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9:25 p.m. | Record Night in Norman
Record-setting night in Norman as OU beats Ball State, 62-6, to win its 39th-consecutive home game. It's also Coach Stoops' 75th home win in 77 games. Ryan Broyles became the Big 12's career receptions leader and the Sooners stretched their sellout streak to 77 games (every one of Coach Stoops' tenure). Catch all our post-game coverage here at SoonerSports.com and thank you for your support. See you in Dallas. Boomer Sooner!
9:16 p.m. | 84,921
Oklahoma stretches its sellout record to 77 games with an official crowd of 84,921 in attendance for tonight's game. Tonight will also mark Coach Stoops' 75th win at home. OU has an overall record of 75-2 under Stoops in 77 games at Owen Field since 1999.
9:13 p.m. | Boom Goes the Dynamite
We've paid tribute to David Letterman, one of Ball State's most famous alums, but we also can't pass up an opportunity to remember the infamous Brian Collins. Credit the kid for moving on to become a real reporter, but who can forget his debut performance:
9:11 p.m. | Top-10 OU Home Win Streaks
OU is currently riding a school-record, 38-game home win streak and appears to be on its way to No. 39. Here are the Top-10 home win streaks in school history including first and last wins in streaks:
1. 38 - 2005 Tulsa to 2011 Missouri
2. 25 - 1947 Iowa State to 1952 Nebraska
3. 21 - 1972 Utah State to 1975 Iowa State
21 - 1953 Kansas to 1957 Colorado
5. 20 - 1976 Kansas State to 1980 Kentucky
6. 19 - 2002 Alabama to 2004 Nebraska
19 - 1998 Iowa State to 2001 Texas A&M
19 - 1985 Iowa State to 1988 Kansas
9. 15 - 1966 Nebraska to 1969 Kansas
10. 11 - 1957 Okla. State to 1959 Oklahoma State
9:09 p.m. | Top-10 Lines From Hoosiers
In the spirit of playing an Indiana school, the top 10 lines from the movie Hoosiers, paired with a figure from tonight's game who could be caught saying the same thing:
1. "My practices aren't designed for your enjoyment." (Coach Venables)
2. "You are in the Army. You're in my Army. Every day between three and five." (Coach Schmidt)
3. "I know everything there is to know about the greatest game ever invented." (Merv Johnson)
4. "Think of him as chewing gum. By the end of the game, I want to know what flavor he is." (Coach Martinez)
5. "Don't get caught watchin' the paint dry!" (Coach Wright)
6. "Let 'er fly..." (Landry Jones)
7. "I knew I had it all the way." (Ryan Broyles)
8. "I'll make it." (Michael Hunnicutt)
9. "There's a tradition in tournament play not to talk about the next step until you've climbed the one in front of you." (Coach Stoops)
10. "Let's win this one for all the small schools who never had a chance to get here." (Anyone from Ball State)
9:07 p.m. | Player With Heart
Three tackles and three interceptions gets you named the Integris Heart Hospital Player with Heart. Congratulations Tony Jefferson.
9:05 p.m. | Winchester
Did you catch James Winchester downing the ball on that last Tress Way punt? Got to be one of the nation's fastest deep snappers. Maybe he's also saving something great for next week down at the Cotton Bowl. The Longhorns might remember him and the way he ended their comeback bid in the 2010 game.
9:02 p.m. | Landry Over 400
This marks the 10th time in Oklahoma history that a Sooner quarterback has thrown for 400 or more yards. Landry Jones (425 yards on 23 completions, five TDs) owns six of those performances. This is also the 16th time under Stoops that OU has scored 60 or more points.
8:55 p.m. | Record Ball
Here's another item you can't get anywhere else: a shot of the ball that Ryan Broyles caught to set the Big 12 career receptions record. We're guessing this one will find a special place to rest.
8:51 p.m. | Allen, Hunnicutt
Drew Allen replaces Landry Jones at QB here in the fourth quarter. The Sooners stretch their lead to 62-6 with another Hunnicutt field goal.
8:48 p.m. | Brandon Williams
Oklahoma freshman running back Brandon Williams has a couple of carries here against Ball State. It may be way early but another Sooner RB got his first carries against another MAC team. Who? Adrian Peterson against Bowling Green in 2004.
