6:23 p.m. | Final: OU 41, Texas A&M 25
No. 6 Oklahoma used an explosive third quarter to bury Texas A&M in Norman, 41-25, in what will be the final meeting between the schools for the foreseeable future. OU improved to 8-1 overall and 5-1 in the Big 12 Conference. Congratulations coaches and players. Thank you Sooner fans for following us here at SoonerSports.com. Complete coverage at SoonerSports.com.
6:09 p.m. | Parting Gifts
Oklahoma appears on its way to handing Texas A&M a loss this afternoon in Norman in what will be the final conference meeting between the two programs. The Sooners also gifted Nebraska a 23-20 loss and Colorado a 43-10 loss in the final Big 12 meetings between the schools in 2010.
6:02 p.m. | Record Crowd
Oklahoma's official attendance today of 85,709 is the largest crowd ever to see the Sooners play at Owen Field and marks the program's 79th consecutive sellout. The previous largest crowd of 85,646 came on November 24, 2008, as the Sooners knocked off No. 2 Texas Tech, 65-21. Thank you Sooner fans!
5:57 p.m. | Fourth Quarter
The sun is still out but the temps seem to be dropping steadily here at Owen Field. We've had a long TV break in the action but both bands kept the fans entertained. The Sooners are on the move, into the wind here in the fourth quarter. Doesn't look like there's any letup from the Sooner offense.
5:53 p.m. | Tough on A&M
Taking a look at the OU-A&M series during the Stoops' era: the average score has been 50.3 to 11.7, OU.
5:49 p.m. | Tough on D-Line
Tannehill has to cause defensive lines heartburn. Every time the Sooners get close to making a sack, he rolls out looking downfield. Seems like all of A&M's big plays have originated outside the pocket. A&M scores on that drive and narrows the gap to 41-17.
5:42 p.m. | Tension Melted
After a tight first half, the Sooners exploded for 28 points in the third quarter to stretch the lead to 41-10. You could feel the tension melt away from the sideline and the fans in the stands relax. Now, the players are jumping around and looking to make more big plays.
5:31 p.m. | Booming Punt
You could literally hear the ball come off of Tress Way's foot on his last punt. While the wind pushed it into the end zone for a touchback, it was still a booming punt by Way. The junior from Tulsa now has 52, 50-yard punts in his career, tying the OU record held by Jeff Ferguson.
5:25 p.m. | Concern for Broyles
While the Sooners are putting together a dominating performance here in the third quarter, it may be coming at a cost. Ryan Broyles has been taken back to the locker room for further evaluation after being injured on OU's last drive. Our thoughts, as well as all of Sooner Nation's, are with him hoping it's not too serious.
5:16 p.m. | Turning on a Rout
An interception by Jamell Fleming, followed by a 39-yard TD pass from Landry Jones to Kenny Stills on the very next play and the Sooners are turning this one into a rout with 28 third-quarter points. Oklahoma has now outscored its opponents 118-10 for the season coming out of the halftime break.
5:12 p.m. | Shake 'n Bake
Ryan Broyles and Roy Finch showed off their shiftiness on OU's latest drive, setting up another short-yardage score for Blake Bell. Broyles and Finch put the Sooners in position with a pair of big gains in which they shook A&M defenders with a spin move, while Bell provided the power to put the Sooners up 34-10.
5:06 p.m. | Short Field
Oklahoma has had to drive a total of 59 yards for its two second-half TDs, a result of just an 18-yard into the wind by the Aggies, followed by the Ronnell Lewis interception.
5:01 p.m. | Roy Rolls In
OU converts the turnover into points with a three-yard TD run from Roy Finch. Finch's stats for the game: 18 rushes for 74 yards and one TD, plus three catches for 18 yards.
4:58 p.m. | Hammer Having a Game
Ronnell Lewis is putting together a dominant solo effort in today's ball game. Already with seven tackles and two TFLs, Lewis just collected the interception on a tipped pass to give the ball back to the Sooner offense with a short field.
