Game Notes: Oklahoma 52, Baylor 21

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
NOVEMBER 10, 2007
• Oklahoma and Baylor combined for 983 total offensive yards, the eighth-highest combined total in OU history. The school record was set in 1971 when OU put up 785 yards and Kansas State gained 562.
• Freshman DL Adrian Taylor picked off Baylor Blake Szymanski in the third quarter to record his first career interception. Taylor’s INT was the first for an OU interior lineman since Dusty Dvoracek picked off a Nebraska pass in 2005.
• With 46 yards against Baylor, senior RB Allen Patrick surpassed the 1,500 yard mark for his career (1,525). He becomes the fifth Sooner to hit the 1,500 yard threshold under Bob Stoops. The others are Adrian Peterson (4,045), Quentin Griffin (3,938), Kejuan Jones (2,331) and Renaldo Works (1,558).
• Junior DB Reggie Smith’s first quarter interception in the end zone was his third pick this season and the eighth of his career.
• With 11 tackles against the Baylor, junior LB Curtis Lofton tied the OU single season record for games with double-digit tackles (7). Lofton shares the mark with Jackie Shipp (1981) and Daryl Hunt (1977).
• Freshman RB DeMarco Murray’s four touchdowns give him 15 on the season. That total ties the OU freshman record set by Adrian Peterson, who scored 15 in 2004.

• Murray’s second quarter kickoff return touchdown was his second of this season. Only one other OU player has returned two kickoffs for touchdowns in a season -- Jerome Ledbetter in 1980.

• Murray is the first player in OU history to record three plays of 80 or more yards in a season. Including Murray, only four Sooners have three 80-plus yard plays in their careers.

• Murray’s 91-yard kickoff return was the eighth-longest in OU history. It was also his third play of 80 or more yards this season. In addition to the kickoff return against the Bears, Murray has a 92-yard rush against Utah State and an 81-yard kickoff return against Tulsa.

• Murray is the first freshman in Sooner history to score three touchdowns in a game on three separate occasions.

• With 243 all-purpose yards against Baylor, Murray finished with the fourth-best total for an OU freshman. De’Mond Parker owns the record with 272 yards against San Diego State in 1996.

• Junior WR Malcolm Kelly’s 51-yard first quarter TD grab was the third-longest scoring play of his career. He had a 66-yard reception against Nebraska in the 2006 and a 65-yard grab versus North Texas earlier this season.

• Kelly’s 51-yard reception was the 12th play of his career to cover 40 or more yards.

• Junior WR Manuel Johnson’s 60-yard third quarter TD reception was the longest scoring play of his career. His previous best was a 55-yard catch against Oklahoma State in 2005.

• Johnson added a 13-yard TD grab in the third quarter to record his first career multi-touchdown game.

• Johnson finished with a career-high 126 yards and two TDs on only four catches. His previous career best was 87 yards on six grabs against Texas Tech last season.

• In his last three games, Johnson has caught 12 passes for 228 yards. In the first seven games of the season, Johnson had just 10 grabs for 84 yards.

84,450 - Saturday night’s attendance at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. It marked the 55th consecutive home sellout under Bob Stoops.

353 - Passing yards for QB Sam Bradford, just 11 yards shy of his career best set against North Texas in the season opener. Bradford’s 353 yards against the Bears is tied for the 11th highest total in OU history.

53 - Bob Stoops recorded his 53rd home win as the Sooners’ head coach. Stoops owns a career record of 53-2 at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, a winning percentage of .964.

28:5 - Sam Bradford’s touchdown to interception ratio through 10 games.

17 - With Saturday’s win, OU extended its home winning streak to 17 straight, the eighth-longest in school history. The Sooners have won 55 of their last 57 contests at Owen Field.

8 - With 353 yards against the Bears, QB Sam Bradford notched his eighth game this season with more than 200 passing yards. That total places Bradford fifth in the OU record books.

