Blog Archive: OU at Miami

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By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
OCTOBER 15, 2009

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10:45 p.m. | Final: Miami 21, Oklahoma 20
From the AP: "Once Jacory Harris settled down and Miami's defense got rolling, the Hurricanes found the right combination for their biggest win in years. And for Sam Bradford-less Oklahoma, it was just another frustrating trip to South Florida..."

Game Recap | Statistics | OU Game Notes
10:26 p.m. | Game Over
Miami handed the Sooners a 21-20 defeat at Land Shark Stadium. The Sooners return to Owen Field to host Baylor on Saturday, Oct. 10, at 2:30 p.m. ABC will televise the game.
10:14 p.m. | Stevens Connects
Jimmy Stevens connects on a 39-yard field goal to pull the Sooners to 21-20 with 4:18 remaining in the fourth quarter.

10:12 p.m. | What a Return
Dom Franks comes up with a huge return for the Sooners taking the punt from OU's one all the way to midfield. Franks' return was the longest by a Sooner this season and a career high for the junior.

10:07 p.m. | Another Sack for Beal
Jeremy Beal recorded three sacks for the second consecutive game with three for a loss of 25 yards. Beal had three sacks for a loss 15 yards against Tulsa. Saturday night was Beal's fourth career multi-sack game after recording two each against Texas A&M and Texas Tech in 2008.
9:52 p.m. | Beal Note
Jeremy Beal recorded multiple sacks for the second consecutive game with two sacks for a loss of nine yards. Beal had three sacks for a loss of 15 yards against Tulsa. Saturday night was Beal's fourth career multi-sack game after recording two each against Texas A&M and Texas Tech in 2008.
9:44 p.m. | Murray Note
With his third-quarter scoring run, DeMarco Murray picked up his 30th career rushing touchdown and 37th overall career TD (five receiving, two kickoff returns). The 37 career touchdowns ranks eighth in OU history. Chris Brown ranks seventh with 38 TDs.
9:42 p.m. | Beal Gets to Harris
Jeremy Beal sacks Harris for a loss of four yards. Beal has two sacks tonight (for a total loss of nine yards) and two passes broken up.

9:34 p.m. | Touchdown Sooners
DeMarco Murray completes the drive by pounding into the end zone for a score at the 3:43 mark in the third quarter. The drive took nine plays for 81 yards and consumed 3:11 off the clock.

9:34 p.m. | Pounding Murray
Murray's 17 carries are a season high for an OU rusher, eclipsing the previous high of 16 carries by Chris Brown against Tulsa.

9:27 p.m. | Miami Scores
Miami QB Jacory Harris connected with WR Travis Benjamin for a 38-yard TD to stretch the Hurricanes' lead to 21-10.

9:23 p.m. | Lewis Leading
Sophomore linebacker Travis Lewis currently leads the defense with eight tackles against the Hurricanes. This season, he leads the team with 34 tackles. In 2008, Lewis enjoyed a banner redshirt freshman season at weak side linebacker. He led the team with 144 tackles, a figure that ranked No. 4 nationally.
9:17 p.m. | OU-Miami Series
Here's a quick look back at the Oklahoma-Miami series:
2007 - (5) Oklahoma 51, Miami 13 (in Norman)
1987 - (2) Miami 20, (1) Oklahoma 14 (in Miami)
1986 - (2) Miami 28, (1) Oklahoma 16 (in Miami)
1985 - Miami 27, (3) Oklahoma 14 (in Norman)
1975 - (1) Oklahoma 20, Miami 17 (in Miami)
1973 - (6) Oklahoma 24, (17) Miami 20 (in Norman)

9:13 p.m. | Iowa Sooner Fans
Responding to our request, the OU Club of Iowa sent us this photo from the Midwest of Sooner fans watching tonight's game:

8:59 p.m. | Miami Takes Lead
Oklahoma fumbles the ball on its first series back from the half and Miami promptly cashes in with a TD pass to take the lead, 14-10.
8:51 p.m. | Lull in the Game Video
David Bassity of OU Athletics Media Relations provides Sooner fans his ever-popular Lull in the Game video selection here at halftime:
8:46 p.m. | Coast to Coast
Here's a photo from Adam Atkins and the OU Club of Seattle's weekly watch party at Jillian's Billiard Club. A very loyal crowd from personal experience. If you have photos of Sooner fans watching the game, email them to us and we'll post here...

