Cincinnati, Washington, Texas).

Chris Brown
• Junior RB Chris Brown racked up an OU season-high 134 yards on 19 carries Saturday, giving him his third career 100-yard game and second of the season. Brown had previously rushed for 169 yards against Baylor in 2006 and 107 against Washington on Sept. 13.

Ryan Broyles
• On just his 11th career punt return, redshirt freshman Ryan Broyles covered 68 yards en route to his first career punt return TD. It marked the first punt taken back for a touchdown by Sooner since Reggie Smith did so against Middle Tennessee State (61 yards) on Sept. 23, 2006.

Travis Lewis
• Redshirt freshman Travis Lewis recorded 15 tackles Saturday, his third double-digit tackle game of the season. Lewis’ career high of 19 tackles came against Texas on Oct. 11.

• Lewis also picked off two Josh Freeman passes, the second and third of his career. Lewis returned the two picks for 27 and 29 yards, the two-longest interception returns of the season for OU.

DeMarco Murray
• With his four TDs Saturday, sophomore RB DeMarco Murray upped his career TD total to 26. Included in those four TDs were Murray’s first career TD receptions. Entering the game, Murray had 28 career receptions without a TD before grabbing two scoring receptions Saturday. Of his 26 career TDs, Murray has picked up 22 on the ground, two through the air and two via kickoff returns.

• With 104 yards, DeMarco Murray recorded his fifth career 100-yard rushing performance and third of the season.

29 - Linebacker Travis Lewis ended Kansas State’s first drive of the game with an interception that he returned 27 yards, OU’s longest interception return of the season until the redshirt freshman returned a fourth-quarter pick 29 yards.

23 - Oklahoma’s third scoring drive of the game took just 23 seconds on two plays. The drive marked the fourth shortest of the year. The season’s quickest was a one-play, six-second drive against Cincinnati.

20 - When inside the opponent’s 20, OU’s offense is close to automatic. On Saturday, OU was six-for-six in the red zone and is now 41-42 on the season.

6 - Sophomore Gerald McCoy recorded his sixth sack of the season in third quarter action.

3 - Saturday’s game marked the third straight game for TE Jermaine Gresham to haul in a TD catch.

2 - OU had back-to-back TD drives of two plays each in the first quarter, covering 52 and 59 yards respectively. One quarter later, OU recorded a two-play scoring drive of 15 yards.

1:45 - Of its eight scoring first-half scoring drives, Oklahoma’s longest lasted only 1 minute and 45 seconds.

1 - OU junior linebacker Mike Balogun began the game in the middle linebacker position, marking his first career start.



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