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10:19 p.m. | Sealing the Deal
Oklahoma takes over on downs on FSU's 10-yard line and that will seal it in Tallahassee folks. No. 1 Oklahoma weathers the storm and will come away with a win against a top-five team on the road. It wasn't easy and not always pretty but the Sooner fans are serenading the departing FSU fans with chants of OU, OU, OU. Boomer Sooner as OU wins it, 23-13. See you in Norman!
10:17 p.m. | Sooner Fans
With Doak Campbell silent (at least on the FSU side) the Sooner fans are making their presence known. You could hear the "oooooh-you" on the kickoff and the faithful erupted on that last sack. Now, they're giving the Noles' offense an ear-full from the rafters.
10:15 p.m. | Jimmy for Three
Jimmy Stevens provides the Sooners a little cushion with his third field goal on three tries. The Sooners hold a 10-point lead with two minutes left in the game.
10:13 p.m. | Gut Check
Hand it to the Sooners for taking the best shot of a No. 5 team in a hostile envronment and responding with a huge play to grab the lead. If they hang on, it was certainly gut-check time for OU on national TV.
10:11 p.m. | Two for Harris
Harris picked off his second pass with 5:34 remaining in the fourth quarter and became OU's first player with two interceptions in the same game since Jamell Fleming accomplished the feat at Texas A&M in 2010.
10:09 p.m. | Hands
We take it a bit for granted seeing it every week in Norman, but OU's receivers make some unbelievable catches week-in and week-out. You won't see any better grabs than a couple Kenny Stills has made tonight with Florida State DBs draped all over him. It's a combination of concentration and hands. Certainly it requires natural ability, but also credit Coach Norvell with the job he does with OU's receivers across the board.
10:07 p.m. | Turnover
Sooners force a timley turnover (Ronnell Lewis tip, Javon Harris interception) and will look to hold on with 5:34 left on the clock.
10:05 p.m. | The Flag
We do have to mention the Sooner crowd at this point. An incredible showing on the road. One fan keeps waving an OU flag that is noticable from the blimp in its energy. Keep it coming.
10:01 p.m. | Stilling the Crowd
Kenny Stills has a career high in receiving yards after his last catch. Eclipses his previous high of 86 vs. Texas Tech in 2010.
9:59 p.m. | Holy Smokes!
Landry Jones hits Ryan Broyles on a crucial third-down pass to move the chains and on the subsequent play, Jones finds Kenny Stills in the end zone on a 37-yard pass. Oklahoma lands a slobberknocker to re-gain the lead, 20-13.
9:55 p.m. | Weather the Storm
There has been talk throughout the week about how there hasn't been this big a game in Tallahassee in 10 years. Florida State fans are getting all they bargained for, and they're making their presence felt with the game now tied at 13 apiece. Remember Stoops' quote at the beginning of the game? "Weather the storm..." The Sooners need to respond here and overcome the hostile environment.
9:53 p.m. | Feeling It
In addition to the injuries, how many times have we seen players hunching over either in pain or exhaustion after a play? The physicality of this game is certainly starting to show its effects. You can be sure both OU and FSU players alike will be feeling this one when they get out of bed tomorrow morning.
9:52 p.m. | We're Tied
With 9:32 to go in the game, Florida State evens the score, 13-13, on a 56-yard TD pass. It's getting hairy down in Tallahassee.
9:49 p.m. | Way, Wort
Tress Way boots OU out of danger from the end zone and Oklahoma's defense will need to come up with a stop. Tom Wort comes up with a big sack -- he's having a huge game.
9:37 p.m. | One TD Away
Another fantastic punt by Way (with an OU roll) gives the Seminoles the ball at their own 10. They only need a TD to tie the game. Trickett appears comfortable, firing a 20-yard pass to provide FSU some breathing room
9:34 p.m. | Front Page
As expected, tonight's showdown is receiving all sorts of national attention. Following are some of the major media outlets featuring OU-FSU on their front pages:
9:33 p.m. | Fourth Quarter
We go to the fourth quarter with a tight game in Tallahassee -- a surprising defensive struggle to most pundits. OU faces an important third down (aren't they all important at this point) at its own 44. The Seminole fans are rocking the War Chant to fire up the defense for a stop.
9:30 p.m. | Landry Passes Sam
With that last completion, Landry Jones becomes OU's all-time passing leader with 8,417 yards. Jones passes Bradford who held the record with 8,403 yards (2007-09).
9:28 p.m. | Game Tightens
Another field goal (that's four total for both teams) brings FSU closer, 13-6, here late in the third quarter.
9:24 p.m. | Score Irony
Anyone notice the irony of the score here in the state of Florida? It's 13-3 and strangely similar to OU's 13-2 win in the national championship game against the Seminoles during the 2000 season.
