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5:52 p.m. | Final: OU 45, Texas Tech 7
It's official here in Norman. Stay tuned to SoonerSports.com for complete postgame coverage including recap, stats, notes, quotes, photos and highlights. Thanks again to those in attendance for showing up strong throughout the year and making Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium one of the most intimidating places to play in America!
Recap | Stats | Notes | Quotes | Photo Gallery | Highlights
5:49 p.m. | Home Winning Streak
With under two minutes remaining, we're going to chalk this one in the 'W' column.
With the win, Oklahoma continues to extend the nation's longest home winning streak, now at 36 games. The streak began on Sept. 1, 2005 and is safe for at least another nine months, with OU's next home game not coming until next September.
5:47 p.m. | Senior Salute
A number of OU seniors are getting the opportunity to play as time winds down here in their final game on Owen Field. This senior class has never lost a game at home, and with tonight's victory, they now boast a 41-12 career record, including 22-8 in Big 12 play. Congratulations seniors, and thanks again for all of your contributions to this program over the last five years!
5:43 p.m. | 85,116 in Attendance
Today's attendance was just announced over the PA system.
It marks the 74th consecutive sellout at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium (every game of the Stoops' era), extending the program record which OU broke earlier this year.
5:39 p.m. | Defensive Tune
After a first half filled with offensive fireworks, the second half of this game has taken on much more of a defensive tune. OU allowed the big run up the middle early in the third quarter but have been stout since. On the other side, Oklahoma has only put seven points on the board since the break, but that has been more a result of taking the foot off the gas pedal.
5:34 p.m. | Big 12 Flags
Gazing at the scoreboard in the south end zone, another realization just hit us -- this will probably be the final time the colors of all 12 conference schools will fly above Owen Field.
With Colorado and Nebraska parting ways next year and this being Oklahoma's final home game in 2010, OU will have to reconfigure the flags representing its fellow Big 12 member institutions.
5:27 p.m. | J-Nel Notches INT
Another senior gets a lasting memory in his final game on Owen Field, as Jonathan Nelson
intercepts Texas Tech on its most recent drive. J-Nel is another one of our weekly video series subjects, and earlier this week he shared his most memorable moments at Memorial Stadium in advance of Senior Day.
5:23 p.m. | We're Lovin' It
SoonerVision just played the fan photo feature up on the big screen. Remember, Sooner fans anywhere can send in their photos to
firstname.lastname@example.org. The best photos are shown on the big screen during the game while we archive them all here.
5:18 p.m. | Stadium Atmosphere
It was pretty loose inside Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium during the third-quarter break. Sooner fans were dancing to the tune of "Tequila" playing over the loudspeakers while the student section was trying to start the wave. The crowd has thinned quite a bit with the cool temperatures, but OU fans are certainly feeling good with the home team's performance today.
5:13 p.m. | Go Madu
Great to see senior (and Norman product) Mossis Madu
break off a big run here in his final game at Owen Field. The Sooner offense continues to feed Madu the ball as the clock rolls with OU up, 45-7. With Tech passing on every play, it should help to shorten the game.
5:05 p.m. | Broyles Passes Clayton
With that last touchdown reception, Ryan Broyles passed Mark Clayton for sole possession of OU's career TD receptions record (32). Hey, passing Clayton in any receiving category should get a few mentions. Shows you how complete a receiver Broyles is. He's not the biggest but he goes up and comes down with the ball.
4:59 p.m. | D-Line Getting Pressure
Defensive tackle Jamarkus McFarland gets a big paw in the face of Potts and tips a pass to force a Tech punt from the shadow of their own end zone.
The Sooner defensive line has applied pressure on the Red Raider offense with sacks from Jeremy Beal and Pryce Macon plus two PBUs from Beal and McFarland.
4:51 p.m. | Third Quarter
The flow of the game has slowed here in the third quarter and neither team has put any new points on the board. However, the Sooners are driving on the Tech end of the field. Couple of notable visitors on the sideline including former Sooner offensive coordinator Mark Mangino and former DB D.J. Wolfe.
