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APRIL 13, 2010  Gameday Blog
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5:09 p.m. | Players of the Game
Ryan Broyles was named the Sun Bowl Most Valuable Player and Most Valuable Special Teams Player while Gerald McCoy was named the Most Valuable Lineman.
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5:04 p.m. | Sooners Win Sun Bowl
The combination of Landry Jones and Ryan Broyles was almost unstoppable for the Sooners. And while OU's steely defense couldn't quite stop Toby Gerhart, yards were hard to come by for the Heisman Trophy runner-up. Broyles set a Sun Bowl record with three touchdown receptions, Jones passed for 418 yards and Oklahoma slowed Gerhart just enough to beat No. 19 Stanford 31-27.

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4:59 p.m. | Missed Field Goal
Oklahoma was looking to extend its lead to a touchdown but Pat O' Hara's attempt goes right and Stanford stays within four points of the Sooners. Oklahoma's defense must dig in.

4:49 p.m. | Broyles Has Single-Game Record
With his 13th catch of the day earlier on this drive, Broyles now stands alone with the most catches in a single-game in school history surpassing Juaquin Iglesias' 12 set in 2008 vs. Kansas. He had a big grab on third-and-long to keep OU's drive alive and break the back of the Cardinal.
4:45 p.m. | Getting Off the Field
With that last stop, the Oklahoma defense has now held Stanford to just 1-of-11 on third downs today. The Sooners have been successful at getting off the field all season long, ranking among the top 10 nationally in third-down defense. It would be nice if the offense could put together another sustained drive here to waste some clock and extend the lead. 
4:42 p.m. | Patchwork D-Line
OU's defensive line on that last stop consisted of David King, Frank Alexander, Cordero Moore and Jamarkus McFarland.
4:37 p.m. | Field Changer
Tress Way delivered a big punt to pin Stanford back on its 15. Way changed field position in OU's favor all day in the regular-season finale against Oklahoma State, which, as you will recall, was a 27-0 shutout for the Sooners. The Sooner defense needs to capitalize on this special teams play by Way.
4:32 p.m. | Sun Bowl Record
The PA in the press box announced that Ryan Broyles has set the Sun Bowl record with three touchdown catches.
4:26 p.m. | Murray's Signature
Sooner running back DeMarco Murray has made leaping into the end zone his signature move. Remember his acrobatic somersault vs. Tulsa earlier this year? Relive this and more of the most memorable plays from the 2009 season here.
4:22 p.m. | Emotions
Oklahoma's defense needs to keep its emotions in check. The questionable fumble call on the punt return riled the Sooner fans in the stadium and the OU sideline. The defensive players are visually fired up on the field but it's beginning to boil over.
4:13 p.m. | Murray Soars
Ryan Broyles has a big punt return, Trent Ratterree hauls in a 36-yard pass and DeMarco Murray soars over the Stanford defense at the goal line to put the Sooners up, 31-24, late in the third quarter. The Sooner defense is fired up.
4:08 p.m. | Head on a Swivel
The OU sideline erupted on that third-down hit delivered by the pride of Dewar, Ronnell Lewis. Lewis is well-known by OU fans for his vicious hits on special teams. If I'm playing against Oklahoma, I have my head on a swivel for No. 56 when he's on the field.
4:03 p.m. | Busy With Broyles
Ryan Broyles is obviously having a huge game for the Sooners and keeping the OU Athletics Communications staff busy in the press box referring to the media guide. Broyles has already broken the single-season receptions record and is on pace to grab more records. We'll keep you posted...
3:59 p.m. | Another Big Stop
After turning the ball over on downs, the Sooners relied on their defense for another stop and have the ball back on their own 39. The Sooners have doubled up the Cardinal on first downs (20-10) and have held Stanford to just one of six on third-down conversions.
3:53 p.m. | Pass, Run Blocking
As has been the case for much of the season, the offensive line is keeping Landry upright on passing plays but not opening too many holes for the running backs. We'll see as the game wears on if the Stanford defense begins to give a little on the ground.

