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University of Oklahoma
DECEMBER 16, 2009
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3:15 p.m. | Oklahoma 27, OSU 0
A nice finish to what has been a rollercoaster of a regular season for the Sooners. Final score: Oklahoma 27, OSU 0. Stay tuned for a complete recap, stats, notes, photos and highlights right here on We'll have them up shortly. Boomer Sooner!
3:14 p.m. | "0" State
Not only is this the most lopsided in-state rivalry in the nation (OU now leads 81-16-7), today's 27-0 shutout marks Oklahoma's 28th all-time against the Cowboys. It's OU's first shutout of OSU since a 31-0 blanking in Norman in 1993. Interesting note... Oklahoma actually held OSU scoreless through the first eight games of the series. The first meeting in the series was in 1904, but the Cowboys didn't score until the ninth meeting in 1914.
3:12 p.m. | Ratterree Saves Shutout
Great hustle play by TE Trent Ratterree to preserve the shutout for the Sooners. OSU recovered a fumble by Sooner running back Jermie Calhoun and was sprinting toward the other end for a potential score. Ratterree, however, tracked the Cowboy defender down and stripped the football. OU recovered and proceeded to kneel down twice to conclude the game.
3:11 p.m. | OU Extends Home Streak

The nation's longest home winning streak continues... With today's win over OSU, Oklahoma has now won its last 30 games on Owen Field, a school record. The current record was set with the win over Tulsa earlier this year. Bob Stoops' teams are 66-2 at home and the Sooners have won 49 of their last 50 on Owen Field.

Memorial Stadium History
3:09 p.m. | Today's Attendance

A crowd of 85,606 came through the turnstiles for today's game. OU has now drawn a total of 5,522,896 fans for Bob Stoops' 68 home games (started in 1999) and all have been sold out. The current string of sellouts is the second longest in school history, trailing a string of 69 from 1971-84.

Oklahoma Sets Attendance Records at Memorial Stadium
2:58 p.m.
| Taking Out Frustrations
Up 27-0 with just over seven minutes remaining, the Sooners have taken out some frustration on their in-state rivals today. While the game is not over by any means, the Sooners have dominated in every phase -- offense, defense and special teams. Now all they have to do is finish.
2:54 p.m.
| D-Line's Time to Shine
Just prior to Broyles' electrifying punt return, Oklahoma's defensive line came up with a couple huge plays to stuff the Cowboy offense. Gerald McCoy busted through for a TFL on OSU's second-down play before Frank Alexander recorded his second sack of the game on third down. We've been saying it all season long -- OU's defensive line seems to get stronger as the game goes along by simply wearing out the opposing offensive line. Everyone in the building is hungry to keep the shutout intact.
2:50 p.m.
| Broyles to the House
Already with a couple big punt returns under his belt today, Ryan Broyles takes the latest one back 87 yards for a touchdown. Down 27-0, OSU fans are heading for the exits.
2:46 p.m.
| Confidence in Kickers
Coach Stoops certainly has confidence in kicker Patrick O'Hara. Even with the wind, a 52-yard field goal attempt wouldn't have even crossed his mind earlier in the season, but that's exactly what he sent O'Hara out there for on OU's last drive. The kick was blocked at the line of scrimmage, however.
2:43 p.m.
| Plenty to Cheer About
This season obviously hasn't turned out how any of us would have liked, but the Sooner faithful have had plenty to cheer about, especially at home. The crowd at Memorial Stadium has shown overwhelming support and have been loud throughout the game.
2:39 p.m.
| Chip on Their Shoulders
After an unusual sub-par performance on the road against Texas Tech last week, the Sooner defense has definitely played with a chip on their shoulders today. As mentioned earlier, the Cowboys average just over 400 yards a game in total offense. So far today, however, they have just 118 total yards and only 44 through the air.
2:36 p.m.
| All Against the Wind
The Sooners won the coin toss at the beginning of the game and deferred to the second half so they could have the wind in the fourth quarter. Ironically, Oklahoma has scored all 20 of its points while going against the wind. Still, it never hurts to have a little extra advantage should the score tighten up late in the game.
2:33 p.m.
| Fourth Quarter
The clock winds down and we head to the fourth quarter here in Norman with the Sooners holding a 20-0 lead on the Cowboys. OU's defense is starting to really frustrate anything OSU is trying to do offensively.
2:31 p.m. | Forcing the Pass
The defense seems to be playing looser and taking more chances at the ball here late in the third quarter. Down by three scores, Robinson and the OSU offense have to start moving the ball through the air. It's an interesting dynamic considering that it was thought one of OSU's strengths was its balance between the run and the pass. OU's defense has rendered the Cowboys one-dimensional.
2:28 p.m. | Smelling Blood
The Sooner crowd can smell blood and despite a 20-point lead, is roaring while OSU's offense is on the field. The players seem to be feeding off the crowd's energy.
2:26 p.m. | No. 7 for Six
DeMarco Murray now owns 44 career touchdowns, moving him past former Sooner Adrian Peterson (42) and Joe Washington (43). He now trails teammate Chris Brown - 45, Quentin Griffin - 51, Billy Sims - 53, Steve Owens - 57. It marks Murray's13th double-digit touchdown game of his career and fourth of the season.
2:24 p.m. | INT Series
Brian Jackson had a stretch of four consecutive games with an interception earlier in the season and now Jonathan Nelson has had an interception in the last three games.
2:21 p.m. | Punting Contrast
OU's Tress Way has boomed some impressive punts in this game with the ball traveling a high arc before coming down to the receiver. In contrast, OSU's Quinn Sharp's punts are line drives that don't provide teammates much of a chance to get down the field. They can't be too fun to field however.
2:14 p.m. | Quick Notes
More quick notes from the OU Athletics Communications personnel in the press box:
• Holding OSU scoreless in the first quarter, Oklahoma has pitched 10 opening-quarter shutouts this season. Today also marked the third time this season OU has held an opponent scoreless in the first half.
• Sooner teammates DeMarco Murray (43) and Chris Brown (45) have combined to cross the goal line 88 times in their respective careers.
2:11 p.m. | 13-0
O'Hara converts on his second field goal of the game and OU stretches its lead to 13-0.
2:06 p.m. | Hot and Cold
Oklahoma currently holds a 10-0 lead on the No. 12 Cowboys here at Owen Field. The defense has held OSU to 105 total yards (their average is 400.6). The Jekyll and Hyde aspect of this team on the road vs. home is mystifying. OU's defensive performance last week was not representative of its efforts this season.