4:47 p.m. | Band Brings It
Hand it to the band today. A squad of them have trekked to the east-side upper deck and are bringing "Boomer, Sooner!" to the fans up there. Throughout the second half, the group will make its way around the stadium to visit the fans no matter where they sit. Good to see OU keeping the fans in the game.
4:41 p.m. | Stills Stepping Up
Freshman receiver Kenny Stills already has a career-high 86 yards on four receptions. His previous high was 77 yards against Colorado. Stills also now has back-to-back games with a touchdown reception.
4:32 p.m. | Getting Cooler
The sun still shines on the east stands but the rest of the stadium and field are now in the shade -- and it's beginning to get noticeably cooler.
Most of the players are in long sleeves and heaters are cranking on the sideline. At least the rain that moved through the area on Friday was long gone before today's game.
4:22 p.m. | Celebrating Bob Barry
Today's halftime entertainment includes a tribute to Bob Barry, the Voice of the Sooners from 1961-72 and 1991-present. OU unveiled a banner from the press box from the newly renamed Bob Barry Broadcast Level. In his 50th year of broadcasting, Barry is calling his final game from the OU press box today. He will continue to work through the men's basketball season, but this is Barry's final year calling the play-by-play for the Sooners. Check out a photo gallery documenting Barry's legendary career.
4:16 p.m. | Familiar Feeling
It's hard not to reminisce about the 2008 OU-Tech game here in Norman with the way the Sooners dominated the first half. In fact, the score of this game is very similar to what it was two years ago at the halfway point. Oklahoma led 42-7 at the break in the 2008 game and holds a 38-7 advantage here in this one.
4:11 p.m. | Broyles Adds Another
Ryan Broyles grabs
his second TD of the game, this one a 19-yarder from Landry Jones. With that score, the junior receiver conquers another Sooner record, matching Mark Clayton for career touchdown catches with 31. We head to halftime with Oklahoma firmly in control, 38-7.
4:07 p.m. | Beal Sacks Again
With his second sack of the game, Jeremy Beal continues to creep ever-closer to the Oklahoma career record. He now has
eight for the season and 28.5 for his career (Cedric Jones holds the OU record with 31.5. If you haven't noticed, Beal also stars in his own weekly video series on SoonerSports.com, taking you inside his life both on and off the field for the Sooners.
4:03 p.m. | Lewis Against Tech
Another note on Travis Lewis' interception earlier this quarter -- it's the second-straight home game against Tech that the junior LB has picked off a pass. He also had one in the memorable 2008 contest when OU knocked off the then-No. 2 Raiders.
4:01 p.m. | Points in Bunches
An ominous trend in the first half for Texas Tech -- the Red Raiders have given up 21 points in either the first or second quarter in three of their four losses this season. The Sooners opened today's contest with 24 points in the first stanza, so we're hoping to see that trend continue.
3:56 p.m. | Red Raider Red
In addition to a different look on offense than what we've seen from Texas Tech in recent years, the Red Raiders are also sporting a bit of a non-traditional look with their uniforms today. Tech is wearing white helmets with red pants as opposed to their more traditional black helmets/black pants combo.
3:47 p.m. | Big Play Defense
Speaking of big plays, Travis Lewis intercepts Tech quarterback Taylor Potts on a 3rd-and-six play and returns it 29 yards before being brought down at the Red Raider 43. It's Lewis second interception of the season (his first came against Florida State).
3:43 p.m. | Cashing in on Big Plays
Since the opening gun, Coach Wilson and the Oklahoma offense have made a concerted effort to attack the middle of Texas Tech's secondary. OU began the game with a deep ball on its first play from scrimmage
and tagged the Red Raiders with a pass interference penalty. Since then, the Sooners have capitalized on a number of other big plays, including the last TD.
