Sooners Shutout Cyclones 52-0

NORMAN — So much for struggling to put teams away.

That's just what the Sooners did in defeating Iowa State 52-0 Saturday night at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in front of 84,024.

"I was really just pleased overall with all of the players," said OU head coach Bob Stoops. "I thought they executed really solid throughout the evening. [I] couldn't ask for much more."

In all reality, he couldn't, as this one was never really close and OU rolled from the first play of the game.

For the fifth time in six games, the Sooners scored a touchdown on the game's opening drive when quarterback Landry Jones found tight end James Hanna for a 3-yard score in the right corner of the end zone to cap off a 12-play, 80-yard drive that spanned 3:10.

Kicker Jimmy Stevens put through a 37-yard field goal to give OU a 10-0 lead later in the first.

Jones, who finished the day a ridiculous 30-of-34 for 347 yards and three touchdowns, put the Sooners up 17-0 when he hit slot receiver Ryan Broyles for a 39-yard strike early in the second quarter.

"I thought Landry Jones was once again just sensational," Stoops said. "That guy just continues to get better and better, and guys around him are playing well."

That catch for Broyles tied the OU record for most receptions in a half set by Juaquin Iglesias back in 2008 against Kansas.

Later in the game he would set the record for most receptions in a game that he set in the Sun Bowl last year at 13, when he recorded his 14th and 15th catches.

"You know, Ryan Broyles, once again [he's] just unbelievable," Stoops said. "He just amazes me sometimes. I'm on the sideline. I'll just say it, you know, that guy just amazes me every weekend."

Iowa State still couldn't get anything going offensively, and that's when OU unleashed its freshman weapon, running back Roy Finch.

Finch carried three times for 35 yards on a mid-second quarter drive--he posted a 93-yard performance--and running back DeMarco Murray put the Sooners inside the red zone with a 28-yard run on that sequence.

Moments later fullback Trey Millard completed the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run to put OU up 24-0.

And just before the half, running back DeMarco Murray inched closer to the Sooner all-time record for touchdowns set at 57 by Steve Owens when he scampered in from one yard out to give OU a 31-0 advantage at the half.

The Sooners started the second half just where they left off the first, as Jones hooked up with Murray to tie the record on a 15-yard touchdown pass.

At that point it was 38-0.

Murray shattered it at the 3:12 mark in the third quarter with a 10-yard touchdown run that stretched OU's lead out to 45-0.

"It's great," Murray said. "The Lord has blessed me tremendously. My offensive line has done a great job blocking and making holes, so I give credit to Jesus, and I give credit to my line."

That wasn't the last time the Sooners scored, though.

Backup quarterback Drew Allen put the finishing touches on the victory with a 7-yard touchdown run with just 1:23 remaining.

The Sooners out-gained the Cyclones 672-183 and had 37 first downs to only 10 for ISU.

With the victory, OU moves to 6-0 overall and 2-0 in the Big 12 and heads to Columbia, Mo., next weekend for a 7 p.m. kickoff.

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