4:51 p.m. | Only One
Jaz Reynolds is making quite a habit of making one-handed catches. He hauls in another incredible one-handed grab for a 31-yard touchdown on a play that is likely to be all over SportsCenter tonight. You almost want to tell him it's OK to use two hands, but he proves again that he needs only one.
4:42 p.m. | Back to Action
We're back to action in the second half here in Norman. OU will have the wind at their backs during the third quarter, while Texas A&M will have that advantage for the fourth.
4:36 p.m. | View from the Sideline
When we're on the road, we typically post a picture from our vantage point in the press box. We just realized, however, that we rarely show you where we're posted during home games. Here's a shot of our view from just behind the bench at the 50-yard line. We literally bring you closer to the action than anyone else:
4:32 p.m. | Defensive Battle
With all the talk about the offenses heading into this game, it's safe to say we're seeing more of a defensive battle than anticipated. Both defenses have basically only surrendered one big play -- Ryan Broyles had the 57-yard catch for the Sooners, while Ryan Swope had the 79-yard TD catch late in the half for the Aggies. The halftime stats show the teams nearly even in total yards, with Texas A&M holding a slight 208-180 advantage.
4:26 p.m. | Impressive
Word is the Fightin' Texas Aggie Band almost didn't come to Norman for today's game, but after being informed there would be a lot of disappointed Sooner fans, they obliged to make the trip. A&M's PA announcer saluted Oklahoma for its gracious hospitality, and we salute them for another impressive show:
4:18 p.m. | Bands
Both teams have returned to their locker rooms for the half as Oklahoma leads it, 13-10. The Pride of Oklahoma and the Fightin' Texas Aggie Band will now perform for the fans. This might be the last time for Sooner fans to see A&M's band in Norman for a long time. The fans have remained in their seats.
4:14 p.m. | (Relatively) Long Drive
Oklahoma's quick-strike offense doesn't normally take much off the clock to reach the end zone. That last scoring drive however fell just one second shy of the most time-consuming scoring drive of year. It lasted 6:24. One drive at Florida State went 6:25.
4:08 p.m. | Long Score
With less than two minutes before the half, Tannehill rolls out on a third down play and burns the Sooner secondary on a 79-yard TD pass. Score: Oklahoma 13, Texas A&M 10. The Sooners have 1:39 and two timeouts left in this half. However, OU's passing game looks off on that drive and the Sooners will punt.
4:02 p.m. | Stunt Man
Good quote from Kenny Mossman: "Blake Bell is like a stuntman. Goes in and does the dirty work."
3:58 p.m. | Tight Coverage
Oklahoma again caught Texas A&M offsides as the Aggies continued to threaten close to the line of scrimmage prior to the snap. The Aggie defense is also playing extremely tight to OU's receivers, giving them no air to make their usual acrobatic plays. Is it just us or does Roy Finch appear to turn in about two-games worth of churning, twisting and plunging for extra yards?
3:53 p.m. | Aggressive
The Texas A&M defense appears to be taking chances with various blitzes and aggressive posturing prior to the snap. OU is still taking shots down field, especially here in the second quarter with the wind to its back. On virtually every third-and-short, the Sooner offensive coaches send in Blake Bell to take the snap. Roy Finch converted the first down on a handoff on that last series.
3:49 p.m. | Stiff Breeze
Both teams are dealing with a stiff breeze out of the SSE this afternoon at Owen Field. The American flags lining the upper decks are stretched out along with the big flags in the SE corner of the stadium. We've already seen the wind impacting kickoffs and field goal attempts. A&M will likely take the wind to their backs for the fourth quarter.
3:44 p.m. | Testing Hurst
Demontre Hurst is wearing No. 12 in honor of Austin Box for today's game. We've noticed that Hurst is virtually unflappable in making open-field tackles. A&M seems to be testing Hurst on a couple of consecutive passes to the end zone there on that last drive.