3:38 p.m. | Broyles Hauls One In
Landry Jones looks to favorite target Ryan Broyles for OU's latest touchdown, a 21-yard strike. With that TD catch, Broyles also breaks his own single-season receptions record. He originally set the record
last year with 89 and now has 90 catches in 2010. With that score, OU also exceeded Tech's season average of 30.9 points allowed per game. A reminder that there is still over 10 minutes remaining in the second quarter.
3:34 p.m. | Fourth-Down Defense
For the second time in today's game, Oklahoma's defense stuffs the Red Raiders on fourth-and-one. This time, senior DE Jeremy Beal takes down Taylor Potts in the backfield for his seventh sack of the season. Beal now has 27.5 sacks for his career, just four shy of the OU career record held by Cedric Jones. A week after OU was shut out on three fourth-and-one opportunities, it's nice to see the Sooner defense answering the call today.
3:27 p.m. | First Title Teams Honored
Oklahoma's 1950 and 1955 national championship teams were honored during the quarter break. Some 40 members of the two teams are back in Norman for a reunion this weekend, which included a reception last night and today's recognition. Following are pictures of OU's first two title teams (1950 followed by 1955):
3:21 p.m. | Finch Scores First
Freshman running back Roy Finch (Niceville, Fla.) waltzes into the end zone at Owen Field for the first time in his career to stretch OU's lead to 24-7. Here's hoping to see plenty more of No. 22 in the end zone -- both in Norman and away.
3:20 p.m. | More on Murray
With the TD pass from Landry Jones, DeMarco Murray now holds OU's record for career receiving yards by a running back with 1,347 yards. Murray passes Quentin Griffin (1,337 yards).
3:18 p.m. | Freshman Stills
Kenny Stills' 59-yard TD reception is the fifth longest TD reception by a freshman in OU history. Ryan Broyles holds the record with a 77-yard TD reception against Washington in 2008. Stills' longest career reception was 32 against Texas.
3:14 p.m. | Tech Defense?
Considering Tech's history, not too surprising the Red Raiders went for it on fourth down. However, under a defensive-minded coach like Tommy Tuberville, it doesn't show too much confidence in his defense stopping the Sooners -- especially with how the OU offense has moved the ball here in the first quarter.
3:07 p.m. | Stills Hauls One In
Freshman Kenny Stills hauled in a deep pass down the middle from Jones for his initial touchdown of the game. The Sooners stretch their lead to 17-7.
The Sooner offense is making a concerted effort to go deep on Tech -- especially when they load the box. The crowd is noticeably louder now as the teams have moved up and down the field.
3:04 p.m. | Owen, Wilkinson Honored
SoonerVision just showed the unveiling of the Bennie Owen and Bud Wilkinson statues from earlier today. The crowd gave applause for Bennie Owen's daughter and Wilkinson's son Jay on the field who were in attendance for the ceremony.
Here's a pic of the unveiling in front of the Bud Wilkinson dorms:
2:52 p.m. | Big Run
Nice run off tackle for DeMarco Murray down the left sideline for 31 yards. The Sooner offense seems poised at this point in the game for big plays.
2:52 p.m. | Tech Answers
Texas Tech answers quickly and rolls down the field to tie the game. The receiver for Tech who caught the TD pass immediately turned to the OU crowd in the south end zone and gave a salute which prompted the inevitable unsportsmanlike penalty. The yardage will be assessed on the kickoff.
2:47 p.m. | Broyles All-Time Receiver
Ryan Broyles just became the all-time leading receiver for OU. He entered the game tied with Mark Clayton at 221 career receptions. Broyles now has 222. He ranks No. 1 in the nation in receptions per game and No. 3 in receiving yards per game.
2:44 p.m. | Murray, TD
DeMarco Murray dives in for a touchdown here in his final game at Owen Field and the Sooners are up quick, 7-0. Amazing how this offense at times can make it look like the defense isn't even on the same field. Good to see Landry Jones confidently airing it out.
