Archived Blog: OU at Baylor

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By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
NOVEMBER 22, 2010

  Live from Waco


 Date  Saturday, Nov. 20
 Kickoff  7:05 p.m. Central
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10:29 p.m. | Scenarios
After Texas A&M's upset of Nebraska (a 9-6 defensive battle in College Station), the possibility exists for there to be a three-way tie in the Big 12 South provided OU beats Oklahoma State and A&M takes care of Texas. In that scenario, the team ranked higher in the BCS standings would advance to the Big 12 Championship Game. Here are more details.
10:26 p.m. | Clock Ticking
With that last-gasp play for Baylor, we're ready to declare this game a win for the Sooners. Oklahoma will improve to 9-2 on the season and 5-2 in conference play. OU's victory sets up a Bedlam showdown with Oklahoma State (10-1, 6-1) next Saturday in Stillwater (7 p.m., ABC) to conclude the regular season.
10:16 p.m. | Rare Mark
Ryan Broyles and DeMarco Murray each have more than 100 receiving yards. Tonight marks only the seventh time in OU history two players have hit that mark in one game. It's the fifth time it's happened during the Stoops' era.
2009 vs. Tulsa (128 - Ryan Broyles, 104 - Brandon Caleb)
2008 vs. Kansas (191 - Juaquin Iglesias, 105 - Quentin Chaney)
2007 vs. North Texas (128 - Juaquin Iglesias, 118 - Malcolm Kelly)
2001 vs. North Texas (120 - Josh Norman, 111 - Quentin Griffin)
1996 vs. Tulsa (108 - Michael McDaniel, 102 - Stephen Alexander)
1962 vs. Colorado (143 - Virgil Boil, 128 - John Flynn)
10:09 p.m. | Late Night
Baylor adds another touchdown in the fourth quarter and the score is 53-24 with 9:28 left in the game. It's going to be a late flight back to Norman with the team not expected back home until 2:30 a.m.
9:59 p.m. | Allen at QB
Good to see No. 15 Drew Allen at the controls for the Sooner offense here in the fourth quarter. The personable redshirt freshman quarterback from San Antonio gets to perform under the lights just up I-35 from his hometown.
9:56 p.m. | Big Points
The Sooners have put up 53 points, marking the first time OU has posted 40 or more away from home since the 2008 Big 12 Championship against Missouri (a 62-21 win on December 6). In 2008, OU had 40-plus points in six of the eight games away from home, including all five of the true road games. Under Coach Stoops, the Sooners have accomplished the feat on 20 occasions.
9:49 p.m. | OU Away
Quick observation from ESPN's David Ubben in his Big 12 blog: "Few would have been surprised if the beatdown Oklahoma is currently putting on Baylor would have happened in Norman. No one was too surprised when Oklahoma did the same to Texas Tech with a 45-7 win at Owen Field last week. But these Sooners came to play Baylor as seven-point favorites, and have played by far their best game of the season away from home."
9:41 p.m. | OU Emptying the Stands
Jimmy Stevens nails a 25-yard field goal and Oklahoma extends its lead to 53-10 in Waco with 1:33 remaining in the third quarter. The majority of Baylor fans have called it an evening leaving the east stands dominated by crimson.
9:31 p.m. | Two More on Scoreboard
The safety was the 16th of the Stoops' era at Oklahoma and the third this season. All three have been scored by the special teams.

9:29 p.m. | Loud and Clear
Obviously Sooner fans have had plenty to cheer about tonight, but the Pride's renditions of "Boomer Sooner" after Oklahoma scores and OU fans in attendance in Waco have been coming through loud and clear on the ESPN2 broadcast.
9:28 p.m. | Safety
Landry Jones airs it out with a long TD pass to Kenny Stills and OU is firmly in control of this one, 48-10. Baylor appears to be unsettled as the kick returner is stripped of the ball on the return. A BU player batted it out to score the Sooners a safety.

