OU 47, Tulsa 14 | September 3, 2011 | Norman, Okla.
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10:31 p.m. | Nation's Longest
OU has now won a school-record 37 consecutive home games. The streak, the longest current string in the nation, began Sept. 1, 2005, with a 31-15 victory over Tulsa. Interesting that Oklahoma's point total of 47 is also OU's NCAA-record streak for most wins in a row. Boomer Sooner!
10:29 p.m. | Truly the Sooner State
With less than a minute left in the game and the Sooners up, 47-14, we can assume Oklahoma will win its season opener for the 2011 season. OU has now prevailed in 41 consecutive games on Oklahoma soil (37 in Norman, three in Stillwater and once in Tulsa).
10:25 p.m. | More Whaley
Whaley is only the fourth Sooner to have three rushing touchdowns or more in a season debut, joining DeMarco Murray, Charles Thompson and Renaldo Works. Murray holds the school and NCAA record for rushing touchdowns in a career debut with five touchdowns against North Texas in 2007.
10:21 p.m. | Sellout Streak at 75
Sooner fans set a record of their own tonight with an attendance of 85,260, the largest crowd ever for a home opener. The sellout marks the 75th straight at Owen Field, covering every game of Coach Stoops' tenure dating back to the season-opener in 1999.
10:17 p.m. | Allen Under Center
Drew Allen is now in the game, taking over for Landry Jones at quarterback. Allen completed his first two pass attempts, the first to Trey Franks and the second to true freshman Kameel Jackson, who used a nice stiff-arm to gain 17 yards.
10:14 p.m. | Sooners for Haiti
As much as we admire them for what they do on the field, Sooner student-athletes deserve the same amount of respect for what they do off it. SoonerVision just showed some footage of a group including nine OU football players and nine women's basketball players who spent some time in Haiti this summer. View photos and a first-hand account of that trip from OU Senior Associate A.D. Kenny Mossman.
Sooners Forever Changed by Trip to Haiti
10:08 p.m. | More on Whaley
Whaley broke the school record for rushing yards in a career debut with his last rush. Whaley now has 131, the record was previously set by Jim Culbreath with 117. Culbreath also happened to be a walk-on, and Whaley is the first walk-on since to go over 100 yards in a game for the Sooners. (Thanks to OU historian Mike Brooks for some great stuff!)
10:02 p.m. | Star In the Making
We can't say enough about Dominique Whaley's performance tonight. He's certainly not satisfied with just being the star of the spring game. Whaley is establishing himself as a formidable weapon and continues to run hard even here in the fourth quarter. He seems to be enjoying the spotlight, as he was all smiles as he came to the sidelines after breaking off a big run to get the Sooners out of the shadow of their own goal line.
9:51 p.m. | Good Company
Landry Jones tied the school record for 300-plus yard passing games in a career at 14 tonight. The record was previously set by both Sam Bradford and Josh Heupel. Pretty good company.
9:43 p.m. | "Not Typical"
We're beginning to understand why Coach Stoops said Dominique Whaley wasn't your typical walk-on. No. 8 cashes in on his fourth score of the night, shedding five tacklers en route to putting OU up, 44-7, in the third quarter. Have you noticed his long strides? Whaley covers some serious ground with each step.
9:37 p.m. | Wort Taking Field
Here's a shot we just received of Tom Wort taking the field earlier this evening wearing the No. 12 jersey in honor of his late teammate Austin Box.
9:32 p.m. | Which Way?
The starting punters for both OU and Tulsa tonight share the "Way" last name. In fact, they're brothers. OU's Tress (No. 36) was recently voted a team captain. Tulsa's Cole wears No. 28.
9:27 p.m. | A Watts Back on Owen Field
No. 22 Trey Watts, the starting tailback for Tulsa, is the son of former Sooner quarterback J.C. Watts. Watts went 22-3 as Oklahoma's starting QB from 1978-80, when the Sooners won the Big Eight title and the Orange Bowl in three straight seasons. From Coach Stoops: "Obviously we all love J.C. and the family. We just wish him (Trey) the best. Not so much maybe against us, but overall. It's been fun to watch him."
