Blog: Oklahoma vs. BYU

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
SEPTEMBER 07, 2009
9:17 p.m. | Final in Dallas
No. 3 Oklahoma loses its season opener for the first time since 2005 when TCU stunned the Sooners in Norman. It's a final in Arlington: BYU 14, Oklahoma 13.
9:17 p.m. | Field Goal Try
Tress Way misses from 54 yards out and the Cougars take over. The disappointed Sooner crowd is headed for the exits.
9:09 p.m. | Crunch-Time Caleb
Brandon Caleb comes up with a big catch from Landry Jones on third down to keep the Sooner drive alive.
9:01 p.m. | BYU Takes Lead
With just three minutes left in the game, BYU takes a one-point lead on the Sooners, 14-13. It will be up to backup quarterback Landry Jones and the OU offense to mount a drive.
8:58 p.m. | Smash Mouth South
The "bringing smash mouth south" line in tonight's OU intro video might have been penned for Gerald McCoy. What a hit.
8:42 p.m. | Attendance
PA just announced tonight's attendance at 75,437.
8:35 p.m. | Clayton INT
Keenan Clayton makes an athletic interception as the Sooner linebackers are coming up big tonight. Clayton however has trouble going forward on interceptions. His only other career pick, last year against Texas A&M (and just like tonight), was a return for negative three yards. To give Clayton credit, he did have a 53-yard fumble return last year against Texas Tech.

8:30 p.m. | Defense, Crowd
The Sooner defense continues to rally the crowd as OU pins the Cougars back on their own end zone.
8:29 p.m. | Dallas Debuts
So far, six different Sooners have made their Oklahoma debut tonight. The list is as follows: DeMontre Hurst, Joseph Ibiloye, Jarvis Jones, Landry Jones, Marcus Trice and Tress Way.
8:25 p.m. | Lewis In Your Face
Travis Lewis loomed large in Max Hall's grill on that play to halt BYU's drive. Lewis blocked Hall's pass as the Cougars are forced to punt. Hall limped off a bit after the hit.
8:22 p.m. | Starting QBs
In the only previous meeting between the Sooners and BYU (1994 Copper Bowl), Oklahoma was without its starting quarterback, Garrick McGee, who had contracted spinal meningitis. The Cougars pinned a 31-6 loss on the unranked Sooners.
8:17 p.m. | Confusing O-Line
The Cougars have been confusing OU's rebuilt offensive line all night by disguising their pressure. Bradford got hit hard a couple of times before eventually being knocked out of the game, and Jones has hit the turf hard a couple times since he's been inserted into the game.
8:14 p.m. | Nessler on Jones
From Brad Nessler on ESPN's broadcast: "One thing we do know about Landry Jones is that he's a winner." Jones led Artesia (N.M.) High School to back-to-back state titles during his junior and senior seasons (2006-07).
8:05 p.m. | Split Screen
ESPN just showed a depressing split screen of injured OU stars Jermaine Gresham and Sam Bradford on the sideline.
8:02 p.m. | Landry Jones
The Sooner offense takes the field with redshirt-freshman quarterback Landry Jones behind center. The Artesia, N.M., product takes over as Sam Bradford is without shoulder pads on the sideline.
7:55 p.m. | Bradford Update
PA in the press box just announced that quarterback Sam Bradford has an AC joint sprain. It's not known if he'll return to the game.
7:53 p.m. | Scanning the Stats
A few things jump out after a quick scan of the halftime stats. OU had a 68-21 advantage in rushing yards but BYU tallied a 224-96 advantage through the air. The teams combined for five fumbles (four lost) and 15 penalties. As previously mentioned, the Cougars held the ball seven minutes longer than OU. DeMarco Murray (six carries) and Chris Brown (five) are splitting the carries for the Sooners.
7:48 p.m. | Bright Spots
Bright spots for the Sooners in the first half included senior linebacker Ryan Reynolds who tallied three tackles, one sack and and interception. Junior receiver Brandon Caleb notched two receptions for 32 yards and a fumble recovery on special teams while sophomore WR Ryan Broyles had three receptions for 23 yards and a touchdown.
7:39 p.m. | Confident Cougars
ESPN just showed BYU quarterback Max Hall adamantly shouting "We're going to win!" toward the crowd as he ran off the field at halftime.
7:37 p.m. | Quiet Fans
After watching Bradford rolling in pain on the Cowboys Stadium turf just before the half, Sooner fans are understandably subdued as the Pride of Oklahoma takes the field for its halftime performance.
7:36 p.m. | Halftime
Oklahoma holds a narrow lead at halftime, 10-7. BYU had the ball for 18 minutes and 41 seconds while the Sooners held it for just 11:19.
7:31 p.m. | Bradford All-Time OU Passer
Sam Bradford just became Oklahoma's all-time leading passer with 7,937 career yards. Bradford eclipsed Jason White's previous record of 7,922 yards set from 1999-2004.