8:42 p.m. | Broyles Takes Record
With that last catch, Ryan Broyles became the Big 12's career receptions leader. Keeping our top 10 theme in mind, following is the list of the conference's all-time leaders:
|1.||Ryan Broyles||Oklahoma ('08-11)||304|
|2.||Taurean Henderson||Texas Tech ('02-05)||303|
|3.||Rashaun Woods||Okla. State ('00-03)||293|
|4.||Wes Welker||Texas Tech ('00-03)||259|
|5.||Jordan Shipley||Texas ('06-09)||248|
|6.||Chase Coffman||Missouri ('05-08)||247|
|7.||Roy Williams||Texas ('00-03)||241|
|8.||Detron Lewis||Texas Tech ('07-10)||238|
|9.||Michael Crabtree||Texas Tech ('07-08)||231|
|10.||Kerry Meier||Kansas ('06-09)||226|
8:40 p.m. | Size, Depth
As the game wears on, Oklahoma's depth and size advantage are starting to wear on Ball State. On this drive, the Sooner defensive linemen are in the backfield nearly every play.
8:29 p.m. | Efficient?
The Sooner offense has run just three plays but OU has put up 21 points in roughly three-and-a-half minutes here in the third quarter. Punching in a TD with the defense helps. Ball State's collective head has to be spinning a bit. OU has made the Cardinals pay almost immediately on the scoreboard after each turnover.
8:24 p.m. | Wort Rumbles for TD
A flurry of touchdowns has created a haze over the stadium from the guns and fireworks as OU blows open this game in the third quarter. LB Tom Wort scoops up as fumble forced by Travis Lewis and No. 21 rumbles into the end zone to put the Sooners up, 59-6.
8:21 p.m. | Jaz for 56
Oklahoma goes deep again, this time a 56-yard bomb to Jaz Reynolds, to stretch its lead to 52-6 in the third quarter. Good to see No. 16 blazing down the field into the end zone.
8:12 p.m. | Broyles Ties Record
Oklahoma opens the second half with a 64-yard TD pass from Landry Jones to Ryan Broyles. With that catch, his third of the night, Broyles is now tied for the career receptions record (Taurean Henderson of Texas Tech, 303) in the Big 12 Conference. On his next catch, Broyles will take his place at the top of the list.
8:01 p.m. | Size, Strength, Speed
Evidenced by their onside kick to open the game, Ball State clearly showed they weren't intimidated entering the game. However, Oklahoma's physical advantages started becoming quite apparent in the second quarter. OU's size, strength and speed are showing in all phases of the game, and the Sooners will look to stay sharp in the second half.
7:52 p.m. | Thomas Tribute
As part of tonight's halftime festivities, Clendon Thomas was recognized on the field for being inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. The 24th Sooner bestowed with the honor, Thomas will officially be enshrined on December 6. View highlights of Thomas below, and read more about his legendary career here.
7:46 p.m. | Jaz Busting Out
After a career-high 93 yards on five catches last week, Jaz Reynolds adds another career-best tonight with a 62-yard reception on OU's final drive of the half. Reynolds should maybe invest in shorter shoestrings. That was all that kept him from getting into the end zone, as the Ball State defender made the tackle on a last-ditch effort. Michael Hunnicutt missed a 30-yard field goal attempt and we head to half with the score OU 38, Ball State 6.
7:41 p.m. | New Streak?
Prior to last week's game against Missouri, Oklahoma had eight straight games with at least one takeaway. They didn't get one against the Tigers, but we think Jefferson's three picks tonight is a good way to start a new streak. What do you think?
7:38 p.m. | Frenetic Pace
With all the turnovers and quick scores here in the second quarter, we have to admit we've had a tough time keeping up. We wouldn't trade the excitement though, and the crowd here in Norman is certainly appreciating the effort after a little bit of a slow start.
7:36 p.m. | Nearly Another
Ball State may want to stop throwing to Jefferson's side of the field. He nearly just had his fourth interception and the school record for himself after a pass deflected off the hands of the Cardinal receiver. Jefferson had the ball within his grasp, and the entire crowd gasped as he narrowly missed coming down with it.
