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9:35 p.m. | Longest Home Streak in Nation
Oklahoma has won 28 straight home games, the longest current streak in the nation, and a school record. The current record was set with the win over Tulsa. Bob Stoops' teams are 64-2 at home and the Sooners have won 47 of their last 48 on Owen Field.
Memorial Stadium History
9:34 p.m. | Q Seals It
The interception by Quinton Carter virtually sealed the deal for the Sooners tonight. With 42 seconds left on the clock, Landry Jones will take a knee to end this one. That marked the second-straight game with an INT by Carter and third of the year (OU has 13 interceptions as a team in 2009).
9:30 p.m. | Murray Hits 40
The latest touchdown by DeMarco Murray was the 40th in his career. Only seven other Sooners in program history have recorded 40 or more touchdowns (Greg Pruitt - 41, Adrian Peterson - 42, Chris Brown - 43, Joe Washington - 43, Quentin Griffin - 51, Billy Sims - 53, Steve Owens - 57).
9:29 p.m. | Ties with Kansas State
Coach Stoops' relationship with K-State head coach Bill Snyder is no secret. Stoops served as an assistant under Snyder for the Wildcats from 1989-95. OU defensive coordinator Brent Venables was a linebacker at Kansas State in 1991-92. Venables got his start in coaching as a graduate assistant for the Wildcats from 1993-95 before moving to a full-time position from 1996-98.
9:27 p.m. | This Date in History
One of the more significant Halloween games in Sooner history came in 1959, when Nebraska snapped OU's 74-game conference unbeaten streak (72-0-2) with a 25-21 victory in Lincoln. The streak, which stretched over 14 seasons from 1946 to 1959 and included Oklahoma's unprecedented 47-straight wins overall, is the longest in school history.
9:23 p.m. | Fourth Down Stop
The Sooner defense and OU's home crowd paired on that drive to deny Kansas State. That might have been a back-breaker for the Cats. Even though Ryan Reynolds is splitting snaps with Ibiloye, the senior is showing his leadership on the sideline by directing traffic even when he's not on the field.
9:18 p.m. | Crowd Noise
Oklahoma fans are in full throat here in Norman hoping to help the Sooners defend their nation-leading home win streak of 27-straight. The deafening noise caused a false start on K-State's first down and the fans continue to bring it on this drive.
9:15 p.m. | Shootout in Norman
Similar to last season's 58-35 OU win in Manhattan, tonight's game is turning into a shootout. OU's offense has put two crucial scores on the board here in the fourth quarter to push OU's lead back to 12 against a resilient K-State squad under Coach Snyder.
9:11 p.m. | WRs Stepping Up
OU's receiving trio of Ryan Broyles, Dejuan Miller and Adron Tennell have stepped up their games tonight. The three have 19 catches for 212 yards and three touchdowns. Miller has set career highs across the board (nine catches for 102 yards plus one TD).
9:05 p.m. | 84,021 for OU-Kansas State
With tonight's attendance of 84,021, OU has drawn a total of 5,352,277 fans for Bob Stoops' 66 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
9:01 p.m. | K-State Strikes
Just like that, Brandon Banks takes the kick back for a touchdown. It's what the speedster does best. That marked his fifth career kickoff return for a TD which ranks second among active FBS players (C.J. Spiller from Clemson is first with six).
8:59 p.m. | Murray Scores
DeMarco Murray chalks up his second touchdown of the night (one rushing and the latest, receiving) to put the Sooners up, 35-23. Murray's TD catch marked his second of the year and sixth touchdown overall of the season.
8:56 p.m. | Offense Steps Up
For the first time this season perhaps, the defense really needed the offense to step up and put together a drive. The offense responded and put together an amazing drive. Quick note on DeMarco Murray: he's not afraid to lower his head and initiate contact.
8:52 p.m. | Broyles Fires Up Crowd
The crowd had grown restless here in the fourth quarter but that first-down catch and run by Ryan Broyles brought the Sooner crowd to its feet. We mentioned Broyles' effort earlier in the game and that play was more evidence of what the Norman product brings to the offense. Remember, OU had a second-and-42 on this drive.
