OU vs. TCU Gameday Blog

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
SEPTEMBER 30, 2008
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10:14 p.m. | Home Cooking
With tonight's win, Oklahoma extended the nation's longest current home winning streak to 21 games. Wisconsin is next with 16, while three teams are tied with 15 (Boise State, BYU and Kansas).
9:32 p.m. |
This One's in the Books
It's official -- OU 35, TCU 10. We'll have the recap of tonight's game up shortly with stats, photos and highlights as soon as possible.
9:27 p.m. |
Heupel Has Company
Sam Bradford is only the second quarterback to throw for over 400 yards in a game. Current OU quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel accomplished the feat twice in 1999 (Louisville - 429, Baylor - 420).
9:18 p.m. |
More on Manny's Big Night
Manny Johnson became the second OU player to record three touchdowns of 55 yards or more in a single contest, joining Antonio Perkins, who broke an NCAA record against UCLA in 2003 with punt return TDs of 84, 74 and 65 yards. As noted earlier in the blog, Perkins is one of the former players in attendance tonight.
9:12 p.m. |
Offense Having Their Way with TCU
Before tonight's game, only one TCU opponent had cracked the 200-yard mark in total offense in 2008 (SMU, 210). OU receiver Manny Johnson has almost single-handedly eclipsed that total, while the Sooners have nearly doubled that number as a team with 404 yards of total offense.
9:05 p.m. |
Sooners Provide Plenty of Big Hits
SoonerVision just played our favorite feature on the video board, the MidFirst Big Hits. Some of tonight's highlights included Nic Harris forced fumble, Cory Bennett's hit on TCU's running back and Quinton Carter's blow on the kickoff return. Look for the video on this page early next week.
8:59 p.m. |
59th Consecutive Sellout for Sooners
OU just announced attendance of 85,158 for tonight's game against TCU. It's the 59th consecutive sellout at Owen Field (every game of Coach Stoops' tenure) and the 33rd consecutive game Oklahoma has exceeded the listed capacity of 82,112.
8:55 p.m. | Travis Lewis with Latest Technology
OU football equipment director Brad Camp just told us that redshirt freshman linebacker Travis Lewis is sporting a Riddell Revolution Speed helmet. OU is one of only 16 schools in the country to test out the new helmet which utilizes the latest technology while maintaining a traditional look.

8:49 p.m. | O.K. Oklahoma
A few fans have emailed us asking for the name of the song the Pride plays after the Sooners kick an extra point and the Schooner rolls out on the field. It's O.K. Oklahoma and it has an interesting back story. The song premiered in a live broadcast on December 1, 1939. For more background on the song and to listen to the 1939 premiere of the arrangement, go here.
8:42 p.m. | Manny Sets School Record
No small feat, Manny Johnson just set an Oklahoma record for receiving yards in a game. He is the first player in OU history to eclipse 200 receiving yards in a contest.
8:34 p.m. | Manny Having Career Night
Manny Johnson just ripped off his third long-TD reception of the night. That's 206 yards on five receptions with three scores. By our count, Johnson has set three career highs tonight: receiving yards, TD receptions and career-long reception.
8:29 p.m. | Strong Defensive Effort
The OU defense limited TCU to a lone first-half field goal after shutting out Washington in the first half on September 13. The last time the Sooner defense went consecutive games without allowing a first-half TD was in 2006.
8:25 p.m. | Former Sooner Gets Nice Win
Nice win for former Sooner assistant coach Kevin Sumlin earlier today. Houston notched a 41-24 victory against No. 23 East Carolina in Greenville, N.C.
8:15 p.m. | Manny Produces Big Half
Manny Johnson racked up 131 yards on just two catches in the first half. His 131 receiving yards in the opening half is tied for fifth-most all-time in OU history. Mark Clayton leads the category with 166 yards on seven receptions against Texas A&M in 2003.
8:08 p.m. | Tisdale Addresses Fans
OU basketball great Wayman Tisdale just addressed the fans at Owen Field via a video on the SoonerVision board. Fans can email encouraging words to Tisdale at fanmail@tisway.com. Here's some background on Tisdale and his challenge.
8:06 p.m. | Slingin' Sam
Latest note from OU Athletics Media Relations: Bradford's 281 yards passing in the first half is the fourth-most all-time in a half among OU quarterbacks.
7:55 p.m. | Halftime in Norman
The teams head to the locker room with the Sooners up, 28-3. TCU's band takes the field first to be followed by the Pride. OU just recognized the Big 12 champion women's gymnastics team and track champions Latoya Greaves and Shardae Boutte.
7:51 p.m. | Carter's Special Delivery
Quinton Carter's jarring hit on the TCU kick returner elicited a huge response from the crowd.
7:48 p.m. |
Just Manny Being Manny
Another long touchdown strike from Sam Bradford to Manny Johnson. We'll have more numbers for you in a few minutes...
7:43 p.m. |
B.J. Filling Up Stat Sheet Too
Junior cornerback Brian Jackson's second-quarter interception was his third takeaway in the last two contests. Jackson forced two fumbles in OU's 55-14 win at Washington.
7:37 p.m. |
Sack Attack
With Cory Bennett's latest sack, OU's defensive tackles continue to show they are more than just run stuffers. OU's four-man defensive tackle rotation now has a combined total of 15.0 career sacks, which also includes Gerald McCoy's tally from earlier in the night.
7:33 p.m. |
Thunder at Memorial Stadium
No, not another storm rolling in... We were just informed by a member of the OU marketing staff that players from Oklahoma City's new NBA team taking in the game from the sideline.