7:32 p.m. | School Record
Not a solo school record but Jefferson does tie it with his third interception of the night. It's been done eight other times and this is the second time in the Stoops era. J.T. Thatcher had three against Kansas in 2000. By the way, OU needed just 15 seconds to turn that last turnover into a touchdown.
7:29 p.m. | Pick Three
Before we could catch our breath, and before Ball State's defense could catch theirs, Tony Jefferson snags yet another interception. He benefited from another tipped ball, this time by David King, but still made a nice diving catch.
7:26 p.m. | Bread and Butter
The Sooners go back to the ground game to tack seven more on the scoreboard. Roy Finch put OU in position for the score with a big 47-yard run up the sideline before Whaley punched it in for his second touchdown of the night. The Sooners covered 77 yards in just six plays and it's now 31-6 with under four minutes remaining in the first half.
7:22 p.m. | Picks in Bunches
Jefferson is the third sooner on the roster to have at least two picks in a game. Javon Harris had two earlier this season at Florida State and Jamell Fleming last year at Texas A&M.
7:20 p.m. | Jefferson Again
Tony Jefferson just collected his second interception of the night, but unlike the last one, this one was all him. Jefferson made an athletic play on a high pass attempt, extended his right arm to pull it down with one hand. Even OU's receivers on the sidelines were impressed with that catch. The Sooner offense is back in business.
7:17 p.m. | Quick Points
Oklahoma quickly converts the turnover into points. Kenny Stills pulls down a Landry Jones touchdown pass to extend OU's lead to 24-6. Great technique by Stills on the catch, very similar to his go-ahead TD at Florida State. You can see the chemistry between Stills and Jones on the play. Stills obviously likes the ball up high so he can go grab it at its highest point.
7:13 p.m. | Hands Up
Frank Alexander gets his hands up in the passing lane to force a Ball State turnover and get the Sooners offense right back on the field. Tony Jefferson gets the credit for the INT, but the play was dictated by Alexander. We saw Alexander batting a ball out of the air similar to this one back in the season opener against Tulsa.
7:09 p.m. | All Whaley
The Sooners decided to impose their will on their last drive, relying primarily on the running game to march down the field for the score. Dominique Whaley capped it off with an impressive 25-yard run off tackle to put the Sooners up 17-6.
7:06 p.m. | Seamless at Center
One of the big storylines for OU entering the game was the re-tooled offensive line with Gabe Ikard shifting over to center in the absence of Ben Habern. Thus far, Ikard looks completely comfortable. We've been noticing him making calls at the line here on Oklahoma's latest drive, and he even changed protections on one play when he recognized a Ball State blitz just before snapping the football. We hate to see Habern sidelined, but the position is in good hands with his buddy Ikard.
6:53 | 1956 Reunion
Here is a photo from last night's reunion banquet for the 1956 National Championship team in the Stadium Club:
6:51 p.m. | 1956 National Champions
Oklahoma is honoring its 1956 National Championship team this weekend. The Sooners and head coach Bud Wilkinson, ranked No. 1 from start to finish during the '56 season, completed a perfect record at 10-0. The Sooners notched six shutouts including blanks of Texas, Notre Dame and Oklahoma State. OU won its second consecutive national title and continued to extend its win streak, which would eventually reach 47 games. It still stands as the longest in NCAA history.
09/29/56 - (1) Oklahoma 36, North Carolina 0
10/06/56 - (1) Oklahoma 66, Kansas State 0
10/13/56 - (1) Oklahoma 45, Texas 0
10/20/56 - (1) Oklahoma 34, Kansas 12
10/27/56 - (2) Oklahoma 40, Notre Dame 0
11/03/56 - (1) Oklahoma 27, Colorado 19
11/10/56 - (1) Oklahoma 44, Iowa State 0
11/17/56 - (1) Oklahoma 67, Missouri 14
11/24/56 - (1) Oklahoma 54, Nebraska 6
12/01/56 - (1) Oklahoma 53, Oklahoma State 0
6:45 p.m. | Hunnicutt FG
While Broyles was exchanging his gloves in front of us, we didn't mention the 44-yard field goal that Michael Hunnicutt nailed to give the Sooners the 10-3 margin. The Sooner fans provided Hunnicutt a standing ovation. The kick was a career long and the longest by a Sooner since Patrick O'Hara's 45-yard against Texas A&M in 2010. Hunnicutt's previous best was a 27-yarder against Tulsa earlier this season.