3:49 p.m. | Passing Game
Toby Gerhart hit the Gerald McCoy wall on third down and Stanford was forced to punt on its first possession of the second half. OU's passing game has worked against the Cardinal defense and the Sooners need to march down the field and collect another score.
3:43 p.m. | Important Score
Landry Jones' third touchdown pass to Ryan Broyles here in the third quarter tied the game and pulled some momentum back to the OU sideline. Now, the defense needs to make a statement.
3:35 p.m. | Broyles Sets Record
With three catches in the second half, Broyles has eight in the game and 84 on the season. The single-season total is the most by an OU receiver, passing Mark Clayton's 83 recorded in 2003.
3:03 p.m. | Halftime
After a promising start, momentum shifted over to Stanford in the second quarter and the Cardinal hold a TD lead on the Sooners at halftime, 24-17. A quick glance at the stats shows Ryan Broyles with five catches and 76 yards while Dejuan Miller also has five catches and 75 yards. Not much success on the ground with just 36 yards between Chris Brown, DeMarco Murray and Broyles.
2:55 p.m. | Stand for Defense
Oklahoma's defense held Stanford to a field goal after having its punt blocked on its own 11. A slight check in momentum as Stanford has put up 17 points in the second quarter.

2:43 p.m. | Back and Forth
It's definitely been an entertaining game so far as the Sooners and Cardinal battle back and forth. This one is living up to the billing as one of the most intriguing matchups on the 2009 bowl slate.
2:33 p.m. | Lewis Laying the Lumber
True freshman Ronnell Lewis has made his presence felt in today's game with a couple of big hits on special teams. On Stanford's last kickoff return, he took out both the return man and the blocker in front of him on a hit you could hear all the way up here in the press box. We're definitely looking forward to seeing this guy patrolling the middle of the defense for years to come.
2:32 p.m. | Broyles Notes
Broyles hauled in his 19th and 20th career touchdown receptions in the first half and ranks fourth all-time, moving past Juaquin Iglesias (19, 2005-08). Broyles has 14 touchdown receptions this season, the second most in program history, tied with Jermaine Gresham (2008). Broyles tied an OU bowl record with two touchdowns in today's game. He is the sixth Sooner to accomplish the feat (last: Jermaine Gresham - 2009 BCS Championship). In 2009, Broyles has five multi-TD games.
2:29 p.m. | Artesia Representing
Landry Jones was 5-for-5 for 57 yards and the TD pass on that last drive. Can't get much better than that.

2:25 p.m. | Broyles Nabs Second TD
Landry Jones connects again with Ryan Broyles down the middle of the end zone and the Sooners are back up, 17-14.
2:19 p.m. | Stanford Takes Lead
Gerhart rolls in for his second touchdown of the game and Stanford takes its first lead of the afternoon, 14-10.
2:11 p.m. | Sooner Defense
The Sooners' defense has forced at least one turnover in 129 of Bob Stoops' 145 games following Travis Lewis' interception on Stanford's opening drive. With Quinton Carter's interception in the second quarter, OU has multiple picks in 46 of the last 97 outings.
2:09 p.m. | Dejuan or Julius?
Speaking of OU receiver Dejuan Miller, anyone notice his uncanny resemblance to Wood Harris who played Julius in Remember the Titans? For the record, that's Miller on the left.

2:04 p.m. | First Quarter Stats
After the first quarter, the Sooners hold a decisive edge in several stat categories: Total Offense: OU 152, Stanford 29; Passing Yards: OU 143, Stanford 2; First Downs: OU 5, Stanford 1. The Sooners committed the only turnover of the first quarter, which the Cardinal turned into a touchdown to keep the game close on the scoreboard.
2:01 p.m. | Granger's Back
As mentioned earlier, DeMarcus Granger is back in the defensive line rotation today. Granger is making his first appearance since last year's Big 12 Championship game after undergoing back surgery. It's great to see the senior work his way back to play in his final game as a Sooner.
1:58 p.m. | O'Hara Connects
Pat O'Hara gets a mulligan on his first kick (a false-start penalty by OU negated the play) and connects on his second try. OU up, 10-7.
1:55 p.m. | Miller Stepping Up
Sophomore receiver Dejuan Miller has factored prominently in OU's latest drive. The Sooners need another receiver to step up and compliment Ryan Broyles as a reliable target and Miller is doing that here in the first quarter.
1:47 p.m. | Stanford Scores After INT
Stanford copied OU's initial score and punched in a touchdown following an INT. Gerhart pushes in to tie the game, 7-7.
1:42 p.m. | Defensive Line Shuffled
After Taylor's injury, OU's defensive front was re-aligned. DeMarcus Granger and Jamarkus McFarland are holding down the interior of the line with Frank Alexander and Gerald McCoy on the ends.