8:40 p.m. | Madu
Mossis Madu had four first-half touches accounting for 21 yards. Prior to tonight, Madu had just five touches for 22 yards all season (two carries for no yards and three receptions for 22 yards).

8:34 p.m. | Halftime
Curious timeout at 15 seconds for the Sooners there right before the half. Although the 'Canes got the ball back with a few seconds left, Harris took a knee and the teams headed for the locker room.
8:28 p.m. | No Lasers
The officials just announced to the stadium a plea to refrain from shining lasers onto the field from the stands.
8:25 p.m. | Flurry of Madu
Nice 15-yard run on first down by Norman native Mossis Madu. Madu got the ball the next play for two yards back to the right side of the field and again on second down for no gain. DeMarco Murray went on to spin for a first down for the Sooners.

8:23 p.m. | Way Forward
Tress Way's 57-yard punt in the second quarter was his sixth of the season over 50 yards and just off his season long of 58 yards against Idaho State.
8:21 p.m. | Win Streaks
Oklahoma owns the longest win streak in major college football history at 47-straight under head coach Bud Wilkinson from 1953-1957. Miami owns the sixth-longest win streak at 34-straight from 2000-2002. The Sooners own the current longest home win streak in the nation at 26. Miami has the all-time No. 1 home winning streak at 58 from 1985-1994 at the old Orange Bowl.

8:19 p.m. | No Tricks
Miami attempted a trick play on first down but Oklahoma didn't bite. That play went for less than a yard. OU's defense went on to force a punt on that series.

8:16 p.m. | Last Time
The Oklahoma-Miami series is tied at 3-3. In Miami, the Hurricanes have a 2-1 advantage. The most recent game was on Sept. 8, 2007,when OU won 51-13 in Norman. Sam Bradford, playing in just his second college game, was 19-of-25 for 205 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions.
DeMarco Murray led the OU rushing attach with 64 yards on 15 carries. The Sooner roster contains six players who started in that game, Bradford, Brody Eldridge and Trent Williams on offense and Auston English, Gerald McCoy and Ryan Reynolds on defense.

Oklahoma 51, Miami 13 Recap | Highlights | Sights & Sounds
8:13 p.m. | Quick Notes
The Sooners' 95-yard scoring drive in the second quarter marked the program's longest of the season. OU's previous long was an eight-play, 85-yard drive against Tulsa.
• Carter Whitson's two-yard run on OU's second quarter fake field goal was the first successful fake field goal by the Sooners since 2005 when kicker Garrett Hartley took a pitch from holder Cody Freeby and ran for six yards against Nebraska. The 2005 saw two fake field goals successfully converted by the Sooners as Freeby hit Russel Dennison on a four-yard pass against Kansas.

• Jimmy Steven's second-quarter 21-yard field goal is the third of the season. Stevens had eight total field goals in 2008.
8:10 p.m. | 104:43
Miami's 18-yard TD pass in the second quarter broke a nine-quarter shutout streak by the Oklahoma defense. Prior to the TD, BYU was the last team to score on OU with a seven-yard TD pass with 3:03 remaining in the fourth quarter.  The shutout streak lasted 144 minutes and 43 seconds. OU has yet to give up a rushing TD on the season.
8:09 p.m. | So Close
Although the Sooners gave up a score on that drive, linebacker Keenan Clayton was close to forcing a fumble for the Sooners. The ball was knocked out of Harris' hands and bounced off Ryan Reynolds before it was covered by a Miami player.
7:59 p.m. | Field Goal Good
Oklahoma stretches its lead to 10-0 with a field goal here early in the second quarter. The OU defense has now held opponents scoreless in nine-plus quarters.
7:55 p.m. | Fake
First down Sooners on the fake field goal. Holder Carter Whitson stretched out and just got past the line. The last time Oklahoma was successful gaining a first down on a fake field goal was during the 2005 season in a win at Nebraska.