2:01 p.m. | Running Lanes
It appears that OU's success through the air has opened up some running lanes for Chris Brown and DeMarco Murray. This is critical for Oklahoma's patchwork offensive line.

1:59 p.m. | Showing Some Life
Landry Jones and the OU receivers are converting some strikes down the field. OU showed some toughness by converting on fourth down and the drive continues.

1:58 p.m. | Second Half Underway
We're back in action here in the second half. The Sooners are driving the ball on their opening possession and protecting a 10-point lead.
1:43 p.m.
| First-Half Standouts
A few numbers that stick out so far after one half of play...
• Tress Way: 4 punts for 241 yards, 60.3 avg., 3 over 50, 74 long
• Brian Jackson: 5 total tackles, 4 solo, 2 PBUs, 1 forced fumble
• Ryan Broyles: 6 rec for 79 yards, 3 punt returns for 77 yards
• Jeremy Beal: 7 total tackles, 2 TFLs for -9 yards
• Keenan Clayton: 8 total tackles, 6 solo
1:36 p.m.
| Positive Half
It took the Sooners a little while to get rolling today, but it has to feel good to have a 10-point lead and pitching a shutout against the No. 12 team in the country through one half of football. Oklahoma definitely looks to have their confidence back, especially on defense. Obviously we have another whole half to go, but so far so good today against the Cowboys.
1:29 p.m.
| Jaz's Hands
True freshman receiver Jaz Reynolds has made a couple of nice catches since entering the game midway through the first quarter. After numerous fumbles and dropped passes early in the game, both teams have cleaned up their play and have kept a much firmer handle on the football.
1:23 p.m.
| Crowd Factors In
Facing a fourth-and-inches near midfield, the Cowboy offense stayed on the field as if they were going to go for it. However, with the crowd as loud as it's been all day, OSU thought better of it and took a delay of game penalty before punting the ball back to OU.
1:17 p.m.
| Way = Wow
Sixty yards against the wind... What else do we need to say? The redshirt freshman punter has really been a weapon for the Sooners today. Just when it appeared OSU might flip the field position battle, Way really got into his last kick to give the Sooner defense more room to work with. It's pure speculation, but since Patrick O'Hara has taken over the field goal kicking duties, perhaps Way has had more time to focus strictly on punting. It sure looks that way today.
1:13 p.m.
| BJ Making Big Stops
Senior CB Brian Jackson has helped the Sooner defense get off the field today. B.J. has had a pair of critical third-down pass breakups just when OSU appeared to be settling into a rhythm. After an early pass interference penalty, it's nice to see the senior stepping up and having a big game in his last appearance on Owen Field.
1:09 p.m.
| Way Booming the Ball
Even against the wind, punter Tress Way continues to put a good leg behind the ball and keep the field position battle in OU's favor. Despite the stiff breeze, Way's last punt went for 49 yards to pin Oklahoma State back inside its own 20-yard line.
1:04 p.m.
| Three and Done
The Sooners defense has another quick shift, holding the Cowboys to another three-and-out. Just prior to the third-down play, WR Brandon Caleb jumped up on the equipment trunk next to us to assist in helping get the crowd on their feet to support the defense. Landry Jones leads OU's offense back onto the field as the Sooners look to keep the momentum going midway through the second quarter.
12:59 p.m.
| Against the Wind
OU failed to scored with the wind at their backs in the first quarter but have since put up 10 points while going against it. Hopefully the Sooner defense can continue to frustrate Zac Robinson and the Cowboys while OSU has the wind at their backs here in the second.
12:54 p.m.
| Murray Leap
Oklahoma's offense answers the call, with DeMarco Murray leaping into the end zone for the score. Murray literally took off from about the five-yard line to extend for the pylon in the southwest corner. Murray's leap was in the exact same part of the field as Sam Bradford's infamous head-over-heels flip last year in Stillwater.

