October 10, 2009 | Norman, Okla.
5:51 | Back to Win Column
Oklahoma defeated Baylor, 33-7, in its Big 12 opener here at Owen Field. The Sooners now turn to Texas as the Longhorns and OU meet in Dallas next Saturday. Thanks for staying with us and we'll have complete coverage of OU's win shortly...
5:51 | Lauding Landry
The Sooner faithful responded to Landry Jones as he took over at QB here in the fourth quarter. The student section chanted his name as the clock wound down.
5:49 | Circus Catch
Baylor has made a concentrated effort in this game to test Brian Jackson and the senior corner made them pay in the end zone with an acrobatic interception.
5:43 | Bradford to Pooh
Adron Tennell snags a TD pass from Bradford to stretch Oklahoma's margin to 33-7 with 4:03 left in the game.
5:39 | There's Only One Shirt
Not to look ahead too far, but the Sooners' next home game is Homecoming. Join OU students, alumni and fans in celebrating Homecoming 2009 with the official "There's Only One" Homecoming T-shirt. Get yours online
, at the University Bookstore or a Nike retailer near you. There's Only One Oklahoma and There's Only One Shirt!
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5:37 | Best Home Streak in Nation
Oklahoma has won 27 straight home games, the longest current streak in the nation, and a school record. The current record was set with the win over Tulsa. Bob Stoops' teams are 63-2 at home and the Sooners have won 46 of their last 47 on Owen Field.
Memorial Stadium History
5:36 | 84,478 for OU-Baylor
Oklahoma has drawn 5,268,256 fans for Bob Stoops' 65 home games (started in 1999) and all have been sold out. The current string of sellouts is the second longest in school history, trailing a string of 69 from 1971-84.
Oklahoma Sets Attendance Records at Memorial Stadium
5:34 | Sooners Enjoy Golden Era
This is a golden era for Sooner football. In the 2000s, OU has more victories than any other decade with a record of 105-21-0. The Sooners were 102-13-3 during the 1970s.
Oklahoma Football History & Tradition
5:32 | Perfection, So Far
Oklahoma has never lost to Baylor, winning all 18 previous meetings against the Bears. That's a pretty impressive run considering the number of times the two programs have met. OU holds a perfect record against a total of 34 Division I FBS opponents, but Baylor is by far the most-played series among those:
18-0 vs. Baylor
7-0 vs. North Carolina, North Texas and Rice
4-0 vs. Maryland, Syracuse and Utah State
3-0 vs. Washington State
2-0 vs. 11 opponents
1-0 vs. 15 opponents
5:31 | Nearing Career Record
A quick note from our media relations staff in the press box: Bradford eclipsed the 300-yard passing mark for the 14th time of his career, tying Josh Heupel (1999-2000) for the school record.
5:29 | Red Zone Stall
What is it about the red zone for the Sooner offense this season? Jimmy Stevens connects on his fourth field goal of the game to provide the Sooners a 26-7 cushion.
5:25 | Player With Heart
Dominique Franks was just honored on the big screen as the Integris "Player with Heart" for his performance in punt returns against Baylor. Franks has four returns for 100 yards including a long of 51 and another return for 43. Franks appears to have gained more confidence -- perhaps based on his big return at Miami.
5:23 | Miller Makes Four
In addition to solid performances by Brandon Caleb, Jaz Reynolds and Cameron Kenney in catching the ball, Dejuan Miller has started to contribute. No. 24 is a physical specimen.
5:20 | Three for Jimmy
Stevens' has connected on three field goals today vs. the Bears, a career high. The last Sooner kicker to make three FGs in a game was Garrett Hartley in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl vs. West Virginia.
5:17 | Down-Time Wave
The OU student section initiated a successful wave around the stadium during the timeout. Up 23-7, the crowd has relaxed a notch. No sign of any relaxation on the Sooner sideline as Baylor is still taking shots down the field at the secondary.
5:09 | Gresham Zone?
Three straight trips to the red zone for the Sooners have resulted in just three field goals. The red zone is perhaps where the Sooners miss tight end Jermaine Gresham the most. The mismatches Gresham provided were magnified in the red zone, and he often came up with big touchdown catches. Ironically enough, Gresham stopped by for a peak at the blog as we were typing this. We shooed him away.
