Griffin, Sooners run past Air Force

Quentin Griffin rushed for a career-high 201 yards as third-ranked Oklahoma extendes their winning streak to 15 games with 44-3 win over Air Force

Quentin Griffin rushed for over 200 yards and the Oklahoma defense forced four turnovers as the third-ranked Sooners blasted Air Force 44-3 Saturday in Colorado Springs.

The Sooners, who extended the nations longest winning streak to 15 games, started slow but finished strong scoring 24 points in the fourth quarter to blow the game open and improve to 2-0 this season.

All-American linebacker Rocky Calmus got the Sooners' scoring barrage started late in the third quarter when he intercepted a tipped pass by Corey Heinecke returning it inside the Falcon 10-yard line.

Oklahoma capitalized on Calmus' interception when Tim Duncan connected on a 26-yard field goal 14 seconds into the fourth quarter to take a 23-3 lead.

Nate Hybl would throw his second touchdown pass of the game hooking up with freshman Mark Clayton on an 8-yard pass in the corner of the endzone to give Oklahoma a 30-3 lead with 8:50 left in the fourth quarter.

The Sooners would later capitalize off another interception midway through the fourth quarter when Griffin scored his only touchdown of of the game on a three-yard run one play after Antonio Perkins interception of of Air Force backup quarterback and Edmond, OK native Bryan Blew.

Oklahoma struggled offensively in the first half but decided to give the ball to Griffin in the second half and the junior responded with 143 yards on 14 carries in the second half alone.

Griffin was the star offensively for the Sooners carrying the ball 26 times for a career-high 201 yards and one touchdown.

Oklahoma quarterback Nate Hybl recovered from a rocky start completing 14-of-31 passes for 161 yards including two touchdowns through the air and one rushing touchdown.

Hybl got the Sooners on the board first scoring his first touchdown of the season on a 2-yard quarterback sneak up the middle at the 3:45 mark of the first quarter.

Oklahoma extended the lead to ten with a Tim Duncan 47-yard field goal early in the second quarter.

The Falcons responded later in the second quarter converting an Oklahoma turnover with a 35-yard field goal cutting the Sooners lead to 10-3.

Hybl then hooked up for the first of his two touchdown passes on an 18-yard strike over the middle to tight end Trent Smith in the second quarter to give the Sooners a 17-3 lead with 2:46 to go in the half.

Duncan then connected on the second of his three field goals of the day with a 27-yarder to give OU a 20-3 lead heading into halftime.

The Oklahoma defense was dominant again picking up where they left off in the third quarter against North Carolina last week holding the Falcons to only 294 yards of total offense.
Senior defensive end Corey Heinecke got the Sooner defense in the end zone for the second consecutive game picking up a fumble and rumbling 69-yards for the score with 1:24 left in the game.

The Sooners racked up 349 yards of total offense.

Scoring Summary/Statistics

Oklahoma 7 13 0 24-44
Air Force 0 3 0 0- 3

First Quarter
OU-Hybl 2 run (Duncan kick), 3:45

Second Quarter
OU-FG Duncan 47, 10:17
AFA-FG Walters 35, 5:34
OU-T.Smith 13 pass from Hybl (Duncan kick), 2:46
OU-FG Duncan 27, :23

Fourth Quarter
OU-FG Duncan 26, 14:46
OU-Clayton 8 pass from Hybl (Duncan kick), 8:50
OU-Griffin 3 run (Duncan kick), 7:28
OU-Heinecke 69 fumble return (Duncan kick), 1:24

Oklahoma, Griffin 26-201, Works 4-23, Estus 1-11, White 1-2, Hybl 1-2, Fagan 2-(minus 2). Air Force, Boyea 19-80, Butler 6-15, Clark 1-14, Palmer 8-14, Harridge 5-5, Burns 2-4, Shaffer 2-3, Brown 2-2, Heier 2-0, Blew 5-0.

Oklahoma, Hybl 14-31-1-161. Air Force, Boyea 11-23-1-112, Blew 0-5-1-0.

Oklahoma, Fagan 4-31, Woolfolk 2-62, Smith 2-20, Norman 2-16, Mackey 1-14, Clayton 1-8, Griffin 1-7, Toney 1-3. Air Force, LaBasco 3-36, Amezaga 3-26, Fleming 2-20, Burns 1-13, Palmer 1-9, Runyon 1-8.

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