7:51 p.m. | Sooners in Miami
This is Oklahoma's 19th game in Miami. Most of those resulted from the many years during which the old Big 8 Conference, of which OU was a member, had a tie to the Orange Bowl Classic. The Sooners' all-time record in Miami stands at 10-8. Oklahoma is 1-2 in the facility currently known as Land Shark Stadium. All three of those games were for the national championship, including last January's 24-10 loss to Florida. Bob Stoops' 2000 team won the national crown in this venue, 13-2, over Florida State.
7:48 p.m. | Bustin' Loose
Chris Brown just busted off a run on first down from the one-inch line that covered nearly half the field. It's the longest rush of the season so far for the Sooners.
7:46 p.m. | Beal Big-Time
That last note was timely. Jeremy Beal recorded a sack (his fourth this season) and broke up a Miami pass. Those two plays pushed the Hurricanes out of field goal range.
7:43 p.m. | Key Matchup
When OU is on defense, keep an eye on defensive end No. 44 Jeremy Beal against Miami offensive tackle No. 64 Jason Fox. Fox is Miami's most experienced player and a Texas native who took the loss to Oklahoma in 2007 hard. Beal is coming off a three-sack performance in OU's last game against Tulsa.
7:38 p.m. | Sooner Nation
The Sooners have played games in three of the four corners of the nation during the Stoops' era. OU returns to South Florida for the second time in its last five games with tonight's matchup against the Hurricanes. The Sooners beat Washington in Seattle last season and defeated Oregon in the Holiday Bowl in San Diego in 2005.
The only corner of the country OU has not frequented has been the Northeast. You have to go back to the 1994 season when Oklahoma beat Syracuse, 30-29, in New York for a Sooner game in that region. For what it's worth, OU returns to New York when it plays at West Point against Army in 2020.
7:34 p.m. | RB Tandem
DeMarco Murray bounced right back after that hit to grind out the first down for the Sooners. The 'Canes are getting a steady diet of OU's RB tandem of Murray and Chris Brown so far this evening.
7:31 p.m. | INT Jackson
Tonight is the second consecutive game Brian Jackson has recorded an interception. The Sooners now have six on the season.
7:29 p.m. | Start for Tavaris
Tavaris Jeffries made the start at right guard tonight, making him the ninth different offensive lineman to record a start for OU this season.
7:25 p.m. | Touchdown Kenney
Oklahoma marched down the field after the INT by Franks and scored the game's opening points. The TD reception was the first of Cameron Kenney's career and just his fourth reception overall.

7:20 p.m. | Spreading the INTs
Oklahoma's five pass interceptions this season have been made by five different players: corner Dom Franks (tonight), linebackers Keenan Clayton and Ryan Reynolds, cornerback Brian Jackson and safety Quinton Carter.
7:14 p.m. | Shaking Hands
Miami's and OU's captains are at midfield (Sam Bradford, Gerald McCoy, Ryan Reynolds and Brody Eldridge) for the coin toss. Miami won the toss and elected to receive. Big 12 officials are working the game (ACC officials worked the '07 matchup in Norman).
7:11 p.m. | Team Entrance
Oklahoma has taken the field behind its crimson flags spelling out "Sooners". The stadium speakers are blaring "Hell's Bells" by AC/DC. Miami's players are gathering under the entrance tunnel.
7:01 p.m. | Miami Band
The UM marching band just spelled out "Miami" across the field and has hurricane warning flags unfurled. The inflatable green tunnel with white Miami helmet is in place for the 'Canes' entrance.
6:57 p.m. | Sam in Shorts
Sam Bradford was in a t-shirt and shorts for pre-game drills.
6:54 p.m. | Field is Clear
The Sooners grouped as a team at the conclusion of pre-game drills just to the side of the "U" logo at midfield. The team then headed to its locker room under the west stands (exiting through the same tunnel under the Miami student section).

6:52 p.m. | The Smoke
One of Miami's most recognizable traditions is the dramatic entrance scene. The team enters the field through a large cloud of white smoke billowing from its entrance tunnel, amid a tape of a hurricane blasting over the sound system. The smoke comes from a series of pipes welded together by school transportation director Bob Nalette in the 1950s and comprised simply of fire extinguisher exhaust.
6:43 p.m. | Title Team Tilts
Oklahoma and Miami have combined for 12 AP national championships (seven for OU and five for the Hurricanes). Three other opponents from the Stoops' era have five or more AP titles: Notre Dame (8), Alabama (6) and USC (5). Oklahoma is 3-2 against the teams (two wins against Alabama, one against Miami and a loss to both USC and Notre Dame).
6:39 p.m. | Miami Student Section
We're situated in the baseball press box in the southeast corner of the stadium. Miami's student section is to our left in the end zone. Quite a contrast to OU's student section at Owen Field with prime seats from sections 25 through 29 (roughly to the 30-yard line).