9:21 p.m. | Br3nnan for the TD
Brennan Clay, wearing his new No. 3 jersey (previously 21), rolls into the end zone on an 11-yard run to up OU's lead to 37-7 here in the third quarter.
9:14 p.m. | Hurst Takes Over Streak
With Travis Lewis out due to a broken bone in his left foot, CB Demontre Hurst takes over with the longest string of starts on the Sooner defense. He has 14. Lewis had amassed 41. Hurst is hosting his own video series (Demontre's Corner) this season on SoonerSports.com. Watch the first episode here.
9:03 p.m. | Walk-On Success
With Dominique Whaley making a splash in his Sooner debut tonight, it's worth mentioning again the success walk-ons have had under Coach Stoops. Just recently, James Winchester and Trent Ratterree were rewarded with scholarships. If Whaley keeps this up, could there be one in his future as well?
8:56 p.m. | Bartlett Donates Ponies
As part of tonight's halftime festivities, the Bartlett Foundation donated the Sooner Schooner and the ponies Boomer and Sooner, making them the official property of the University of Oklahoma. The Bartlett Foundation has been the caretaker for the ponies since 1965. Don't worry, we'll take good care of them from here.
8:46 p.m. | Tulsa Answers
The Golden Hurricane connect for a 56-yard TD to get on the scoreboard and cut OU's lead to 30-7.
8:41 p.m. | Almost Unfair
It doesn't matter if a defender is draped all over him, Ryan Broyles is still going to find a way to catch it. He just made his second super-human grab of the night, this one for a touchdown to put OU up 30-0. The score was set up by a fumble forced by Tom Wort deep in Tulsa territory.
8:36 p.m. | Whaley's Big Debut
Dominique Whaley's three rushing touchdowns in the first half are the most in a game by an OU walk-on in school history. Whaley is only the fourth Sooner to have three rushing touchdowns or more in a season debut, joining DeMarco Murray, Charles Thompson and Renaldo Works. Murray holds the school and NCAA record for rushing TDs in a career debut with five against North Texas in 2007.
8:33 p.m. | Rowland Calls First OU Game
Fans listening on the Sooner Sports Network have been hearing Toby Rowland call his first OU game tonight, and SoonerVision just treated us to our first highlight with his call. Rowland replaced Bob Barry who retired after last season. He worked the spring game with analyst Merv Johnson (13th season) and new sideline reporter Chris Plank, but his calling his first official game tonight. We look forward to many more Toby!
8:27 p.m. | Initiating Contact
Whether it's the running backs or wide receivers, OU's offensive players are finishing plays tonight by lowering their shoulders and delivering a blow to the Tulsa defenders. As always, the Sooners are stressing playing more physical than their opponent, and it appears to be wearing down the Hurricane defense.
8:21 p.m. | Championship Spotlight
Tonight's Jani-King Championship Spotlight featured the five Sooner gymnasts who recently made the U.S. World Championship Team. The group, which includes current juniors Jacob Dalton and Alex Naddour, received a nice ovation from from the crowd. Can't get any better than world-class, right?
8:11 p.m. | Frank Finds the Football
Frank Alexander collected an interception after Jamell Fleming had great coverage and tipped the ball into the air on a pass attempt by the Hurricane. Not sure if Coach Wright has the DEs catching tennis balls after practice with the receivers, but we're sure Alexander relished the rare opportunity to get his hands on the football.
8:02 p.m. | Double Dominique
After a presumed touchdown on third down was overruled, Dominique Whaley made sure to punch it in on fourth-and-goal. The junior walk on scores his second touchdown of the game to extend Oklahoma's lead to 16-0.
7:59 p.m. | Record Climbing
A couple notes from the press box from the first quarter:
On the first play of the game, QB Landry Jones moved up to No. 2 on OU's all-time career passing yards list at 7,924. Jones passed Jason White at 7,922 with an 8-yard pass to Brennan Clay. With 166 passing yards in the first quarter, Jones is just the second Sooner to throw for 8,000 yards in a career with 8,082. Sam Bradford holds the all-time record with 8,403 career passing yards.
Broyles ties the OU record for catches in a single quarter with 7 receptions for the third time. The only other Sooner to reach the feat was Eddie Hinton in 1968 against Oklahoma State. Broyles' 120 receiving yards in the first quarter ties for fourth best in a quarter by an OU receiver. Malcolm Kelly holds the record with 134 yards in the first quarter against Middle Tennessee in 2006.