7:29 p.m. |
King of the Gridiron
Former Sooner and current Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tommie Harris was featured in tonight's Jani-King "Kings of the Gridiron" video on the big board. Click here for a complete archive of the Kings of the Gridiron, and look for the Harris feature early next week.
7:25 p.m. |
Another Note from the Press Box
Media relations grad assistant Philip Rogers passed along another great note: Bradford's 199 first-quarter passing yards set an OU record for passing yards in the opening quarter.
7:20 p.m. |
Holmes Turnover Feast
Lendy Holmes just recovered his second fumble of the game, this one forced by linebacker Keenan Clayton. It is the fourth turnover this season Holmes has had a hand in. In addition to tonight's two fumble recoveries, he also has a forced fumble and an interception.
7:13 p.m. | OU's Big Play Habit

An impressive note from OU's media relations staff up in the press box: With Sam Bradford's 76-yard touchdown strike to Manny Johnson in the waning parts of the first quarter, three of the last 18 Bradford passes have been for TD strikes of 60 yards or longer.
7:07 p.m. | Sooner Salute

Oklahoma recognized a long-time season ticket holder from OU and TCU in the Sooner Salute presented by U.S. Army. Sooner fan Kenneth Hall has been attending OU games for nearly 50 years. OU also recognized a TCU fan who has had Frogs season tickets since 1961. Another classy move you don't see at many other schools.
7:03 p.m. | Speaking of Great Kicks

How about senior Mike Knall's punt, a beauty which he angled out of bounds just inside the one-yard line.
6:59 p.m. | Great Kick!

One lucky Sooner fan wearing a No. 7 DeMarco Murray jersey just won $1,000 by making a field goal as part of a promotion sponsored by Marc Heitz between the first and second quarters.
6:57 p.m. | It's Heating Up

The offense heads right back to work after a pair of seniors teamed up to take the ball away from the Frogs. Nic Harris forced the fumble, which was recovered by Lendy Holmes.
6:53 p.m. | Let 'Er Fly

Hopefully we didn't speak too soon on the last note... But, TCU has shown no signs of being able to stop Oklahoma through the air, as Bradford just connected with Manny Johnson for a 76-yard scoring strike. It's OU's second-longest TD of the year, while Bradford matched his jersey number with TD pass No. 14. OU 21, TCU 3.
6:49 p.m. | Establishing the Run

TCU entered the game leading the nation in run defense at 32.5 yards per game. With just under two minutes remaining in the first quarter, the Sooners have made a point of establishing the run and already have surpassed that total with 37 rushing yards on the board.
6:43 p.m. | Observations from the Sideline
We thought we sighted some purple right behind the OU bench. As it turns out, just a Vikings Adrian Peterson jersey... SoonerVision showed a sign in the Oklahoma student section: "Frog Legs Taste Great"... A few former Sooners we found roaming the sidelines tonight: Roy Williams, Jacob Gutierrez, Antonio Perkins, Lewis Baker, Dane Zaslaw, Renaldo Works and Paul Thompson.
6:36 p.m. | Offense Rolling

