NORMAN, Okla. — There's no question about it. Houston definitely had a problem against Oklahoma.
After falling behind 7-0 to the Cougars (0-2) after the first drive of the game, the second-ranked Sooners (2-0) rattled off 63 unanswered points en route to a 63-13 rout Saturday in Norman.
In all, the Sooners racked up 583 yards of total offense and 49 points in the first half before giving way to the second team for most of the third and fourth quarter.
"I was very pleased with it all for the most part, from top to bottom," said Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops, who is now 32-1 in Norman. "The way the guys executed was pleasing. Offensively, I liked the balance, the run and the pass. It was solid overall."
The Sooners were down 7-0 before they ever touched the ball, but that lead would soon evaporate as the Sooners scored on three straight possessions in the first quarter. Kejuan Jones capped Oklahoma's first two drives with a pair of 1-yard touchdown runs, and senior receiver Mark Bradley put the Sooners up 21-7 with 12 seconds left in the quarter with a 51-yard touchdown run off a double reverse.
Jason White heated up in the second quarter as the Sooners pulled away for good with 28 more unanswered points. White, who finished the day 14-of-18 for 257 yards, threw back-to-back touchdown passes to Travis Wilson and Brandon Jones to push the lead to 35-7.
Senior punt returner Antonio Perkins then made history on the Sooners' next possession with a 41-yard punt return for a touchdown, which tied former Texas Tech star Wes Welker for the the all-time career mark at eight.
Freshman running back Adrian Peterson capped the Sooners 49-point first half explosion with a seven-yard touchdown run at the 3:16 mark.
White then gave way to redshirt freshman Tommy Grady after the first series of the second half, and the California native was impressive. Overall, Grady completed eight of his nine pass attempts for 50 yards, and threw the first touchdown pass of his career, to Travis Wilson, gave the Sooners a 56-7 lead.
From that point on, the Sooners kept the ball on the ground. Peterson would later score his second touchdown of the game on a 1-yard run that ended a 12-play, 97 yard drive. True freshman D.J. Wolfe was also impressive on the drive and finished with 63 yards on 13 carries for the game. Peterson, who finished with 117 yards on 25 carries, became just the third freshman in Oklahoma history to run for over over 100 yards in the first two games of his career.
"It's fun to see the young tailbacks get in there and make such a strong impact," said Stoops. "Adrian really just keeps coming along and D.J. has really done well. When he was in there, he made some nice runs and is strong as well. It was all positive."
But not to be overshadowed by the impressive offense was the Sooner defense, who held the Cougars to just 61 rushing yards on 37 carries and 282 yards overall.
"Defensively, outside of the opening play, they were solid and play well for the rest of the game. They were very good," said Stoops on the defense, who had held the Cougars to just one yard on the grond midway through the third quarter. "We gave the entire front four game balls. We felt like their pressure and their coming off the ball was good all day. The rest of them did as well. They all did a nice job."
Houston Head Coach Art Briles was impressed with what he saw of the Sooners.
"We aren't the first team to come here and get spanked. They're a good football team," Briles said. "They've been a good football team for a lot of years. I was sitting on the sidelines thinking, 'who are they going to name the stadium after - Wilkinson, Switzer or Stoops?' They've been pretty damn good for a long time. I wasn't really excited about coming in here (and playing Oklahoma) to be honest with you."
RUSHING: Houston - GILBERT, Ryan 9-54; BATTLE, Jackie 12-41; SCHIRMER, Matt 1-4; EVANS, Anthony 2-3; FRANCIS, Carl 1-2; MARSHALL, V. 1-minus 1; KOLB, Kevin 11-minus 42. Oklahoma: Peterson, Adria 25-117; Wolfe, D.J. 13-63; Bradley, Mark 1-51; Jones, Kejuan 9-36; Grady, Tommy 1-9.
PASSING: Houston - KOLB, Kevin 15-22-0-221. Oklahoma — White, Jason 14-18-0-257; Grady, Tommy 8-9-0-50.
RECEIVING: Houston - BRILES, Kendal 4-85; GIBSON, Leonard 3-50; MARSHALL, V. 3-33;
McDANIEL, Perry 2-9; CUCCI, Stephen 1-18; HOPKINS, Mark 1-15; GILBERT, Ryan 1-11. Oklahoma - Clayton, Mark 5-122; Peoples, Will 4-43; Jones, Brandon 3-58; Wolfe, D.J. 2-31; Wilson,
Travis 2-16; Finley, Joe Jon 1-10; Ford, Ataleo 1-10; Bradley, Mark 1-10; Robinson, David 1-5;
Townsend, Dan 1-3; Peterson, Adria 1-minus 1.
TACKLES (UA-A): Houston — EVERSON, Lance 9-7; BROWN, Bryant 7-3; BROOKS, C. 5-5; KOEHL,
Wade 2-8; SCHWARTZ, Rocky 2-4; GRIFFITH, T. 3-2; CLAY, Joe 2-3; BENTLEY, M. 1-4; ROUTT, Stanford
2-2; STERLING, C. 3-0; GOSS, Kendrick 2-1; LOVE, Marquay 2-0; GASTON, Willie 1-1; KIRKPATRICK, L.
1-1; DANIELS, Gerard 1-0; AVERY, Donnie 1-0; GONZALES, J. 1-0; SUBINGSUBING, A 0-1. Oklahoma - Pool, Brodney 6-1; Alexander, Rufu 5-2; Shelby, Brandon 1-5; Allen, Gayron 4-1; Nicholson, Donte 2-3; Latimer, Zach 2-2; Mitchell, Lance 1-3; Jackson, Jonath 3-0; Perkins, Antoni 3-0; Carter, Jason 3-0; Dvoracek, Dusty 1-2; Ayodele, Remi 1-2; Birdine, Larry 2-0; Bassey, Eric 1-0; Onyenegecha, Ch 1-0; Cade, Tony 1-0; Cody, Dan 1-0; Nixon, Laenar 1-0; Williams, Darie 1-0; Wolfe, D.J. 1-0; Ingram, Clint 0-1; Thibodeaux, Cal 0-1; McGruder, Lynn 0-1; Pendleton, Carl 0-1.
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