1:37 p.m. | Keyed on Gerhart
The Sooner defense has made a statement early on that they are going to make it tough for Heisman runner-up Toby Gerhart to beat them. OU's front four has been getting in the backfield early to hold Gerhart in check. Through Stanford's first two drives, Gerhart has just 10 yards on four carries.
1:34 p.m. | Jones, Broyles Notes
In the first quarter, Landry Jones tossed his 24th touchdown of the season, the sixth best single-season total, tied with Nate Hybl's 24 from the 2002 season. Jones' 24 touchdown passes is also tied for seventh all-time for a career with Jack Mildren (1969-71). Broyles hauled in his 19th career touchdown reception and is tied for fifth all-time with Juaquin Iglesias (2005-08).
1:28 p.m. | Taylor Goes Down
The unbelievable stretch of injuries for the Sooners continues this season. Junior defensive tackle Adrian Taylor is down on the field with an apparent leg injury. Sooner linemen helped to pick up Adrian and carry him onto the cart that will take him from the field.
1:25 p.m. | Harbaugh Fires Up Cardinal
In the lead-in segment to the game, CBS showed Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh firing up his team in the locker room. His speech was highlighted by the following question he posed to his team: "Who has a better opportunity in college football today than us?" Harbaugh and the Cardinal are clearly using the matchup against a big-name opponent like Oklahoma as motivation.
1:23 p.m. | The 'Stache That Almost Wasn't
OU quarterback Landry Jones has a large contingent of family and friends on hand today, as he is playing only about 200 miles away from his hometown of Artesia, N.M. On its pregame show this morning, KWTV did a nice feature on Jones. The piece included an interview with his high school coach who pointed out that Landry wasn't allowed to grow his now-famous mustache while leading his high school team to back-to-back state titles in 2006 and '07. 
1:22 p.m. | Broyles Scores
Oklahoma promptly cashed in on the interception by Travis Lewis with a TD pass from Landry Jones to Ryan Broyles. The Sooners open a bowl game on a positive note with both sides of the ball looking sharp.
1:17 p.m. | Hurst in for Jackson, Lewis Starts
Demontre Hurst came in for the OU defense on the second play of the game, taking the place of injured senior corner Brian Jackson. Ronnell Lewis started for the Sooner defense.
1:15 p.m. | Rice Flips the Coin
Former U.S. Secretary of State and Stanford political science professor Condoleezza Rice flipped the coin. The Sooners will kick to the Cardinal with the wind (left to right).
1:11 p.m. | Oklahoma Takes the Field
The game balls were parachuted in and the OU football team took the field behind the big crimson OU flag and smaller flags spelling out "Sooners". The Schooner is parked in the northwest corner of the stadium. OU's fans in crimson stretch the length of the west stands while Stanford's fans are confined to about half of the east stands. From our estimates, it looks to be about 2-1, Oklahoma fans.

