Archived Blog: OU vs. Utah State

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University of Oklahoma
SEPTEMBER 10, 2010

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9:23 p.m.Final: OU Notches 800th Win
Despite the shaky performance in the season opener, Oklahoma notched its 800th win in the program's history with a 31-24 victory against Utah State.

9:19 p.m.69th Consecutive Sellout
Sooner fans tonight set an attendance record for an OU season opener. The announced crowd of 85,151 marked Oklahoma's 69th consecutive sellout, which tied the school's longest streak. Every game of the Stoops' era (1999-) has been a sellout.
9:17 p.m.Fleming Gets Pick
Junior corner Jamell Fleming produces the secondary's third interception of the game (Hurst, Carter) near the USU sideline. After review, the ruling on the field was confirmed.

9:14 p.m.Throwing Deep
Under five minutes and the Sooners are nursing a seven-point lead. OU just punted to the Aggies and the Sooner defense will again be called on to dig in. Utah State's offense is throwing deep, attacking the Sooner secondary.

9:04 p.m.Hello Seat Edge
Safe to say that many Sooner fans in the stands probably didn't plan to be on the edge of their seats here in the fourth quarter. Utah State's offense is not backing down. Coupled with the shaky performance by the Sooner offense, we have a tight game in Norman.
8:59 p.m.Murray Notches Single-Game Marks
DeMarco Murray was just announced as the Integris Heart Hospital Player of the Game. The running back has 170 yards on 26 carries -- both career highs for the senior. The Sooner offense has taken to the air, however, here later in the game.
8:53 p.m.Calling on the Fans
OU's defense is once again on the field with Utah State gunning for the end zone. The Aggies certainly are playing without fear on Owen Field. Sooner players on and off the field are waving to the home crowd for vocal support.
8:48 p.m.Fourth-Quarter Time
With a tight game here in Norman, it's time to buckle down. The Sooners will begin the fourth quarter with a 1st-and-10 on Utah State's 36-yard line.
8:46 p.m.
Crowd Bringing Energy
Nothing but positive energy from the crowd here at Memorial Stadium. The entire place is standing and making noise in an effort to get behind the Sooner defense. The assistance helped as Oklahoma held and is back on the offensive.
8:38 p.m.
Pesky Aggies
Utah State continues to answer the call against the Sooners, taking advantage of another big play to cut OU's lead to 31-24. Don't be too surprised. Despite their 4-8 record a year ago, the Aggies have some game. They also played another Big 12 team tough a year ago, losing 38-30 at Texas A&M a year ago.
8:31 p.m.
Youth and Experience
It's worth noting that OU's two interceptions tonight have come from two players at very different points in their careers. Demontre Hurst is one of the young up-and-comers in the secondary while Quinton Carter is the elder statesman. Hurst recorded the first interception of his career in his first start in the secondary tonight. No player had more than Carter's four INTs last season.
8:26 p.m.
Q Keeps It Going
Quinton Carter keeps the momentum going with an interception on Utah State's ensuing drive. The Sooners have great field position inside the 40. The intensity inside the stadium has taken a drastic turn here in the last 10 minutes or so.
8:22 p.m.
Momentum Shift
After initially setting up to punt, OU elected to go for it on fourth down after a Utah State timeout. The Sooners picked it up and, two plays later, DeMarco Murray followed the blocking of Trey Millard and sprinted down the sidelines for a 63-yard touchdown. The sequence was a huge momentum shift and the Sooners are back in control.
8:17 p.m.
Taylor Getting Time
For fans who might be wondering, Adrian Taylor has seen significant time on defense for the Sooners tonight. He definitely has a bit of a gimp in his step, but again, if you saw his injury in the Sun Bowl in December, just the fact that he's out there is incredible. Credit Taylor and the OU medical staff both for their hard work in getting him back out on the field.
8:12 p.m.
Not Going Away
Utah State gets a 42-yard TD pass from Borel to Dontel Watkins to cut OU's margin to 21-17. The crowd here at Memorial Stadium was trying to get behind the defense on that last drive but was quickly silenced on the touchdown play. It's time for the Sooners to respond.
8:06 p.m.
The Real Beal
Senior DE Jeremy Beal starts the second half on a good note for the Sooners, picking up his first sack of the season on Utah State's third-down attempt. Beal now has 21.5 sacks for his career, needing just 10 more to become OU's all-time career leader (31.5 set by Cedric Jones). You can follow Beal throughout the season with his weekly video series on
7:59 p.m.
Underdogs Hanging Tough
There have been some close calls for some of the nation's more traditional powers today on the first Saturday of the 2010 season. Miami (OH) hung with Florida, Rice played Texas tough, and here in Norman, Utah State is giving OU a game. Let's see if the Sooners can pull away here in the second half.

