Land Run: Sooners Rout Tulsa

Junior running back Quentin Griffin rushed for three touchdowns and caught another as No. 3 Oklahoma routed Tulsa 58-0 Saturday in Norman

It was a perfect day at Owen Field.

For the first time this season Oklahoma's offense and defense put together spectacular performances as the offense scored 38 second half points and put up over 500 yards of total offense while the defense earned their first shutout of the season.

Junior running back Quentin Griffin paced the offense with four touchdowns as No. 3 Oklahoma increased their home winning-streak to 18 consecutive games after blasting in-state rival Tulsa 58-0 Saturday in Norman.

Griffin helped the Sooners blow the game open early in the third quarter scoring his fourth touchdown of the game on an 18-yard shovel pass from Nate Hybl to give Oklahoma a commanding 34-0 lead at the 9:48 mark.

Oklahoma's offense sputtered early against the Hurricane after converting only two Tim Duncan field goals in the games first 17 minutes and 13 seconds before Griffin's scoring onslaught began.

The 5-8 junior got the Oklahoma offense rolling in the second period scoring a pair two 7-yard touchdown runs to give the Sooners a 20-0 lead heading into the half.

Griffin then picked up where he left off on the ground in the third quarter helping the Sooners cap a 2-play, 25-yard drive, following a Roy Williams interception to begin the second half with an 11-yard touchdown run, his third of the game.

Griffin finished the day with 11 carries for 90 yards while also catching eight passes for 72 yards, and has now caught a pass in all 26 games of his career at Oklahoma. Griffin also recorded his longest run of the season in the second quarter with a 35-yard scamper around the left end.

"It's tough to track Griffin," said Tulsa linebacker and former Sooner Michael Dulaney. "He's a great back and you have to have a lot of respect for him."

"Last year, he was the one guy I thought always made a play, outside of Josh Heupel," said Tulsa Head Coach Keith Burns on Griffin. "He was the guy that when you had to have a big run, he came up with it. I think he's an outstanding football player. I grabbed him after the football game and told him to do it again."

Junior quarterback Nate Hybl was also impressive against the Hurricane filling in for the injured Jason White.

Hybl set a career high for receptions after completing 36-of-48 passes for 347 yards, the second time he has eclipsed the 300-yard passing mark this season. The junior from Halzehurst, Ga. also became only the third quarterback to ever complete more than 30 passes in a game, with the previous two being Josh Heupel (six times) and Jason White (two weeks ago vs. Baylor).

"We started off a little slow today. Penalties hurt us and we weren't able to punch the ball in when we were in the red zone," said Hybl.

"We wanted to come out and make an impact in the second half. We were able to move the ball really well and it was just a great feeling. I'm lucky to be around the guys I am. The offensive line played a wonderful game today and the wide receivers kept making plays. It's fun to be part of an offense that's clicking like this. I believe we got ourselves back on track."

Junior tight end Trent Smith led the Sooners in receiving with nine catches for 104 yards. His nine catches gives him a total of 34 over the past four games, breaking Eddie Hintons' mark of 26, set in 1968 against Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma State.

Not to be forgotten is the Oklahoma defense. The Sooner defense smothered Tulsa for the most of the game only allowing the Hurricane to cross midfield only two times the entire game.

"They're the best defense I have seen in a long, long time. I think they believe they are good, and that's where it starts," said Burns. "They pursue and they fly around. I have a great deal of respect for how hard they play."

Defensive lineman Kory Klein led the way with 11 tackles and senior linebacker Rocky Calmus chipped in seven as the Oklahoma defense held the Hurricane to 138 yards of total offense.

"This was a good, solid win. I was impressed with how we got stronger in the second half, even with the second and third teams in the game," said Stoops.

"The defense and special teams were outstanding throughout the game and even though the offense struggled early, it finished strong. Sometimes that's better than bogging down in the second half."

"This game was an exciting one, but as far as I'm concerned it's over with," said Hybl. "Tulsa came to play and I commend them on their effort. We can look at the tapes and learn from what we did, but we need to get ready for Texas A&M now."

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