12:57 p.m. | National Anthem
David Archuleta of American Idol fame just belted out the national anthem. The Sun Bowl launched fireworks and Sooner fans are in full force. They're yelling "Boomer, Sooner" back and forth now.
12:48 p.m. | Stanford Band
Stanford's band is known for its antics and we expect something unique for Oklahoma today. Don't be shocked by anything that might transpire on the field at halftime or during the game broadcast. They just spelled out "OK", "Texas" and then "Defense". Not sure exactly what was intended there...
12:42 p.m. | Band Enters Field
Oklahoma's players have huddled and headed back to the locker room. The Pride of Oklahoma just marched on to the field and belted out Oklahoma!. It's getting close now.
12:34 p.m. | Sunny for Sun Bowl
After a rare snowfall on Tuesday in El Paso, the weather for the 76th Sun Bowl game is excellent. Bright sun, temps near 50 and a 10-mph breeze blowing from north to south (left to right on your TV screen).
12:29 p.m. | McGee No. 54
Just announced in the press box that Stacy McGee, normally wearing 92, will don 54 for the Sun Bowl game for the Sooners.
12:26 p.m. | Chico's Tacos
We have to give a quick shoutout to El Paso's Chico's Tacos. Chico's has entered into local legend for its rolled tacos, a special tomato soup-like sauce and its generous cheese toppings. We can attest that the fame is well-deserved after two trips to the nearest Chico's Tacos from our practice facility this week. Let's go to the video.
12:17 p.m. | Band Belts Boomer Sooner
Oklahoma's band just serenaded the crowd with its first rendition of Boomer Sooner. OU's fans in the west stands rose and cheered the players as they stretch on the field. The Sooner fans are here early and filling in the sections below the press box.
11:58 a.m. | CBS Has the Sooners
Normally known in our part of the country for televising the SEC, CBS Sports will broadcast the Sooners to the nation from the Sun Bowl at 1 p.m. Central. This will mark OU's first appearance on CBS since its last trip to the Sun Bowl in 1993. Some 157 Sooners games have been televised since then. CBS is channel 9 in Oklahoma City and Channel 6 in Tulsa and Lawton.
11:46 a.m. | Sooners Wearing White
Oklahoma's players have returned to the locker room on the south end of Sun Bowl stadium after testing out the field here in El Paso. OU's white road uniforms and crimson helmets shine on the field. Note from our equipment staff: Stanford's pants are practically replicas of Oklahoma's pants with two red stripes running down the legs. Not a huge difference between crimson and cardinal. OU features the Brut Sun Bowl logo patch on the right shoulder of the jersey just above the traditional "Sooners" across the chest.
11:37 a.m. | Quick Pic From Field
Below is a quick shot from just a few minutes ago of the Schooner testing out the end zone at the Sun Bowl. Hopefully, they'll have a few opportunities to roll this afternoon after Oklahoma scores.
11:19 a.m.
| Stadium Notes
Sun Bowl stadium is cut into the mountains on the UTEP campus to the northwest of downtown El Paso. The stadium holds the unusual distinction of being the closest major American stadium to a foreign country, sitting less than half a mile from the Rio Grande River and the Mexican city of Ciudad Juárez. The stadium seats 51,500. Here's a link to the satellite map from Google for perspective.
11:09 a.m. | Surveying the Stadium
Oklahoma's logos are painted in the north end zone and Stanford's "S" decorates the south. Sooner fans will be seated in the west stands (on the same side as the press box) just above the OU sideline. On our way up to the press box, we noted several thousand crimson and white shakers in the seats ready for OU fans. As the sun moves to the west, Sooner fans may get a bit cool in the shade.
11:03 a.m. | Sooners Arrive at Sun Bowl
Oklahoma's team convoy has arrived at Sun Bowl stadium and the Sooner players and coaches are out inspecting the field. The sun is out in full force and fans are already claiming their seats. The Sooner Schooner just rolled out in the end zone decorated with OU logos.
10:06 a.m. | Headed to Stadium
We're getting on the bus with the team and preparing to depart for Sun Bowl Stadium. Once we're set up in the press box, we'll resume live updates. The weather looks good and the players are certainly ready to throw on the pads for this game. More later...
9:49 a.m. | We're Up in El Paso
It's finally gameday and the Sooners will kick off against Stanford at 1 p.m. Central in the Sun Bowl. CBS has the national broadcast and we'll provide live updates throughout the game from the stadium. El Paso has shown us great hospitality but, after all the buildup and bowl events, we're ready to get the game on.
9:36 a.m. | Calling All Sooner Fans
If you're watching the game from afar, be sure to snap a photo and email us your group in Sooner gear cheering on the Sooners. We'll post the best pics here during our live gameday blog. Be sure to let us know your hometown. Boomer Sooner!
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