5:07 | Murray Delivers a Blow
Perhaps the biggest hit of the game thus far just came from OU running back DeMarco Murray, who lowered his shoulder and knocked a Baylor DB about five yards back. Murray has been battling hard for extra yards, finishing every run with authority.
5:04 | Another Big Return for Franks
After stopping the Bears on third down, Dom Franks turned in his second long punt return of the day, this one for 43 yards. Ryan Reynolds delivered a big hit on Baylor QB Nick Florence
just after he let go of the ball on the third down play. We'll see how it affects him on the next series.
5:01 | Trying to Pull Away
Another field goal by Stevens gives OU a 13-point lead. Oklahoma has appeared to be on the verge of pulling away but just can't seem to put enough plays together in a row. Clayton's interception gave the Sooners some momentum but they were unable to punch it into the end zone.
4:56 | KC with the INT
Keenan Clayton picked off Florence's pass to give the Sooners a short field, his second interception of the season and seventh overall for the Sooners. Oklahoma's defensive line tipped a couple of passes on that last series, ultimately resulting in a turnover, the first of the game for either team.
4:50 | Sooner Football - I'm Lovin' It
SoonerVision just played the popular fan photo feature up on the big screen. We archive all the fan photos submitted right here on SoonerSports.com. Check back in the next couple days to view the photos from today's game:
Sooner Football - I'm Lovin' It Fan Photos
4:47 | Florence Has Elusiveness Too
Everyone is familiar with the speed and agility of injured Baylor QB Robert Griffin III, but backup Nick Florence has displayed some elusiveness today as well. The Sooners have gotten to him a couple of times, but on a number of other occasions Florence has escaped the pressure by using his feet to get outside the pocket.
4:41 | Crowd Getting Loud
After a successful opening drive, the Oklahoma crowd is really getting behind the Sooners here early in the second half, asking the defense for even more to cheer about.
4:37 | Stevens Boosts the Lead
A 35-yard field goal by Jimmy Stevens extends OU's lead to 10, capping a 64-yard drive for the Sooners.
4:26 | Madu Busts Loose
A good return by Mossis Madu out to the 40 yard-line to open the second half. Be sure to check out Madu's video journal from this week, as he answers fan emails from Sooner fans around the world. He also reveals the biggest comedians on the team and who can do the best impressions of Coach Stoops.
Mossis Madu Video Journal: Week 5
4:21 | Big Half for BC
Note from the OU media relations staff: With 100 yards receiving on four catches today, Brandon Caleb has recorded at least 100 yards receiving prior to halftime twice this season (also vs. Tulsa, 104 yds).
4:14 | First-Half Standouts
A quick look at some of OU's statistical leaders in the first half:
Sam Bradford: 14-of-25 for 227 yards
Brandon Caleb: 4 catches for 100 yards
Chris Brown: 2 TDs on 7 carries for 17 yards
B. Jackson, S. Proctor, R. Reynolds: 4 tackles
4:06 | Halftime Recognition
Football was not the only OU program to win a conference championship last season. Women's hoops, softball and women's gymnastics also won Big 12 titles during the 2008-09 academic year.
In addition, wrestler Kyle Terry, track's Ti'Anca Mock, Luke Bryant and Will Claye, and men's gymnast Steven Legendre won individual conference titles. All of OU's conference title teams and individuals are being recognized at halftime. Take a look back at the memorable year in OU Athletics with the following video. It never gets old:
2008-09 Time of My Life Video
4:01 | Receiving Corps
Jaz Reynolds, Brandon Caleb and Cameron Kenney appear to be OU's current answers at receiver. The Sooners have nearly 230 yards through the air.
3:57 | Bears Answer
The green-and-gold contingent of fans in the southeast corner of the stadium have something to celebrate as Baylor pulls to 14-7 here before the half.
3:52 | Brown in Good Company
Brown's two touchdowns today give him 38 for his career, tying Greg Pruitt for sixth place in program history. The senior trails Joe Washington (39), Adrian Peterson (41), Quentin Griffin (44), Billy Sims (53) and Steve Owens (57).
3:47 | Big 12 Dominance
The Big 12 Conference was officially formed in 1994 when the former Big Eight Conference merged with four Texas schools that had been members of the disbanded Southwest Conference. The first football season for the Big 12 was in 1996. Since that time, Oklahoma has won six conference titles and seven division crowns while posting a record of 6-1 in the Big 12 Championship Game. OU has won the last three Big 12 titles. No other conference team has more than two.