OU's offense continues its feverish pace with its second touchdown in as many drives to start the game. This time, the Sooners went right at the heart of the TCU defense, with Chris Brown plunging in from one yard out. Brown has found the end zone more than any other Sooner so far this year, with his fifth touchdown of the season.
6:31 p.m. | Another Packed House

After settling down from the first few minutes of the game, we want to throw a shout out to the crowd, as there are very few empty seats to be found in Memorial Stadium. We anticipate the announced crowd will exceed capacity for the 33rd consecutive game and mark OU's 59th consecutive sellout dating back to Coach Stoops' first game in Norman. Thanks again Sooner fans!
6:19 p.m. | McCoy Welcomes TCU Quarterback
Gerald McCoy sacked TCU quarterback Andy Dalton on the Horned Frogs' first play of the game. Second play, McCoy chased him again. Sooner defense holds TCU to field goal.
6:15 p.m. | Sooners Early with Fireworks
Sam Bradford hit senior receiver Jauquin Iglesias in the end zone on a 24-yard strike for Oklahoma's first touchdown. This followed the call-back of an apparent touchdown to Jermaine Gresham due to a holding call. Fireworks in the air over Norman. Sooners 7, TCU 0. Iglesias just extended his consecutive games with a reception to 36. It was Bradford's 13th TD pass of the season.

6:11 p.m. | Let's Rumble
TCU just kicked off to the Sooners and we're underway in Norman. Oklahoma comes out running the ball. Watch live stats during the game here.
6:06 p.m. | There's Only One Oklahoma
Coach Stoops gets the honors of the final line in tonight's team intro video. The capacity crowd erupted and James Garner just said "This is Oklahoma Football!" The Sooners raced onto the field and the crowd is yelling Boomer Sooner back and forth. Sooner fans are in full throat.
6:03 p.m. | OU Celebrates Stoops at 100
SoonerVision just ran a nice piece celebrating Coach Stoops' 100th victory at Oklahoma. Stoops notched the mark when OU beat Washington in Seattle on September 13. Oklahoma became the first (and only) program in NCAA history to have four head coaches with 100 or more wins (Bennie Owen, Bud Wilkinson, Barry Switzer and Stoops).
5:59 p.m. | Schooner Takes Lap Around Field
The Sooner Schooner just made its traditional lap around Owen Field. Instantly recognizable to fans everywhere that the Sooners are about to take the field.
5:55 p.m. | Sooner Fans Welcome Guests from TCU
The University of Oklahoma just welcomed the Horned Frogs to Owen Field and allowed the TCU band to serenade its fans. Again, a classy move by Oklahoma. Haven't seen that gesture performed anywhere else but here in Norman.
5:50 p.m. | Pride of Oklahoma on Field
The University of Oklahoma proudly presents the Priiiiiiide of Ooooooklahoma! Here comes the band!
5:49 p.m. | Sooners Group at Midfield
The OU team just wrapped up its pre-game warmups and covered the logo at midfield. The crowd gave the team a rousing sendoff. Sounds like the fans are ready to get this started. Not long now...
5:43 p.m. | TCU Heads Off Field
The Horned Frogs just completed their pre-game warmups and headed for the southwest ramp to the visitor locker room at Owen Field. TCU fans flanking the south end zone cheered the team off the field. Most of the stadium is already filled with crimson.
5:37 p.m. | It's Football Time in Oklahoma!
Public address announcer Jim Miller just recited his signature line which received the usual enthusiastic response from the OU faithful.
5:34 p.m. | TCU Mascot Trivia

A trivia question on the video board pre-empted a post we were planning to put up here. Scientifically speaking, TCU's mascot is actually a lizard, not a frog. The more popular "horned frog" moniker comes from the lizard's rounded body and blunt snout. Just a bit of useless information you may or may not have cared to know.
5:22 p.m. | Student Section Fills Up Quick

The OU students filed in early in anticipation of tonight's game. Still more than 40 minutes from kickoff, all of sections 27-30, the prime seats in the Oklahoma student section, are completely full.
5:13 p.m. | Special Teams Warming Up