7:56 p.m. | Broyles Catches Everything
After four years we shouldn't be surprised, but OU's All-American wide receiver continues to amaze us with his knack for catching anything -- and everything -- thrown in his direction. Jones hooked up with Broyles for a 50-yard completion near the end of the first quarter despite Tulsa's DB having him well-covered.
7:51 p.m. | Wort Wearing No. 12
Stoops announced Friday that linebacker Tom Wort will wear No. 12 against Tulsa to honor the late Austin Box. Stoops said that No. 12 will rotate among defensive players during the season. Earlier this week, he explained that quarterback Landry Jones, who wears No. 12 on offense, and linebacker Travis Lewis will play a significant role in the selection process. Wort, a sophomore, normally wears No. 21. He is starting in the same position that Box played for the Sooners, middle linebacker.
7:45 p.m. | Walk-On Walks In
Dominique Whaley is the first Sooner to score a TD this season for Oklahoma. Whaley is a junior from Lawton who transferred from Langston. OU 10, Tulsa 0.
7:43 p.m. | Notice the Field?
For non-conference games, Owen Field's end zones show the natural grass with the block letters "Oklahoma" painted in crimson and outlined in white. For conference games, the end zones are filled in with crimson with the letters in white and outlined by black. See the difference:
7:34 p.m. | Shark Effects
With Tulsa in third and long, OU's PA system cranked up sound effects from Jaws in reference to the "sharks" moniker adopted by the Sooner secondary. Demontre Hurst and Tony Jefferson stopped the TU receiver short and forced the punt.
7:29 p.m. | Sooners on the Board
Jimmy Stevens connected on a 28-yard field goal to notch OU's first points of the 2011 season. OU 3, Tulsa 0.
7:23 p.m. | Live Stats
OU and Tulsa traded possessions and Landry Jones is back under center in Oklahoma's second drive of the game. Unfortunately, the stats on the big board are not displaying yet. Visit our updated GameTracker for the latest official numbers.
7:12 p.m. | Kickoff
The 75th sellout crowd at Owen Field rocked "Boomer", "Sooner" back and forth for the first time this season. The OU fanbase is ready to see this top-ranked team finally take the field. We're underway in Norman as Tulsa kicks it to Trey Franks.
7:07 p.m. | Intro Video
The OU football team takes the field following SoonerVision's much-anticipated intro video for each game in Norman. Look for seven current players, six former players and Coach Stoops to make appearances in the 2011 series. Development on concepts for this year's video series began in May. Shooting occurred in mid-July followed by extensive post-production. Watch it here:
6:56 p.m. | Pride of Oklahoma
The Pride of Oklahoma has marched onto Owen Field and just finished welcoming TU to Norman. We're about ready for the National Anthem. President Boren is right in front of us at the 50 watching the pre-game unfold.
6:51 p.m. | To the Locker Rooms
Both Tulsa and OU have completed their pre-game warmups and headed to their respective locker rooms. The Sooners did their traditional kick and massed at the 50. Austin Box's helmet was handed to R.J. Washington and the players jumped around under the helmet with a No. 12 on the back.
6:40 p.m. | Just 30 Minutes to Kick
We're roughly 30 minutes from kickoff and the stadium is filling up with crimson. The upper deck on the east side is filling up the slowest since those fans are still in the sun. Sunset is officially at 7:54 but the shadow from the press box might provide a bit of relief before then.
6:27 p.m. | Live From Owen Field
We are now live from behind the Sooner bench on Owen Field. It's obviously a warm one in Norman but the field is completely shaded by the press box while the shadow creeps up the east stands. Just being out of the sun will improve things considerably.
5:48 p.m. | OU Student Winners
OU students poured into the stadium at 5 p.m. (30 minutes prior to the general public) and enjoyed the traditional Coke pre-game. Crimson Park, the title sponsor of the OU football student section congratulates the two students pictured below on winning the QB Challenge:
5:39 p.m. | Fans Inspect Bradford Statue
OU installed Sam Bradford's statue Wednesday afternoon, with no ceremony, but will celebrate the piece when Bradford is able to attend. It is now among the statues for OU's five Heisman Trophy winners east of the stadium. The statue was in production for six months and was monitored by Bradford during that time. It stands 10 feet tall atop a three-foot base and weighs 1,200 pounds.
