Archived Blog: Oklahoma at Texas A&M

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By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
NOVEMBER 10, 2010

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 Date  Saturday, Nov. 6
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9:51 p.m.
| Final: A&M 33, OU 19
Oklahoma falls to 7-2 overall and 3-2 in the Big 12 with tonight's loss to the Aggies. Once again, credit Texas A&M for stepping up on defense when they needed to, but again, the story of the game was the missed opportunities for the Sooners. We're back in Norman next weekend to take on Texas Tech. Game time is still TBD.
9:49 p.m.
| Fourth Down Struggles
For the third time in the ball game, Oklahoma is held out of the end zone on four straight plays after having a first-and-goal inside the five. That will all but do it here from Kyle Field.
9:47 p.m.
| Triple Digits
An astonishing figure, Oklahoma is now over 100 offensive snaps for the ball game.
9:41 p.m.
| Sooners Add a Safety
For the second straight game, Oklahoma blocks a punt out the back of the end zone for a safety. Corey Nelson gets this one, and the Sooners now have 15 safeties during Bob Stoops' tenure, including seven by the special teams. Don't completely shut the door on OU just yet. If the Sooners can score quickly, we still have a game here in College Station.
9:36 p.m.
| Missed Opportunities
While you have to give credit to Texas A&M, it's tough not to think about the missed opportunities for the Sooners in this one as well. After being stuffed again on this last drive, OU has now twice failed to score when it has had first-and-goal inside the five. Also remember the play where Jones missed a wide open Kenny Stills early in the first quarter, the fake field goal that failed and the missed field goal earlier in the fourth quarter. That is a lot of points Oklahoma has left on the board.
9:26 p.m.
| Momentum Swings
From the very first play of the ball game to here in the middle of the fourth quarter, there have definitely been some major momentum changes in this game. After the Sooners fought their way back into the ballgame with 17 unanswered points in the third quarter, Texas A&M has stolen it right back with two quick touchdowns here in the fourth quarter.
9:22 p.m.
| Aggies Strike Big
A 64-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Tannehill to Ryan Swope may have just put this one out of reach for the Sooners. It's now 33-17 with under 8:00 remaining in the contest.
9:16 p.m.
| Field Goal Fails
Yet another opportunity falls by the wayside for the Sooners. Facing a fourth-and-five from the 19-yard line, this time Oklahoma elected to attempt the field goal. O'Hara didn't get a good foot on the ball, however, shanking it low and wide to the left. With under 10 minutes to go and down two scores, OU's defense desperately needs a stop.
9:13 p.m.
| Not Ready to Quit
DeMarco Murray breaks a big return on the ensuing kickoff to give the Sooners great field position. Once again, you have to believe a response is key on this drive for Oklahoma.
9:11 p.m.
| Aggies Take Advantage
Texas A&M takes the momentum back, turning OU's failed fake field goal attempt into a touchdown of its own. Cyrus Gray runs in from 23 yards out to push the Aggies' lead back to nine. The home crowd definitely appreciates getting a little more cushion, but they erupted even more when it was announced that Kansas State is beating Texas 31-0 early in the third quarter.
9:04 p.m.
| Within a Fingertip
Oklahoma comes within a fingertip of taking the lead. Facing a 49-yard field goal, Coach Stoops dialed up a fake. Holder and backup quarterback John Nimmo lofted a beautiful pass to a streaking James Hanna, but the ball was just of his reach. The score remains Texas A&M 19, Oklahoma 17.
9:01 p.m.
| Chart Climber
With his last reception, Ryan Broyles passed Juaquin Iglesias on the career receiving yards chart. Broyles now has 2,873 yards to Iglesias' 2,861. Mark Clayton leads all Sooner receivers with 3,241 career receiving yards.
8:53 p.m.
| Defense Stepping Forward
OU's defense does nothing but push the Aggies backward on their latest drive. A&M was charged with an illegal block on its first play. Jamell Fleming then had a tackle for loss on swing pass, followed by a Frank Alexander sack. After A&M's opening possession of the game, the Sooner defense hasn't surrendered another TD. Remember, the Aggies' only score of the second half came on the kick return. We head to the final stanza down two with the ball.
8:48 p.m.
| Offenses On and Off
The Oklahoma and Texas A&M offenses trade three-and-outs on their last respective possessions. It's the first time in the second half the Sooners have failed to put points on the board when they have the football.
8:43 p.m.
| Freshmen in the Zone
Franks becomes the third true freshman to have a TD reception for the Sooners this season. Kenny Stills (Texas & Missouri) and Trey Millard (Cincinnati) also have TD receptions for Oklahoma.
8:42 p.m.
| Brand New Ballgame
Landry Jones connects with Trey Franks in the corner of the end zone to cut the Aggie lead to 19-17. It's the first career TD catch for the true freshman, who also has a career-high five recetpions so far tonight. After looking pretty bleak at the beginning of the second half, the game's momentum has taken a 180 degree turn into Oklahoma's favor as the third quarter winds down.
8:37 p.m.
| Bounce in Their Step
The 12th man has been on their feet the whole game, but the Sooners are the ones with a bounce in their step the last few minutes. Jonathan Nelson nearly had OU's third interception of the game, but he must have seen all the green grass in front of him and took his eyes off the ball. Still, the Sooners have the ball back and are driving toward the red zone.
8:35 p.m.
| Broyles Gets Loose
Coach Stoops earlier in the week on Ryan Broyles: "We've got to get this guy loose on a punt return. He's one of the most dangerous guys in college football." Broyles nets 31 yards and puts the Sooner offense in great field position at the Texas A&M 32.

