Sooners Score Final 28 Points To Beat Louisville

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
SEPTEMBER 25, 1999

Sept. 25, 1999

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Josh Heupel threw for a school-record 429 yards and tied another mark with five touchdown passes as Oklahoma beat Louisville, 42-21, Saturday.

Heupel completed 29-of-42 passes for 429 yards, eclipsing the 420 yards he threw for the previous week against Baylor. He connected on 6, 11, 44 and two 52-yard touchdowns and ran for a 1-yard score as the Sooners opened the season 3-0 for the first time since 1995.

Damian Mackey and Jarrail Jackson each caught two TD passes and Josh Norman grabbed another as Heupel connected with eight different receivers in the game.

Michael Thornton carried the ball 17 times for 94 yards as Oklahoma, which came into the game with the nation's third-ranked offense, racked up 544 yards against the Cardinals (2-2).

Chris Redman completed 24-of-49 passes for 292 yards and two touchdowns to lead Louisville. He also threw two interceptions for the third consecutive game.

Lavell Boyd caught six passes for 120 yards and Frank Moreau carried the ball 21 times for 94 yards as the Cardinals' top-ranked offense was held 157 yards below its season average.

Trailing 21-14 midway through the third quarter, Oklahoma intercepted a Redman pass in the end zone and went on to score 28 unanswered points. Heupel hit Mackey with an 11-yard TD to end the third quarter and found him again with a 6-yarder less than a minute into the fourth quarter to take the lead for good.

Redman came into the game needing just 94 yards to become the 14th Division I-A passer to throw for more than 10,000 in a career. He reached the mark on an 11-yard pass to Zek Parker early in the second quarter.

Both teams moved the ball down the field but neither was able to score in the first quarter.

Following a Rashad Holman interception, Jon Hilbert's 27-yard field goal gave Louisville a 3-0 lead. The Sooners struck back on their next possession as Heupel hit Norman with a 52-yard TD to go up 7-3.

The Cardinals came right back as Redman pump faked left and lofted the ball back to a wide open Zek Parker in the right corner of the end zone for a 10-7 lead with 5:18 to play in the half.

Following an Oklahoma fumble, Hilbert kicked a 35-yard field goal to give the Cardinals a 13-7 halftime lead.



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