Oklahoma Sooners bounce back from season-opening loss with 59-17 victory

First-half rout makes like easy for OU in home opener

NORMAN – Oklahoma scored on its first four drives, Baker Mayfield threw for 244 yards through the first half alone and the Sooners gained more than 600 yards of total offense to rebound from a season-opening loss with a convincing 59-17 victory against Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday.

No. 14 Oklahoma (1-1), which has now won 11-straight home openers and 20 of its last 22 games in September, scored 50 points for the 72nd time under head coach Bob Stoops.

After rushing for just 70 yards in the season opener against Houston, the Sooners ran the ball 25 times in the first half alone. Just 12 minutes into the game, Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon combined for 12 carries – the same game total as the season opener.

The majority of the starting defense, which pitched a first-half shutout, was out of the game before halftime as the Sooners used a heavy collection of redshirt and true freshman through the second half.

Perine moved into ninth all-time on the Oklahoma career rushing list, and Mayfield jumped to fifth all-time in touchdown passes (41).

On Oklahoma’s first four drives, the Sooners never ran more than eight plays and found the end zone after at least 60 yards on each drive. The offense looked far more in sync than it did just a week ago. Mayfield found eight different receivers in the first half, including the first career catch for Nick Basquine on a 62-yard touchdown.

Oklahoma finished the first half with 459 total yards – 215 rushing and 244 passing. The Sooners, who will face Ohio State next week, scored three times on the ground and three times in the air through the first two quarters.

Mixon finished with 117 yards, and Perine had 58 yards and two touchdowns. Mark Andrews had two catches for 60 yards and one touchdown. Dede Westbrook had four catches for 33 yards.

ULM scored three times early in the second half, but Oklahoma freshman quarterback Austin Kendall answer with two touchdown passes.

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