7:22 p.m. | Bad Mark
With two lost fumbles tonight, the Sooners have already equaled last season's total.
7:15 p.m. | Q on the Mark
Safety Quinton Carter jumped on the fumbled ball in the end zone and the Sooners will take over at the 20 now that the play has been confirmed by review. Carter picked the perfect time for his first career fumble recovery. Jeremy Beal forced the fumble, his fifth career forced fumble.
7:03 p.m. | Barry & Jeff
During the break in action, the massive video board just showed former Sooner coach Barry Switzer sitting next to men's basketball head coach Jeff Capel in the stands. The shot received a big reaction from Sooner fans.
7:01 p.m. | Hitting the Board
There has been much discussion about punts hitting the massive video board at Cowboys Stadium since it happened during a Titans-Cowboys preseason game a couple weeks ago. Apparently BYU's freshman punter Riley Stephenson, who just made his first appearance in the game, was hitting it during pre-game warmups.
6:58 p.m. | Season-Opener Starts
From Mike Brooks here in the Cowboys Stadium press box: Four players made their third career start in a season-opening game for OU. Brody Eldridge, Auston English, Gerald McCoy and Ryan Reynolds comprise that list. No player has four career season-opening starts.
6:55 p.m. | Wildcat Debuts
OU debuted its version of the Wildcat offense in the first quarter. The first play in the formation saw running back Chris Brown take a snap out of the shotgun and option off to wide receiver Ryan Broyles on the end around for a gain of five yards. The second saw DeMarco Murray keep the ball out of the shotgun formation for a seven-yard gain.
6:52 p.m. | How Loud?
Sooner fan Ben Loundes from Joplin, Mo., sent us an email asking if the crowd noise was similar to last season's OU-Tech game at Owen Field in Norman. Hard to compare since this game is inside a closed dome with noise bouncing off the roof and the Tech game was in open air. We'd judge that the noise level here is louder but the action in the stands hasn't reached the frenzy level of the Tech game. Sooner fans are certainly raising the decibel level when the BYU offense takes the field.
6:48 p.m. | More on Reynolds' INT
From OU Athletics Media Relations: LB Ryan Reynolds' interception was the second of his Sooner career. His first INT was returned for 12 yards vs. Tulsa during the 2007 season.
6:43 p.m. | Crowd Percentage
From the press box high up in the corner of Cowboys Stadium, a rough estimate of the percentage of OU fans to BYU fans is about 80-20. The bowl around the field is heavy crimson except for several sections sporting BYU blue. The noise level with the dome closed is similar to the '07 Big 12 Championship Game at the Alamodome.

6:39 p.m. | Big Day for Big 12?
Big 12 teams are undefeated thus far on the opening Saturday of the 2009 season. Missouri posted an impressive 37-9 win over Illinois, OSU was victorious in a top-15 matchup vs. Georgia and Baylor had a big win over Wake Forest. Kansas, Nebraska, Texas, A&M and Tech are all up early in their games.
6:34 p.m. | All-Big 12...
Brad Nessler, from ESPN's broadcast of the game, on Matt Clapp's hair: "Not only was he All-Big 12 last year, he has All-Big 12 hair."
6:32 p.m. | Bradford to Broyles
Sam Bradford hits Ryan Broyles for Oklahoma's first touchdown of the 2009 season. The Sooners go up, 7-0.
6:28 p.m. | All-Time Passer
Sam Bradford needed just 82 yards entering the game to eclipse Jason White's (1999-2004) record for OU all-time passing yards. Bradford entered the game with 7,841 yards while White accumulated 7,922 yards during his Sooner career.
6:23 p.m. | OU-BYU Intro Video
The special intro video SoonerVision and the OU Athletics Department created for this game was incredible on the high-def board. If you didn't have the opportunity to see the video, enjoy it here at Congrats to all who had a hand in creating the video. Judging from the reaction in the stands, fans loved it:

Video Oklahoma vs. BYU Season-Opener Intro Video
6:14 p.m. | We're Off
The 115th season in Oklahoma football history has started. With the dome closed, as it is for tonight's game, the noise is deafening from the field. BYU is driving on their first possession of the game.
5:16 p.m. | Bradford's Locker
Here's a quick pic of Sam Bradford's locker here at Cowboys Stadium as the Sooners are almost set to open the season vs. BYU.