6 - Oklahoma has scored at least 41 points in each of its six home games this season. The Sooners have outscored their opponents 319-92 in those games.
• Baylor has lost seven consecutive road games in Big 12 play.

• Baylor snapped a streak of seven consecutive games without a first-quarter touchdown.

• Baylor has been out-scored 67-10 in the first quarter in seven Big 12 games.

• Baylor has lost 12 consecutive games when trailing at halftime.

• Baylor scored first in a Big 12 game for the first time since last season’s game against Kansas, snapping a 10-game streak.

• Most total yards Baylor has ever produced against Oklahoma.

• Most points Oklahoma has scored against Baylor since the Sooners’ 56-7 victory in 2000.

• Most total points scored (73) in a Baylor-Oklahoma game.

• Baylor has forced at least one turnover in 30 of the last 34 games, including 10 of 11 games this season.


• RB Brandon Whitaker became the 28th player in Baylor history to rush for at least 1,000 career yards.

• Whitaker turned in the second 100-yard rushing game of his career; his first was a 110-yard outing at SMU in the 2005 season opener.

• Whitaker’s 100-yard rushing game was the first by a Baylor player since Paul Mosley rushed for 133-yard performance at Texas A&M in 2005.

• Whitaker joined Colorado’s Hugh Charles as the only players to record 100-yard rushing games against Colorado this season.

• Whitaker recorded Baylor’s third 100-yard rushing game against Oklahoma in 17 meetings: Jerod Douglas (135 in 1996) and Rashad Armstrong (103 in 2002).

• Whitaker turned in career highs in rushing yardage (149) and all-purpose yardage (217).

• Whitaker’s rushing yardage total tied for the 23rd-best single-game effort in Baylor history.

• Whitaker’s rushing yardage total was the best by a Baylor player since Rashad Armstrong’s 166-yard performance against Oklahoma in 2003.

• Whitaker’s all-purpose yardage total was the ninth-best single-game effort in Baylor history.

• Whitaker’s 57-yard, first-quarter rush was the longest run of his career.

• Whitaker recorded 10-plus catches for the second time in his career; he had 11 receptions against Colorado earlier this season.

• It was the longest run by a Baylor player since Mosley’s 57-yard run at Texas A&M in 2005.

• QB Blake Szymanski moved into 10th place on Baylor’s career pass attempts list; he now has 542 career pass attempts.

• Szymanski moved into a 10th-place tie with Don Trull (1961-63) on Baylor’s career pass completions list; Szymanski now has 299 career pass completions.

• Szymanski established a single-season Baylor record with 2,618 passing yards on the season; he broke Shawn Bell’s previous record of 2,582 yards established last season.

• Szymaksi established a single-season Baylor record with 2,739 total yards on the season; he broke Cody Carlson’s previous record of 2,640 yards established in 1986.

• Szymanski established a single-season Baylor record with 20 touchdown passes on the season; he broke Bell’s previous record of 19 touchdown passes established last season.

• Szymanski’s 75-yard, second-quarter touchdown pass to Thomas White was the longest pass of Szymanski’s career and the longest reception of White’s career.

• The 75-yard Szymanski-to-White pass tied for the 21st-longest pass play in Baylor history. It was Baylor’s longest pass play since Bell’s 79-yard pass to Dominique Zeigler against Texas A&M last season.

• White recorded the second 100-yard receiving game of his career; he was one yard shy of his career high (118 yards at Kansas State earlier this season).

• WR David Gettis moved into third place on Baylor’s single-season kickoff returns list; he now has 32 returns on the season.

• Gettis moved into second place on Baylor’s single-season kickoff return yardage list; he now has 733 yards on the season, eight yards shy of Willie Andrews’ 2004 record.

• LB Chris Francis’ fourth-quarter interception was the first of his career.

• SS Jeremy Williams established a career high with eight tackles.

• LB Joe Pawelek failed to tally at least six tackles for the first time since last season’s Oklahoma game, snapping a 10-game streak. He finished with three tackles, tying his career low established in last season’s Oklahoma game.



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