Sure the game was against Baylor, the perennial cellar dweller of the league, but Murray's runs on Saturday, especially the kick-off, where he danced around defenders, broke a tackle, and showed pure speed to dash up the sidelines, were nothing less than spectacular.
"I just did what I could do," Murray said of the kick-off return. "I broke a tackle and when I hit the right side I saw a couple of guys in front of me and they made a couple of good blocks for me and I tried to use my speed from there."
In addition to the 91-yard kick-off return he also racked up 98 yards rushing on 13 carries and punched it in three more times from 25, 1, and 21 yards out to help lead OU over Baylor 52-21,
Murray had never rushed for four touchdowns in one game dating back even to his days in high school at Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas, Nev., but he was quick to pass along any of the credit to the players who clear the way up front.
"The offensive line did a great job blocking and so did the receivers. There were times that I was getting the ball and I was not getting touched until I got to the second level."
While running backs like Arkansas's Darren McFadden are being discussed as Heisman Trophy candidates Murray is quietly completing one of the most successful freshman seasons in Sooner history. After the four scores on Saturday evening he was able to Adrian Peterson's freshman record for TD's when he pranced in to the end zone for his 15th score of the year. A record that is sure to fall in the coming weeks as OU is set to face soft run defenses in Texas Tech and Oklahoma State.
He also has become the first freshman in school history to score three or more touchdowns in three different games and the first player ever to log more than three 80-yard plays in the same season. Not too bad of company for a program that is known for producing great players, especially running backs, in its storied history.
"DeMarco Murray was just fabulous," coach Stoops said after the game. "The guy is just amazing. He is exceptional, and once he gets the corner he is hard to catch with his speed."
So far this season Murray has ran the ball 108 times for 670 yards and 13 scores and added additional 363 yards and two scores handling kick-off return duties. Heisman voters take note… Murray could lead the pack in 2008.