9:21 p.m. | The Bear is Back
With the Sooners up, 41-10, Baylor cranks up the sideline entertainment by bringing out its inflatable bear. Kenny Mossman was the first to spot him and made sure we watched a few seconds of his performance between plays. The bear responded with perhaps Mossman's favorite aspect of his act, the upside-down walk on the head. OK, back to the game.

9:07 p.m. | Hammer Nails TD
Ronnell Lewis records the first defensive TD of the season for the Sooners on his interception return (in fact, the first since Dom Franks' 85-yard INT against Kansas). It also marked the first INT TD by a defensive end since Jonathan Jackson in 2003 vs. Texas. It was the fourth TD by a defensive end under Stoops.
9:01 p.m. | Half-Game Ball
Coming out of the break, ESPN2's Ron Franklin awarded the "half-game ball" to DeMarco Murray. The senior RB has 141 total yards (32 rushing, 109 receiving) and two TDs thus far.
8:53 p.m. | Fan Comments
We post a few photos prior to each game to give Sooner fans back home a glimpse of the team before the TV broadcast begins. While reviewing the comments on our Facebook page, we had to laugh at a fan's comment for the photo below of Landry Jones and Ben Habern practicing snaps on the goal line. Sooner fan Taylor Holland wrote "I hope we convert this!".

8:44 p.m. | Halftime
The Sooners lead 34-7 at the half, marking the fourth time this season OU has eclipsed the 30-point mark in the first two quarters (38 vs. Texas Tech, 31 vs. Iowa State, 34 vs. Florida State).

8:42 p.m. | SoonerVision & Marketing
Baylor is having technical difficulties with its video board. Obviously, there are so many things that go in to making sure the gameday presentation goes off smoothly, it's probably a miracle for everything to go right. However, Sooner fans should be proud of the effort SoonerVision and the marketing staff put into OU home game productions back at Owen Field.
8:35 p.m. | Not Letting Up
Tough enough for us or anyone else covering the game to keep up with Oklahoma's frenetic pace on offense -- imagine trying to defend it. The tempo is clearly taking a toll on the Baylor defense in the first half. The Bears are visibly tired, and the ESPN2 broadcast pointed out their linemen often barely even have a chance to put their hand on the ground before the Sooners snap the ball for the next play.
8:33 p.m. | Three for Stevens
Jimmy Stevens is now nine of 12 on field goals this season. He was 11 of 13 last year for a two-year tally of 20 for 25 (.800).
8:29 p.m. | Praise for Millard
Franklin and Cunningham continue to rave over Trey Millard on the ESPN2 broadcast. They highlighted his lead block on the swing pass to Broyles earlier in the drive and pointed out how the Sooners often send him in motion in the direction the play. Coach Stoops has been talking about the freshman since he first arrived on campus, and it's apparent others are starting to take notice as well.
8:25 p.m. | Pressure
Oklahoma's defense so far has allowed just the one big play for a score while the Sooner offense has struck both on quick plays and long drives. Oklahoma is getting pressure on Griffin with two sacks courtesy Jeremy Beal and Tom Wort. For the most part, OU's offensive line has provided Landry Jones a comfort zone.

8:22 p.m. | No Bears
Oklahoma Associate AD Kenny Mossman reminded me that the inflatable Baylor mascot is missing here for the game. The live bear is also absent. Sad. I think a big part of the trip to Waco for Mossman is observing the antics of the blow-up bear.
8:14 p.m. | Boom, Broyles
The record-setting numbers Ryan Broyles has put up this season are even more impressive considering he has done so at less than 100 percent. It's clear watching Broyles' tonight that his ankle is still bothering him a bit. It's not slowing him down much, however, as Jones continues to look his way. Broyles has five catches for 39 yards thus far, including the TD.
8:11 p.m. | Home of the Doctor
Dr Pepper was formulated in the 1880s by pharmacist Charles Alderton in Morrison's Old Corner Drug Store in Waco. To test his new drink, he first offered it to store owner Wade Morrison, who also found it to his liking. Patrons at Morrison's soda fountain soon learned of Alderton's new drink and began ordering a "Waco". Alderton gave the formula to Morrison who named it Dr Pepper.