8:33 p.m.
| Fleming's Picks
Fleming's two interceptions give OU its first player with two or more interceptions in a game since LB Travis Lewis accomplished the feat against Kansas State in 2008. Lendy Holmes had two interceptions against Kansas one game before Lewis' two picks.
8:30 p.m.
| Blanketing Fuller
From FSN's Joel Klatt: "The Sooners are doing everything they can to bracket (A&M receiver) Jeff Fuller with DBs over and underneath. Jamell Fleming released Fuller to Quinton Carter and nabbed the interception."
8:29 p.m.
| Turnover to Points
Jamell Fleming collects his second interception of the game and OU turns it into points with a 45-yard field goal from Patrick O'Hara. Though still down by nine, it seems the Sooners are finally settling down and have grabbed a bit of momentum here midway through the third quarter.
8:25 p.m.
| Captain Leading the Sideline
FSN's Jim Knox with an observation from the Sooner sideline: "Junior linebacker Travis Lewis didn't allow any member of the defense to sit down on the sideline during OU's last offensive series."

8:24 p.m.
| Credit the Line
Credit Oklahoma's offensive line for setting the tempo on the scoring drive for the Sooners. Despite trailing 19-0, the Sooners came out determined to run the football. They were successful in doing so, with 10 of the 15 plays on the drive coming on the ground. When Landry Jones did drop back to pass, he had plenty of time, completing three-of-five passes for 33 yards.
8:21 p.m.
| Sooners on the Board
The Sooners finally get on the scoreboard as DeMarco Murray goes to his signature leap to punch it in from a yard out. The drive went 71 yards in 15 plays and took 3:44. While there is still a lot of time left in this one, you have to believe that score was necessary. If OU had gotten shut out again, it would have put a ton of pressure on the defense.
8:16 p.m.
| Offensive Tempo
Oklahoma's offense is putting together its best drive of the night in response to the A&M kick return. From FSN's broadcast team: "This is a nice drive. The Sooners are establishing the line of scrimmage. How about the tempo from the offense on this drive?"
8:08 p.m.
| Aggies Go the Distance
Texas A&M returns the opening kickoff of the second half 100 yards to push its lead to 19-0. OU's special teams have been solid throughout the year, but kickoff return TDs in each of its last two road games certainly doesn't help the cause in trying to keep the crowd out of it. Aggieland is now rocking as loud as it has all night.
8:03 p.m.
| Under the Lights
A still shot from tonight's halftime performance under the lights:


7:59 p.m. | Congrats to Soccer
During the break, the FSN commentators congratulated the Oklahoma soccer team for advancing to the Big 12 Championship game (Sunday at noon). The game will be televised from San Antonio on FOX Sports Net. View complete details here. Congratulations once again to Coach Nelson and the Sooners for advancing to the first title game in program history!
7:48 p.m.
| Halftime Entertainment
The Pride of Oklahoma is currently playing their halftime routine out on the field, but we have to admit, we're looking forward to the main event. Check out this video of the "Fighting Texas Aggie Band" from the 2006 Oklahoma-A&M game in College Station:

7:47 p.m.
| Shut Out of First Half
OU is intercepted on its latest drive and A&M takes a knee to run out the first half. It is the first the Sooners have been held scoreless in the first half since playing at Iowa State in 2007. Down 7-0 at the break, Oklahoma came back to win that game, 17-7.
7:41 p.m.
| Reviews Favor Sooners
For the second time in the half, a play has been overturned in Oklahoma's favor. This time, after initially giving A&M a first down on a third-down run by Tannehill, video evidence confirmed he was short. A false start penalty on fourth-and-inches forced the Aggies to settle for a field goal. It's now Texas A&M 12, OU 0.
7:36 p.m.
| Bad Jinx
Again, just as we mention a specific player, they seem to get involved in the action on the field. This time, it wasn't a positive for the Sooners. Jamell Fleming got his hand caught in A&M RB Cyrus Gray's facemask as he was making the tackle. The unfortunate 15-yard pentalty moves the Aggies inside the 20-yard line and they are threatening to score once again as the half winds down.
7:31 p.m.
| Fleming Having a Game
A great play by Jamell Fleming on the edge. FSN's Steve Physioc: "Fleming just made an exceptional play. He beat (freshman offensive tackle Jake) Matthews and brought Tannehill down." Fleming also had the interception on Tannehill in the first quarter.
7:27 p.m.
| Looking for Rhythm
The Sooners have shown glimpses of turning the momentum around with some positive plays on the offensive side of the ball. OU just can't seem to string enough together, however, to sustain a drive and put points on the board. Meanwhile, the defense gets another stop to keep the Sooners right in the ball game.
7:23 p.m.
| Jones Feeling Heat
After the latest pressure by Von Miller, FSN's Joel Klatt observed: "Oklahoma can't handle Von Miller out there on the end. If I'm Landry Jones, I'm thinking 'Where's No. 40 on every snap?'"
7:21 p.m.
| Favorable Call
Disaster nearly struck again as OU appeared to turn the ball over on a fumbly by Landry Jones. Aggie LB Von Miller came in unabated from the blind side and swiped the ball out of Jones hand as he cocked to throw. After further review, however, video evidence showed Jones arm was coming forward. Oklahoma was still forced to punt, but at least they were able to pin the Aggies deep rather than giving them good field position.
7:11 p.m.
| Seeing Linebackers
Travis Lewis and Tom Wort both get in a big hit on Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill on this last drive. The two sacks keyed a three-and-out for the Sooner defense. With another short field after the Aggie punt, it's time for Oklahoma's offense to capitalize.
7:03 p.m.
| Fans in the Dark
An observation of the layout here at Kyle Field -- with the stadium lights positioned above the east and west upper decks, fans sitting in the massive upper level behind the north end zone nearly blend right into the dark night sky. Not that it affects their ability to see the game, but just different compared to our stadium being entirely lit up for home games with the light poles in each corner.
6:57 p.m.
| Defense Settling In
After allowing the early touchdown on a short field, the Sooner defense is settling in here at Kyle Field. OU got an interception to halt A&M's second drive, and they hold the Aggies to just one first down on their latest possession. Oklahoma takes over with good field position once again at the 45-yard line.
6:51 p.m.
| Stuffed
Oklahoma comes up empty after a 15-play drive. With a first-and-goal from the four, the Sooners failed to punch it in, getting stuffed on four straight running plays. A&M takes over and we switch ends for the second quarter.
6:48 p.m. | The 12th Man
The FSN commentators are giving OU props for realizing that A&M was trying to substitute on defense and quickly snapping the ball while the Aggies had the proverbial 12 men on the field. The penalty gives OU a second-and-goal from the two.
6:39 p.m.
| Murray Sets the Standard
With his 13-yard catch earlier in this drive, DeMarco Murray did indeed become OU's new career leader in all-purpose yards. He surpasses Joe Washington, who has held the record since 1975 with 5,881 career yards. Congratulations DeMarco!
6:36 p.m.
| Sooners Intercept
Just as we finished typing the note on Tannehill, he does us a favor by throwing it to the wrong uniform. The ball was tipped at the line of scrimmage and Jamell Fleming went up to get it for his third interception of the season. Entering Saturday's game, Fleming led the Big 12 with 11 passes defended (two INTs and nine PBUs) despite missing the Texas game due to injury.
6:34 p.m.
| Tannehill Does It All
Texas A&M's quarterback situation has been well-documented in recent week's. After the first couple of drives, we're seeing why the Aggies made the switch to Ryan Tannehill. We saw his running ability on the first play from scrimmage, and he's shown on this drive he can make a variety of throws on the move and in the pocket. During his career, Tannehill has also played wide receiver, holder and returned punts and kicks.
6:32 p.m.
| Franks First Start
Freshman Trey Franks recorded his first career start Saturday night. With the start, Franks became the sixth true freshman to start a game this season. Aaron Colvin, Roy Finch, Tony Jefferson, Trey Millard and Kenny Stills are the others.