9:21 p.m. | Trenches
With Oklahoma's high-octane aerial attack and up-tempo offense, the Sooners are often depicted as a finesse team. However, tonight OU is showing it can go blow-for-blow with the best of them on both sides of the ball. Keep an eye on the battle in the trenches the remainder of the game. That's where the real battle in this game is taking place.
9:17 p.m. | Manuel Being Examined
Just announced by the press box PA that FSU quarterback EJ Manuel was taken off the field to have his shoulder examined. Backup QB Clint Trickett is warming up on the sideline.
9:13 p.m. | We're Here
FSU's Manuel is having success with short passes at the middle of the Sooner defense but Javon Harris just delivered a wake-up blow to the receiver.
9:09 p.m. | Record Crowd
Oklahoma is used to record crowds ...in Norman. But the No. 1 Sooners and No. 5 Seminoles have attracted a Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium-record of 84,392 for tonight's tilt. It's the eighth largest road crowd to ever see the Sooners play.
9:07 p.m. | Way Big Again
Another huge punt by Tress Way for 51 yards. The Florida State offense will be forced to begin at its own 11.
9:01 p.m. | Big D
Excellent series for the Sooner defense as it stuffs FSU and forces a punt on the opening series of the second half. Oklahoma's offense returns to the field looking for an elusive TD.
8:58 p.m. | Haywood
Austin Haywood delivers a crushing blow to the return man for FSU on the opening kickoff in his best imitation of the Hammer. However, a subsequent penalty negates a bit of the stop.
8:56 p.m. | 12 Yards
Interesting angle on the Sooner defense -- especially the message board concern up the middle with the d-tackles. Excluding Manuel's running, FSU has just 12 yards rushing from its offense.
8:51 p.m. | Hard Hits
Plenty of hard hitting on both sides of the ball, resulting in more of a defensive battle than the air raid that was predicted coming in. After the opening march by Oklahoma, both defenses have asserted themselves. Offensive adjustments at the half will be interesting. Who will gain traction?
8:46 p.m. | Landry
Landry Jones needs just five passing yards to move ahead of Sam Bradford on the career passing list at OU.
8:41 p.m. | Brothers
Prior to big downs for the Sooner offense, ABC keeps showing alternating shots of Bob on the OU sideline, followed by Mark making his defensive calls on the other. Fascinating angle for the viewers but it drives home the point OU's Coach Stoops made this week at his press conference (and many times before). Absolutely no joy in taking on a brother.
8:35 p.m. | Halftime
Stevens connects on a 29-yard field goal and OU goes up, 13-3 at the half. Although OU will take the points, another frustrating trip to the goal line for the Sooner offense. Two field goals instead of TDs.
8:31 p.m. | Harris
Another INT for the Sooner defense, this time by Javon Harris, and he takes it back to the FSU 3. Oklahoma will look to make FSU pay on the scoreboard for that mistake.
8:25 p.m. | Settle for 3
Stevens connects on a 21-yard field goal but the Sooners would have liked a TD there as they attempted to punch it in on the ground.
8:22 p.m. | Flash
In the face of the driving Sooners, Florida State's video screen flashes an extremely distracting black and white "Make Noise" graphic. At night, just add some fake smoke and cue the disco music. No idea if it is a distraction to the players on the field but annoying from the press box.
8:19 p.m. | Stills Stretching Field
Kenny Stills comes up with a 38-yard catch on a first-down play and the Sooners are in business at the FSU 29. Trey Millard rumbles to the Nole 9 and OU is threatening.
8:16 p.m. | Tempo
After a forced turnover and another stop by the defense on its last two series, you get a sense that the Sooner offense has had a chance to catch its breath and will push the tempo again.
8:11 p.m. | Way Tilts the Field
Punter and Sooner captain Tress Way booms a 51-yard punt and pins the Noles at their own 14-yard line. Hard to overestimate the weapon that Way has become for OU in field position.
8:06 p.m. | Wort INT
Incredible play by Tom Wort as he tips the pass from Manuel and intercepts the ball. Wort met earlier today at the team hotel with fellow Brit Sam Deakin who crossed the pond to watch the Sooners tonight in Tallahassee. Again, very athletic play for No. 21.
8:03 p.m. | Game Halts
Scary moment as FSU receiver Kenny Shaw is sandwiched between Tom Wort and Javon Harris and drops to the ground. The pass has been ruled incomplete but Harris was flagged for a personal foul. The ball is sitting at the OU 11-yard line. The Seminoles will have a first down and will threaten to take the lead.
7:56 p.m. | QB Pressure
Early indications are that whoever is able to get to the quarterback more tonight is going to have the upper hand. On Florida State's first drive, EJ Manuel had some success until the Sooner defense started getting in his face. On the other side, Landry Jones was spot-on with his accuracy until the one time the Seminoles got some pressure on him, resulting in the INT.
