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Oklahoma defensive lineman Tommie Harris tackles North Texas running back Patrick Cobbs during Oklahoma's 37-3 win over the Mean Green Saturday night in Norman. Oklahoma's defense held the UNT to only 154 yards of total offense. (AP Photo/Jackson Laizure)

NORMAN, Okla. — Top-ranked Oklahoma's quest for their eighth straight national title has officially begun.

The Sooners (1-0) turned back the clock by wearing 'retro' uniforms from the 1950's on Saturday night, and then clocked North Texas (0-1), 37-3, before a record crowd of 83,073 in the newly renovated Gaylord Family — Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman.

Senior quarterback Jason White, playing in his first game since injuring his left knee a year ago against Alabama, was impressive in his return throwing three touchdown passes and completing 23-of-35 passes for 248 yards.

After a 37-yard Trey DiCarlo field goal at the 10:23 mark of the first quarter put Oklahoma up 3-0, White hooked up with sophomore JeJuan Rankins for a 3-yard touchdown pass to extend the lead to 10-0 with 5:48 to go in the first quarter.

White would find the end zone again early in the second quarter when he hit Brandon Jones with a 64-yard touchdown pass to put the Sooners up 17-0. DiCarlo would add two more field goals (40, 46) in the second quarter to give Oklahoma a 23-0 lead at halftime.

"I was very pleased with him," said Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops on White, who made only his fifth career start as a Sooner. "Jason gained confidence with every throw. He looked like his old self again."

"We knew he was going to be a good quarterback," said North Texas senior linebacker Chris Hurd. "He is good passer, pretty accurate."

Jones, who started his first game as a Sooner, was OU's leading receiver with career-high 10 catches for 121 yards.

White then threw his third touchdown pass of the game at the 5:52 mark of the third quarter when hit hit Travis Wilson over the middle for a 13-yard touchdown pass.

Sophomore Paul Thompson relieved White early in the fourth quarter and led an impressive 10-play, 56-yard which was capped by a 7-yard pass to Rankins for his second score of the day.

Not to be outdone by the offense, the Oklahoma defense turned in another dominating performance holding North Texas to just three points and 154 yards of offense. And the Mean Green picked up 66 yards of that total during their fourth quarter 10-play drive that resulted in a 34-yard field goal by Nick Bazaldua.

"We had some problems at times," said North Texas running back and Tecumseh, Okla. native Patrick Cobbs. "We didn't execute like we wanted to. It was a tough game and they have a good defense. They are pretty quick and they fly to the ball real well. It seems like they were everywhere."

The Sooners' run defense held UNT's rushing attack to just 75 yards on 35 carries.

"We didn't doubt ourselves," said junior defensive end Dan Cody, who had two sacks. "Coming out of two-a-days makes you tired and worn down, but we didn't let that show on the field tonight."

"I was very pleased for the most part," said Stoops."None of the injuries are serious. All the players should be back practicing next week."

"Our hats are off to Oklahoma, they've got a great football team," said North Texas Head Coach Darrell Dickey. "Obviously we played against a great football team tonight. They play hard and with a lot class, which is what we try to do."

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