6:42 p.m. | Disgraced Gloves
Ryan Broyles dropped a pass after taking a clean hit on that last drive. No. 85 promptly pulled off his disgraced gloves on his return to the sideline and exchanged them for a different pair. Obviously, Broyles isn't interested in dropping any more passes or associating his hands with that pair of gloves again.
6:39 p.m. | Reception
Last week, Ball State didn't allow Army one completed pass in its 48-21 win in Muncie. On the Sooners' first play of the game, Landry Jones hooked up with Dominique Whaley to ensure that statistical note would not repeat for the Cardinals.
6:34 p.m. | Kameel
True freshman receiver Kameel Jackson cleanly fields the kickoff and puts the Sooners in business on the 28. Another break in the action as a second Ball State player is shaken up.
6:29 p.m. | Special Teams Gaffes
Oklahoma has now committed two gaffes on special teams as Ryan Broyles fumbles after he fields the punt. Ball State takes over in Sooner territory at the 25. The defense holds but Ball State nails the field goal. Oklahoma 7, Ball State 3.
6:24 p.m. | O-Line
With Ben Habern out at center after suffering an injury to his snapping arm last week, Gabe Ikard has slid over to the middle for the Sooners. Donald Stephenson, Stephen Good, Tyler Evans and Lane Johnson flank Ikard as the starting front for Oklahoma.
6:21 p.m. | TD Sooners
The Sooner offense rolls down the field and uses play action at the goal line as James Hanna catches a TD pass from Jones. Oklahoma goes up, 7-0, here early in the first quarter.
6:16 p.m. | First Look at Offense
Dominique Whaley starts in the backfield for the Sooners and takes a swing pass from Landry Jones in OU's first offensive play. He's upended by the BSU defender, who's shaken up on the play. In OU's second play, Whaley takes a handoff up the middle for six yards. So, Whaley gets a catch and a rush to begin the game.
6:10 p.m. | Kickoff
Ball State recovers its onside kick to open the game and gets the first strike in on the Sooners. The Cardinal offense now hears the OU crowd for the first time. Have to hand it to BSU for taking one from the Sooner special teams. The Sooner defense forces the three-and-out and Ryan Broyles is back to receive the punt.
6:07 p.m. | This is Oklahoma Football
The teams have rolled onto the field and the captains are at the 50 for the coin toss. The crowd is calling "Boomer, Sooner" back and forth. Absolutely gorgeous evening for football in Norman as OU attempts to win its 39th-straight home game (the current national record). Thanks for joining us.
6:02 p.m. | Intro Video
The boards have gone silent and we're about to watch the latest intro video for the game from SoonerVision. Catch your breath and get ready for the Sooners to hit the field...
5:59 p.m. | Stirring Anthem
A stirring National Anthem here prior to the game with injured members of the 45th saluting from the field and the flag opening up to the Oklahoma breeze just as it reached the top of its mast. We're now watching the projected starters for tonight's game on the board here as we get nearer to kickoff.
5:53 p.m. | Honoring the 45th
Prior to the National Anthem, the University of Oklahoma and the Sooner football team honor members of the 45th Infantry Brigade who were injured in the line of duty. The 45th is headquartered in Oklahoma City and is part of the Oklahoma Army National Guard. Sooner fans around the world appreciate your service and sacrifice for our country. Boomer Sooner!
5:51 p.m. | Coverage Options
All coverage options for tonight's game are linked on the left of this page. We have this live blog, live stats and live audio from the Sooner Sports Radio Network online at SoonerSports.com.
5:48 p.m. | Pre-Game Festivities
Both teams have completed their warm-ups and have headed off the field to their locker rooms. The Pride of Oklahoma is preparing to begin the pre-game festivities at Owen Field.
