Sooners Blitz Texas A&M, 66-28
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) -- Another fast start, another easy win for Oklahoma. Sam Bradford threw touchdown passes to four different receivers, Chris Brown ran for three scores and No. 6 Oklahoma routed Texas A&M 66-28 on Saturday.
DeMarco Murray, Matt Clapp, Ryan Broyles and Juaquin Iglesias had TD catches and Bradford had a touchdown run for the Sooners (9-1, 5-1 Big 12), who set a single-game scoring record for an opponent at Kyle Field.
Oklahoma was just as dominant as last week when it beat Nebraska 62-28 and slipped from No. 4 to No. 6 in the BCS standings.
With Texas Tech and Oklahoma State left on the schedule, the Sooners still have chances to impress the voters. They left nothing to chance against the overwhelmed Aggies (4-6, 2-4), building a 38-14 halftime lead and tacking on 28 more points in the third quarter.
"You know how the BCS is going right now," said Brown. "You just can't win by a nail-biter, unless it's a very great team you're playing against. You can get up on a team 35-0 in the first half and feel like, well, the game's over. Not with us. We want to keep pouring it on."
The Sooners have scored 231 points in four games since a 45-35 loss to Texas.
Oklahoma led A&M 66-21 when Joey Halzle replaced Bradford early in the fourth quarter. By then, Coach Bob Stoops felt like the Sooners had earned enough style points.
"There are still sportsmanship issues that you do your best to handle," he said. "I just think that's important. We played hard, let it go for three quarters. What did we have? 62 points?
"You just have to choose sportsmanship over BCS points. To me, in the end, it's the right way to play it."
Oklahoma's high-scoring offense has overshadowed the second-best defense in the Big 12. Stoops said this was that unit's best performance of the season, holding A&M 278 yards, forcing four turnovers and getting four sacks.
"Our guys were great against the run, coverage, everything was really solid," Stoops said. "We got good pressure and we came up with big turnovers."
Cyrus Gray scored on a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and set an A&M record with 261 kick return yards. But receiving lots of kickoffs was bad news for the Aggies, who mustered only 26 yards rushing and dropped to 2-5 at home.
"Going into this ballgame, I thought they were the best football team I had seen on film and they confirmed that by far," said A&M coach Mike Sherman. "To say what the difference is, I mean, they were a hell of a lot better than we were."
The Sooners have always struggled at Kyle Field and an unranked A&M team beat No. 1 Oklahoma 30-26 here in 2002. But Oklahoma had no problems in this one, piling up 653 total yards on 74 plays -- an 8.8-yard average.
Murray rushed for 123 yards and Brown ran for 117 against the Big 12's second-worst rushing defense. Bradford completed 22 of 33 passes for 320 yards and tied a school record with his eighth 300-yard game of the season.
"His accuracy, his poise, running the whole show out there, you couldn't ask for anything else," Stoops said. "The guy's as flawless as they come."
So were the rest of the Sooners.
Oklahoma outscored its first nine opponents 180-27 in the first quarter and needed only 90 seconds to score on the Aggies.
Murray broke a 70-yard run on the Sooners' second play from scrimmage and Bradford scrambled for a 15-yard touchdown with 13:31 left in the quarter. Oklahoma scored on its first possession for the ninth time in 10 games.
The Aggies went three-and-out on their first series and Murray caught Bradford's 35th touchdown pass of the season with 8:05 left in the first quarter.
On Oklahoma's next series, Bradford found Jermaine Gresham for a 23-yard gain to the A&M 22 and Brown scored with 5:44 remaining in the quarter. The 49-second possession was Oklahoma's 13th touchdown drive this season that lasted under a minute.
"We felt everything we did was right," Bradford said.
The Sooners outgained A&M 238-13 in the quarter. Sherman gathered his team for a fiery pep talk before the second quarter began.
"We were at a point where the game was getting out of reach," Sherman said.
And it was -- Bradford threw a 28-yard TD pass to Clapp with 14:27 left in the half to make it 28-0.
Gray returned the ensuing kickoff 67 yards to set up Jerrod Johnson's 20-yard touchdown pass to Jamie McCoy. Johnson dived into the end zone with 5:11 left in the half to cut Oklahoma's lead to 28-14.
The Aggies were barely stemming the tide.
Broyles took a short pass from Bradford, evaded five A&M defenders and got to the 5, setting up another touchdown for Brown. Oklahoma got the ball back with 34 seconds left and Stevens kicked a 42-yard field goal on the second-to-last play of the half.
The Sooners had 423 yards and 18 first downs in the half.
Johnson threw his first interception in 213 attempts, tying the Big 12 record, in the third quarter when Oklahoma linebacker Keenan Clayton picked off a pass.
Brown's 28-yard TD run with 8:39 left in the third quarter pushed Oklahoma over 50 points for the sixth time this season.
Stephen McGee replaced Johnson with 6:23 left in
the third quarter. McGee, a senior, won the starting
quarterback job in the fall, but he's missed all but
one play in the last five games with a shoulder injury.
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Dave Sittler of the Tulsa World: "So much for the preliminaries. It's time for the main event. And Oklahoma left little doubt here Saturday afternoon at Kyle Field that it's more than ready to rumble. The No. 6 Sooners (9-1, 5-1 Big 12) routed Texas A&M, 66-28. It wasn't the mother road, but this rout 66..."
From the College Station Eagle: ""With the big ol' linemen they have, it's hard to move those guys and that's what football is all about," A&M linebacker Matt Featherston said. "You got to whop somebody to make a tackle." A&M's special teams helped out the offense with Gray's 67-yard kickoff return in the..."