View Photos of Sam Bradford Heisman Statue
4:43 p.m. | Reflections
Gone but certainly not forgotten, the Sooners will honor teammate Austin Box throughout the 2011 season. All players will wear a No. 12 decal on the back of their helmets, while a different defensive player will take turns wearing his number each game. Here is a pre-game pic from the locker room of Box's jersey hanging next to the player who will be wearing his number tonight, Tom Wort:
3:22 p.m. | Intro Video Coming
Just received word from SoonerVision that we'll have the intro video to post here on our blog shortly after it plays on the big screen to welcome the team to Owen Field. Always anticipated, word is circulating that this year's version raises the bar. Even if you can't make it to Norman, we want to share the excitement with all Sooner fans near and wide. Stay tuned...
3:16 p.m. | Sooner World?
We asked OU fans to check in on our Facebook page and let us know where they're located cheering on the Sooners. While we expect another sellout tonight at Owen Field in Norman (75 consecutive, thank you very much), fans will watch the game from all over the state, across the nation and around the world. We especially want to give a big thanks and Boomer Sooner to our fans in the military stationed overseas.
1:21 p.m. | Lee Roy Selmon
From the Tampa Tribune: "Lewis, a former Bucs' linebacker, saw Selmon late Friday night in the St. Joseph's Hospital intensive care unit, where Selmon's family had assembled. According to Lewis, Selmon was able to squeeze the hand of his son, Lee Roy Jr., and he recognized family members, including older brothers Lucious and Dewey, who arrived from Oklahoma..."
Selmon Shows Signs of Improvement - Tampa Tribune
11:27 a.m. | Timeline
As you prepare for kickoff, here is a timeline of events for fans attending the game in Norman and fans following the Sooners from across the nation and around the world. All times Central:
| Boomer Bytes
View a quick scan of the headlines on the Sooners Saturday morning from local and national sources:
Fast Start for OU Could Pay Off Later - Norman Transcript
Reversal of Fortune for OU's Ryan Broyles - Tulsa World
Notes: Wort to Wear 12, Housing Center - The Oklahoman
Key Matchups in Oklahoma vs. Tulsa Game - Tulsa World
Oklahoma is Place to be For Football - The Oklahoman
Countdown: Oklahoma is No. 1 - Corpus Christi Caller
OU Gameplan? Get Back to Basics - Norman Transcript
Notebook: Way Brothers, Gastelum, Reynolds - Tulsa World
Tramel: Sooners Must Stop Mobile QBs - The Oklahoman
It's Hard to Pick Against Sooners - Wichita Falls Times
Wort Wearing Box's No. 12 a Fitting Tribute - Tulsa World
OU Appears to be Shopping Around - Houston Chronicle
Boren Says Decision for OU Not Far Off - Tulsa World
Without OU, Can the Big 12 be Saved? - Houston Chronicle
OU President Expects Big 12 Decision - The Oklahoman
Make No Mistake, Pac-12 Wants Oklahoma - CBS Sports
Sooners Say They Have Options - Kansas City Star
President Boren Sounds Off On Big 12 - Norman Transcript
Big 12 Country Gets Even Shakier - ESPN
Oklahoma Expects to Make Decision Soon - New York Times
Multiple Leagues Interested in Oklahoma - Associated Press
Mizzou's Pinkel: Big 12 Has Issues - Kansas City Star
Big 12 Members Mull Their Options - Houston Chronicle
OU Could Decide on Conference - Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Lee Roy Selmon Suffers Massive Stroke - Tulsa World
OU Great Lee Roy Selmon Suffers Stroke - The Oklahoman
| It's Football Time in Oklahoma
Good morning Sooner fans and welcome to football season in Oklahoma. The No. 1 Sooners host their neighbors up the Turner Turnpike, the Tulsa Golden Hurricane, tonight at 7 p.m. OU officials anticipate the program's 75th-consecutive sellout at Owen Field. Keep it here throughout Saturday for complete coverage of Oklahoma's season opener. Boomer Sooner!