3:38 p.m. | Wort Up
After being helped off the field with an apparent leg injury, Tom Wort is back up and jogging along the sideline. Jaydan Bird stepped in during Wort's absence. Good to see No. 21 is OK.
3:35 p.m. | Turnovers
The Sooners have netted only three points on its two turnovers. Texas A&M cashed in on a field goal after Oklahoma's fumble early in the first quarter. Those two scores and OU's TD from Blake Bell provide us our score: OU 10, A&M 0.
3:27 p.m. | Fleming Strips Ball
In a re-run from the Texas game, Jamell Fleming answers the call of the "Jaws" theme and simply takes the ball away from the A&M runner. That's just pure upper-body strength and awareness from Fleming. Turnover, Sooners have the ball.
3:22 p.m. | Wort Helped Off
A solemn moment here in Memorial Stadium as Tom Wort had to be helped off the field after an apparent leg injury. Jaydan Bird will step in in his place, but everyone's thoughts and prayer's are with Wort in hopes it's not something serious.
3:19 p.m. | Jaz Hands
We saw WR Jaz Reynolds with the pretty one-handed touchdown catch last week at Kansas State. He accounts for another nifty one-handed play, this time stopping Tress Way's punt from going into the end zone.
3:17 p.m. | Rare Sack
Something we haven't seen much of this year, Landry Jones was dropped for a loss of 10 yards on third down for the Sooners. It's only the fourth sack the offensive line has allowed all season. OU leads the nation in that category, and the Sooner defense also has the most sacks of any team in the nation. They'll look to get another one here as they have the Aggies backed up against their own goal line.
3:14 p.m. | Quick Pick
Javon Harris intercepts a Ryan Tannehill pass near midfield and returns it 25 yards to the Texas A&M 20 and the Sooners are back in business on offense.
3:11 p.m. | Belldozer
Oklahoma turns to the "Belldozer" formation they unveiled last week to score from short yardage. R-freshman QB Blake Bell followed fullbacks Aaron Ripkowski and Trey Millard into the end zone from two yards out to put the Sooners on top, 7-3.
3:05 p.m. | Broyles Streaking
The first big play for the Sooner offense, Landry Jones fires a dart to a streaking Ryan Broyles down the middle of the field for a 57-yard gain. That was pretty, now the Sooners will look to ride the momentum into the end zone.
3:01 p.m. | Aggies Score First
Texas A&M converts a 43-yard field goal to put the first points on the board and take a 3-0 lead on the Sooners. After giving up a couple of big pass completions to Jeff Fuller and Ryan Swope, credit the OU defense for buckling down and holding the Aggies to three.
2:54 p.m. | Habern Dressed
Good to see Ben Habern dressed and back on the sidelines for the Sooners. Gabe Ikard started the game and is still taking the snaps at center, but perhaps we'll see Habern in at either guard or center later today. He has a protective soft cast on his wrist and looks ready to get in on the action.
2:51 p.m. | Turnover Battle
OU's first turnover does not come back to bite as the Sooner defense forces the Aggies to punt on their first possession. For the season, Oklahoma is now dead even with their opponents in the turnover battle. The Sooners have lost seven fumbles and given up 16 turnovers overall on the year, while they have forced the same number in each column by their opponents.
2:46 p.m. | Emotions High
Oklahoma turns the ball over on a fumble by James Hanna, giving the first big break of the game to the Aggies. Hanna was then flagged for a penalty after showing his frustration. Players on both sides of the ball are doing a little extra jawing, pushing and shoving after the play. OU has been flagged for two penalties already. The coaches are stressing cleaning it up and using their intensity in a positive manner rather than letting the Aggies get under their skin.
2:42 p.m. | Chippy
Texas A&M's No. 99 was just sent off the field by the referee after getting a little chippy with Roy Finch following the last play. Not sure if he's ejected for the game, but we'll get confirmation.
2:39 p.m. | Wind Factor
With the blowing almost directly out of the south, it is certain to have some sort of impact in today's game. The Sooners will be going directly into it here to start the game but will benefit by having it at their backs in the second quarter. The breeze is at a steady 20-25 mph right now, but we could have gusts up to 40 mph at times throughout the game.
