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University of Oklahoma
NOVEMBER 16, 2009

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9:55 p.m. | OU Extends Home Streak
With tonight's win over Texas A&M, Oklahoma extends the longest home winning streak in the nation to 29 games, which is also a school record. The current record was set with the win over Tulsa earlier this year. Bob Stoops' teams are 65-2 at home and the Sooners have won 48 of their last 49 on Owen Field.

Memorial Stadium History

9:52 p.m. | Oklahoma 65, Texas A&M 10

It's official here in Norman. Stay tuned for a complete recap, final stats, game notes, quotes, photos and highlights. We'll have them available shortly.

9:48 p.m. | Props for McFarland

True freshman DT Jamarkus McFarland (Lufkin, Texas) recorded a consecutive sacks on A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill, prompting compliments from Merv Johnson on the OU radio broadcast: "He's going to be a great football player. He's a great student of the game and works hard." The Aggies were driving deep into Sooner territory, but McFarland's back-to-back sacks helped keep them off the scoreboard. A&M attempted a 48-yard field goal but missed the kick into the wind.

9:43 p.m. | Reserves Filing In

OU continues to get some of their backups extended playing time tonight. Currently in the game on defense are DTs Jamarkus McFarland and Cordero Moore, DEs David King and R.J Washington, and DB Jamell Fleming and Demontre Hurst. Junior walk-on John Nimmo is warming up on the sidelines and will likely replace Landry Jones on OU's next offensive possession.

9:38 p.m. | Tonight's Attendance

A crowd of 85,013 came through the turnstiles tonight. OU has drawn a total of 5,437,290 fans for Bob Stoops' 67 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

9:36 p.m. | Offensive Explosion

With their 65 points thus far tonight, the Sooners have now scored 60 or more points in 13 games under head coach Bob Stoops (nine in Big 12 games). Tonight also marks the 36th time we have had 600 or more yards of offense all-time (three times vs. A&M).

9:31 p.m. | Pooh's Second

Adron Tennell hauls in his second touchdown catch of the night as OU's lead balloons to 65-10. It's the fifth TD pass of the night for Jones, the second time he's had at least five TD passes in a game this season (he had a school-record six vs. Tulsa). Jones now has 22 TD passes on the year, the most of any freshman QB in the nation. Patrick O'Hara remained in the game to kick the PAT.

9:26 p.m. | Calhoun Picking Up

Chris Brown and DeMarco Murray set the tone for the Sooner rushing attack, but redshirt freshman Jermie Calhoun is picking up right where they left off here in the fourth quarter. We're seeing a heavy dose of Calhoun, who now has 58 yards on 10 carries.

9:22 p.m. | Our Fingers Hurt

With the temperature gradually dropping throughout the course of the game, our fingers were getting numb trying to update from the sideline. We've changed locations to our offices in the southwest corner of the stadium in an effort to thaw out. We'll continue to provide updates from here during the fourth quarter.

9:13 p.m. | Sooners Go With O'Hara

The OU coaching staff inserted sophomore Patrick O'Hara for the field goal try and the walk-on from Topeka, Kan., converted from 26 yards out to stretch OU's lead to 58-10 here late in the third quarter.

9:04 p.m. | Quick Notes: Broyles, Murray
Broyles' touchdown reception was the 60th catch of the season. He is the 10th Sooner to have 60 or more receptions in a season (Juaquin Iglesias had 74 and Jermaine Gresham had 66 in 2008).

Murray recorded a career-long 67-yard reception for a touchdown in the third quarter. His previous best was a 64-yard catch against Texas earlier this season. Murray has nine career plays of 60 or more yards (five for touchdowns).

8:59 p.m. | Mensik to O-Line
Tight end Eric Mensik just did a quick-change on the sideline, trading his No. 88 jersey for No. 69. Sam Bradford gave Mensik a fist-bump and several players came over to offer support. Mensik is just the latest Sooner to change positions due to OU's drastic injury situation. Mensik follows in the footsteps of fellow TE Brody Eldridge who did spot duty at several positions on the offensive line before suffering a season-ending injury himself.