7:54 p.m. | End of First Quarter
After an opening drive for TD by the Sooners, a long field goal and interception have the FSU crowd back in the game. We begin the second with the Seminole offense in Oklahoma territory.
7:49 p.m. | ...Until Then
Florida State hit Jones as he was in the motion of a pass and the fluttering ball was scooped up by the Seminoles with a diving interception. Big turnover here in the first quarter.
7:47 p.m. | Crisp
It's just the second possession but Oklahoma's offense looks crisp and lethal. The Sooners are slinging it for big gains
7:44 p.m. | Field Goal
After a promising drive and apparent touchdown, penalties and a sack forced FSU to settle for a 53-yard field goal. It's good and the Seminoles pull within 7-3. Overall, a good stand by the defense.
7:41 p.m. | Stiffen
The Sooner defense is attempting to stiffen here at the end of FSU's drive on the short field. A stop or field goal would be big considering the way the Seminoles began their offensive possession. Certainly brought life back to the crowd.
7:28 p.m. | Scripting It Perfectly
Scripting the perfect way to quiet a raucous home crowd amped up for this matchup between top-5 teams? Go on a long march on your opening drive and punch it in. TD Sooners in 15 plays. Oklahoma 7, Florida State 0. Statement by OU very early.
7:26 p.m. | OU Rolling
Oklahoma is gashing the FSU defense here early on their opening drive. The Sooners opened with several passes to the sidelines, then turned up the running game through the middle of the Seminole defense. OU is on the goal line in front of the Sooner fans' end of the stadium.
7:19 p.m. | Stoops on Crowd Noise
The crowd noise at Doak Campbell Stadium is certainly coming through loud and clear on the ABC broadcast. What is the key for the Sooners in overcoming the hostile environment? Coach Stoops' answer to Erin Andrews: "It's three-and-a-half hours of ball. Hopefully you start off right but if you don't, you have to weather the storm and keep going."
7:17 p.m. | 85 is Broyles
Funny moment in the press box. The internal PA keeps referring to No. 85 on offense for the Sooners as Geneo Grissom, who wears the number for the defense. Ryan Broyles is, of course, the player he's supposed to be referring to. OU's media contingent got a chuckle out of the number confusion.
7:15 p.m. | It's On
Jones' first pass is complete to Kenny Stills who returns to the lineup after missing OU's opener. The Sooners follow that up with a dash up the middle by Brennan Clay for 12 yards. A quick first down and good sign for the Sooner offense.
7:14 p.m. | Kickoff
Oklahoma's offense will take the field first after Florida State won the toss and deferred. The noise will come immediately.
7:11 p.m. | OU vs. the Seminoles
Since a 36-19 loss in the first meeting with Florida State in 1964, Oklahoma has reeled off five wins in the series (5-1, OU). Included in that streak are three Orange Bowl victories at the end of the 1979, 1980 and 2000 seasons. Aside from that first meeting, both teams have been ranked in every meeting. Although the Sooners have played the Seminoles four of six times in the state of Florida, OU has never played FSU in Tallahassee.
7:09 p.m. | Osceola Casts Spear
Chief Osceola, riding Renegade, has charged to midfield, reared back and struck the Seminoles logo with the traditional flaming spear. Of course, the crowd went berserk.
7:04 p.m. | War Chant Underway
Doak Campbell is now shaking with a loud pre-game edition of the War Chant. During a very exciting game with Auburn in 1984, the Marching Chiefs began to perform the "war chant" cheer. Some students behind the band joined in and continued the "war chant" portion after the band had ceased. The chant continued largely among the student body during the 1985 season, and by the 1986 season was a stadiumwide activity. Of course, the Marching Chiefs refined the chant, plus put its own special brand of accompaniment to the "war chant", and the result exists today.
7:01 p.m. | FSU's Band on Field
Florida State's marching band, "The Marching Chiefs", is the largest college marching band in the world with approximately 470 members. By contrast, the Pride of Oklahoma has roughly 315 members. OU did not travel with its full contingent but a the members who did receive the honor will undoubtedly be loud.
6:57 p.m. | Merv's Keys
Merv Johnson's keys to the game from Sooner Sports Network Radio pre-game show: 1) "Control the ends - split ends, tight ends and defensive ends," 2) "Hang in there - play the full 60 minutes," 3) "Limit mistakes - games like these are often decided by who has the fewest turnovers and penalties."
6:49 p.m. | Sooner Support
Here's a shot of the Sooner fan sections at Doak Campbell. Not everyone is in white but the difference is enough to easily distinguish the OU road support. Another impressive showing by Oklahoma fans 1,000 miles from Norman.
6:44 p.m. | Frank's Number Change
The press box just announced officially that Frank Alexander will have a jersey number change and wear No. 12 in honor of the late Austin Box.
