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Game Notes: OU vs. Texas

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
OCTOBER 11, 2008
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  Oklahoma Game Notes

• The Sooners were four-of-four inside the red zone against Texas, staying perfect on the season (27-27). OU has recorded 26 TDs in its 27 red-zone scores.

• Today’s announced attendance of 92,182 marked a Cotton Bowl and OU-Texas series record. It was also the largest crowd ever to witness an OU game. The previous high was at Ohio State in 1977 in front of a crowd of 88,119.

• The two squads combined for 80 points -- the most in the history of the Red River Rivalry. The 873 combined yards of total offense is the third-most in series history.

• Outscoring Texas 7-3 in the first quarter of today’s contest, OU has yet to give up a first-quarter touchdown this season. The Sooners have scored 110 points in the opening period through six games, while limiting opposing offenses to a pair of field goals (Texas and TCU).

• The OU defense recorded four sacks, the second-most in series history.

Sam Bradford
• Bradford’s second touchdown pass of the game set an NCAA record for most touchdown passes by a quarterback in their freshman and sophomore seasons with 56. Bradford broke Rex Grossman’s (Florida) previous NCAA mark of 55 in his first two years with the Gators (2000-2001).

• Bradford’s three first-half touchdown passes marked his fourth game this season with three or more touchdown passes and 12th of his career in 20 starts.

• Bradford’s five passing TDs and 387 passing yards were the most by either squad’s quarterback in the 103-year series history.

• Bradford’s recorded five touchdown passes for the fifth time in his career and third time this season.

• Bradford surpassed the 5,000 yard mark in career passing yards with his 387 yards today. The sophomore has thrown for 5,173 yards in his career, the fourth-most in school history.

Jermaine Gresham
• Gresham caught five passes for 90 yards and a touchdown. His 17 TD receptions is the most by an OU tight end, surpassing Trent Smith’s record of 16 (1999-2002).

Manuel Johnson
• Johnson caught six passes for 85 yards and three TDs today. The senior has snagged 16 passes for 383 and seven touchdown’s in the last three games.

• Johnson became the first OU player to record three TD receptions in the history of the series.

DeMarco Murray
• Murray tallied 139 yards on five kickoff returns, the fourth-most yardage in program history.

• Murray’s 34-yard reception in the first quarter marked a career long.

DeMarcus Granger
• Granger recorded a pair of tackles in his first action since OU’s 55-14 win at Washington. The DT had sat out of the previous two contests with a foot injury.

Travis Lewis
• Travis Lewis recorded a career-best 19 tackles, tying Brian Bosworth (Nebraska - 1984) for the OU freshman single-game tackle record.

Juaquin Iglesias
• Iglesias recorded his 38th-straight contest with a reception, finishing the day with 92 yards on seven receptions. His 38 consecutive games with a catch is currently third-most in the NCAA.
 
By the Numbers
6 - Total points by OU opponents in the first quarter this season. The Oklahoma offense has netted 110 points in the opening period.

12 - Bradford’s three first-half touchdown passes marked his fourth game this season with three or more touchdown passes and 12th of his career in 20 starts.

17 - Jermaine Gresham caught his 17th career touchdown pass, the most for an OU tight end, surpassing Trent Smith’s record of 16 (1999-2002).

19 - Travis Lewis recorded a career-best 19 tackles, tying Brian Bosworth (Nebraska - 1984) for the OU freshman single-game tackle record.

34 - Murray’s 34-yard reception in the first quarter marked a career long.

59 - Career touchdown passes by Sam Bradford, an NCAA record for a quarterback in their freshman and sophomore seasons.

80 - The two squad’s combined for 80 points -- the most in the history of the Red River Rivalry.

100% - The Sooners were four-of-four inside the red zone against Texas, staying perfect on the season (27-27). OU has recorded 26 TDs in its 27 red-zone scores.

92,182 - Today’s attendance marked a Cotton Bowl and OU-Texas series record. It was also the largest crowd ever to witness an OU game. The previous high was at Ohio State in 1977 in front of a crowd of 88,119. 

  Texas Game Notes

• Texas opened the season with six straight wins for the second time in Mack Brown's tenure.

• Texas defeated the No. 1 team in the nation for the first time since toppling No. 1 USC, 41-38 in the Rose Bowl to claim the 2005 National Championship.

• Texas’ 45 points was the most for the Longhorns in a Red River Rivalry game, equaling the 45 points in 2005.

• After rushing for -3 yards in the first half, Texas rebounded for 164 yards in the second half.

• Texas has taken a 58-40-5 lead in the series with Oklahoma and has won three of the last four.

• Texas has taken a 48-36-4 lead in the series with Oklahoma in games played in Dallas.

• Texas has scored 281 points over its first six games, the most for Texas since 1915 (308).

• With Quan Cosby (122) and Jordan Shipley (112), Texas had two players with over 100 receiving yards in a game for the first time since Sept. 13, 2003 when B.J. Johnson (123) and Roy Williams (117) did the deed against Arkansas.

• Cosby and Shipley became the first duo to log over 100 receiving yards each in a Red River Rivalry game.

• With the win, Mack Brown racked up his 195th career victory. He moved into sole possession 22nd place and is one win shy of Fielding Yost (196) for 21st place.

• Texas has produced at least 400 yards of total offense in 65 of its last 96 games. The Longhorns are 88-2 when recording more than 400 yards of total offense in the Mack Brown era.

• With nine receptions, Colt McCoy and Quan Cosby have tied the UT record for completions between a QB and a WR with 140, eclipsing the number of 131 between Chris Simms and Roy Williams (2000-02).

• Texas held a team under 50 yards rushing for the fifth time this season and the 35th time since 1990.

• Texas logged two interceptions in the game after logging just two through the first five games.

• Texas won the time of possession in all four quarters, holding the ball for over nine minutes in each of the first three quarters.

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