8:53 p.m. | Touchdown Brown
Chris Brown rolls into the end zone to stretch Oklahoma's lead to 55-10 here in the third quarter. The TD was Brown's 42nd career rushing score, moving him into sole possession of fourth-place on OU's career list. Brown passes Adrian Peterson (41).

8:41 p.m. | J-Nel Collects INT
Junior Jonathan Nelson, who's seen an increase in playing time in the Sooner secondary in recent weeks, collects his first career interception here with 8:57 on the clock in the third quarter. It marked Oklahoma's 14th pick of the season.

8:41 p.m. | Career-Long
Murray recorded a career-long 67-yard reception for a touchdown in the third quarter.His previous best was a 64-yard catch against Texas earlier this season.Murray has nine career plays of 60 or more yards (five for touchdowns).

8:37 p.m. | Murray Moves
DeMarco Murray took a swing pass from Landry Jones 67 yards for a score here in the third quarter as the Sooners stretch their lead to 48-10. Murray displayed his juke moves at about midfield as he threw off two A&M defenders en route to the end zone.

8:22 p.m. | Highest Scoring Half
The Sooners scored 42 points in the first half, the most in a single half this season. The previous high was 41 vs. Idaho State.

8:19 p.m. | First-Half Stars
Oklahoma's stat leaders from the first half:

Ryan Broyles: 7 catches for 48 yards, 2 total TDs
Adron Tennell: 3 catches for 59 yards, 1 TD
Landry Jones: 16-of-26 for 175 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT
Travis Lewis: 8 tackles, 3 solo, 5 assisted
Frank Alexander: 3 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 FF (led to TD)
Ronnell Lewis: First career fumble recovery (led to TD)

8:14 p.m. | Staying Put
Halftime is often when fans decide to make a run to the bathroom or concession stands, but not tonight at Memorial Stadium, as the nationally famous "Fightin' Texas Aggie Band" is in the house. It truly has to be one of the finest halftime shows in the country, and the OU crowd gave them nothing but the proper applause. For those of you at home, here is a taste from YouTube:

VideoFightin' Texas Aggie Band Halftime Performance

8:03 p.m. | In Their Heads
Texas A&M continues to have trouble on special teams. The Aggies fumbled yet another kickoff before scrambling to recover it inside the five-yard line. After a false start penalty on the first play of the drive, they now have their backs against the wall with the Oklahoma defense and Sooner faithful hungry for more points.

8:00 p.m. | Pooh Snags One
A nice catch and extra effort by Adron Tennell for OU's latest touchdown, his third career TD catch. The Sooners are rolling 42-10.

7:58 p.m. | More on Murray
DeMarco Murray posted his 40th career score with a 36-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter to move into a tie for seventh place all-time with Greg Pruitt. He trails Adrian Peterson - 42, Joe Washington - 43, Chris Brown - 44, Quentin Griffin - 51, Billy Sims - 53, Steve Owens - 57).

7:56 p.m. | Snowballing
No, it's not that cold here in Norman, but the momentum keeps rolling in OU's favor. After Murray's touchdown, Oklahoma picks up a fumble on the ensuing kickoff and takes right back over inside the 30. Credit true freshman LB Ronnell Lewis (Dewar, Okla.) with his first career fumble recovery.

7:52 p.m. | Murray Gets His
The other half of OU's two-headed monster in the backfield, DeMarco Murray scampers in from 13 yards out to put OU up 28-10. That drive went 54 yards in four plays and took just 1:11.

7:49 p.m. | Quick Work for Defense
Oklahoma definitely looks to be building some momentum in this one. The Sooner defense held the Aggies to a three-and-out, putting OU's offense right back out on the field with a little over four minutes remaining in the first half.

7:46 p.m. | Brown Punches It In
Chris Brown pushes OU's lead to 28-10 with a six-yard touchdown run. That was Brown's 41st career rushing touchdown, which ties Adrian Peterson for fourth all-time in the school record books. He has at least one TD carry in 16 of the last 24 games.

7:43 p.m. | Highlight Reel Catches
An impressive one-handed catch by Ryan Broyles earlier in the drive... followed by another highlight reel catch deep over the middle. Broyles took a shot on the play but managed to hang onto the ball for a big gain. The guy has simply been unbelievable all year and deserves some postseason award recognition. Look for one, or both, of Broyles' catches on SportsCenter's Top 10 later tonight.

