OU Dismantles Tulsa 47-14

NORMAN, Okla. — Running back Dominique Whaley had a stellar career debut and the rest of the Sooners rode his back, as OU dominated Tulsa 47-14 Saturday night at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.

"I thought it was, overall a good, solid night tonight," said OU head coach Bob Stoops. "Again, I have great respect for Tulsa, coach [Bill] Blankenship, the staff and the job they have been doing over the years. It's been excellent. Fortunately tonight we came out and played well."

Whaley, the former Langston College running back who took a semester off from school and hadn't played a game in three years, dashed for four touchdowns and 131 yards on 18 carries in leading the way for the Crimson and Cream.

Three of those four were in the first half, when Whaley rushed for scores of 2-, 1- and 6-yards.

"Of course, Dominique Whaley had a huge night running the ball," Stoops said.

That helped OU to jump out to a 30-7 halftime lead it would not come close to relinquishing.

In fact, the Sooners picked up the second half right where they were in the middle of the first.

A quick defensive stand led to OU's first score early in the third quarter.

Running back Brennan Clay picked up the team's fourth rushing touchdown of the evening with his 11-yard scamper.

"I think our kids handle the tempo well," said offensive coordinator Josh Heupel. "We were pretty efficient up until we got in the red zone a couple of times. We didn't have any major mishaps as far as communication hand signals and some of those things that you are really worried about during the first game."

Indeed, OU had only one offensive penalty, an illegal formation call, and converted 7-of-8 times inside the 20.

The only time it didn't was a second half fumble at the 1-yard line by wide receiver Trey Franks.

After that, Whaley scored a ridiculous fourth touchdown when he broke four tackles and tore off 32 yards to paint, giving OU a 44-7 advantage.

Tulsa capitalized on several breakdowns in Sooner coverage and quarterback G.J. Kinne connected with wide receiver Trey Watts for a 24-yard touchdown and the game's final points.

"They are correctable," said defensive coordinator Brent Venables. "We have got to put pressure on them, but we got a lot of big hits and three turnovers. For the first three quarters we played very controlled. I am very pleased with our guys."

Place kicker Jimmy Stevens put the Sooners on the board first when he converted a 23-yard field goal after OU's 53-yard drive stalled short of the end zone.

Minutes later, after holding the TU offense, the Sooners extended the lead to 10-0 when Whaley scored the first touchdown of the season, a 2-yard run that capped off a 12-play, 73-yard drive that spanned 3:32.

But the other story early on was slot receiver Ryan Broyles, who racked up 120 yards on seven receptions in the first quarter.

Broyles did the work to get the Sooners downfield, and Whaley finished it off.

The second one was at the 13:49 mark of the second quarter.

That made it 16-0 at the time, as Stevens missed the point after attempt.

Whaley didn't stop there, as he notched not just his third touchdown of the game but his third of the first half when he punched it in from six yards out.

Then, Broyles finally got pay dirt on a 4-yard touchdown toss from Jones with 4:23 remaining in the first half, which made it 30-0 OU.

"I'm just trying to catch every ball that comes my way," said Broyles, who was one catch shy of tying his record-15 catches in a game.

Tulsa finally got rid of its goose egg on the ensuing drive after Broyles' score.

Kinne found a wide open Bryan Burnham for a 56-yard scoring strike to cut the deficit to 30-7, which remained the score at halftime.

The Sooners out-gained the Golden Hurricane 663 to 400.

Jones finished 35-for-47 for 375 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions.

Broyles racked up 158 yards and a touchdown on his 14 catches.

For the Golden Hurricane, Kinne threw for 271 yards and two touchdowns, completing 18-of-33 passes, but tossing an interception.

Willie Carter had five receptions for 135 yards.

The Sooners now have a bye week before heading to Tallahassee, Fla., to take on the Florida State Seminoles.

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