Mike Jones of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram: "OU’s 66-28 win was a stunning break from tradition. "I was pleased that we put it all together and played as soundly as we did," Stoops said. He should be, regardless of how much of a fist the Aggies are able to make these days. No. 6 OU scored more points on the..."
John Rhode of the Oklahoman: "The Iowa-Penn State score was announced at Kyle Field and was greeted with a huge roar from the 4,000 or so OU fans on hand. If we’re to believe Stoops’ players, they’re not particularly concerned with all the buzzes around them. Several Sooners insist they didn’t..."
Tim Griffin of ESPN: "This team might be better suited to challenge the Sooners than any other -- particularly if it can play like they did Saturday night against Oklahoma State. It made history as only the second team since 1965 to win against a top 10 team after beating a No. 1 team the week before..."
From the College Station Eagle: "A second-quarter stalemate kept the home fans interested, at least, but with each Sooner touchdown in the third quarter more and more bleachers were exposed. Not even an animated team huddle by Mike Sherman at the end of the first quarter could stop the Sooners, who..."
John Shinn of the Norman Transcript: "OU coach Bob Stoops didn’t seem amazed by his team’s third straight romp, but he was impressed. “I think it’s the team. It isn’t just the offense, it’s all of it together,” he said. Sam Bradford threw for 320 yards and four touchdowns. DeMarco Murray and Chris Brown ran for..."
John Hoover of the Tulsa World: "On his 21st birthday, Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford threw a party. Some 85,603 Texas A&M fans arrived early Saturday to watch Bradford play pin-the-football-on-the-receiver and spin-the-defender. He hit the Aggies over and over like a big maroon..."
Chuck Carlton of the Dallas Morning News: "Scoring more points than any visitor ever has at Kyle Field in a 66-28 victory over Texas A&M on Saturday might be a good start. Oklahoma (9-1, 5-1 Big 12) has produced 186 points in its last three games. Questions about the BCS are inescapable for the Sooners..."
Jeff Walker of CBS: "Following the Red Raiders' 56-20 win over No. 9 Oklahoma State on Saturday, all that stands between Tech and its first Big 12 South Division title is the second-hottest team in the conference -- No. 6 Oklahoma. The division title includes a trip to the conference championship game..."
Jake Trotter of the Oklahoman: "The running attack continued to hum Saturday, igniting the sixth-ranked Sooners to a 66-28 victory over Texas A&M before 85,603 at Kyle Field. Murray led the way with seven carries for 123 yards, as OU totaled a season-high on the ground with 328 yards. Chris Brown..."
From the College Station Eagle: "OU redshirt freshman Travis Lewis had 12 tackles, his fourth double-digit tackle game of the year. He now has 105 tackles on the season, which ranks second all-time for Sooner freshmen behind Brian Bosworth's 133 in 1984. OU running back DeMarco Murray, who rushed for 124 yards, had..."
From the Houston Chronicle: "The Sooners (9-1 overall, 5-1 Big 12) continued making their case as perhaps the nation’s most powerful team in the last quarter of the season. The Aggies (4-6, 2-4) trailed the Sooners 21-0 after one quarter and 38-14 at halftime. OU added four touchdowns in the third quarter..."
Clay Horning of the Norman Transcript: "Once again, OU is a juggernaut with the best quarterback in the nation, a buffet line of receivers to throw to, even a bevy of dangerous tailbacks to hand the ball. The defense hasn’t merely stiffened, but is now scoring points of its own. And it’s getting turnovers the way the very..."
Guerin Emig of the Tulsa World: "The biggest mismatch of Oklahoma's football season — the Sooners' offensive line versus Texas A&M's front seven — played out Saturday at Kyle Field. "We knew we could take advantage of their young defensive line, and their linebackers weren't too physical," OU right guard..."
From the College Station Eagle: "Sam Bradford rifled a 37-yard touchdown pass to Juaquin Iglesias with 6:23 left in the third quarter. At that point, the Oklahoma Sooners set a record for the most points ever scored against Texas A&M at Kyle Field. They went on to claim a 66-28 victory. "I'm not looking for that," Oklahoma coach..."
Jake Trotter of the Oklahoman: "Alexander had two tackles and as a perpetual menace to the Texas A&M backfield. For his efforts, Alexander was named one of the defensive players of the game. The Sooners, however, lost another defensive end to injury. Stoops said after the game that senior Alan Davis suffered..."
From the Houston Chronicle: "OU beat A&M so bad it's hard to imagine the Aggies climbing back into the same league as the Sooners any time soon. The difference in talent level was, to say the least, palpable. The Aggies close out their regular season with road games at Baylor and Texas -- and then Sherman needs to get..."
Guerin Emig of the Tulsa World: "His team led 35-14, but Oklahoma's Jimmy Stevens might as well have been attempting a game-winning 42-yard field goal with three seconds left in Saturday's first half at Texas A&M. The pressure was that severe. "I thought, 'If I make this, I still keep my season alive..."
From the Fort Worth Star-Telegram: "Mike Sherman took a frightening look Saturday at the long climb ahead. His efforts to return Texas A&M to the national prominence it enjoyed two decades ago when he first came to Aggieland as an assistant aren’t dependent solely on his own team’s progress. Not when you play in..."
Jake Trotter of the Oklahoman: "Oklahoma’s two remaining opponents, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State, made it into the Top 10 with better-than-average defenses. Their worthiness will be put to the test. The Sooner scoring machine continued its Big 12 tour Saturday, demolishing Texas A&M 66-28 at Kyle Field..."
Jake Trotter of the Oklahoman: "In the third quarter, Franks scooped up a fumble by Texas A&M quarterback Stephen McGee running the option and raced 39 yards for the score, which put Oklahoma ahead 66-21. “Dom is an excellent athlete,” coach Bob Stoops said. “We had a guy on the quarterback and a guy on the..."