Sooner Awards: Ryan Broyles

7:37 p.m. | Johnson a Specimen
Texas A&M quarterback Jerrod Johnson has really impressed us tonight. The guy is one impressive looking athlete and physically reminds us a lot of Donovan McNabb. Johnson leads the Big 12 and ranks among the nation's best in several categories including total offense, points responsibility, passing TDs and interception percent. He's as good as advertised and the Sooner defense will need to continue to hassle him tonight.

7:31 p.m. | Turnover Into Points
The Sooner offense takes advantage of the extra opportunity, with Landry Jones hitting Ryan Broyles for his second touchdown of the game. That's Broyles' fourth multi-score game of the season. Officially, his first score tonight was a rushing TD because the pass was behind the line of scrimmage, but there's no doubt this one will go down as a receiving touchdown, his 11th of the year.

7:28 p.m. | Matchup to Watch
When the Sooners are on offense, watch the matchup between OU left tackle Trent Williams and A&M's Von Miller. Similar to Oklahoma's "spinner" position, Miller plays the "Jack" in Texas A&M's system as a linebacker/defensive end hybrid. Miller leads the nation with 15.5 sacks on the season. Williams and Miller have had some big battles along the line of scrimmage already tonight.

7:22 p.m. | Sooners Take Over

Another blunder by the Texas A&M special teams gives OU the ball back at the Aggie 22-yard line. Keenan Clayton scooped up the loose ball and strolled into the end zone for an apparent touchdown, but you can't advance a muffed punt. Landry Jones and the Oklahoma offense go back to work.

7:17 p.m. | Grass is Greener

During our last home game against K-State, we had a lot to say about the condition of Owen Field after it was re-sodded following the U2 concert. While it held up just fine that night, the grass is noticeably greener here two weeks later and appears to be in much better condition. However, much to the chagrin of the OU equipment staff, grass stains also appear to be much more prevalent on the Sooners' jerseys and pants... Looks like they'll have to break out the spray 'n wash after this game.

7:09 p.m. | First Quarter Points

We mentioned earlier that Texas A&M is the first team to score on the Sooners in the first quarter in the last 12 games. For the season, OU has outscored its opponents 93-10 in the first quarter.

7:07 p.m. | Aggies in All White

We forgot to mention this earlier, and if you're watching on TV you've surely noticed, but Texas A&M is donning all white unis tonight rather than their traditional maroon helmets and pants. Not sure what the reason is behind it or if they worn an alternate uniform before tonight's game, but it definitely caught our attention.

7:03 p.m. | More on Broyles

Broyles hauled in his 100th career reception in the first quarter becoming the fastest Sooner in program history to reach that plateau. He is the 15th player in OU history to reach the triple-digit mark but the only Sooner to have at least 100 receptions in their first two seasons (Malcolm Kelly with 95 receptions in 2005-06 held the previous high in first two years).

6:58 p.m. | A&M Cashes In
Texas A&M made OU pay on an interception here in the first quarter. The Aggies tossed a TD at 1:05 to reduce OU's lead to 14-10.

6:53 p.m. | First Points Surrendered
With Texas A&M's field goal at 2:45, Oklahoma's defense gave up points in the first quarter for the first time in 12 games dating back to last season (Missouri and Florida). The Sooners have allowed only six first-quarter points in the last 16 games. Kansas State was the last opponent to score a TD in the first quarter (Oct. 25, 2008).

6:41 p.m. | Broyles Brings Wings
Ryan Broyles recorded his first career rushing touchdown with a 25-yard score in the first quarter. Broyles has 11 TDs on the season and 18 in his career (one passing, one punt return and 16 receiving).

6:39 p.m. | GK With TFL
OU defensive tackle Gerald McCoy notched his 13th tackle for loss here with six minutes left in the first quarter. McCoy was named one of eight semifinalists for the Ronnie Lott Award Wednesday and one of four finalists for the Lombardi Award on Tuesday.

Sooner Awards: Gerald McCoy

6:36 p.m. | Way +50, Again
Redshirt-freshman punter Tress Way had a 55-yard punt in the first quarter marking the 13th of the season of 50 or more yards. For the season, Way has three punts over 60 yards including a long of 71 against Miami.