8:48 p.m. | Fourth Quarter Time
It's shaping up to be a good one here in Norman as we head to the fourth quarter. Give Kansas State credit for battling back and giving the Sooner defense fits. We're finding out first-hand why Kansas State currently sits atop the Big 12 North standing. The Wildcats are certainly not going to give up in this one.
8:43 p.m. | Perfectly Equal
The scoreboard right now shows that both teams have exactly 300 yards of total offense in tonight's game. It's not often you see that.
8:38 p.m. | Needing a Momentum Shift
Toby Rowland just made a great point on OU's radio broadcast. The Sooners have relied on their defense all season to control the momentum of ball games. With the defense struggling a bit right now, an offensive score would certainly help in turning the momentum back in Oklahoma's favor.
8:35 p.m. | Four Straight for K-State
Did we mention we have a game? Kansas State punches it in again, cutting the lead to 28-23 by scoring on its fourth straight possession. After a delay of game penalty on the two-point attempt, K-State elected for the PAT, which Auston English blocked. Adrian Taylor had the first one earlier for the Sooners. We'll have a note shortly on the last time OU blocked two PATs in a single game.
8:31 p.m. | Wildcats Showing Wildcat
Kansas State has operated out of the Wildcat formation on a number of occasions tonight. That last big pass play from Daniel Thomas to Brandon Banks, however, was the first time they have thrown out of the formation. K-State is knocking on the doorstep once again.
8:27 p.m. | Time of Possession
After chewing up over six minutes of the clock on their opening drive of the second half, the Wildcats have held the ball for nearly twice as long as the Sooners tonight. The time of possession comparison currently shows KSU with 24:43, while OU has 12:36.
8:23 p.m. | We've Got a Game
After the Sooners jumped out to an early 21-0 lead in the first quarter, Kansas State has battled back and closed the gap to 11. Oklahoma scored on its first three possessions of the game, while the Wildcats have scored on their last three.
8:19 p.m. | Box Playing Well Overall
Austin Box deserves a mention for the night he's had against K-State tonight. He was in on a tackle for loss earlier on this drive by the Wildcats and has had a big impact both on defense and special teams. Box made his first start of the season tonight and is making the most of the opportunity.
8:14 p.m. | OU's Ground Attack
We just noticed that the Sooners had more rushing yards (132) in the first half than they had passing (118). OU hasn't finished a single game this season with more rushing yards than passing. We'll see how it plays out in the second half.
8:09 p.m. | Slippery Cats
As mentioned earlier, Kansas State has a number of small, shifty guys who are tough to bring down. The Sooners have hurried KSU quarterback Grant Gregory a bunch tonight, but he has used his elusiveness to escape the pressure on a number of occasions. He's avoided a couple of sacks with his feet on this opening drive of the second half.
7:58 p.m. | Sooner Gameday by the Numbers
Oklahoma home football games are a big. How big? Well, earlier this week we released a feature highlighting some of the numbers surrounding an average home game. Find out how many hot dogs are sold, how many gallons of paint it takes to paint the field, the number of wristbands worn by OU players, and a host of other random facts:
OU Home Games by the Numbers
7:55 p.m. | Band Comes Through With Thriller
The Pride of Oklahoma finished up its halftime performance with a rousing rendition of "Thriller". Have to admit, it was funny to see the alumni band members out there providing their best impressions of Michael Jackson. Here's a clip showing the band's number:
Pride of Oklahoma Performs "Thriller"
7:48 p.m. | Lull in the Game Video
In celebration of Halloween, athletics communications assistant David Bassity brings Sooners fans another installment in his Lull in the Game Series. This bat man is a bit scary:
Bassity's Lull in the Game Video
7:48 p.m. | Sooners on Halloween
Oklahoma is 9-3-2 all-time on Halloween and has won six in a row on this date dating back to 1964. The last time the Sooners played on Halloween was in 1998, a 17-14 victory over Iowa State.
