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University of Oklahoma
OCTOBER 06, 2008

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2:53 p.m. | That's All From Waco
No. 1 Oklahoma wins its Big 12 Conference opener against Baylor in Waco, 49-17, to move to 5-0 on the season. Now it's up to Texas at Colorado this evening to make the Red River Rivalry even bigger than normal next week in Dallas. We already know a record 92,000 will be on hand.
2:48 p.m. | Mossis Parts the Waters
Nice run for a first down from Norman product Mossis Madu. OU's running back corps provides a rotation of fresh legs and different running styles. It's hot down in Waco and probably at least 10 degrees hotter on the artifical turf.
2:42 p.m. | Clayton Blasts Griffin
Linebacker Keenan Clayton continues his career day with a big sack of the elusive Griffin. The nine-yard loss forces a punt from Baylor.
2:39 p.m. | Heads-Up Play for Sam
Not to be lost in the scoring drive but Bradford narrowly missed making his first career reception on that batted ball. Bradford instinctively knocked it down.
2:35 p.m. | Brandon Walker Plug
Right guard Brandon Walker gets a nice plug from the commentators in leading the way for DeMarco Murray into the end zone on that last score. It was Murray's second score of the day.
2:31 p.m. | Slow FSN Graphics
Oklahoma's no-huddle offense may force FSN to develop faster graphics. Showing highlights in the tight window betwen plays has been a challenge for FSN all day. Too many plays are already underway when live coverage resumes.
2:27 p.m. | Clayton Having Career Game
Linebacker Keenan Clayton has already notched a career high in tackles with 11 with 3:02 remaining in the third. The junior had tied his previous high of nine in the first half alone.
2:24 p.m. | Iglesias 100-Yard Games
Juaquin Iglesias has recorded his fifth career 100-yard game. Iglesias moves into sole possession of third all-time on the OU 100-yard games list after sharing the honor with Eddie Hinton. Mar Clayton (2001-04) and Malcolm Kelly (2005-07) are ahead of Iglesias with 15 and nine 100-yard games, respectively.
2:21 p.m. | Kansas Roars Back
The Jayhawks have put 28 unanswered points on the board to take a 28-20 lead at Iowa State in the fourth... Check Big 12 scores
2:11 p.m. | Flavor from Waco
Tory Kukowski did some quick work at halftime to upload a few videos from the sideline to provide a bit of flavor for OU fans:

Video 10/04/08: A Closer Look at the Baylor Bear on Sideline
Video 10/04/08: Baylor Students Rush Field... to Seats
2:02 p.m. | Kudos to SoonerVision
Baylor just ran their version of a "Big Hits" video in the stadium. It consisted of highlights from around college football last week. In contrast, SoonerVision knocks out highlights from the current game in the stadium. View an archive here.
1:57 p.m. | Manny Marks
With today's performance, Manny Johnson has eclipsed the century mark in the career receptions list. Johnson currently has 102 career receptions. Big thanks to Mike Brooks of Blanchard, Okla., who possesses what is likely the most comprehensive statistical database on OU football and provides assistance on game days.
1:42 p.m. | Mr. Reliable
FSN's broadcast crew just called Chris Brown "Mr. Reliable" as the running back bulls in for another Oklahoma touchdown.
1:39 p.m. | Don't Miss
Lesson No. 1 with OU's receivers: you miss a tackle and they're gone. Juaquin Iglesias takes another beautiful pass from Bradford and escapes the defender to put OU in scoring position again. Prior to that play, Ryan Broyles had a reception and run that brought back memories of his game at Washington.
1:37 p.m. | Back to Action
Oklahoma will have the wind to its back in the fourth quarter. It's up enough in Waco to force Baylor to assign a player to hold the ball up during kickoffs.
1:34 p.m. | Here Comes Ralphie
A warning for Texas: While Baylor does have a live bear on the sideline, it seems pretty harmless. I don't think we'll have to worry about any wild animals on the loose, circa the Ralphie incident.
1:27 p.m. | Keenan Clayton, LBs Busy
In just the first half, Clayton has already tied a career high with nine tackles. The Sooner linebackers are staying busy with Ryan Reynolds (8 tackles) and Travis Lewis (6) the next highest tacklers.
1:23 p.m. | Sooners No. 1 in Scoring
By points, Oklahoma is the highest-scoring program in the history of college football. In 1,131 games now, the Sooners have scored 29,976 points. Chasing the Sooners are Michigan with 29,407 points in 1,197 games and Nebraska with 29,231 points in 1,193.
1:16 p.m. | It's Halftime
As the OU team heads off the field for halftime, you'll see the players go to midfield along the sideline and then disappear. At Floyd Casey Stadium, there are stairs going down below the stands at the 50 and then a long hallway that slopes up to the locker room.
1:13 p.m. | Auction Items Up for Grabs
Be sure to check out a couple of great items currently available in the official OU Athletics online auction at SoonerSports.com:
Bosworth Autographed Helmet | OU-KU Pre-Game Sideline Package
1:07 p.m. | Iglesias Moving Up, Too
Juaquin Iglesias is now second on the OU all-time receiving yards list. Iglesias jumped the 2,009 yards of former Sooner Antwone Savage (1999-2002) and currently sits with 2,065 yards with 4:31 yards remaining in the second quarter.
1:03 p.m. | Bradford Up to No. 2
This from the OU media relations staff in the Baylor press box: With his last TD pass to Iglesias, Bradford just took sole possession of the second spot on the OU all-time career TD passes list with 54. The former player? One of the first to congratulate him coming off the field: quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel.
12:59 p.m. | OU Picks On Left Corner
Iglesias is the fifth player for the Sooners to score in the first half as Sam Bradford hits him in the left corner of Baylor's secondary and No. 9 rolls into the end zone in front of the OU fans in the stadium.
12:55 p.m. | The Call
OU staff on the sideline report that the ball didn't seem to touch the field and was rolling on Iglesias' chest before the Baylor player scooped it up. But, not much damage done. The OU defense forces a punt and the offense is back in business.
12:52 p.m. | OU Playing Defense
Aside from Griffin's long scramble that set up Baylor's lone score, Oklahoma's defense has been laying some licks and playing with enthusiasm. There's not much room up the middle and Griffin hasn't had time to set up for a pass.
12:48 p.m. | Travis Lewis' Helmet
We've fielded some emails from fans on the helmet Travis Lewis is wearing. We reported on this in last week's Gameday Blog: "OU football equipment director Brad Camp just told us that redshirt freshman linebacker Travis Lewis is sporting a Riddell Revolution Speed helmet. OU is one of only 16 schools in the country to test out the new helmet which utilizes the latest technology while maintaining a traditional look."
12:44 p.m. | Mascot Trivia
The Bear Tradition began when Baylor chose the Bear instead of the ever popular bookworm (???) to represent the school as its official mascot in 1914. The Bear nickname was chosen over the likes of buffalo, antelope, frog and ferret. Yes, ferret!
12:42 p.m. | Spreading it Around
All four of Oklahoma's scores in the first quarter came from different players: Manny Johnson's long-scoring catch, DeMarco Murray's short run, Bradford's dive into the end zone and Mossis Madu's six points.
12:39 p.m. | First-Quarter Explosion
Through five games, Oklahoma has now out-scored opponents 103-3 in the opening quarter. TCU was the lone team to score on the Sooners in the opening stanza with a 32-yard field goal in last week's 35-10 OU win.
12:34 p.m. | Surprise in Ames?
OU is not the only team with a big lead in the first quarter. Iowa State is up, 20-0, on No. 16 Kansas. Check Big 12 scores...
12:31 p.m. | Gone with the Wind
Oklahoma may have taken that time out before the last score to take advantage of the wind on the ensuing kickoff. Moreland started the game sending the ball into the end zone but Baylor has been fielding the kicks near the goal line since.
12:26 p.m. | First Quarter Nightmare for Baylor
Oklahoma goes up 28-0 with another goal line plunge, this time from Norman's own Mossis Madu. OU's run 25 offensive plays and scored four touchdowns. The 28 points is
12:23 p.m. | Gresham Accolades