7:46 p.m.Halftime Recognition
It's halftime here in Norman and the OU Athletics Department is recognizing the tenth anniversary of the 2000 National Championship on the field. OU President David L. Boren, A.D. Joe Castiglione and Sooner fans are applauding members of the team as they are introduced one by one. The 2000 Sooners brought home Oklahoma's seventh national title.An estimated 50-60 members of the team attended a reunion at the stadium last night.

7:39 p.m.Lethargic Second Quarter
The game flow has turned against the Sooners here late in the second quarter. The clock runs out and OU heads to the locker room for a halftime pep talk from Coach Stoops.

7:36 p.m.Aggies Score Again
USU running back Michael Smith punches it in here right before the half and Utah State narrows the lead to 21-10.

7:34 p.m.We're in the Game
We took an errant pass to the laptop here on the sideline but came away unscathed. Count yourself lucky that we're still up and running.

7:23 p.m.USU Offense Has Game
Sooner fans are expressing some frustration from the stands but remember, Utah State's offense has muscle. The Aggies ranked 12th in the nation last season in total offense averaging 439 yards a game. Senior quarterback Diondre Borel, a dual threat through the air and on the ground, had 3,343 total yards in 2009.
7:14 p.m.Broyles Brewin'
Ryan Broyles is all over Owen Field here in the second quarter. Broyles nabbed a couple big catches in the slot and then caught his second TD of the game in the right corner on a rollout strike from Landry Jones. Broyles had three TD catches in OU's last game of the 2009 season at the Sun Bowl in El Paso and has added two more in the first half of the 2010 season opener.
7:03 p.m.National Scores
Toby Rowland's national scores report on the SoonerVision screen elicited a negative reaction from Sooner fans with scoring updates on Notre Dame and Florida. Kansas State's win against UCLA received a somewhat warmer reception.
6:56 p.m. | Freshmen Showing Up
OU's vaunted freshman class is already making its presence felt on Owen Field here in the season opener. Fullback Trey Millard (Columbia, Mo.), RB Brennan Clay (San Diego, Calif.)and DB Tony Jefferson (Chula Vista, Calif.) have memorable plays in the first half. Linebacker Tom Wort (technically a freshman after getting a medical redshirt last season) and OL Gabe Ikard (Oklahoma City) should also be noted for their first snaps on Owen Field.
6:48 p.m. | Do USU Remember Murray?
DeMarco Murray's touchdown in the first quarter marked his second career TD against Utah State. The senior from Las Vegas, Nev., scored on a 92-yard run during the 2007 season when the Sooners defeated the Aggies, 54-3, at Owen Field.
6:42 p.m.
| The Hammer Comes Down
Ronnell Lewis gained his nickname with some punishing hits on special teams last year. Well, he's back at it again, delivering his first "teeth-rattling" hit of the 2010 season on OU's last kickoff. Speaking of teeth-rattling hits, visit the Delta Dental Teeth Rattling Hits page each week throughout the season to view the best hits from each game. The Hammer has two appearances in the last edition from last year's Sun Bowl.
6:37 p.m.
| By Land and By Air
Coach Wilson is going with a very balanced game plan so far tonight, mixing up runs and passes. After Broyles scored OU's first touchdown tonight, Murray punches it in for the second score, giving Oklahoma a 14-0 lead as we're under a minute to go in the first quarter.
6:33 p.m.
| Millard a Load
True freshman Trey Millard just got his first carry as a Sooner on a rare fullback handoff. Coach Stoops nicknamed Millard "The Load" earlier in the preseason. If early signs are any indication, maybe we'll see Millard punishing opposing defenders frequently over the next few years.
6:28 p.m.
| Sophomores Deliver
From his new position at defensive end, Ronnell Lewis just delivered a sack of Utah State QB Diondre Borel. The play definitely shifted momentum in the Sooners' favor, as the Aggies had been driving. Fellow sophomore Demontre Hurst followed it up on the next play with a big interception, the first of his career, and returned it all the way inside Utah State's 30-yard line.