7:43 p.m. | Gresham
Sidelined tight end Jermaine Gresham has made it a point to roll by our station at least once in each of OU's home games. Tonight, he was pleased when we noticed he was only down to one crutch -- which he was using sparingly. Glad to see No. 18 on the road to recovery. Here's a rare look at Gresham in front of the media:
Jermaine Gresham With Media on Monday
7:41 p.m. | Shutdown Corners
Special mention for Brian Jackson and Dom Franks who have contained some of the Big 12's notable receivers the past few weeks (Shipley in the Texas game and Briscoe for Kansas). Tonight, they're going up against K-State's Brandon Banks and Attrail Snipes.
7:39 p.m. | Scare Up Some Noise
Nice work by SoonerVision staff on the special graphics in play tonight recognizing Halloween. On defense, the ribbon boards read "Scare Up Some Noise" to get the crowd on their feet. The cameras have also been busy showing costumed fans in the stands and amazing close-ups of the near full moon rising over the stadium.
7:31 p.m. | Special Teams Tackle
The other special teamers over here on the sideline were amused by that tackle on the return by kicker Matt Moreland.
7:26 p.m. | Brown + Murray
Chris Brown nearly took the ball the distance but DeMarco Murray punches it in to answer K-State's TD. That was No. 7's fourth rushing touchdown of the season and fifth overall.
7:19 p.m. | PAT Blocked
Oklahoma denied K-State the extra point on that last touchdown. The last time OU blocked an extra point attempt was at Colorado on October 16, 2003. By the way, that was just the second TD OU's allowed at Owen Field this season.
7:14 p.m. | Hoops Commercials Released
Earlier this week, SoonerVision and the OU Athletics Marketing office released this year's men's and women's basketball commercials. The men have "One Team, One Place, One Mission", while the women are going "All In". Both begin their seasons with exhibition games this week. Check out the commercials on OU's official YouTube channel:
View Commercials on OU's Official YouTube Channel
7:09 p.m. | Tip-Top Turf
For those fans concerned that Owen Field wouldn't be ready for tonight's game, it should be obvious that the turf is in great shape. Assistant equipment manager Blake Kuenzi dropped by and mentioned that the Sooner players wore their normal shoes just like any other game. Again, great job by OU's field crew.
7:01 p.m. | Turning to the Students
Gerald McCoy and the Sooner defense have been looking directly to the OU student section to make some noise and give them a boost on that last drive. The Wildcats had a false start penalty and were forced to call a timeout before ultimately having to punt.
6:58 p.m. | First Quarter Notes
We have a host of them from the OU media relations staff:
The opening scoring drive for Oklahoma recorded in the first 1:13 of the contest was the fastest touchdown since scoring in the first 1:10 of the 2008 Baylor game. The touchdown pass to Ryan Broyles was the fourth play of the drive, marking the ninth time this season that OU has recorded a score in five plays or less.
Jeremy Beal recorded 1.5 sacks to give him a team-leading 8.5 this season. He entered tonight's game ranked eighth nationally. With 18 career sacks, Beal is tied for 10th all-time at Oklahoma with Auston English, Reggie Barnes, James Goode and Tony Casillas.
With two first quarter touchdowns, Ryan Broyles has 10 scores this season. Broyles is the seventh player in Sooner history to have 10 or more receiving touchdowns in a single season.
Sophomore linebacker Austin Box made his fifth career start on Saturday and first of the year. Box's addition to the starting lineup marked the first change in the defensive starting lineup this season.
Sophomore wide receiver Dejuan Miller caught his first career touchdown pass in the first quarter on OU's second drive of the game. Miller made his third career start on Saturday.
Oklahoma has not allowed a single point in the first quarter in 10 straight games dating back to last season (Missouri and Florida). The Sooners have allowed only three first-quarter points in the last 14 games. Kansas State was the last opponent to score a TD in the first quarter (Oct. 25, 2008). In addition, the OU defense has allowed just 30 first-half points in seven games this season.
OU has outscored opponents 79-0 in the first quarter this season.
The Sooners scored 21 points in the first quarter for the second time this season, matching the total from the Idaho State game. It marks the third time this season that OU has scored 21 points in a quarter (21 vs. Tulsa in the second quarter) in 2009.
6:54 p.m. | Full Moon*
The moon just peeked over the east side upper deck. It's only appropriate that it's a full moon on Halloween night. OK, it might not be quite a full moon, hence the asterisk.