Gary Reasons of FSN just said this about Jermaine Gresham after he came back to help out Bradford on the last play: "He's a tight end I'd like to build a team around."
12:17 p.m. | Too Fast for FSN
TV viewers missed the kickoff as FSN was still returning from commercial. Oklahoma's hurry-up offense has been giving the broadcast team fits throughout the game so far.
12:10 p.m. | Reynolds Bringing It
This from Tory on the sideline: a huge gasp from the Baylor crowd with Ryan Reynolds' big hit on Griffin. Then the Sooner fans erupted when the replay was shown inside the stadium.
12:08 p.m. | More on Lewis' Sack
With Travis Lewis' sack of Robert Griffin, the OU defense foiled an opponent's attempt on fourth down for the seventh time this year as OU opponents are 3-for-10 on the season on fourth down.
12:06 p.m. | Quick Strike in Waco
From OU media relations in the press box: "Oklahoma needed just 70 seconds to get on the board as Sam Bradford hooked up with Manuel Johnson with a 53-yard touchdown pass with 13:50 remaining in the first. The score marked the earliest of the season for the Sooners. The previous earliest: Bradford's 27-yard pass against Cincinnati 1:42 into the game on Sept. 6."
12:02 p.m. | DeMarco Into the End Zone
Oklahoma scores on its second possession as DeMarco Murray squirts into the end zone from the two.
12:01 p.m. | Keeping Up
FOX Sports Net is having the same trouble we've seen from the TV networks all season with the Sooners. They can't cut back from a feature fast enough as Oklahoma deploys its no-huddle and the TV viewers miss the beginning of a play.
11:56 a.m. | Fourth-and-Sack
Travis Lewis jarred Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin to end the Bears' drive. Gerald McCoy broke up the play earlier, looming so large in Grffin's grill that he nearly threw an INT to Travis Lewis.
11:45 a.m. | Bradford to Manny
Oklahoma strikes fast on its third offensive play of the game. Sam Bradford hits Manny Johnson along the left sideline for the touchdown. Perhaps Baylor didn't watch the video from last week against TCU?
11:42 a.m. | Nice Start
OU wins the toss, kicks into the end zone, Brian Jackson nearly had a one-handed interception and Baylor forced to punt.
11:23 a.m. | Let's Rumble
The Sooners just huddled on the field after warmups and headed back to the locker room. SoonerSports.com's Tory Kukowski just reported from the sideline that the OU fan contingent in the stands is considerable. Hard to hear Tory over the yells of "Boomer Sooner!" coming over the cell phone.
11:19 a.m. | Don't Pop
For some reason, OU Associate A.D. Kenny Mossman is intrigued by inflatable mascots. Here's a video clip for Mossman in case he doesn't get his fill from the Baylor press box today.
11:10 a.m. | OU Generating Big Publicity
This from David Bassity of OU Athletics Media Relations in the Baylor press box: "Ivan Maisel from ESPN.com, and representatives from the New York Times and Wall Street Journal are all in the press box covering the game today. Pretty impressive."
11:07 a.m. | FOX Sports on OU-Baylor
FOX Sports Net began broadcasting at 11 a.m. in advance of the 11:30 kickoff time. FSN studio analyst D'Marco Farr listed these four criteria for Baylor to upset Oklahoma: 1. Contain OU's run game, 2. Sack Sam Bradford, 3. Win special teams and 4. Career day from Griffin. Sounds sort of like the recipe for any game...
11:04 a.m. | Boomer Sooner from Waco
The team is on the field stretching right now. We just heard our first rendition of Boomer Sooner a few minutes ago. Hopefully it's the first of many today.
10:46 a.m. | McCoy, Gresham Come to You
SoonerSports.com has teamed up with DT Gerald McCoy and TE Jermaine Gresham to provide fans an inside look at both the OU offense and defense each week. If you missed the latest installments, catch up with McCoy and Gresham in video.
10:39 a.m. | Containing Griffin
From Mike Jones of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram: "Containing Griffin will be the overriding factor today as No.1 OU (4-0) opens Big 12 play against the 2-2 Bears. Sooners defenders can only hope they have their hands full, not empty, as the conference 400-meter hurdles champion attempts to go sprinting past."
10:28 a.m. | Players on the Field
OU players are warming up on the field. Sooners fans are filing into the stadium early and the Oklahoma band is taking their seats.
10:17 a.m. | Watch 2008 Intro Videos No. 1 & 2
We just posted versions one and two of the 2008 intro videos that welcome the Sooners to Owen Field on the OU Athletics Department YouTube channel. The aspect ratio is designed for the new HD SoonerVision board towering over the south end zone at Memorial Stadium so the video appears small but at least you can play it before the game on TV today...
10:09 a.m. | ESPN's College Gameday
Chris Fowler on ESPN's College Gameday just said Oklahoma was "scary good". He also predicted Baylor's offense would score some points today in Waco. Corso just predicted that K-State would upset Texas Tech in Manhattan. Herbstreit says Iowa State will challenge Kansas. Check Big 12 scores here all day...
10:04 a.m. | Not the Old Baylor
Quotes from Sooner players courtesy John Hoover of the Tulsa World: "I don't think Baylor is the old Baylor any more," OU receiver Manuel Johnson said. "I don't think we're really looking at it as being No. 1," linebacker Ryan Reynolds said. "We're just four games into the season. There's still a lot that can happen, and there's a long way to go."
9:40 a.m. | Baylor's Bryant
Our thoughts go out to former Baylor kicker Matt Bryant, who is currently with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Bryant lost his 3 1/2-month old son last week. Read more...
9:32 a.m. | OU Headed for Stadium
With police escort leading the way, the caravan of buses carrying the OU team is rolling to the stadium. Weather conditions are sunny and temps may climb into the lower 90s later in the game.
8:53 a.m. | Departure Time
It's about time to board the bus for the stadium but we'll check in periodically with more updates from Waco.
8:43 a.m. | Dr. Pepper Capital of the World

