Sooners Stomp Bears With Aerial Attack

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
SEPTEMBER 18, 1999

Sept. 18, 1999

Bob Stoops Postgame Audio
QB Josh Heupel
Running Back Michael Thornton
Linebacker Rocky Calmus
Tight End Chris Hammons
Defensive Back Rodney Rideau
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Postgame Notes

AP Sports Writer

NORMAN, Okla.-- This time, bad luck and bad judgment had nothing to do with Baylor losing.

Josh Heupel set Oklahoma single-game records for completions, attempts, passing yards and total offense Saturday as the Sooners beat Baylor 41-10 in the Big 12 opener for both teams.

Baylor (0-3) had lost its opener to Boston College on a missed extra point in overtime, and last week saw UNLV return a fumble 99 yards for a touchdown on the game's final play, when all the Bears had to do was take a knee to preserve a victory.

Heupel was 37-of-54 for 420 yards and three touchdowns for Oklahoma (2-0). He had set school marks for completions (31) and touchdowns (5) and had tied the record for yards (341) in last week's 49-0 victory over Division I-AA Indiana State.

Baylor was able to apply pressure to Heupel, sacking him twice and knocking him to the turf several other times. But his quick-hitting passes got the best of the Bears.

His 397 yards of total offense broke the Oklahoma record of 351 set by Cale Gundy against Iowa State in 1992.

Heupel was intercepted twice, but each time Oklahoma intercepted Baylor on the very next play. And after a muffed punt gave Baylor first down at the Oklahoma 31 in the third quarter, the Bears netted minus-4 yards and had to punt.

The Sooner defense controlled Baylor all day, limiting the Bears to 208 total yards, 93 of that coming on Baylor's only touchdown drive in the fourth quarter.

Oklahoma's first play was a shovel pass to Michael Thornton that went for 28 yards and helped set up Seth Littrell's 6-yard touchdown run. Two drives later, Oklahoma went 80 yards in seven plays - all of them passes - with Heupel finding Josh Norman for a 7-yard touchdown.

Heupel added a 22-yard TD pass to Matt Anderson on the second play of the second quarter. Early in the fourth, he hit Chris Hammons on a 7-yard touchdown to make it 31-3.

Oklahoma, penalized just once in the opener, was called for 11 penalties against Baylor. Two negated touchdown passes in one third-quarter drive - an offensive pass interference flag wiped out an 18-yard pass from Heupel to Curtis Fagan, and a delay of game penalty killed a TD pass from Patrick Fletcher to Chris Hammons on a fake field goal.



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