Video Bradford Goes Airborne vs. OSU (2008)
12:51 p.m.
| Crowd Energy
A little subdued early on, the crowd here at Memorial Stadium has definitely gotten behind the Sooners since kickoff. It seems they are just waiting for a chance to erupt. With OU driving inside the red zone, hopefully they'll get their chance.
12:46 p.m.
| Offenses Struggling
Both offenses have failed to get much of a rhythm going so far in this one. A number of factors have contributed to their misfortunes, including fumbles, the wind conditions and numerous stoppages by the officials. OU's defensive line has certainly dominated the line of scrimmage when the Cowboys have the ball, and conversely, Oklahoma's depleted offensive line has been a factor in OU's struggles on offense.
12:39 p.m.
| Three on the Board
Well, Oklahoma finally cashed in on its third red zone opportunity, although the Sooners didn't get the six they were hoping for. Instead, they settled for a short field goal by Patrick O'Hara. OU nearly let another opportunity slip away when Landry Jones fumbled inside the 10-yard line on second down, but Chris Brown fell on the loose ball. The Sooners get on the board first, 3-0.
12:29 p.m. | Red Zone
Oklahoma has had two opportunities inside the red zone against OSU and come away with nothing on the scoreboard. OU's first trip ended in a sack and fumble from Landry Jones while the latest visit was capped by a missed field goal from Patrick O'Hara.
12:27 p.m. | Way + Wind
Sooner punter Tress Way has booted a couple of impressive kicks with the wind at his back here in the first quarter. OU has had decent field position and needs to put some points on the board.

12:19 p.m. | From 92 to 68
Defensive lineman Stacy McGee (Muskogee, Okla.) shed his usual No. 92 jersey for this game and is huddling with the offensive line wearing No. 68.
12:12 p.m. | Quick Notes
Below are quick bullets from the OU Athletics Communications office up high in the press box at Owen Field:
• With Brian Lepak making the start today, it marked the 10th different Sooner to start on the offensive line this season. It also marked the ninth different offensive lineman combination in 12 games.
• Oklahoma now has 10 different starters miss starts this season. The Sooners have now endured 24 lost starts due to injury.
• Tress Way connected on a 62-yard punt in the first quarter, marking his sixth punt of 60 or more yards this season.
• Ryan Broyles' 59-yard punt return in the first quarter was the second longest of his career. The sophomore recorded a 68-yard return for a touchdown last season versus Kansas State.

12:09 p.m. | Sam's Message
Kenny Mossman of OU Athletics Communications provided us the full text from Bradford's pre-game message to the fans: "Although I am not a senior, this will be my final game at Owen Field. It has always been a dream of mine to play football at the University of Oklahoma and all of you have been a part of making this dream come true. I want to thank all of you for your support throughout my career. I want to thank my coaches, teammates and family for everything they have done for me. It has been an honor and privilege to play for OU. Boomer Sooner!