5:26 p.m. | Top-10 Ball State Notes
David Letterman is arguably Ball State's most famous alumnus and in honor of the Late Night host, we'll supply Top-10 lists throughout the blog tonight. Here's 10 quick notes on the Cardinals:
1. Ball State has converted on 17-of-17 trips inside the red zone this season
2. Ball State and Oklahoma have never met in football.
3. BSU QB Keith Wenning (No. 10, great name) has not thrown an INT this season.
4. No. 1 OU will mark the highest-ranked team the Cardinals have ever played.
5. BSU opened the season with a 27-20 victory over Indiana at Lucas Oil Stadium.
6. Sean Baker (No. 25) is the NCAA's active leader in career interceptions (17).
7. In last week's game, BSU did not allow Army a completed pass.
8. Starting OGs, 79 Kitt O'Brien and 70 Jordan Hansel, each weigh more than 320.
9. Ball State University (Muncie, Ind.) enrolls more than 22,000 students.
10. Ball State takes its name from the Ball brothers who owned a glass factory in Muncie.
5:19 p.m. | View from Field
The sun is still baking the fans already taking their seats in the east-side stands but the shadow from the press box is slowly creeping across the field. It's a bit warmer than forecast in the mid-80s but temps will drop as the sun sets. OU has replaced the usual crimson and white pennants along the top of the stadium with American flags in honor of Military Appreciation Day. The Sooners are in their normal crimson home uniforms while Ball State is dressed almost completely in white including their helmets.
5:13 p.m. | Live From Owen Field
We are set up on the 50-yard line here at Owen Field behind the Sooner bench and ready to bring you the action live throughout the evening as Oklahoma hosts Ball State. The game will kick at exactly 6:10 p.m. Central. Boomer Sooner from Norman!
12:56 p.m. | Scene Setter
OU Radio Affiliates | Oklahoma All-Access
12:49 p.m. | Schedule of Events
Here's a rundown of all the events surrounding tonight's game:
|Schedule of Events|
|3:00 p.m.|| Sooner Fan Fest Opens
Boomer & Sooner Signing (3:15-3:45)
1956 Nat'l Championship Team (3:30-4:00)
2011-12 M Gymnastics Team (4:00-4:45)
|3:30 p.m.||Sooner Club Tailgate Opens|
|4:00 p.m.||Students, Suite Holders May Enter Stadium|
|4:30 p.m.||Stadium Gates Open|Sooner Radio Show Begins|
|5:00 p.m.||Pre-Game Webcast from Owen Field (All-Access)|
|5:15 p.m.||Sooner Radio Pre-Game Show Begins|
|5:30 p.m.||Sooner Fan Fest, Sooner Club Tailgate Close|
|6:00 p.m.|| Kickoff for Oklahoma vs. Ball State
|9:00 p.m.||Free Webcast of Post-Game Press Conference|
9:04 a.m. | Saturday's Headlines
John Shinn of the Norman Transcript: "The Sooners are heavy favorites, but the Cardinals present offensive problems. They run the same up-tempo offense Missouri did. Ball State put up 48 points last week against Army. "We can't allow big plays," cornerback Demontre Hurst said. "Each time we've played had..."
Big Plays Have Been a Big Issue for D - Norman Transcript
OU FOOTBALL HEADLINES
Whaley Opens Window to Life of Walk-On - The Oklahoman
1956 Sooners Gather, Enjoy Again Rout of Irish - Tulsa World
OU Faces Familiar Offense Scheme - Muskogee Phoenix
Which Unit Needs to Improve the Most? - The Oklahoman
More of Millard, Clay and Stills, Defensive Ends - Tulsa World
All Eyes on Bigger, Better Lineman Ikard - The Oklahoman
Storylines: Have a Ball, Finding Stills, Just D It - Tulsa World
Sooners Face Ball State in Final Tuneup - Associated Press
Clay Doesn't Feel Pressure With Playmakers - The Oklahoman
Texas Trio Have All Contributed to Sooners - Tulsa World
BALL STATE HEADLINES
BSU Unfazed by Oklahoma Atmosphere - Muncie Star Press
Cards Trying to Ignore Oklahoma Aura - BSU Daily News
Wenning Blossoms at QB for Cardinals - Indianapolis Star
Winning Isn't Everything for Cardinals - Muncie Star Press
BSU: Historic Challenge at OU - Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette
Five Things to Watch: BSU at Oklahoma - Muncie Star Press
Notebook for Ball State at No. 1 Oklahoma - Indianapolis Star
8:01 a.m. | (2) Oklahoma vs. Ball State
The Sooners host the Ball State Cardinals at 6 p.m. at Owen Field. Keep it here throughout Saturday for complete coverage of Oklahoma's matchup with BSU. Boomer Sooner!