Photos Sam Bradford's Locker at Cowboys Stadium
4:47 p.m. | Wilson Honorary Captain
Senior Associate A.D. Kenny Mossman just informed us that Corey Wilson will be an honorary Sooner captain for this game. Wilson was involved in an automobile accident near Pauls Valley just prior to spring practice. Thrown from his SUV, he incurred serious injuries, the most severe of which resulted in paralysis over the lower half of his body. Wilson is on the sideline with the team now.

View Feature: Corey Wilson Making the Journey
4:43 p.m. | Doors Are Open
The doors to Cowboys Stadium were thrown open at 4 p.m. and Sooner fans streamed in to take in their first view of the field here in Arlington. OU has played in some impressive venues the past few years but fans would be hard-pressed to find one with nicer amenities than this.
3:13 p.m. | This Morning's Best
A quick glance at some of the best early games from around college football. As mentioned earlier, Navy gave No. 6 Ohio State quite a game in Columbus, No. 22 Iowa blocked two FGs in the final seconds to escape vs. in-state foe Northern Iowa, and Minnesota came from behind to defeat the Greg Paulus-led Syracuse Orange, 23-20.
2:17 p.m. | Truck at Cowboys Stadium

This just in from Arlington... A few members of our staff just arrived at Cowboys Stadium and snapped a quick picture of the football equipment truck with Jerry World as the backdrop. OU's 18-wheeler received a facelift earlier this summer and now proudly displays Oklahoma's seven national titles. View more photos here:

Photos At Cowboys Stadium
2:04 p.m. | Around the Country

The first set of games on the first Saturday in college football is winding down. No. 6 Ohio State survived a scare from Navy, but other than that pretty much everything is going according to script. No Big 12 teams have taken the field just yet, but there are plenty to keep an eye during the 2:30 slot, including Baylor vs. Wake Forest, OSU vs. Georgia and Missouri vs. Illinois. Less than four hours until the Sooners kick off the 2009 season!
10:28 a.m. | Following the Game

If you can't make it to Arlington for the game, there are plenty of options for you to follow the Sooners live. ESPN will televise the game to the nation beginning at 6 p.m. CT. Game radio is available across the Sooner Sports Radio Network, on Sirius, XM and online via We'll also have live stats and our live gameday blog direct from Cowboys Stadium. View all the links:

Sooner Gameday Central: Listing All Broadcast Options
9:29 a.m. | Driving to Stadium
Obviously, traffic around Cowboys Stadium is expected to be extremely heavy. If you have a pre-paid parking spot and know which lot you're in, the Dallas Cowboys provide an interactive map that will show you the recommended route into the lot. It's also helpful for any fans parking in the stadium vicinity. Good luck:

Interactive Map: Cowboys Stadium Parking
9:16 a.m. | Traffic Update
We experienced three slowdowns on our way down I-35 into Dallas. The first occurred near Pauls Valley as the highway went down to one lane going both north and south. Traffic was backed up Friday afternoon for several miles heading south. The second slowdown was near Turner Falls due to road construction. Finally, we landed in the usual Dallas gridlock in Denton as I-35 split east and west.
8:51 a.m. | Welcome to Sooner Gameday
After a long summer and preseason, Oklahoma's opener is finally here. The team left Norman Friday at 1 p.m. and drove down I-35 into Texas. The Sooners headed directly to Cowboys Stadium to check out the field at 4 p.m. The team's Friday ended at a Dallas-area hotel with the BYU Cougars on their minds.
No. 3 Oklahoma vs. No. 20 BYU
We'll begin blogging live from Arlington on Saturday as the Sooners open the season against the BYU Cougars. OU will become the first team to play in a regular-season game at the new Cowboys Stadium beginning at 6 p.m. ESPN will televise the game to the nation.



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