2:36 p.m. | We're Underway
Texas A&M kicks off and the Sooners will be on offense to start the game. We're underway in Norman!
2:32 p.m. | We Miss You Bob
Just prior to the intro video, SoonerVision paid a nice tribute to the late Bob Barry, Sr., by playing sound bites from some of his calls as the Voice of the Sooners. They left the screen black so Bob could paint the picture just like he did for so many years. We miss you Bob! You are and always will be the Legend!
2:29 p.m. | Intro Video
For those of you unable to see it inside the stadium, here's the intro that is playing right now on the big screen:
2:25 p.m. | Packed House
In addition to the players being fired up, the crowd here at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium seems to have a little extra energy as well as they look to cheer the Sooners on to the start of a new home winning streak. Everyone is already in their seats and anxiously awaiting the arrival of the Sooners.
2:19 p.m. | Pride Marches On
The Sooners and Aggies are off to their respective locker rooms and the Pride of Oklahoma is now performing their pregame routine on the field. One observation from warmups -- the Sooners appeared energized and focused as they went through stretching and position drills. Players were bouncing around and firing each other up, clearly motivated by last year's loss to A&M and the last home loss to Texas Tech.
2:14 p.m. | Perfect Football Weather
With temperatures in the mid-60s throughout the afternoon, it's perfect football weather in Norman. The wind could be a factor in today's game with gusts between 20-25 mph. We'll take this any day though, especially after the torrential downpour we had prior to the last home game:
2:06 p.m. | Stoops' Revenge
After OU's 33-19 loss at Texas A&M last year, Sooner fans can look to the following statistic for optimism today: The 11 times that Coach Stoops has lost a conference game on the road, he is 11-0 in the next meeting between the schools. Even more impressive, OU's average margin of victory in those contests is four touchdowns:
|Road Loss||Next Meeting|
|2010 - Texas A&M 33, OU 19||2011 - ?|
|2010 - Missouri 36, OU 27||2011 - OU 38, Missouri 28|
|2009 - Texas Tech 41, OU 13||2010 - OU 45, Texas Tech 7|
|2009 - Nebraska 10, OU 3||2010 - OU 23, Nebraska 20|
|2007 - Texas Tech 34, OU 27||2008 - OU 65, Texas Tech 21|
|2007 - Colorado 27, OU 24||2010 - OU 43, Colorado 10|
|2005 - Texas Tech 23, OU 21||2006 - OU 34, Texas Tech 24|
|2002 - Okla. State 38, OU 28||2003 - OU 52, Okla. State 9|
|2002 - Texas A&M 30, OU 26||2003 - OU 77, Texas A&M 0|
|2001 - Nebraska 20, OU 10||2004 - OU 30, Nebraska 3|
|1999 - Texas Tech 38, OU 28||2000 - OU 27, Texas Tech 13|
|1999 - Colorado 38, OU 24||2002 - OU 27, Colorado 11|
|Avg. Margin = 28.6 points|
1:56 p.m. | Switzer Immortalized
Highlighting the pregame festivities today in Norman, OU honored its all-time winningest coach, Barry Switzer, with a statue next to those already in place of Bud Wilkinson and Bennie Owen. During his speech, Switzer paid tribute to those who came before him, recognized a number of his coaches and former players who were in attendance, and reminded Sooner fans how lucky they are to have the tradition we have here. You were and still are The King, Barry. Boomer Sooner!
1:47 p.m. | Live from the Field
We're set up in our traditional location on the 50-yard line behind the OU bench and ready to bring you the action live from Owen Field. Stay tuned throughout the game for notes, multimedia and reaction as the Sooners take on the Aggies.
1:35 p.m. | OU vs. Texas A&M
OU hosts Texas A&M in Norman Saturday afternoon. Kick is at 2:36 p.m. CT on ABC. Follow our live blog throughout the day.