6:34 p.m. | 60,000
A Miami news station broadcasting from here in the stadium is predicting a crowd of 60,000 for tonight's game. The stadium's official capacity is 76,500 although several sections of seats in the upper decks and end zones are covered tonight.
6:28 p.m. | Boomer Sooner
The remainder of OU's team just entered the field through a tunnel under the Miami student section. The stadium heard the first peals of Boomer Sooner as the OU band came alive.
6:21 p.m. | Land Shark?
Land Shark Stadium was previously known as Joe Robbie Stadium, Pro Player Park, Pro Player Stadium and Dolphins Stadium. The Miami Dolphins have a naming rights deal with Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville and Anheuser-Busch InBev's joint brewing project, Land Shark Lager, which renamed the facility "Land Shark Stadium." The sponsorship deal is reportedly for eight months and the name will revert to Dolphin Stadium in time for Super Bowl XLIV.
6:14 p.m. | Hurricane Warning
The hurricane warning siren just sounded here at the stadium and the fascia boards displayed the hurricane warning flags. Miami's players are warming up in their white helmets and orange jerseys.
6:06 p.m. | Sooners in White
It's been a while since we've seen the Sooners in their white uniforms as they are now going through early warmpus on the field. Nearly 10 months to be exact. The team last wore white on November 29, 2008, in a 61-41 win against the Cowboys in Stillwater. OU wore crimson for the 2008 Big 12 Championship Game, the BCS title game and the first three games of this season.
5:21 p.m. | Transformation
Pretty amazing job on making this stadium home to the Hurricanes. There are no Dolphins logos visible with banners and signs covering up the NFL team's marks with the Hurricanes' "U". The Dolphins host the Buffalo Bills on this field at 4 p.m. tomorrow.
5:17 p.m. | The Color Orange
Gates will open in 15 minutes here at Land Shark Stadium. Right now, the Miami and Oklahoma bands are getting in place and the UM event staff is making final adjustments to banners and equipment around the field. The Miami Athletics Department has urged fans to wear orange tonight in support of the 'Canes. The vast majority of seats in the stadium are already orange.
5:04 p.m. | Sooners Arrive
The Sooners arrived at Land Shark Stadium minutes ago. OU fans and Miami fans welcomed the team (not quite in the same fashion) as the bus convoy pulled up to the stadium. The OU coaching staff is out on the field checking the conditions as I type from the press box.
4:07 p.m. | Departing for Stadium
A police escort will shuttle the Sooner football team to Land Shark Stadium as kickoff nears for the OU-Miami game. We'll be back updating for Sooner fans once we're set up in the press box.
3:21 p.m. | Shannon on Sooners
Miami head coach Randy Shannon on the Sooners from his weekly press conference: "Coach Stoops is a great coach, and I respect him both as football coach and as a person. They have some guys that we've recruited and their front seven is doing a great job right now. Offensively, they haven't stopped. It's the same offense that they ran last year. The quarterback is doing a great job of letting the receivers and running backs make plays." | Complete Quotes
2:32 p.m. | Prepping for Pace
Lisa Salters reported on ESPN that the Miami defense practiced all week against a two-huddle scout team offense in anticipation of Oklahoma's high-speed attack. As soon as one play was run, another group of offensive players were ready to snap the ball.
1:12 p.m. | Miami OL on Alert
From the Miami Herald: "One look at Oklahoma's defense should instantly instill caution in Canes' fans hearts. Not only do the Sooners have a future first round pick in Gerald McCoy at tackle, but a front seven considered one of the best in the country." View complete headlines on the Sooners and Canes.
11:12 a.m. | OU Represents in Boston
Did you notice the prominent OU sign in the crowd at Chestnut Hill in ESPN's College Gameday broadcast this morning? Although 60% of the online voters picked Miami to win the game, the ESPN panel including celebrity guest Tedy Bruschi of the New England Patriots were united in picking Oklahoma.
11:04 a.m. | Welcome to Miami
The Sooners arrived in Miami Friday evening and promptly headed for the team hotel. Saturday is sunny and warm with temps forecast to be 81 degrees at kickoff (8 p.m. ET) with a 20% chance of rain.
October 1 | More Broadcast Options
For Sooner fans who can't receive the TV broadcast by ABC, here are links to several other options for following the game live:

Armed Forces Network | ESPN360 | OU Radio Online
October 1 | ABC Releases Coverage Map
ABC released its coverage map for Saturday night's game and Sooner fans east of the Rockies will receive the broadcast:
Game 4 | No. 8 Oklahoma at No. 17 Miami

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