6:51 p.m. | Murray Back in Action
Darryl from Altus emailed us wondering if DeMarco Murray is in the lineup tonight. He is. In fact, he was over by the equipment area a little while ago getting a feel for the game balls by holding them between his forearm and bicep. Murray has had a couple carries already tonight, one for a first down.
6:44 p.m. | Starting Second?
The Sooners punch it in for their third touchdown of the night to go up 21-0. OU's 21 points are the most Kansas State has given up in the first quarter this season. Earlier this week, K-State head coach Bill Snyder joked about petitioning the Big 12 to start the game in the second quarter, realizing Oklahoma's explosiveness and ability to points on the board early.
6:41 p.m. | Pure Effort from Broyles
Broyles continues to display pure, all-out effort, going out of bounds and nearly taking out Willie the Wildcat on that last catch that was negated by an illegal shift penalty. John Shinn of the Norman Transcript did a great piece on Broyles' toughness and pointed out how he has matured and stepped up to become a leader for the Sooners this year:
Ryan Broyles a Tough Kid - Norman Transcript
6:36 p.m. | Head Over Heels
Quite a hit Broyles took as he went up high to make that last catch. He was undercut by one K-State defender, flipping him head-over-heals, before another hit him on the way down. From Coach Merv: "A guy who has had a broken shoulder-blade doesn't need to be taking hits like that."
6:32 p.m. | Sack No. 2 for Beal
Need we say more? He already has a pair of three-sack games already this season (Tulsa and Miami), an OU record. Could another one be on the way. Beal now has nine sacks on the year.
6:30 p.m. | Rotating Linebackers
Great insight from an old coach, Merv Johnson, on OU's radio broadcast -- when Kansas State is in running situations, Austin Box and Ryan Reynolds are in the game on defense. In passing situations, its Keenan Clayton and Joseph Ibiloye holding down two of the three linebacker positions.
6:26 p.m. | Miller in the Zone
Oklahoma pushes its early lead to 14-0 with another Landry Jones touchdown pass, this one to Dejuan Miller for his first TD catch in a Sooner uniform. Another quick drive for the Sooners, this one going four plays for 35 yards in just 44 seconds.
6:24 p.m. | Beal Back to Sacking
What do you know, Jeremy Beal in the backfield for a sack on Kansas State's first drive. Beal gets back to doing what he does best after recording his first career interception last week at Kansas. That was Beal's team-leading eighth sack of the season.
6:21 p.m. | Greatest Games at Owen Field
In partnership with AT&T, OU continues its celebration of the Greatest Games at Owen Field. This week, vote for your favorite OU home game during the 1980's by texting OU1, OU2 or OU3 to 51234. Fans who use their AT&T wireless phone will be entered for a chance to win tickets to the Texas A&M game on Nov. 14.
OU1 - In 1984, strong performances by quarterback Danny Bradley and tailback Spencer Tillman lead #2 Oklahoma to a 24-14 victory over #3 OSU Cowboys.
OU2 - In 1985, TE Keith Jackson scored an 88 yard touchdown on a end around reverse which propelled the #5 ranked Sooners to a 27-7 victory over #2 ranked Nebraska.
OU3 - In 1987, the Sooners 29-10 victory over Oklahoma State marked Barry Switzer's 146th win surpassing Bud Wilkinson as the all-time winningest coach in OU history.
6:20 p.m. | Defensive Starters
And for the defense: DT Gerald McCoy, DT Adrian Taylor, DE Jeremy Beal, DE Auston English, LB Ryan Reynolds, LB Travis Lewis, LB Austin Box, CB Brian Jackson, CB Dom Franks, S Sam Proctor and S Quinton Carter.
6:18 p.m. | Offensive Starters
Here was OU's starting lineup on that first drive: LT Trent Williams, LG Brody Eldridge, C Ben Habern, RG Stephen Good, RT Cory Brandon, TE James Hanna, WR Adron Tennell, WR Ryan Broyles, RB Chris Brown, WR Brandon Caleb, WR Dejuan Miller and QB Landry Jones.
6:15 p.m. | Quick Strike for Sooners
Just 1:13 into the game, Oklahoma is already on the board with an 18-yard touchdown pass from Landry Jones to Ryan Broyles. The Norman product made a great effort to get across the goal line for the score. OU went 60 yards in just four plays. OU 7, K-State 0.