Both Oklahoma's and TCU's special teams units are warming up on the field. As the Horned Frog players first entered the field, TCU band members held up a sign: "Give 'Em Hell TCU".
4:52 p.m. | TCU Brings Big Band
TCU's band just filed onto Owen Field headed for their seats in the southeast corner of the stadium. It appears most everyone made the trip up I-35. Doesn't look like the Pride will have to play TCU's fight song for their fans during the pre-game. Nonetheless, that OU tradition has to be one of the classier moves in college football.
4:42 p.m. | Women's Hoops at Fan Fest
OU women's basketball sports information director Jared Thompson checks in with a photo gallery of the team at Fan Fest handing out OU towels and hats to fans who could make free throws. The Sooners also autographed their new poster for the 2008-09 season for fans at the pre-game event just north of the stadium.
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3:46 p.m. | More Big 12 Teams in Action
Around the Big 12: Texas A&M survived Army, 21-17, in College Station (wonder if there was some precision drilling by the bands at halftime?), Colorado and Florida State are tied, 7-7, in Tallahassee, K-State is up 21-3 on La-Lafayette and Texas is beating Arkansas, 24-3. See all the Big 12 action here.
3:05 p.m. | No. 4 Florida Goes Down
Ole Miss stopped Tim Tebow and the Gators on a fourth-and-one to preserve a 31-30 upset of Florida in Gainesville. So far, the No. 1 and No. 4 teams have lost to unranked opponents this weekend. No. 3 Georgia hosts No. 8 Alabama at Sanford Stadium at 6:45 on ESPN. Check national scores here.
2:23 p.m. | No. 4 Florida in Fight with Ole Miss
Houston Nutt and the Ole Miss Rebels are making things interesting in Gainesville this afternoon. The Rebs and Gators are tied, 24-24, in the fourth quarter. Check national scores here.
1:07 p.m. | Big Games in Big 12
In the Big 12, Texas A&M is up against Army, 14-7, in College Station at halftime. Colorado plays at Florida State at 2:30 while Texas hosts Arkansas at 2:30 (on ABC in Oklahoma). OU hosts TCU at 6 p.m. on FOX Sports Net while Nebraska entertains Virginia Tech in Lincoln at 7 p.m. on ABC. Let's go to the Big 12 scoreboard...
12:58 p.m. | Watch ESPN's Feature on Bradford
If you missed this morning's feature from ESPN College Gameday, check out this video just posted to YouTube by a Sooner fan:
Video  ESPN's Sam Bradford Feature
11:42 a.m. | Kirk Herbstreit on OU vs. TCU
Kirk Herbstreit and the ESPN College Gameday crew are in Athens for the Alabama-Georgia game. Herbstreit says this about the OU-TCU game: "There's two things that hurt TCU in my mind in this game. No. 1: the fact that USC lost on Thursday night gives the Sooners every bit of incentive to take TCU seriously and to try to be impressive to try and move up to that top spot..."
Video  Watch Herbstreit's Complete Video
11:31 a.m. | Prediction for the Game
A prediction on the game from Whatif Sports: "Oklahoma may be the most talented team in the country. With eight of its nine remaining games against teams in our top 35 (not to mention a possible Big 12 Championship game versus a team like #4 Missouri), the Sooners will have ample opportunity to prove that fact this season."
8:13 a.m. | ESPN to Feature Bradford
Be sure to catch ESPN's feature on Sam Bradford on Saturday. Desmond Howard was in Norman Wednesday filming a piece against the backdrop of Bradford's favorite hobby, golf. The segment will air during ESPN's College Gameday show between 9-11 a.m. CT.
8:03 a.m. | Iglesias on Team's Maturity
Tim Griffin of ESPN provides an interesting quote from senior receiver Juaquin Iglesias: "There's no doubt that this is the most mature team I've ever played on. We're more settled and realize what we need to keep doing. It's not something that you can see, but you can just sense being around this group." Read more...
7:41 a.m. | Second Intro Video Debuts
SoonerVision tested the video board and sound system Friday afternoon at Owen Field in advance of Saturday's game. OU will unveil the second of its popular intro videos on Saturday night to welcome the Sooners to Owen Field against TCU.
7:26 a.m. | Dodd on TCU Gameplan
This from Dennis Dodd at CBS: "A clue on how TCU is going to try to beat Oklahoma: The Frogs lead the country averaging more than 37 minutes in time of possession."
7:15 a.m. | Welcome to Sooner Gameday Blog
SoonerSports.com will debut this new Gameday Blog from the Owen Field sideline on Saturday. The feature will provide instantaneous reaction from the field as the game unfolds including observations from our staff, notes from the media relations staff in the press box and fan emails and reaction during the game.



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