6:25 p.m.
| Faces in the Crowd
A quick scan of some of the famous faces in attendance tonight: Oklahoma governor Brad Henry, Sooner legends Joe Washington and Dewey Selmon, recent alum Jacob Gutierrez, and of course -- Jim "J.R." Ross.
6:22 p.m.
| Way's Powerful Punt
Wow is all we can say to the punt just delivered by Tress Way. After being pinned deep in our own territory, the Sooner offense went three-and-out. Punting from near his own goal line, Way delivered an 85-yard bomb to pin the Aggies inside their own 10 and completely turn the field position.
6:17 p.m.
| Slippery Quarterback
Keep on eye on Utah State quarterback Diondre Borel tonight. We knew coming in the senior signal-caller was dangerous with both his arms and his feet. He's already shown his elusiveness a couple times on the Aggies' first drive, slipping a couple tackles in the backfield to extend the play. The Sooner defense tightened and got off the field on a nice play by Jamell Fleming. The junior corner timed his hit perfectly to break up a third-down pass attempt.
6:11 p.m.
| Dose of DeMarco, Broyles
Six plays into the 2010 season, Oklahoma is on the board. OU went to their studs right out of the gate, with three runs by Murray and three passes from Landry Jones to Ryan Broyles. Broyles capped the drive by slipping a tackle and diving into the end zone for the score. Sooners 7, Utah State 0.
6:06 p.m.
| Freshman's First Touch
We are officially underway in Norman as Utah State kicks off to the Sooners. True freshman Brennan Clay took the opening kickoff for OU, getting his hands on the ball in his very first play in crimson and cream. On OU's first play from scrimmage, DeMarco Murray went 34 yards before getting taken down. OU is knocking on the door already.
6:02 p.m.
| Different Spin on Intro Video
SoonerVision and the OU marketing department turned it up a notch for the intro video this year. This year's edition features the traditional "Only One" theme but is accompanied by practice footage and a live shot of the team as they walk from the locker room, down the tunnel and out onto Owen Field. Let's play some football!
5:56 p.m.
| Stars, Stripes and Sooners
A great rendition of the national anthem just rang through the stadium and the Pride is now marching off the field. There is definitely a buzz in the air as the capacity crowd anxiously awaits the arrival of their beloved team for the 2010 season.
5:48 p.m.
| Are You Ready?
Oklahoma and Utah State are off to their respective locker rooms for some final words from the coaches. The Pride of Oklahoma is now on the field performing their traditional pregame routine. Memorial Stadium is already filled to the brim. Sooner fans are certainly ready for some football.
5:42 p.m.
| A-Train Back in Action
Just nine months after suffering a gruesome broken leg in the Sun Bowl, it sure is nice to see Adrian Taylor back in uniform. Taylor's snaps will likely be limited in the first few games, but the fact that he is on the field is a miracle in itself. Here he is warming up tonight:
Adrian Taylor
5:33 p.m. | It's Football Time in Oklahoma!
OU in-stadium PA announcer Jim Miller just officially kicked off football time in Oklahoma with his trademark intro to fans. The game clock is counting down from 31:30 as we head for kickoff.
5:29 p.m. | Student Section in the House
Oklahoma's student section is almost 90% full, decked in crimson and equipped with white rally towels courtesy the OU Athletics Marketing Department and Bronco Drilling. The students are providing a warm, OU welcome to the Utah State players warming up on the field in front of them.
5:16 p.m. | Sooners on Facebook
Check out OU's official Facebook page for a shot of Owen Field as the Sooner fans begin to fill up the stadium here just 45 minutes to kickoff of the 2010 season:

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4:39 p.m. | Live Pre-Game Webcast
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