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OU Scrimmages in Rain at Owen Field
August 18, 2007
August 18 Scrimmage Coverage
Photos  August 18 Preseason Scrimmage Photo Gallery (43 Photos)
Video  Scrimmage Highlights from SoonerVision
Video  Post-Scrimmage Reaction from Head Coach Bob Stoops
Video  Interview: Defensive Coordinator Brent Venables
Video  Interview: Offensive Coordinator Kevin Wilson
Video  Interview: Offensive Line Coach James Patton
Video  Interview: R-Freshman RB DeMarco Murray (Las Vegas, Nev.)
Video  Interview: Junior WR Malcolm Kelly (Longview, Texas)
Video  Interview: Junior OL Phil Loadholt (Fountain, Colo.)
Video  Interview: Sophomore WR Adron Tennell (Irving, Texas)
Video  Interview: Senior LB Lewis Baker (Carrollton, Texas)
 

NORMAN, Okla. -- Sam Bradford fired four touchdown passes, including two to Adron Tennell, and DeMarco Murray rushed nine times for 105 yards to highlight Oklahoma's football scrimmage Saturday night at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.
 
A crowd estimated at 5,000 braved a steady rain to watch the workout, which included 97 plays. OU head coach Bob Stoops said he was pleased with the scrimmage and that the starting quarterback job is yet to be determined.

"We tried to give equal snaps (to the quarterbacks)," Stoops said. "We're still deciding.  I thought they all managed (the scrimmage) well. We'll visit more about (the starting role).

"The offense had some big plays and some guys came up with some big catches. The defense had some moments too. There is a lot of give and take in something like this."

The offense scored on its first drive when Murray hauled in a seven-yard pass from Bradford. Murray set the tone with a 60-yard burst during the drive, which lasted five plays and covered 75 total yards.

The defense got on the board next when LB Lewis Baker picked off a Joey Halzle pass and retuned it 10 yards for a touchdown. Two drives later, freshman quarterback Keith Nichol hooked up with Manuel Johnson on a 53-yard TD strike, the longest pass play of the scrimmage.

Murray tacked on a three-yard run at the end of a 16-play, 65-yard drive before Bradford tossed back-to-back scoring passes to Tennell. The first covered 34 yards, the second 17. Then Bradford threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to FB Matt Clapp.

"DeMarco made some people miss," Stoops said. "Adron came up with some nice catches. He's capable, he just needs to keep coming on."

Safety Nic Harris and cornerback Marcus Walker topped the defense with seven tackles each. 

Stoops praised the kicking game during his post-scrimmage comments. Kicker Garrett Hartley made 6-of-8 field goals, including one from 57 yards and another from 61. 

Punters Michael Cohen and Mike Knall continue to wage a good battle, too. Cohen had nine kicks for a 43.4-yard average while Knall had 10 for 43.8.

Stoops said after the scrimmage that he is not sure his squad will have another major scrimmage involving players listed high on the depth chart. Classes start at OU on Monday and the team will begin its normal afternoon practice sessions.

"This has been the most physical camp we've had here," Stoops said. "The guys have had a great attitude.  Next week, we'll get into game planning for early opponents."

Stoops said next week's workouts might include running back Allen Patrick, who has been sidelined for nearly two weeks with a sprained right ankle.

The season opening game for OU is Sept. 1 when North Texas visits Norman.

The Sooners are ranked No. 8 nationally in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls.

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Passing
Bradford: 12-17-130, 4 TDs
Nichol: 5-16-82, 1 TD
Halzle: 8-23-47, 1 INT

Receiving
Tennell: 3-84, 2 TDs from Bradford (34 and 18)
Clapp: 2-32, 1 TD from Bradford (15)
Iglesias: 2-17
Broyles: 2-13
Kelly: 2-9
Zaslaw: 2-9
Gresham: 2-6
Johnson: 1-53, 1 TD from Nichol
Caleb: 1-11
Bothun: 1-7
Murray: 1-7, 1 TD from Bradford
Finley: 1-4
Mensik: 1-4
Brown: 1-3
Madu: 1-2
Gutierrez: 1-1
Stradford: 1-(-3)

Rushing
Murray - 9/105
Brown - 8/37
Gove - 8/34
Madu - 7/28
Gutierrez - 8/26
Nichol - 3/4
Halzle - 1/-3
Iglesias - 1/-4
 
Sacks
Nic Harris - 1

Interceptions
Baker - 1 (10-yard TD)

Fumble Recoveries
Bowers - 1 (0 yards)

Pass Break-ups
Harris - 2
Holmes - 2
Baker - 1
Pleasant - 1

 

Tackles
Harris - 7
Walker - 7
Bowers - 6
Lofton - 6
Smith - 6
Wolfe - 6
Baker - 5
Beal - 4
Moore - 4
Pleasant - 4
Reynolds - 4
Bennett - 3
Clayton - 3
Davis - 3
Franks - 3
Reed - 3
Box - 2
Granger - 2
Holmes - 2
Robinson - 2
Carter - 1
Dotson - 1
English - 1
Fleming - 1
Jackson - 1
Field Goals
() -- indicates made
Hartley (6 of 8, 75%) - (27), (37), (47), (57), (61), (32), 47, 39
Stevens (3 of 4, 75%) - (27), (32), (37), 42
Moreland (1 of 1, 100%) - (47)

PAT
Hartley, 5-5 (100%)

Punts
Cohen (9 for 43.4 avg.) - 40, 35, 44, 54, 48, 45, 35, 40, 50
Knall (10 for 43.8 avg.) - 50, 35, 53, 35, 57, 45, 50, 43, 51, 54
 
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