Did you know that Dr. Pepper was invented in Waco? They take pride in their Dr. Pepper down here, as we found out firsthand at dinner last night with an appetizer of Dr. Pepper buffalo wings. They were definitely legit. You can also visit the Dr. Pepper Museum.
8:41 | FOX Sports Net
The game will be televised at 11:30 a.m. (CT) on Cox channel 37 in Oklahoma City, channel 27 in Tulsa and channel 32 in Lawton. To find the channel for FOX Sports Net (FSN) in your area, type your zip code on the TV Guide site and select your cable provider.

8:29 a.m. | Welcome to Waco

A few observations from our time in Waco so far. On the ride from the airport to the hotel last night, we passed by a professional horseshoe tournament. We never knew they made horseshoe facilities so nice. Also located in Waco is the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum. We didn't have to time to stop and visit either, but if you ever visit Waco other than for a Sooner game...
8:16 | Oklahoma at Baylor

The top-ranked Sooners play the Baylor Bears at Floyd Casey Stadium in Waco in OU's Big 12 Conference opener on Saturday, Oct. 4. FOX Sports Net will televise the game beginning at 11:30 a.m. View Sooner Gameday Central for complete information.
8:04 | SoonerSports.com Gameday Blog

Welcome to the SoonerSports.com Gameday Blog. Throughout the day, you can view commentary from our staff watching the game on FOX Sports Net, observations from the field at Floyd Casey Stadium, notes from the media relations staff in the press box and fan emails and reaction during the game.
8:01 a.m. | Wake-Up Call

We're up and at 'em in Waco. Welcome back to the SoonerSports.com Gameday Blog. We think everything went over pretty well in its debut last Saturday against TCU and look forward to making it even more interesting this weekend with the Sooners on the road in Waco. Stay tuned throughout the day!



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