6:12 p.m. | GK Goes Full-Screen
The highlight of tonight's intro video was a shot of Gerald McCoy extending his arms the entire length of the south end zone video board while reciting the line: "This is the foundation of college football." It drew quite a response from the crowd. Also featured in tonight's video were the late Rick Bryan, Quentin Griffin and Adrian Peterson with the final line to welcome the team to the field.
6:08 p.m. | Boomer Sooner!
The "Boomer Sooner" yell that resonates through the stadium prior to the game always sends chills up our spines when we hear it down here at field level. Let's get this thing started!
6:06 p.m. | Field Condition
The October 18 U2 concert at Memorial Stadium laid waste to the Owen Field playing surface. With the installation of the new 80,000 square feet of sod completed on Oct. 22, tonight is the first action the new surface will see. We must say the field looks in to be in pretty prime condition. Props to OU Director of Athletic Field Jeff Salmond and his crew for their outstanding work in getting the field ready to play. View facts on the new grass in this week's game notes:
Facts on New Sod in This Week's Game Notes
6:01 p.m. | Gracious Welcome
It must also be pointed out how gracious Oklahoma is in welcoming its opponents. OU must be one of the only schools in the nation that plays the opposition's school song during pregame.
5:59 p.m. | Pride Marches On
With both teams back in the locker room, the Pride is now on the field performing their pregame routine. Part of the routine includes the state song with an Oklahoma state flag covering nearly half the field. An article in the OU Daily earlier this week pointed out that the Oklahoma flag is exactly five feet longer and wider than the state flag of Texas we saw a couple weeks ago at the Cotton Bowl. That was an initiative which came directly from President Boren, who wanted to make sure ours was bigger.
Oklahoma Flag Soars Bigger than Texas
5:51 p.m. | Former Sooners Here
We've seen a few former Sooners roaming the sidelines already tonight. D.J. Wolfe just dropped by and we also Nate Hybl earlier. Hybl's brother Ryan was hired as the new OU men's golf coach earlier this summer.
5:47 p.m. | Scanning the Wildcats
One of our observations while watching Kansas State warm up -- the Wildcats have a few small guys. You probably know about Brandon Banks, the electric receiver and kick returner who stands just 5-7. We noticed a couple other players who aren't much bigger: No. 86 Tramaine Thompson and No. 25 Keithen Valentine, both 5-8. While they are small in stature, all three provide K-State with some big-time playmakers on offense. Watch for them tonight, if you can find them among the giants.
5:41 p.m. | Attention to Detail
Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder is known for his attention to detail. As we were setting up down here on the sidelines, Snyder stood at midfield scanning the Sooners as they warm up. With Snyder back at the helm, you can be sure the Wildcats will be prepared for tonight's game.
5:29 p.m. | NCAA Records
We've added a new section to the Sooner Football Traditions section. Oklahoma holds a special place in the official NCAA record book with multiple team and individual superlatives. The Sooners have set two significant NCAA records against Kansas State:
Most Rushing Yards Gained
768 - Oklahoma vs. Kansas State, Oct. 15, 1988 (72 rushes)
Most Yards Gained in Game by Both Teams
956 - Oklahoma (711) & KSU (245), Oct. 23, 1971 (111 rushes)
NCAA Records Held by OU | OU Football History & Tradition
5:24 p.m. | We're Live From Norman
Sooner fans are filling up the stadium here in Norman for a Halloween night matchup between the Sooners and Kansas State. It's been clear and sunny today with temps at kickoff are expected to be 65 degrees slowing dipping into the mid-50s as the game heads into the second half. Great night for Sooner football.
October 31 | Oklahoma vs. Kansas State
The SoonerSports.com Gameday Blog is live from Owen Field Saturday night. Our staff will provide instantaneous reaction from the field as the game unfolds plus notes from the media relations staff in the press box and fan emails during the game.
No. 22 Oklahoma hosts Bill Snyder and Big 12 North leader Kansas State at Owen Field Halloween night. FOX Sports Net has the telecast with kickoff scheduled for 6 p.m. Central.
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