2:42 p.m. | What a Contrast
What a contrast from the opening of the game last weekend in College Station. The Sooners are marching down the field on Tech in their first crack at the ball.
2:39 p.m. | Going Deep Early
Oklahoma comes out swinging with a deep pass to Kenny Stills but Texas Tech is flagged for interference. The Sooners appear to be ready to test the Red Raider secondary immediately. Speaking of Tech, the uniforms are certainly bright with white helmets, white jerseys and red pants.
2:33 p.m. | BOOMER, SOONER
The team has taken the field and the crowd is rocking "Boomer, Sooner" back and forth as Texas Tech runs out.
It's a gorgeous afternoon for football in Norman. Let's get it started.
2:28 p.m. | We're About to Kick
The Pride of Oklahoma just marched off the field formed as a giant "OU" and the Sooner Schooner did its inaugural lap across the grass. SoonerVision is showing the projected starting lineups and the intro video is just seconds away.
2:19 p.m. | Seniors Honored
Oklahoma's 17 seniors were honored on the field here in the pre-game with their families and handshakes from OU President David L. Boren and Director of Athletics Joe Castiglione. The seniors will be aiming to win against Tech today and finish their careers without a loss on Owen Field in Norman.
The Sooners have won 35 consecutive -- the nation's longest active streak.
2:14 p.m. | Beal, Taylor Share Award
Senior defensive end Jeremy Beal and defensive tackle Adrian Taylor were just announced as the winners of the annual Don Key Award which honors outstanding seniors for character on and off the field. Congratulations JB and AT!
1:49 p.m. | Coaches on Field
Coach Stoops and Texas Tech head coach Tommy Tuberville just met on Owen Field here with roughly 45 minutes to go before kickoff. It's the first matchup between the head coaches.
1:36 p.m. | Live From Owen Field
We're now set up here behind OU's bench on the west side of Owen Field. Coach Gundy has the running backs in the middle of pre-game drills in front of us. We're less than an hour from kickoff.
We're in the sun right now but it will cool off quick as the shade from the press box stretches over us. Expect temps in the low 60s to fall fast into the 50s as the game wears on.
8:02 a.m. | Full Slate of Events
Utilize these resources from SoonerSports.com to take full advantage of all the events planned for Saturday in Norman:
Sooner Gameday Central - Attending Game, Media Coverage
Frequently Asked Questions About Saturday's Game
14 Foundation to Collect Thanksgiving Donations
Fan's Guide to OU Gameday | Visitor's Guide to OU Athletics
7:41 a.m. | Saturday's Headlines
View this morning's headlines from Oklahoma beat writers, Texas Tech and national sources. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.
Simplified Approach Could Help Oklahoma - Tulsa World
OU Hasn't Had Worries at Home - Norman Transcript
Tech's Young Secondary Struggles - Lubbock Avalanche
Texas Tech Looking for Upset in Norman - FS Southwest
Senior Day, More for Murray, Carter, Lewis - Tulsa World
Seniors Set to End Career in Norman - The Oklahoman
Tech at Oklahoma: Tale of the Tape - Lubbock Avalanche
Defensive Matchups: Tech at Oklahoma - Double-T Nation
Three-Way Tie in Big 12 South Still Possible - Tulsa World
Sooners Taking Aim at Miami's Streak - The Oklahoman
Raiders, Mojo in Danger at OU - Lubbock Avalanche
Offensive Matchups: Tech at Oklahoma - Double-T Nation
Sooners Prepare for Balanced Tech Team - FS Southwest
What's at Stake, Who to Watch, Bottom Line - Tulsa World
OU, Tech Players, Coaches on the Spot - The Oklahoman
Gameday Tips for OU-Texas Tech Game - Tulsa World
Tuberville Faces Stoops in Norman - Lubbock Avalanche
Players, Coaches Sound of on Saturday - The Oklahoman
Time for Sooners to Resort to Gimmicks? - Tulsa World