8:07 p.m. | OU Answers
Oklahoma marches 73 yards on 11 plays and caps the drive with a Landry Jones laser to Ryan Broyles in the end zone to push its margin to 28-7. Sooners answer Baylor's lone score.
8:04 p.m. | Send Us Pics
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7:59 p.m. | Big Plays
Remember what Coach Merv said in the pre-game? "[Baylor] is going to get a few big plays." Well, they got one there on the big run by Jay Finley, which led to the touchdown. Other than that, the Sooner defense has dominated much of the game thus far. They simply need to have a short memory and come to play the next drive.

7:53 p.m. | Quick Highlights
Pretty cool feature for fans who are unable to follow the game on TV: is posting short video clips of key plays in the game almost immediately after they happen. Check out the first-quarter highlights here.
7:49 p.m. | 21 Points
OU's scored 21 points in the first quarter, the second most the Sooners have scored in the opening period in 2010 (24 last week against Texas Tech). Season high for a quarter is 26 scored in second quarter against Colorado.
7:46 p.m. | From the Broadcast
ESPN's Cunningham on Finch's TD run: "That's a fantastic, athletic move from Finch. This a young-man who battled a stress fracture in his foot and was in a boot for eight weeks." Finch appeared to be heading to the ground but put his hand down and used his low center of gravity to maintain his balance and get into the end zone.
7:44 p.m. | Wow
What an incredible run by Roy Finch. An audible "wow" rolled through the press box as the freshman kept his balance and scored. Oklahoma bullying Baylor here in the first quarter, 21-0.
7:39 p.m. | Sackmaster
Nice sack of Robert Griffin by sackmaster Jeremy Beal. The senior defensive end notches the 29th of his career and is now just 2.5 sacks from becoming Oklahoma's career leader in the category. Coach Stoops talked about Beal during OU's pre-game radio show: "Jeremy Beal has been as good and consistent a defensive end as we've ever had here."
7:35 p.m. | Key Blocks
A pair of freshman, RB Roy Finch and FB Trey Millard, both threw key lead blocks on Murray's latest score. It's not a surprise coming from Millard, who has been doing so for the Sooners all year, but how about the 5-8, 180-pound Finch getting his nose in there? Murray has yet to be touched on his first two scores, but it's these little things that often get overlooked. 
7:31 p.m. | Fans Loving It
The bulk of the game (and both OU touchdowns) has played out right in front of the Sooner fans here at Floyd Casey Stadium. They're making their presence felt in central Texas. Something about road games brings out the rowdy in OU fans. They're also bringing the noise when Baylor has the ball on their end of the field.
7:28 p.m. | Box With the Stop
ESPN's Ed Cunningham just prior to the fourth-down play: "Why not? You're already qualified for a bowl game. It's Senior Night. You're playing for pride here." Baylor took the risk and it backfired. Now the Sooners have a short field and look to put the Bears in an early hole.