OU in Big 12 History
3:46 | Chris Brown TD
The Sooners rolled down the field and again entrusted the ball to running back Chris Brown. Good decision as Brown punches it in to provide a 14-0 lead for the Sooners here late in the first half.
3:42 | Quick Notes on Sam, CB
From our media relations staff in the press box: Sam Bradford became the first Sooner quarterback to eclipse 8,000-yards passing with 99 yards passing so far today (8,036 total). The junior entered the contest with 7,937 total yards. Chris Brown has now recorded a touchdown carry in 14 of the last 19 games.
3:40 | Sooner "D" Nationally
Entering today's game, Oklahoma's defense was ranked No. 3 nationally in tackles for loss (9.5), No. 4 in scoring defense (8.75), No. 4 in sacks (4.0), No. 6 in rushing defense (65.5) and No. 10 in total defense (253.0).
3:39 | Behind the Line
Keenan Clayton's clutch tackle on the Baylor receiver was the fourth tackle for loss of the game -- by the fourth different player. Gerald McCoy, Sam Proctor and Jeremy Beal
have already contributed in that category.
3:35 | OU Knows the End Zone
Oklahoma is the most successful program in reaching the end zone in college football history. The Sooners have scored 30,642 points in 1,146 games since 1895. That's an average of 26.75 points per game. Conversely, OU has allowed just 14,303 points overall (12.49 per game). That's good for No. 6 nationally all-time.
Oklahoma Football Quick Facts
3:31 p.m. | Brown Powers In
On fourth-and-goal, Chris Brown followed his blocks on the left side of the offensive line behind tackle Trent Williams and guard Brian Simmons for the first TD of the game.
3:25 p.m. | Offensive Pace
With Sam's understanding of the Sooner offense, OU seems to be picking up the pace on the current drive. Bradford has hit DeMarco Murray and Cameron Kenny for big gains down the middle of the field. OU is knocking on the doorstep of the end zone.
3:19 p.m. | Crowd Pensive
The Sooner crowd seems a bit pensive here as the teams start the second quarter. Baylor's offense is hogging the ball with nearly 15 minutes in the time of possession column. Oklahoma's offense has had the ball for just 3:57.
3:11 p.m. | Scoreless First
A rare occurrence for the Sooners -- we're knotted in a scoreless tie after the first quarter.
3:08 p.m. | Back on Defense
The Sooners were putting together a nice drive, progressing past midfield only to stall around the 45. OU's defense is back on the field, and on Baylor first play of the drive, Sam Proctor recorded yet another tackle for loss for the Sooners.
3:02 p.m. | Defensive Struggle
A defensive struggle so far as both teams are having trouble finding their offensive rhythm. As we're typing, Cameron Kenney hauled in a first-down catch before Brandon Caleb made a nice play on a bubble route, only to have it called back because of penalty.
2:59 p.m. | King of the Gridiron
Another Athletics Department employee, Varsity O Executive Director Joe Washington was recognized on the SoonerVision screen as today's Jani-King "King of the Gridiron". We'll release the video on SoonerSports.com early next week right here:
Jani-King "Kings of the Gridiron" Archive
2:56 p.m. | Selmon Connection
Sooner legend Dewey Selmon is taking in today's game from the Owen Field sideline. The Selmons continue to have a presence in the OU Athletics Department today, as Dewey's son Zac, who played tight end
at Wake Forest last season, is a graduate assistant for the Sooner Club.
2:52 p.m. | Greatest Games at Owen Field
Throughout the 2009 season, OU is teaming up with AT&T to recognize the Greatest Games at Owen Field.
This week, fans can vote for their favorite home game during the 1970s:
OU1 - In 1971, Greg Pruitt led the way with 205 rushing yards and three touchdowns as the No. 8 Sooners defeated No. 17 USC, 33-20.
OU2 - In 1973, a dominating defensive effort led by the Selmon brothers helped the Sooners cruise to a 27-0 shutout victory over Nebraska.
OU3 - In 1975, the Sooner defense anchored by Lee Roy Selmon held Tony Dorsett to 17 rushing yards as Oklahoma crushed No. 15 Pittsburgh 46-10.
