Game Notes

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
NOVEMBER 22, 2008
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• OU scored on its opening drive for the 10th time in 11 contests this season. Each score has been a touchdown. Oklahoma has scored first in every game in 2008.
• OU’s 35 second quarter points tied a school record for points in the second period. It was the fourth time the Sooners have accomplished the feat (KU - 1971, Rice - 1978, Texas A&M - 2003).

• The Sooners eclipsed the 50-point plateau for the eighth time this season and scored 40 or more for the ninth time in 2008. Both numbers marked school records.

• It was the fourth time this season that DeMarco Murray (125) and Chris Brown (108) have both gone over the 100-yard rushing mark in the same contest. The tandem also accomplished the feat against Washington, Kansas State and Texas A&M.

• Oklahoma’s 65-21 victory was its largest margin of victory over a top-five opponent. OU’s previous high over a top-five squad was 35, when No. 1 OU beat fourth-ranked UCLA 38-3 in its season opener in 1986.

• Texas Tech’s 44-point defeat was its worst since a 60-15 loss to No. 4 Oklahoma on Nov. 23, 2002.

• The Red Raiders’ 21 points marked their lowest scoring output in 16 contests.

• With the win, Stoops picked up his 12th win against a top-10 opponent (12-8). The Sooners are 31-12 against ranked squads under Stoops and 60-2 at home in his 10-year tenure.

• Tonight’s contest marked the first time in school history the Sooners have scored 60 or more points in three consecutive outings and third time in program history Oklahoma has scored 60-plus in three season contests (1974 and 1987).

• The Oklahoma defense held Tech scoreless until the 6:28 minute mark of the first half, marking the longest the Red Raiders have gone without scoring in 14 games. Texas Tech did not get on the board against Colorado in 2007 until the 5:12 mark of the second quarter.

• OU’s 401 first-half yards marks the third time this season and 15th in program history that it has gained more than 400 yards in a half. The Sooners were one yard away from the 400-yard mark at Kansas State earlier this year (399).

• Sam Bradford’s four touchdown passes increased his season tally to 42, breaking Heisman Trophy winner Jason White’s school record of 40 in 2003.

• Bradford threw for 300 yards for a school-record ninth time this season. The sophomore QB entered tonight’s contest tied with Josh Heupel for most 300-yard games in a season with eight.

• DeMarco Murray eclipsed 3,000 all-purpose yards for his career with his 196-yard effort tonight. Murray’s career total of 3,119 ranks 19th all-time.

• Murray extended his record for most TDs by a Sooner player in his first two seasons. He has now reached the end zone 17 times this season and 32 times in his career.

• Jermaine Gresham surpassed Trent Smith (2001) for most single-season yards by an OU tight end, currently standing at 648 to Smith’s 603. This is the fourth time this season that Gresham has had at least 90 yards receiving (Cincinnati, Washington, Texas).

• Travis Lewis recorded his fifth double-digit tackle game, second-most by a freshman behind Brian Bosworth’s eight in 1984. Lewis has 118 tackles on the year, 15 shy of Bosworth’s freshman record of 133.

• Lewis’ 47-yard interception return moved the freshman to first all-time in interception return yards by a linebacker (108 yards on four interceptions). The previous record holder was Travian Smith (Two interceptions for 93 yards in 1997).

By the Numbers  
- The Sooners have scored 50 or more points in four consecutive contests for the third time under Stoops (2003, 2007). No OU squad had accomplished the feat prior to Stoops’ tenure.

8 - The Sooners eclipsed 500 total yards for a school record eighth time in 2008.

11 - Oklahoma scored 60 points for the 11th time under Stoops, seven of which were conference outings.

14 - The Sooners became the first team to hold the Red Raiders scoreless in the opening period in 14 games. The last time Texas Tech was shut out in the opening quarter was Oct. 27, 2007, against Colorado.

24 - OU picked up its NCAA-leading 24th straight home victory. The streak is one shy of its program best of 25, which ran from 1947-1953.

42 - Oklahoma’s 42 first-half points marked the fourth time this season it has put up at least 42 points in the opening half.

- Keenan Clayton’s 53-yard fumble recovery was the second longest by a Sooner linebacker in program history. Dante Jones holds the record with a 58-yard fumble return for a TD against North Texas in 1987.

85,646 - Tonight’s attendance set a Gaylord-Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium record and marked the largest crowd ever to witness a sporting event in state history.




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