6:34 p.m. | Bob Kalsu
SoonerVision just ran an excellent feature honoring former Sooner and 1967 All-American Bob Kalsu. After an outstanding career at OU at offensive tackle, Kalsu was drafted in the eighth round by the Buffalo Bills in 1968. After his first year as a pro, Kalsu was called to join the U.S. Army's highly decorated 101st Airborne Division. On July 21, 1970, he was killed by North Vietnamese mortar fire. He was the only professional athlete to be killed during the Vietnam Conflict.

Sports Illustrated: A Name on the Wall

6:30 p.m. | Gresham Update
Tight end Jermaine Gresham once again checked in at our laptop stationed behind the bench and wanted us to note that he was without a crutch or boot as he paced the sideline. Look for him in a white hoodie and crimson pants.

6:26 p.m. | Early Tricks
OU's offense ran the wildcat formation in its second play from scrimmage. WR Ryan Broyles lined up in the shotgun and handed off to DeMarco Murray for a short gain.

6:24 p.m. | Offensive Starters
Oklahoma's offensive starters against Texas A&M: LT Trent Williams, LG Stephen Good, C Ben Habern, RG Tyler EVans, RT Cory Brandon, QB Landry Jones, RB Chris Brown, RB DeMarco Murray, TE Eric Mensik, WR Dejuan Miller, WR and WR Ryan Broyles.

6:22 p.m. | Defensive Starters
Oklahoma's defensive starters against Texas A&M: DE Jeremy Beal, DT Adrian Taylor, DT Gerald McCoy, DE Frank Alexander, SLB Keenan Clayton, MLB Ryan Reynolds, WLB Travis Lewis, CB Dom Franks, CB Brian Jackson, SS Sam Proctor and FS Quinton Carter.

6:19 p.m. | Defensive Scores
With Brian Jackson's 53-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown, Oklahoma's defense has produced a score in three games this season (D. Franks' 85-yard INT at Kansas and F. Alexander's FR vs. Idaho State. Under head coach Bob Stoops, the Sooners have scored 35 defensive touchdowns.

6:15 p.m. | Alexander, BJ Score
Oklahoma's defense puts the first points on the board as Frank Alexander forces an A&M fumble and corner Brian Jackson scooped it up and jetted 53 yards into the end zone as the crowd erupted.

6:12 p.m. | Sooners Kicking Off
Oklahoma took the wind and will kick off to the south. Texas A&M will open the first quarter driving to the left on your TV screen. The stadium is full and Sooner fans are already providing their voices to OU's defense. Again, A&M is in al-white jerseys tonight.

6:08 p.m. | Intro Video
OU's third and final version of its intro video for the 2009 season featured Gerald McCoy full screen stretching the length of the end zone with the line "We are the foundation of college football", Coach Stoops with the line "Only one thing keeps us united" and ended with a shot of Sam Bradford delivering the line "This is where your legacy begins" before the team dashed onto the field.

6:03 p.m. | Weather Conditions
The temps are noticeably cooler than earlier in the day as a cold front approaches the area. It's 55 degrees now with temps falling into the upper 40s by the fourth quarter. The wind is out of the north at roughly 10 mph. On TV, the team heading to the left will be facing the wind. FOX Sports Net has the game live.

5:49 p.m. | OU Honoring Veterans
Oklahoma's stadium is ringed by American flags instead of the usual crimson and white pennants tonight for the game against A&M. The OU Athletics Department is honoring veterans with special features throughout the game. As we prepare for kickoff, below are two stories about two Sooners turned American heroes:

Women's Basketball: From Team Captain to Army Captain
Track & Field: Saluting a Sooner and American Hero

5:38 p.m. | We're Live From Norman
We're live from Owen Field here Saturday night as the Sooners prepare to host Texas A&M. Both teams are on the field for warmups and the Sooners are decked in their customary crimson helmets and jerseys and white pants. The Aggies, however, are outfitted in white pants, white jerseys and white helmets with maroon trim.

Game 10 | Oklahoma vs. Texas A&M
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 Big 12 South rival Texas A&M at Owen Field at 6 p.m. FOX Sports Net has the telecast.

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