Sam returned to the screen right before the intro video:
"Fans one more thing... My teammates and especially these seniors need you now more than ever. This is Bedlam... LET'S ROCK THIS HOUSE!"
12:07 p.m. | Mensik on O-Line
Converted tight end Eric Mensik is making another appearance in a No. 69 jersey today as he takes his place on the offensive line for the Sooners. Mensik first took on the new number in OU's last home game against Texas A&M.
12:04 p.m. | Rivalry Games
It tends to be an overused line but rivalry games really do have a different feel. Witness the Texas-Texas A&M game and Auburn-Alabama game from earlier this week. Oklahoma has had its way with the Cowboys historically but OU's injury-plagued season has reversed the normal roles for 2009.
12:01 p.m. | Stripping Ball
Both defenses are making a concerted effort to strip the ball. Turnovers on both sides already here in the first quarter with two reviews. We'll see how the latest one turns out.
11:56 a.m. | Red Zone Troubles
After a spectacular punt return by Ryan Broyles, the Sooner offense has evidently coughed it up. OSU takes the ball at their own 23 and denies the Sooners a chance at the end zone.
11:49 a.m. | Sideline Sightings
Former players on the sideline for Oklahoma include defensive stars Tony Casillas, Dusty Dvoracek and Rufus Alexander.
11:47 a.m. | OU's Offensive Starters
Starters on offense for the Sooners against OSU: Brian Simmons, Cory Brandon, Ryan Broyles, Brian Lepak, Trent Ratterree, Stephen Good, Dejuan Miller, Landry Jones, Chris Brown, Matt Clapp and, wearing No. 69, Eric Mensik on the offensive line.
11:45 a.m. | Defense Opens With Stop
Oklahoma's defense shut down OSU's opening drive and forced a punt. The Cowboys were opening the game right in front of OU's student section and the noise was deafening.
11:43 a.m. | OU Defensive Starters
Starters on defense for the Sooners against OSU: Austin Box, Brian Jackson, Dom Franks, Jeremy Beal, Adrian Taylor, Quinton Carter, Jonathan Nelson, Frank Alexander, Keenan Clayton, Gerald McCoy and Travis Lewis.
11:41 a.m. | OU Kicks Off
Oklahoma will kick to the Cowboys to begin the game. OSU will be driving into the wind (from left to right on your TV screen) here in the first quarter. We'll have OU's defensive starters shortly.
11:38 a.m. | We're On
The teams are on the sidelines and we're ready to kick off here in Norman. This one is personal for all Oklahomans.
11:37 a.m. | Sam on the Big Screen
Injured quarterback Sam Bradford made a special video message to Sooner fans on the big screen just prior to the team's intro video. Basically, Sam thanked Sooner fans for his opportunity to play for Oklahoma and called on OU fans to support the team. Obviously, the crowd roared its response.
11:32 a.m. | Schooner Rolls
OU's band just marched off the field and the Sooner Schooner did its traditional sprint across the field to the delight of Sooner fans. The Schooner has to be one of the best traditions in college football.
11:30 a.m. | Beginning with a Boom
Sooner fans were treated to a flyover shortly after the conclusion of the national anthem from the 39th training squad of the 12th operations group from Randolph Air Force base in San Antonio.
11:23 a.m. | Corey Wilson Walks
An emotional start to pre-game here at Owen Field. Injured receiver Corey Wilson just walked at mid-field to a loud ovation from Sooner fans. View our feature on Wilson here at

Corey Wilson Making the Journey
11:19 a.m. | Eldridge Honored
The Don Key Award, presented annually since 1982, was presented to senior Brody Eldridge prior to the game. Sooner coaches have described the award as the highest honor an Oklahoma football player can receive while playing at OU. Don Key was a three-year starter for Oklahoma, an All-Big Eight and a potential All-American until surgery for cancer ended his career in 1981. Former Sooner head coach Barry Switzer established the award in 1982.
11:17 a.m. | Calling On the Crowd
Oklahoma's players just finished their traditionally pre-game ritual of huddling at mid-field prior to heading for the locker room. After the huddle, instead of dashing down the ramp, the players turned to the crowd on the east side of the stands and motioned to the crowd. The Sooner fans roared their approval. OSU should be ready for some noise here at Owen Field as the Sooners look to protect the nation's longest home win streak (29 games).
11:08 a.m. | Ties With OSU
Oklahoma State Head Coach Mike Gundy and OU Recruiting Coordinator and Running Backs Coach Cale Gundy are brothers. Both also graduated from their current employer and both played quarterback at their respective school. Mike is the eldest. The schools' strength and conditioning coaches, Jerry Schmidt (OU) and Rob Glass (OSU) were together on the Florida staff from 1995-98.
11:05 a.m. | It's Football Time in Oklahoman
We've officially began the countdown to kickoff here at Owen Field. The weather is perfect especially considering we're in late November. Remember the last Bedlam Game in Norman? Snow and freezing temps. The wind is gusting from the south (from right to left on your TV screen) so it will be interesting to see how the teams strategize for that aspect of the weather. Otherwise, let's get it on.
11:01 a.m. | Following the Game
Plenty of options for Sooner fans following the game today. FOX Sports Net has the TV broadcast beginning at 11:30 a.m. Online, we're posting to this live blog from behind the team bench. As always, live stats are available plus live audio from the Sooner Sports Radio Network. View complete information here:

Live Stats | Live Audio | TV: FSN | OU Radio
10:53 a.m. | Honoring Seniors
OU head coach Bob Stoops has made it clear that Senior Day is reserved for the seniors. Many fans have questioned whether departing juniors will be honored but Stoops' policy is clear.
Saturday's game will represent the final appearance on Owen Field for 19 seniors: LB Mike Balogun, RB Chris Brown, FB Matt Clapp, LB Keenan Clayton, OL Brody Eldridge, DE Auston English, DT Demarcus Granger, TE Jermaine Gresham, WR T.J. Hamilton, LS Ben Hampton, CB Brian Jackson, DL Tola Jimoh, DT Cordero Moore, LB Ryan Reynolds, LS Derek Shaw, OG Brian Simmons, WR Adron Tennell, WR/H Carter Whitson, OT Trent Williams.
10:48 a.m. | Really Bedlam?
Many pundits extend the term "Bedlam" to the actual series between the two schools but historically, it's been seriously lopsided for the Sooners. Oklahoma leads, 80-16-7, including a 37-8-2 mark in Norman. The Sooners have won the last six meetings between the two by an average of 22 points per game. OU got its 80th win in the series last season at Stillwater, 61-41. Overall, the "Bedlam Series" is the most lopsided instate rivalry in the nation.
10:39 a.m. | Rivalry Colors
The stadium will be filled with crimson but bright orange will dot the stands here and there. As in most in-state rivalries, families here in Oklahoma are usually mixed with OU and OSU fans. The Cowboys are wearing their traditional road gear of white helmets and jerseys with orange pants. The Sooners return to their traditional home unis with crimson helmets and jerseys and white pants.
10:35 a.m. | On the Field
Oklahoma State players sprinted onto the field here and the OSU band in the southeast corner of the stadium welcomed the Cowboys with a rendition of the school's fight song. OU's student section is about 50% full here with an hour before kickoff. The gates are opening and fans are starting to stream into their seats.

9:57 a.m. | Quick Headlines
Here's a quick scan of the headlines from OU beat writers, Oklahoma State sources and national sites on today's Bedlam game:

Streak Gives OU the Edge in Norman - Tulsa World
Something Mystical About Owen Field - The Oklahoman
OU Defense Hoping to Rebound - Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Three Keys for Oklahoma-OSU Bedlam Battle - ESPN
Roles Reversed for Sooners, Cowboys - Washington Post
Sittler: Bedlam Appropriate for Season - Tulsa World
Stopping OSU Run Game a Must for OU - The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Quarterback of the Future? - Norman Transcript
Stoops Still Loves OU Job - Fort Worth Star-Telegram
No Shortage of NFL Talent in Bedlam Game - CBS Sports
Beating OU in Norman Next Step for Pokes - Tulsa World
OSU Looks for Fourth Road Win - Stillwater NewsPress
9:24 a.m. | We're Live from Norman
Sooner and Cowboy fans are up and swarming the stadium this morning due to the early kickoff at 11:30 a.m. at Owen Field. The weather for late November couldn't be better for the Bedlam Game. Temps are expected to be in the mid-50s at kickoff warming to the upper 60s by the fourth quarter. The wind is currently blowing from the south at approximately 14 mph.
Game 12 | Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State
Welcome to the Gameday Blog. Throughout the day, you can view commentary from our staff, observations from the field in Norman, notes from the media relations staff in the press box plus fan emails and reaction during the game.
The Oklahoma Sooners host Bedlam rival Oklahoma State at Owen Field at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. FOX Sports Net will broadcast the game live from Norman.
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