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10:44 p.m. | Boomer Sooner!
Mizzou tacks on a late TD but No. 1 Oklahoma defeats Missouri, 38-28, to win its 38th-consecutive game at home (longest streak in the nation) and move to 3-0 on the young season. The Sooners keep MU winless in Norman since 1966. Thanks for joining us tonight and we'll see you next week when OU hosts Ball State at 6 p.m. Boomer Sooner!
10:30 p.m. | Sooners Answer
Oklahoma answers with a touchdown drive of its own in the fourth quarter to go up, 38-21, on the Tigers. The scoring drive was especially sweet considering that Missouri blanked OU in the fourth quarter in last season's loss in Columbia.
10:26 p.m. | Stoops' Offenses
Tonight's game marks the 47th time that a Bob Stoops-coached Sooner team has crossed 500 total yards. No OU coach has had more. Barry Switzer had 46.
10:22 p.m. | First Since First
A 48-yard TD run by Mizzou's Henry Josey gives the Tigers their first points since the first quarter. It's now OU 31, Missouri 21 with 6:44 remaining in the game. The Sooners will likely have their hands team out for the ensuing kickoff.
10:18 p.m. | Clogging the Middle
One of the biggest keys to tonight's game has undoubtedly been the OU defensive line's ability to clog the middle. After Missouri got out to an early lead, they have kept Tiger QB James Franklin between the hashmarks and limited his running lanes.
10:08 p.m. | Picture Perfect
Thanks to Stacey West for this beautiful shot of the sun setting behind Memorial Stadium from earlier tonight. The photo will be available for sale in the OU Photo Store later this week.
9:59 p.m. | 76th Sellout
Oklahoma announces a crowd of 85,547 for tonight's matchup with the Tigers. It marks OU's 76th consecutive sellout. The current string of sellouts is the longest in school history, eclipsing a mark of 69 from 1971-84. Thank you Sooner fans!
9:57 p.m. | Jones Over 300
Landry Jones now has his 15th career 300-yard passing game. He takes over sole possession of that school record from Sam Bradford and Josh Heupel. We head to the fourth quarter with OU up, 31-14.
9:54 p.m. | Missed FG
Missouri again mis-fires on its field goal attempt and the Sooners retain a 31-14 lead late in the third quarter. Gabe Ikard has taken over snapping duties at center on this drive.
9:49 p.m. | Franklin
With a larger lead, it will be interesting to see if OU's defense comes after Franklin a bit more later in the game. The Sooner legacy (his Dad played tight end at OU) has burned the defense for several long gains with his legs. Again, we mention Mizzou's offensive line which has provided good protection for the QB.
9:45 p.m. | Clutch
We have to mention the slick production when Sooner sideline voice Chris Plank delivers highlights from action across the country during breaks in the game. Pretty cool how SoonerVision keeps the crowd updated on games of interest complete with key highlights. Clutch production there.
9:42 p.m. | Athletic Drive
Oklahoma provides a highlight reel of plays on its latest drive and begins to stretch its lead on Missouri. The Sooners worked the sideline on several plays, including a spectacular tight-rope catch by Dominique Whaley, to rev up the crowd.
9:38 p.m. | Show Me
Columbia-native Trey Millard just provided a hit for the Show-Me-State. The Sooner crowd roared at the replay provided by SoonerVision. The big fullback's work may not always be so obvious but there's a reason Coach Stoops rarely fails to mention No. 33 in his press conferences.
9:34 p.m. | Calm Mizzou
Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel and OU's Bob Stoops have very similar demeanors on the sideline, down to the white visors. You sense that both teams take their cues from the dispositions of their head coaches. Pinkel and the Tigers have not been intimidated by Oklahoma's boisterous home crowd or win streak at Owen Field.
9:27 p.m. | Drives
After giving up two passes for TDs in the first quarter, the Sooner defense has snuffed out Missouri's last six drives (the Tigers missed a field goal on one drive). The Sooner offense scored on four of their final six drives of the first half.
9:19 p.m. | Back to Action
Halftime comes to a close and the Sooners are back on the sideline ready for the second half. The caches have made their adjustments -- always interesting to see if the teams can counter the schemes they saw in the first half.