6:29 p.m.
| A&M's Strategy
Former Colorado quarterback Joel Klatt and FSN color commentator for tonight's game: "You can see Texas A&M's defensive strategy. Pressure Landry Jones early and get him out of his rhythm."
6:28 p.m.
| Missed Opportunity
After picking up a couple first downs, Landry Jones overthrew a wide open Kenny Stills for what would have been a sure touchdown. Two plays later, Oklahoma was forced to punt. Luckily, Tress Way delivered a beauty, sticking one at the three yard line. It's time for the defense to get some momentum back for the Sooners.
6:23 p.m.
| Time to Battle
Not sure if it was jitters or what, but whatever the case may be we hope the Sooners got it out of their system. The good thing is there is plenty of football left to play. Landry Jones lined up under center on the first play of OU's second drive.
6:20 p.m.
| Early Hole
After the free kick, Texas A&M wasted no time in marching down the field for a touchdown. QB Ryan Tannehill busted a 48-yard run on the first play from scrimmage, followed by a 21-yard pass completion. The Sooners tightened up inside the 10, but A&M converted a fourth-and-goal from the one to go up 9-0 just 2:58 into the game.
6:14 p.m.
| Shaky Start
For the second straight game on the road, the Sooners surrender points early. On OU's first play from scrimmage, the snap goes over Landry Jones' head and out the back of the end zone for a safety. Certainly not the start we were looking for to keep the crowd out of it. It's the first safety Oklahoma has given up since the 2008 season opener vs. Chattanooga.
6:09 p.m.
| Featured Receivers
FSN began their broadcast highlighting OU receiver Ryan Broyles and A&M receiver Jeff Fuller. Commentator Steve Physioc led off with the statement "the games in November are the ones you remember."
6:08 p.m.
| A&M Wins the Toss
Texas A&M won the coin toss and deferred to the second half. Oklahoma will receive and have the ball first. We're ready to get underway here in College Station. Boomer!!!
5:54 p.m.
| Off to the Locker Rooms
Both teams just huddled near midfield prior to heading back to their respective locker rooms. A&M's yell leaders also got the home crowd warmed up with a few cheers. We're pretty insulated from the sound, but word is the press box sways as the Aggie crowd gets going. That said, we're hoping the Sooners can get off to a good start to make the crowd a non-factor.
5:49 p.m.
| Record Watch
A few career milestones are within reach for the Sooners during tonight's game. DeMarco Murray needs just 33 all-purpose yards to surpass Joe Washington (5,881) as OU's new all-time leader. Ryan Broyles is also within eight catches and two touchdowns of Mark Clayton's career receiving marks (221 catches, 31 TDs). We'll be tracking the numbers and providing updates as the game unfolds.
5:42 p.m.
| Sun Setting on Kyle Field
Under a half-hour before kickoff, the Sooners are warming up on the only part of the field still catching some rays from the sun:

5:29 p.m.
| Sooner Fans Separated
We're sure it's by design, but Texas A&M also keeps opposing fans as far apart as possible. The Pride of Oklahoma is positioned in the lower southeast corner of the stadium. The rest of OU's contingent is split into three separate locations -- the lower southwest corner, and the two upper corners of the massive upper deck behind the north end zone.
5:18 p.m.
| Aggie Traditions
Known for its many traditions, Texas A&M is certainly a unique place to watch a football game. To outsiders like us who aren't as educated in their meaning, some of those traditions seem a bit odd. For about the last 10 minutes, a parade of cadets have been marching into the stadium, making one lap around the field before marching right back out. We're not sure it's significance, but it's likely just a way of recognizing the school's service members. Texas A&M is one of only four schools nationally with a full-time Corps of Cadets program -- The Citadel, VMI and Virginia Tech the others -- leading commissions to all branches of the military.
5:01 p.m.
| Calm Before the Storm
It's always an interesting feeling to walk into an empty stadium on the road an hour or two before it erupts into a frenzy. Kyle Field is known for being one of college football's most hostile environments, but right now, with only a handful of fans sprinkled throughout the stadium, it seems to be a pretty welcoming place. We know that will all change about an hour from now.
4:32 p.m.
| Video: Sooners at Kyle Field
Coach Norvell just posted video of the Sooners rolling into Kyle Field from the Sooner team buses and video from the field on his Twitter feed. You can follow Coach Norvell here.
4:28 p.m.
| Live from Kyle Field
We arrived at Kyle Field about 20 minutes ago and just got set up in the press box. They couldn't have dialed up better weather in College Station today, with clear blue skies and temps around 70 degrees right now. Here's a view from our seat in the press box:

4:06 p.m.
| Last Time vs. Aggies
Landry Jones completed 24 of 39 passes and deftly relied on his playmakers, as DeMarco Murray, Ryan Broyles, Chris Brown and Adron Tennell each scored two touchdowns for Oklahoma which rolled up season highs in offense (640 yards) and points in a 65-10 blowout win against Texas A&M in Norman on November 7, 2009.
3:27 p.m. | 2008 Rout at Kyle Field
Another fast start, another easy win for Oklahoma. Sam Bradford threw touchdown passes to four different receivers, Chris Brown ran for three scores and No. 6 Oklahoma routed Texas A&M 66-28 on November 8, 2008:

2:55 p.m. | 2007 Bradford to Gresham
Jermaine Gresham matched a school record by catching four of Sam Bradford's five touchdown passes, and No. 5 Oklahoma took sole possession of first place in the Big 12 South with a 42-14 win against Texas A&M in Norman on November 3, 2007:

2:27 p.m. | Sooners Head to Kyle Field
We're getting ready to depart from the team hotel to head to the game. Staying in Montgomery, Texas, we have about an hour drive to College Station. As soon as we get there, we'll get set up in the press box and bring you live coverage direct from Kyle Field. Stay tuned and Boomer Sooner!
1:07 p.m.
| 2006 Fourth and One
Coach Stoops decides to go for it on fourth and one inside his own 30 with less than 2 minutes to play and only up by one:

12:22 p.m. | 2004 Escape
No. 2 Oklahoma survives another trip to College Station with a clutch play in the fourth quarter from Jason White to Mark Bradley:

11:39 a.m. | 2003 Blowout
November 8, 2003: The points that weren't scored probably tell the story of Oklahoma's dominance best. The top-ranked Sooners scored touchdowns on all but one possession through three quarters and were 3 yards away from another in the fourth against Texas A&M on Saturday. But coach Bob Stoops called four straight runs into the middle of the line -- Oklahoma's offensive line pretty much took a dive -- to keep the score from getting even more lopsided:

11:02 a.m. | Big 12's Big Slate
Keep an eye on a couple of big games in the Big 12 before the Sooners kick off tonight in College Station. First up, two one-loss teams in the Big 12 South meet in Stillwater as No. 21 Baylor takes on No. 17 Oklahoma State (11:30 a.m. on FSN). Later, No. 7 Nebraska is at Iowa State (2:30 p.m. on ABC) one year after the Cyclones knocked off the Huskers in Lincoln.
10:48 a.m.
| Ten Years Ago
November 11, 2000, and the No. 1 Sooners traveled to College Station to face the No. 23 Texas A&M Aggies. The game turned out to be a classic with the Sooners coming from behind in the fourth quarter, keyed by an interception return for touchdown by linebacker Torrance Marshall, to win 35-31. The Sooners would go on to win the program's seventh national championship:

8:53 a.m. | Early Love on GameDay
On ESPN College GameDay's early segment on ESPNU, Oklahoma was among the discussion for the nation's best one-loss team... "The Sooners haven't played many pancakes, and that's why the computers like them. They go to Baylor and Oklahoma State, both in the top 25 nationally, and could potentially face Nebraska in the Big 12 Championship game. If OU runs the table, they could jump TCU and Boise State." GameDay is in Salt Lake City today for the TCU-Utah game.
7:09 a.m.
| Saturday's Headlines
View the latest headlines on Oklahoma's game at Texas A&M from OU beat writers, A&M sources and national media outlets:

A&M Out to End OU Losing Streak - College Station Eagle
OU's Defense Ready for New Trend - Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Broyles Develops Bond With QB Jones - Tulsa World
Five Keys to an Aggie Win Over the Sooners - FS Southwest
Keep an Eye on A&M's Offense vs. Oklahoma - Yahoo Sports
Patience Paying Off for A&M RB - Houston Chronicle
Tramel: Landry Jones' Best Plan - The Oklahoman
OU's Road Routine, Habern, Ikard, Haywood - Tulsa World
Offensive Line Has Kicked Penalty Habit - The Oklahoman
A&M Hosts Key Big 12 South Clash - Associated Press
Predicting Oklahoma's Game at Texas A&M - NBC Sports
Big 12 Conference Predictions for Saturday - FS Southwest
Five Players on the Spot for OU-A&M - The Oklahoman
Hard to Beat November Night at Kyle Field - Houston Chronicle
Aggies Seek Spark from Stephens - San Antonio Express-News
OU at A&M Features WRs Broyles, Fuller - NBC Sports
Check out a few photos of the Sooners en route to Texas A&M. View pics of the team buses pulling out of the stadium, rolling through campus and up to OKC for the flight to College Station.

OU meets Texas A&M at Kyle Field in College Station Saturday night. The Sooners are coming off a 43-10 home victory over Colorado. The Aggies also are coming off a home victory, a 45-27 pasting of Texas Tech. View the latest game notes and depth chart:

OU Game Notes | Depth Chart | Texas A&M Notes




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