Text your favorite moment (OU1, OU2 or OU3) to 51234. Fans who use their wireless phone from AT&T will be entered for a chance to win tickets to the Kansas State game on October 31.
2:49 p.m. | Two Sacks Already
Gerald McCoy tallied OU's second sack of the game. Entering today's game, Oklahoma's defense ranks No. 4 nationally in sacks per game (4.0). Halfway there already.
2:44 p.m. | Going Back in Time
The Sooners went with an option look on their first play from scrimmage, with Sam Bradford pitching to DeMarco Murray. Brought back memories of the old days of Oklahoma football.
2:43 p.m. | Big Return for Franks
After stopping Baylor on offense, Dominique Franks returned the punt 51 yards, streaking down the sidelines before finally being brought down around the Baylor 40.
2:41 p.m. | Beal Gets to QB Early
After a great catch by Baylor right in front of us here on the sideline, Sooner DE Jeremy Beal followed it up with a sack on the very next play. Beal has been absolutely dynamite as of late, recording three sacks in each of Oklahoma's last two games. No other player in the history of Oklahoma football has recorded at least three sacks twice in the same season, much less in back-to-back games. Beal is off to another quick start in this one.
2:36 p.m. | Underway in Norman
Matt Moreland just booted the opening kickoff to Baylor and we're underway here in Norman. The Sooner defense will have the first opportunity to make a statement in today's game.
2:34 p.m. | Sooners in Big 12 Openers
OU opening Big 12 play against Baylor for the second straight season. Oklahoma defeated the Bears, 49-17, in Waco last year. The Sooners are 7-6 in Big 12 openers overall, 7-3 under Bob Stoops. The Sooners' most frequent opening day opponent has been Kansas (three times), while they have opened twice against Colorado, Kansas State, Texas, and now Baylor.
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2:33 p.m. | Home of Heroes
The second edition of this year's intro video just played on the big screen, introducing the Sooners to the hometown faithful. Kudos again to SoonerVision for a job well done. They continue to impress. We will release the intro videos on SoonerSports.com later in the season.
2:30 p.m. | Starting Lineups
Oklahoma's starting lineup was just announced over the PA system. Not surprisingly, the much-anticipated return of Sam Bradford received the loudest response. A couple other new insertions into today's lineup: Cameron Kenney at WR and Mossis Madu in the slot.
2:27 p.m. | Daytime Running Lights
While we are seeing clear blue skies right now, the stadium lights are on just in case the cloud cover gets a little heavier.
2:25 p.m. | Perfect Football Weather
Not to wear out the weather talk, but we do have a pretty interesting note. The temperature at kickoff today will be right around 55 degrees... a perfect fall Saturday for football. Typically, however, it's not this cool in Norman this early in the season. Today's temperature is the coolest home game the Sooners have played in October since it was 46 degrees against Colorado on October 21, 2006.
2:22 p.m. | England's Forecast
Gary England's forecast played on the SoonerVision screen a few minutes ago. We must say he's gotten pretty conservative since missing the call last year against Chattanooga. Today's forecast: "Look up at the sky. What you see is what you get."
2:16 p.m. | All Aboard
The Sooners just gathered at midfield prior to heading back to the locker room for some final pregame words from the coaches. Overall a pretty good crowd already inside the stadium. The lower bowl is filling in quite nicely, as well as the west side upper deck. With the rainy conditions we've had surrounding the first two home games, OU fans are taking full advantage of the beautiful weather and settling in early to see their Sooners.
2:12 p.m. | Broadcast Options
ABC is televising today's game on a regional basis. Here is a coverage map and other options for following the game live:
ABC Map | Live Stats | Audio | OU Radio | Sirius 152 | XM 105
2:07 p.m. | We're Live
Inside 30 minutes from kickoff, we just got set up down here on the sidelines at Owen Field. It's a picture-perfect day for football in Norman. Stay tuned throughout the game as we provide reaction from the sidelines, game notes and much more.
October 10 | Oklahoma vs. Baylor
SoonerSports.com will again bring fans the Sooner Gameday Blog live from Owen Field on Saturday afternoon. The feature provides instantaneous reaction from the field as the game unfolds including observations from our staff, notes from the media relations staff in the press box and fan emails during the game.
Oklahoma and Baylor open Big 12 Conference play when the two collide in Norman on Saturday at Owen Field. ABC will televise the game with kickoff slated for 2:30 p.m.
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