|Oklahoma Game Notes|
Tonight's win marks OU's 800th program victory, becoming just the seventh program to reach the mark. OU is now 800-302-53 in 115 seasons and 88-22-6 in season openers.
With the victory, Oklahoma extends its home winning streak to 31 games, a program best. The current streak is the best in the nation. The Sooners have won 51 of their last 52 on Owen Field. Stoops improves to 67-2 at home.
Tonight's game marked OU's 33rd straight win in home night games. OU is now 36-4 while Stoops is undefeated in home night games (33-0).
Tonight's attendance of 85,151 marked the 69th straight sellout and the school's largest crowd in a home opener. The previous record was 84,749 against Idaho State in 2009.
OU remains undefeated against Utah State, winning all five meetings. Stoops is 2-0 against the Aggies.
Nine Sooners made their first career starts tonight against Utah State. First-time starters were true freshmen Kenny Stills (WR) and Tony Jefferson (SS), redshirt freshman Tom Wort (LB), sophomores Demontre Hurst, (DB) David King (DE), Jamarkus McFarland (DT) and Casey Walker (DT) and juniors Donald Stephenson (OL) and Jamell Fleming (DB).
Jefferson and Stills became the first true freshmen to start in an OU season opener since Tommie Harris (DT) started for the Sooners in 2001 against North Carolina. The last time OU had two true freshmen start in a season opener was in 1975 when Victor Hicks (TE) and Daryl Hunt (MLB) started against Oregon.
Eight true freshmen saw action against Utah State: Brennan Clay, Aaron Colvin, Trey Franks, Tony Jefferson, Trey Millard, Corey Nelson, Kenny Stills and Austin Woods.
|Oklahoma Individual Notes|
DeMarco Murray recorded a career-high 208 rushing yards tonight, passing his previous career high of 128 against Texas in 2007 by 80 yards. The 208 mark was the second highest total by a Sooner in a season opener and the highest at Owen Field.
Tonight marked the 43rd 200-yard rushing game by a Sooner. The only other Sooner to reach 200 yards in a season opener was Quentin Griffin against Tulsa in 2002 with 237.
Murray became the 13th running back in OU history to rush for at least 2,500 career yards. He curerntly has 2,679 rushing yards.
Murray also set a career high with 35 carries in a game, previously 26 against Baylor in 2008.
With his rushing touchdown in the first quarter, Murray moved into sole possesion of fourth-place in career touchdowns at OU with 46. He entered the season tied with Chris Brown (2006-2009).
Murray scored again in the third quarter with a 63-yard touchdown run, bringing his career total to 47. The run was his fourth-longest career rush and third-longest touchdown run. Murray's longest career rush was set against Utah State in 2007 with a 92-yard score.
With two touchdowns against the Aggies, Murray has scored multiple rushing touchdowns in 14 games.
Murray posted his 10th 100-yard rushing game, becoming the 12th Sooner to have 10 or more 100-yard games. Tonight's game also marked his second 100-yard game against Utah State.
Ryan Broyle's recorded two touchdowns in the first half against Utah State, marking his seventh career multiple touchdown game.
Broyles' posted 100-yards receiving in the first half for the second time in his career. He recorded 155 yards in the first half against Idaho State in 2009.
Broyles finished with 182 yards tonight, breaking a season opener record of 135 set by P.J. Mills against Syracuse in 1994.
Tress Way's 85-yard punt in the first quarter was the third longest punt in school history and the longest punt at Owen Field since Joe Wylie's 87-yarder against Kansas State in 1970.
Way's 85-yarder topped the previous season-opener best set by Billy Pricer in 1956 with a 78-yard punt against North Carolina.
Way's previous career best of 74-yards was set against Oklahoma State on Nov. 28, 2009.
Jeremy Beal moved into fifth place in career sacks with 21.5 after bringing down Utah State's Diondre Borel in the third quarter. He passed Jonathan Jackson (21).
Beal recorded two tackles-for-loss and moved into seventh in career tackles-for-loss with 41.5.
Quinton Carter made his fifth career interception tonight in the third quarter.
Jamell Fleming recorded his first career start, first career interception and first career double-digit tackle game (10) against Utah State.
Demontre Hurst recorded his first career start and interception in tonight's game.
Hurst's 49-yard return on the interception marked the longest by a Sooner in a home opener since Hugh Ballard had a 75-yard touchdown return against William & Mary in 1951.
|By the Numbers|
8 - Eight true freshmen saw action in tonight's game.
13 - DeMarco Murray became the 13th running back in OU history to record 2,500 career rushing yards.
21.5 - Jeremy Beal moves to fifth place in career sacks with 21.5 after sacking Utah State's Diondre Borel.
31 - Tonight's win marks OU's 31st straight home win, a program best.
85 - Tress Way's 85-yard punt was the third longest in school history.
100 - Ryan Broyles posted 100-yards receiving in the first half for the second time in his career.
288 - DeMarco Murray posted a career-high 208 yards against the Aggies, passing his previous record by 80 yards.
800 - Tonight's win marks OU's 800th program victory, becoming just the seventh program to reach the mark. OU is now 800-302-53 in 115 seasons.
85,151 - Today's attendance, marking the 69th straight sellout (all under Stoops). It marked the largest crowd in an OU home opener.