6:39 p.m. | Travis Lewis
Travis Lewis is first Sooner down the ramp decked out in full uniform. No official word that he will play but he's sure looking the part of being ready to play.
6:23 p.m. | Media Attention
The hype leading up to tonight's game has been at a heightened level even by Sooner standards. Word is that Florida State issued 628 media credentials for the contest. They eyes of the nation will certainly be on No. 1 OU and Tallahassee tonight.
6:21 p.m. | Sooner Radio
Here's a peek inside the OU radio booth just prior to kickoff. Toby Rowland preparing to call his first Sooner road game:
6:09 p.m. | Stadium Scene
We're roughly an hour away from kickoff for the game here in Tallahassee. The stadium gates have opened, the student section is full and both bands have taken their seats. Sooner players in white road uniforms are warming up with the FSU players on the other side in their traditional home garnet jerseys and gold pants:
5:17 p.m. | Stoops on Field
Coach Stoops and assistants have walked the field at Doak Campbell. He glanced up briefly to watch a highlight from the Tennessee-Florida game playing on the stadium's video boards:
5:03 p.m. | Play Like a Champion
The OU equipment staff has the Sooner locker room set up and ready to go here at Doak Campbell. All details are in order including the traditional "Play Like a Champion" sign that the players and coaches will touch as they head for the field:
4:37 p.m. | Sooners En Route
The Sooners departed the team hotel at 4:30 p.m. (CT) and are on their way to Doak Campbell Stadium. OU is scheduled to arrive at 4:50 p.m., just a little more than two hours before kickoff.
4:23 p.m. | All in the Family
Are the Stoopses the most famous family in college football today? With three brothers currently coaching at the Division I level, they certainly have to be in the running. Following are some of the other prominent coaching families that immediately come to mind:
Gundys: Mike (HC, Oklahoma State); Cale (RBs, Oklahoma)
Kiffins: Lane (HC, USC); Monte (Def. Coord., USC)
Paternos: Joe (HC, Penn State); Jay (QBs, Penn State)
Pelinis: Bo (HC, Nebraska); Carl (Def. Coord., Nebraska)
Spurriers: Steve (HC, South Carolina); Steve Jr. (WRs, SC)
Snyders: Bill (HC, K-State); Sean (Sp. Teams, K-State)
10:48 a.m. | Stoops Feature
Here's a link to the ESPN video feature that just aired on Ron Stoops and his four sons who have carried on his legacy: http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=6980645
10:17 a.m. | Checking Out Field
Did you see the shot on ESPN from the blimp of our bus convoy to Doak Campbell? The team is getting their first look at the setting for tonight's matchup. We'll check out the field, then head back to the hotel for more study and rest. Pic courtesy Drew Allen:
9:18 a.m. | Latest Headlines
View the latest news from local, national and Florida State sources as the Sooners await their 7 p.m. CT matchup with FSU:
Stoops Won't Get Deserved Credit for Win - Sporting News
No Trading Roles With Seminoles - Norman Transcript
FSU Wants Redemption Against OU - Orlando Sentinel
Covering Broyles a Big Challenge - Tallahassee Democrat
Seminoles Circled Date With Sooners - Florida Times-Union
Plenty at Stake for No. 1 Sooners - The Oklahoman
Sooner Fans, OU's Reception in Florida - Norman Transcript
Amid Expansion Talk, Oklahoma Focuses - New York Times
Florida State is Out for Revenge vs. OU - Tulsa World
Jones Has Gone From Good to Great - The Oklahoman
Will FSU's Manuel be on the Move? - Tallahassee Democrat
It's Finally Statement Time for Seminoles - Miami Herald
Sooners Want to Start by Stopping - Norman Transcript
Tallahassee Buzzing Again for Big Game - Orlando Sentinel
Jones Needs Road Test to Prove Mettle - Tulsa World
Kenny Stills "Excited" to Play Again - The Oklahoman
Could FSU's Jimbo Fisher Mimic Bob Stoops? - ESPN
Matchup Means a Lot for FSU - Tallahassee Democrat
Key Matchup: Ryan Broyles vs. Greg Reid - Tulsa World
OU to Slow Seminoles' Rise - Las Vegas Review-Journal
Noles, OU to Skirmish in Showdown - Gulf Breeze News
Stoops' Three Great QBs Strong on Road - The Oklahoman
Test for No. 1 Oklahoma at Tallahassee - New York Times
Returning Doak to Its Glory Days - Tallahassee Democrat
8:47 a.m. | No. 1 OU at Florida State
The Sooners travel to Tallahassee to challenge the Florida State Seminoles at Doak Campbell Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 17. The game kicks at 7 p.m. Central and will be televised to a national audience on ABC. ESPN's College GameDay will broadcast from Tallahassee throughout Saturday.
September 19, 2011
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