9:03 p.m. | School of Champions
Oklahoma's across-the-board success is on display here at halftime, as all of OU's individual conference and national champions from 2010-11 are being recognized. Here is the complete list:
M Gym - Jacob Dalton, Steven Legendre, Alex Naddour
W Gym - Megan Ferguson, Natasha Kelley, Kayla Nowak
M T&F- Kevin Schwab, K.P. Singh, Mookie Salaam
W T&F - Brittany Borman, Tia Brooks, Candyce McGrone, Jessica Engel, Scottesha Miller
8:59 p.m. | Halftime
A less than desirable start, but OU still heads to the locker room in control after putting together a 21-point swing. Both the offense and defense deserve credit for overcoming slow starts, staying in the game and getting back on the right side of the scoreboard.
8:56 p.m. | Zero Backs
Not sure if it's their typical offensive package or not, but we've noticed Missouri has been operating out of a lot of zero-back sets, where QB James Franklin is the only one in the backfield. A possible explanation could be that they don't have many options at running back. Starter Henry Josey entered the season at third on the depth chart and is the only one of MU's top four RBs that is still available. The rest are out with injuries.
8:48 p.m. | Rolling Now
It took a little longer than usual, but OU's offense appears to have found its rhythm. Highlights of that last scoring drive included a 14-yard rumble by fullback Trey Millard, Dom Whaley's shake n' bake move to pick up 24 yards, and an athletic 27-yard catch by Jaz Reynolds. OU 24, Missouri 14.
8:41 p.m. | Touchdown Maker
With that last TD reception, Broyles has his first multi-touchdown game of the year and the ninth of his career.
8:38 p.m. | First Lead
A four-yard TD pass from Jones to Broyles gives Oklahoma its first lead of the ball game, 17-14. You sense the crowd has been a little anxious up to this point and while there's still a long way to go, the atmosphere inside the stadium is a little more relaxed now.
8:32 p.m. | Multiple Weapons
Ryan Broyles and Kenny Stills tend to steal the spotlight, but Landry Jones is getting a number of different receivers involved in the action tonight. So far, Broyles, Dejuan Miller, Jaz Reynolds and James Hanna all have multiple catches in the game.
8:29 p.m. | Similar Scripts
Much like last week at Florida State, OU's offense is struggling to get up to find its rhythm here in the second quarter, but the defense is beginning to settle in. The Sooners have held Missouri's offense to just one first down on its last two possessions.
8:24 p.m. | Pledge for a Cure
A nice tribute to Javi Restrepo, the late son of OU volleyball coach Santiago Restrepo, just played on the big screen. The Sooner volleyball team will host its annual Pledge for a Cure match to raise money for the OU Children's Hospital this Wednesday against Texas. Coaches Stoops, Kruger and Coale will sign autographs prior to the match. View complete details here:
Pledge for a Cure to Remember Javi Restrepo
8:20 p.m. | Making Noise
SoonerVision's "Make Noise" prompt on the video board wasn't nearly as annoying as Florida State's strobe-like display last weekend, but still just as effective. OU stops the Tigers and will be back on offense shortly.
8:16 p.m. | Crowd Urging
Unaccustomed to trailing at home, the crowd here at Memorial Stadium is doing everything it can to get behind the Sooner defense. The extra noise has already contributed to one false start penalty on Missouri's latest drive, and they're facing third-and-six coming out of the break.
8:05 p.m. | In Business With Broyles
Ryan Broyles provides another big third-down catch to keep the Sooners in business on this drive. Note that last week, Kenny Stills caught the big TD for the highlight reel but Broyles snagged two crucial passes from Jones to set up the scoring strike earlier in the drive. Broyles has now caught a pass in 42-consecutive games. We head to the second quarter in Norman...
8:02 p.m. | 43 for Lewis
Travis Lewis started the 43rd game of his career which marks the most of any Oklahoma linebacker in history. Lewis passed Rocky Calmus who posted 42 starts during his career from 1998-01.
7:59 p.m. | Franklin's Wheels
Missouri's offensive line has had a bit of shuffling here before the game but the guys up front are providing a pocket for Franklin. When it collapses, Franklin has the wheels to make OU pay. Something different from the Tigers' offense that we didn't necessarily see with Blaine Gabbert.
7:53 p.m. | Jones to Broyles
Landry Jones hooks up with Ryan Broyles in the corner of the south end zone and the Sooners charge back to narrow the gap to 14-10. Oklahoma's offense took the ball on the ground at the heart of Missouri's defense early in the drive but TE James Hanna opened it up with a catch to put the Sooners in scoring position.
