Game Notes

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
SEPTEMBER 03, 2011
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  Oklahoma Game Notes

• With the win, Oklahoma improved to 812-304-53 all-time, 89-22-6 in season openers and 46-9-5 in home openers. The Sooners are 11-2 in season openers under Bob Stoops and 10-1 in home season openers.

• OU leads the all-time series with Tulsa, 17-7-1 and has won the last six meetings. Tonight marked the fifth time that Oklahoma has played its season opener against TU and the second in Stoops' tenure.

• Four Sooners made their first career starts tonight against Tulsa. First-time starters were redshirt freshman Daryl Williams (OL), sophomore Brennan Clay (RB), sophomore Corey Nelson (LB) and junior Javon Harris (FS).

• With two turnovers in the first half, OU's defense has forced at least one turnover in 143 of Stoops' 161 games and has at least one interception in 105 of the last 140. The Sooners finished with three turnovers.

• OU ran a total of 100 plays in tonight's game, the ninth time in school history that OU has run 100 offensive plays. The school record was set last season against Oklahoma State with 107 plays.

• Twelve Sooners made career debuts tonight including two true freshmen (Kameel Jackson and Kellen Jones) and eight redshirt freshmen (Caleb Gastelum, Michael Hunnicutt, Torrea Peterson, Adam Shead, Nyko Symonds, Tyrus Thompson, Daryl Williams and Julian Wilson).

  Individual Notes

Landry Jones
• Landry Jones moved up to No. 2 on OU's all-time career passing yards list with 8,291. Jones passed Jason White at 7,922 with an 8-yard pass to Brennan Clay on the first play of the game.

• With 375 passing yards tonight, Jones is just the second Sooner to throw for 8,000 yards in a career with 8,291. Sam Bradford holds the all-time record with 8,403 career passing yards.

• Jones tied the school record for 300-plus yard passing games in a career at 14, previously set by both Sam Bradford and Josh Heupel.

• With his 35 completions, Jones became the only Sooner quarterback to have 700 career completions. Jones entered the game with 666 and now has 701. Tonight was Jones' fourth-most completions in a game. His best was 37 against Oklahoma State in 2010.

Ryan Broyles
• Ryan Broyles finished the night with 14 receptions for 158 yards, the second most receptions in a game and the most receiving yards in a season opener. Broyles owns the current record for most receptions in a game with 15.

• Broyles tied the OU record for catches in a single quarter for the third time with seven receptions. The only other Sooner to reach the feat was Eddie Hinton in 1968 against Oklahoma State.

• Broyles' 120 receiving yards in the first quarter is tied for fourth best in a quarter by an OU receiver. Malcolm Kelly holds the record with 134 yards in the first quarter against Middle Tennessee State in 2006.

• Broyles moved into second place in career plays of 40 yards or more with 18 on a 50-yard reception in the first quarter. He trails Demond Parker at 19. Entering the game, Broyles was tied with DeMarco Murray, Mark Clayton and Juaquin Iglesias at 17.

Dominique Whaley
• Dominique Whaley's four rushing touchdowns were the most in a game by an OU walk-on in school history. Jim Culbreath, also a walk-on, had two rushing touchdowns in 1975.

• Whaley is only the second Sooner to have four rushing touchdowns or more in a season debut, joining DeMarco Murray, who holds the NCAA record for rushing touchdowns in a career debut with five against North Texas in 2007. Whaley had two touchdowns in 10 games in 2008 at Langston University.

• Whaley broke the school record for rushing yards in a career debut with 131 yards in tonight's game. The record was previously set by Culbreath in the 1975 National Championship season against Oregon.

• Whaley is just the seventh Sooner to rush for 100-plus yards in a career debut, joining Waymon Clark, Culbreath, Steve Davis, Horace Ivory, Kerry Jackson and Adrian Peterson.

Frank Alexander
• Frank Alexander recorded his first career interception in the second quarter for a 27-yard return on a pass broken up by Jamell Fleming.

• Alexander finished the night with six tackles, one interception, one sack, two passes broken up and one quarterback hurry.

Brennan Clay
• Brennan Clay scored his first career touchdown in his first career start on an 11-yard rush in the third quarter.

Ronnell Lewis
• Ronnell Lewis led the team in tackles for loss with three, while Lewis and Aaron Colvin both made a team-best eight tackles against Tulsa.

  By the Numbers

12 - Junior LB Tom Wort wore No. 12 tonight in honor of Austin Box.

14 - Landry Jones tied the school record for career games of 300-plus passing yards with 14, previously set by both Sam Bradford and Josh Heupel.

19 - Ryan Broyles broke his own school record with his 19th career 100-yard receiving game tonight. He had 124 yards in the first half, the seventh time he had 100-plus yards in a half.

75 - Tonight's game was OU's 75th consecutive sellout, matching Stoops' tenure. OU's current record during the streak is 73-2.

98 - Tonight's game was the fourth-hottest season opener in school history at 98 degrees. The hottest was 106 degrees when OU opened the 2000 National Championship season against UTEP on Sept. 2, 2000.

663 - OU had 663 yards of total offense against Tulsa, the second most in a season opener in school history. The record is 668, set against North Texas in 2007.

85,260 - Tonight's attendance, the sixth largest crowd in school history and the biggest for a home opener.

  Tulsa Game Notes

• Tulsa debuted its new jersey - gold helmet, white jersey with blue numbers and shoulders, and white pants. The helmet has a #71 decal on the back left in honor of former teammate Wilson Holloway who passed away in February 2011 after a long battle with Lymphoma Leukemia.

• G.J. Kinne (Senior/QB) and Cory Dorris (Junior/DE) started their 26th-straight games, while Tyler Holmes (Senior/OT) has started every game he has played at Tulsa (34).

• Five players started their first game at Tulsa - WR Bryan Burnham, OT Matt Romine, WR Jordan James, DB Milton Howell and LB Alan Dock.

• It it's 112-year history, Tulsa has posted a 66-45-1 record in its' season openers.

• This was the first meeting between TU and OU on the football field since Sept. 19, 2009.

• Bryan Burnham scored his first career touchdown on his third career catch on a 56-yard reception from G.J. Kinne with 2:54 to play in the second quarter. Burnham ended the game with a career-high 68-yards receiving.

• Curnelius Arnick (18), Milton Howell (13), Shawn Jackson (12), Justin Skillens (7) and Alan Dock (6) each had a career-high tackles. Arnick had his ninth game with double-digit tackles, while this was Howell's first game.

• Curnelius Arnick had 18 tackles tonight. The last time a TU player had 18 tackles in a game was DeAundre Brown on Oct. 14, 2009 against Boise State.

• The last time Tulsa had three tacklers register double-digit tackles was Nov. 15, 2009 against East Carolina.

• Willie Carter's 69-yard reception in the third quarter was the second longest of his career as he had a 75-yard touchdown reception against East Carolina in the 2010 season opener.

• Tonight's attendance of 85,260 was the most to ever watch a TU football game, breaking the record of 84,803 set back in 2009 in Norman.

• Norman native Jack Jewell played his first career game today.

• Willie Carter had his first career 100-yard receiving game. He ended the game with 135 yards receiving. His previous best was 93 yards against Southern Miss in 2010.

• With his two touchdown passes today, G.J. Kinne now has 55 career touchdown passes.



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