7:26 p.m. | Second-Longest
Murray's 76-yard TD was OU's second-longest score from scrimmage this year. Jones' 81-yard TD pass to Broyles against Colorado was the longest.
7:23 p.m. | Murray's TD
Murray recorded his 63rd career touchdown in the first quarter off a 76-yard TD pass from Landry Jones. The reception was a career long for Murray, topping the 67-yard reception against Texas A&M in 2009. OU athletics communications reps Craig Moran and David Bassity here in the press box will be supplying fans with notes as the game unfolds.
7:19 p.m.
| Defensive Shakeup
With senior DT Adrian Taylor going down last week against Texas Tech, the Sooners are working with a thin rotation on the defensive line. Senior Pryce Macon, a defensive throughout most of his career, started at D-tackle tonight while Ronnell Lewis, a converted LB, started at defensive end.
7:11 p.m. | Heart of Texas
Also from the ESPN2 broadcast: "The two most important games thus far in the Big 12 season kick off at the same tonight in the heart of Texas." No. 8 Nebraska is in College Station against No. 19 Texas A&M, while some 90 miles to the northwest, OU takes on Baylor. With OSU winning earlier today, A&M and Oklahoma both need wins to keep their Big 12 South hopes alive.
7:08 p.m. | OU's Trio
Speaking of three-headed monsters, Ron Franklin highlighted OU's own trio of QB Landry Jones, RB DeMarco Murray and WR Ryan Broyles in the open of ESPN2's broadcast. "At the beginning of the year I thought they were dynamite on offense," he commented. "I think they're even better now." By the way, athletics internet assistant director Tory Kukowski will be supplying fans with observances from ESPN2's TV broadcast.
7:06 p.m. | Kickoff
On cue, Baylor cranked its smoke machines and the team rolled down the line formed by students. Now, the students are running up into the stands to take their place for the game.
7:02 p.m. | Sooners Take Field
Baylor has a tradition of the students massing inside one of the entry ramps and then dashing across the field to form the "Baylor line" that the players will run through in their entrance. The OU team just ran onto the field to "Boomer Sooner!" and cheers from the Sooner fans in the stands. The crowd is now yelling "Boomer, Sooner" back and forth. Baylor has yet to take the field.
6:58 p.m. | Merv's Key to the Game
'Coach' Merv Johnson's key to the game from OU's pre-game radio show: "They're going to get a few big plays. We just have to limit them." Baylor's big-play ability is triggered by the three-headed monster of QB Robert Griffin, RB Jay Finley and WR Kendall Wright. The Bears rank ninth nationally in total offense, averaging 489.18 yards per game.
6:54 p.m. | OU Alma Mater
Baylor's band just played the national anthem and, for the first time I've seen, just allowed the Pride to play OU's alma mater. Classy gesture similar to what Oklahoma does for its home games. Nice to see the welcome on the road. Kudos to Baylor.
6:49 p.m. | Minutes From Kickoff
We're roughly 15 minutes from kickoff here in Waco. The Baylor band is now marching on to the field. This is BU's final game of the regular season and they just recognized the seniors. The Baylor students have yet to make their customary dash to their seats. We're continuing to add photos to the Facebook gallery.

6:33 p.m. | Perfect Weather
Absolutely fantastic weather for a football game here in late November. The press box windows are open and there's a light breeze blowing from the south to the north the length of the field. Sooners look crisp in their white uniforms set against the green of the Baylor field turf. Baylor is sporting their green jerseys with gold helmets and pants. The OU band is center stage right now belting out songs here before the Baylor band makes its entry.
6:07 p.m. | Photos From Waco
We're posting photos from Waco direct to OU's Facebook page. We'll add to the photo gallery throughout the game:

5:53 p.m. | Sooners Warming Up
The players are performing their pre-game drills out on the field. The gates have opened and we're starting to get an indication of the number of Sooner fans who are here to cheer on the crimson. Roughly 40% of the east stands across from us here in the press box appear to be filling up with OU fans. The band is situated in the southeast corner adjacent to the side of the end zone.
5:17 p.m. | Play Like a Champion
The Sooners have arrived at the stadium and are getting dressed in the visiting team locker room. We snapped a quick photo of the door the players will come through to head to the field. Of course, OU's "Play Like a Champion" sign is in its proper place above the door and the "Sooner Magic" sign is just to the right.

4:17 p.m. | Heading to Stadium
We're preparing to place our luggage on one of the team buses and ride over to the stadium. We'll be back updating the blog once we're set up in the Baylor press box. In the interim, check the Sooners' official Facebook page where we'll post photos of Oklahoma's short bus ride and arrival at Floyd Casey.
3:54 p.m. | Stoops, Tressel & Carroll
The Aflac trivia question for ABC's broadcast of the Ohio State-Iowa game just provided the answer to its question for the three coaches tied with the most BCS bowl appearances. Oklahoma's Bob Stoops, Ohio State's Jim Tressel and former USC coach Pete Carroll have seven BCS bowl appearances for the most in the nation.
3:43 p.m. | Bradford in 2009
As mentioned on this blog a few posts ago, the OU-Baylor game in Norman on October 10, 2009, marked Sam Bradford's final full game as a Sooner. View highlights of the current St. Louis Rams QB from Owen Field as the Sooners won, 33-7.