7:51 p.m. | Notables
A few notable former players and celebrities in attendance at tonight's game in Norman: Rufus Alexander, Marcus Walker, Adron Tennell, Travis and Corey Wilson and Andy Roddick.
7:50 p.m. | The Committee
Roy Finch takes the ball for a 10-yard gain and RBs coach Cale Gundy has now used three guys in the backfield (Whaley, Clay).
7:47 p.m. | Going Deep
Missouri is challenging the Sooners deep as a 45-yard pass goes for another TD. The Tigers seem determined to take the game to Oklahoma's secondary. Six minutes remaining in the first quarter: Missouri 14, Oklahoma 3.
7:46 p.m. | Sooners on the Board
A 26-yard field goal from Michael Hunnicutt narrows Mizzou's lead to 7-3 here in the first quarter. OU's crowd is again firing up the defense as Missouri takes the ball.
7:41 p.m. | Whaley, Miller
Oklahoma's defense stepped up in its second stint on the field and forced the punt. OU seems determined to grind out a few yards as Whaley takes the ball into Missouri territory. After a quiet night in Tallahassee last week, big receiver Dejuan Miller is getting several looks early on. That inside slant against a guy as long-armed as Miller is tough to defend.
7:37 p.m. | Shutting Down
Interesting to note that Missouri shut down OU's tenancy to go for the throat after a big play. Dominique Whaley's big run provided the Sooners an opportunity to go deep but the Tigers picked off Jones' pass. Now, the Sooner defense is up.
7:33 p.m. | Momentum Swing
Big swing of momentum as Oklahoma's first big offensive play is followed immediately by an interception. Early on, the Missouri defense seems keyed in on Landry Jones. The linemen are getting their hands up to tip passes.
7:19 p.m. | Tigers Strike First
After forcing a punt on OU's initial possession, Missouri is marching in their first drive. They've pushed to the Sooner 13. The crowd is trying to drown out the Tiger offense. The Tigers aren't derailed and score the first touchdown of the night.
7:15 p.m. | Saturday Night Lights
The sun is down and the lights are on here at Owen Field. The skycam for the FX broadcast of the game are connected to each of the four light poles on the corners of the field. Second home game and second time for FX and the skycam. Good to have Gus Johnson calling the game for our TV audience.
7:13 p.m. | We're Underway
The ball is in the air and the Sooner offense will have possession first in tonight's game. OU is moving to the south (left to right on our TV screen). Brennan Clay lines up behind Landry Jones to start the game. Ryan Broyles catches a short pass for the first play of the game. Good to see you No. 85!
7:09 p.m. | Crowd Riled Up
The Tigers just ran onto the field following OU and the crowd greeted them with a rumbling "Boomer! Sooner!" you might have been able to hear out in the panhandle. This crowd is riled up and ready for tonight's matchup under the lights in Norman. The fans seem as much ready to take on MU as the team. Should be an entertaining evening of football. Hold on to your seats.
7:03 p.m. | Intro Video
The screens just went dark and we're seconds away from the intro video. Here come your No. 1 Sooners!
7:01 p.m. | Getting Close
We've sung the National Anthem and the band just marched off the field in the famous OU logo. The Sooner Schooner rolled onto the field for the first time (and not the last) tonight. We're about ready for the intro video and the team's entrance to the field.
6:56 p.m. | Welcoming Mizzou
The Pride has just turned to the southeast corner of the stadium and played the Missouri fight song to the delight of the Tiger fans who made the trip down to Norman. Gracious hospitality to our guests is a University of Oklahoma tradition.
6:53 p.m. | Pre-Game
The Pride has taken the field and the stadium has filled up. The flag of the great state of Oklahoma was just unfurled. A huge crimson banner with the words "There's Only One Oklahoma" fills the section where the band stands during the game. The student section decked in crimson is swinging white rally towels which were distributed in the seats prior to the game. Makes for a great scene.
6:51 p.m. | Sooners From Missouri
Three players on the Sooner roster hail from the Show-Me-State -- and they're all starters: OG Tyler Evans (Strafford), OT Donald Stephenson (Blue Springs) and FB Trey Millard (Columbia). Should have a little extra motivation tonight against the Tigers.