3:34 p.m. | Impressive Achievement
Just finished a late lunch here in Waco with Dr. Carmen Tebbe, OU's director of PROS/Champs/Life Skills within the Athletics Department. We discussed the sizable challenge of juggling academics, practice and everything else that goes into being a student-athlete at OU. Seemed like an appropriate time to again offer our congratulations to the 16 Sooner football players who made the Academic All-Big 12 team.

Sixteen Sooners Named to 2010 Academic All-Big 12 Team
3:21 p.m. | Poll Position
This marks the 700th week in which the Associated Press poll has included Oklahoma since the service began in 1936. That ranks No. 4 in college football history. The Sooners have been ranked No. 1 more than any team in college football (97 weeks) and own the most weeks in the Top 2 and Top 5. Some 160 of those weeks have come since Bob Stoops became the head coach.

OU All-Time in the AP Poll | OU in the BCS
2:23 p.m. | Primetime Sooners
The Sooner football team is scheduled to arrive at Floyd Casey Stadium shortly after 5 p.m. The game will kick two hours later in front of the crowd here in Waco and a national television audience on ESPN2. It will mark the seventh game (of 11) this season that the Sooners have started a game after 5 p.m. Next week's Bedlam game will make it 8 of 12 for the regular season with a 7 p.m. start on ABC in Stillwater. TV sets the schedule and tonight's game will mark the 108th consecutive for the Sooners on TV.
12:36 p.m. | Did You Know?
A couple of quick notes courtesy ESPN: Landry Jones has never played against Baylor. Oklahoma's 33-7 win in Norman was the only game last year Sam Bradford started and finished. Oklahoma opponents average just 2.65 yards a punt return, which ranks No. 2 nationally. Baylor is 5-70 all-time against South opponents, but swept its North slate this year with a 3-0 record to improve to 13-32 against the division. The Bears have come within single digits of Oklahoma just three times in 19 games.
11:51 a.m. | Stoops' Troopers
While they didn't make the cut on ESPN College GameDay's feature this morning on the state troopers who escort college football coaches around the country, we want to give a shoutout to Brian Orr (right of Stoops in picture below) and Steve Chandler (left). Orr and Chandler have been protecting Coach Stoops both at home and on the road since 2006. Read more about Stoops' troopers here. Make sure to check out the ESPN feature as well for a funny story on how Coach Switzer acquired his bodyguard during his coaching days at OU.
Stoops' Troopers
11:14 a.m. | OU at Baylor
Baylor's Floyd Casey Stadium has a listed capacity of 50,000. View Baylor's gameday information if you're planning on attending the game in Waco: Stadium Info | Seating Chart | Weather

11:01 a.m. | Saturday's Headlines
Austin Box Settling In at Starter Position - The Oklahoman
Sooners' Defense Goes Hunting for Bears - Tulsa World
Bedlam Shot Requires Win in Waco - Norman Transcript
OU Seeking 20th Straight Win Against Baylor - AP
Five Players on the Spot for OU-Baylor - The Oklahoman
Middle Men, Broyles, Weekend Update - Tulsa World
Baylor's McAllister Dependable - Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Coaches, Players Sound Off on OU-Baylor - The Oklahoman
Surgery Good News for Adrian Taylor - Dallas Morning News
Latest Proof That 2001 Defense Was Good - Tulsa World
Tramel: Conditioning to Blame? - The Oklahoman
Sittler: Verboten Words Important for OU - Tulsa World
Big 12 Title Still Possible for Sooners - Norman Transcript
Sooners Gameplanning for Baylor's Griffin - FS Southwest
Making Sense of the Big 12 South - Lincoln Journal-Star
Tramel: Will Baylor's Griffin Run? - The Oklahoman
10:37 a.m. | OU at Baylor
We're live from Waco as the Sooners prepare to face Baylor at Floyd Casey Stadium at 7 p.m. CT. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2. Follow our live blog throughout Saturday.



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