6:32 p.m. | Coach Amongst Players
The Sooners are in their stretch formation on the south end of Owen Field. Coach Stoops is making his traditional walk along the lines, shaking hands with each and offering a word of encouragement. The Tigers are in position drills on the north end of the field in their white jerseys, black pants and black helmets.
6:25 p.m. | Owen Field
We're set up at the 50 and ready to bring you the action live from Owen Field as the No. 1 Sooners host the Missouri Tigers. Kickoff is at 7:11 p.m. with the game televised on FX. The Sooners and Tigers are warming up right now and the stadium is filling up. We're roughly 44 minutes from kick.
5:27 p.m. | Harris Honoring Box
Following his two interception performance last week at Florida State, Javon Harris has the privilege of wearing Austin Box's No. 12 on defense tonight. Here is pre-game pic from the locker room of Harris' locker with the honorary jersey next to Box's locker, which will be kept intact throughout the season:
2:19 p.m. | Big Games vs. Tigers
Including tonight, three of the last four meetings between OU and Mizzou have involved the nation's top-ranked team. The Tigers knocked off the BCS No. 1 Sooners last year in Columbia, while Oklahoma did the same to Missouri in the 2007 Big 12 title game. View these and more classic moments from the series in the video feature we released earlier this week:
Oklahoma vs. Missouri Video Library
12:02 p.m. | Gameday Headlines
View the latest headlines on the Sooners from Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Norman plus news on the Tigers from Missouri newspapers and a look at the matchup from national sources:
Breaking Down Oklahoma vs. Missouri - Columbia Tribune
Sooners Have Plenty of Motivation for MU - The Oklahoman
Last Year Still on Sooner Minds - Norman Transcript
MU Confident About Norman Trip - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Roughing the Catcher, Rest for the Weary - Tulsa World
OU, Mizzou Play Game Within Game - Kansas City Star
MU Gave Franklin a Chance at QB - Columbia Tribune
OU Can Still Dominate Big 12 on Field - Norman Transcript
Neinas Seeking Stability for Big 12 - Tulsa World
O-Line Looking for Repeat of Last Year - Columbia Tribune
Sooners' Big 12 Dominance Put to Test - The OU Daily
Would OU Network Change Your Thinking? - Tulsa World
Will Stevens be OU's Kicker in a Month? - The Oklahoman
Sooners Must Protect Landry Jones - ESPN
TCU Shouldn't Dream of Big 12 - Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Big 12 Needs to Expand Back to 12 Teams - The Oklahoman
Memories of Loss Fuel OU in Rematch - Columbia Tribune
Did Big 12 Sweep Crisis Under Rug? - San Antonio Express
Big 12 Unity Remains Matter of Opinion - Houston Chronicle
11:57 a.m. | Scene Setter
OU Radio Affiliates | Oklahoma All-Access
10:14 a.m. | Good Omen
Did you catch the stat Chris Fowler just threw out on ESPN College GameDay? The 10 times that Coach Stoops has lost a conference game on the road, he is 10-0 in the next meeting. Even more impressive -- OU's average margin of victory in those contests is 31 points. We verified the numbers below:
|Road Loss||Next Meeting|
|2010 - Missouri 36, OU 27||2011 - ?|
|2009 - Texas Tech 41, OU 13||2010 - OU 45, Texas Tech 7|
|2009 - Nebraska 10, OU 3||2010 - OU 23, Nebraska 20|
|2007 - Texas Tech 34, OU 27||2008 - OU 65, Texas Tech 21|
|2007 - Colorado 27, OU 24||2010 - OU 43, Colorado 10|
|2005 - Texas Tech 23, OU 21||2006 - OU 34, Texas Tech 24|
|2002 - Okla. State 38, OU 28||2003 - OU 52, Okla. State 9|
|2002 - Texas A&M 30, OU 26||2003 - OU 77, Texas A&M 0|
|2001 - Nebraska 20, OU 10||2004 - OU 30, Nebraska 3|
|1999 - Texas Tech 38, OU 28||2000 - OU 27, Texas Tech 13|
|1999 - Colorado 38, OU 24||2002 - OU 27, Colorado 11|
|Avg. Margin = 30.5 points|
8:01 a.m. | (1) Oklahoma vs. Missouri
The No. 1 Sooners host the Missouri Tigers at 7 p.m. at Owen Field. Keep it here throughout Saturday for complete coverage of Oklahoma's matchup with the Tigers. Boomer Sooner!
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