It was a long time coming, but revenge is sweet for Oklahoma football fans.
Nate Hybl threw three touchdown passes and Quentin Griffin ran for 128 yards, but it was Oklahoma's defense the helped the Sooners beat Colorado for the first stime since 1988.
The Oklahoma defense forced five turnovers and slowed down Colorado running back Chris Brown in their 27-11 win over the Buffaloes Saturday in Norman.
Brown, who entered the game as the nations' leading rusher with a 162.9 average, was held to just 104 yards on 25 carries against the Sooners' vaunted defense.
"He's a great player and he deserves his reputation," said Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops on Brown, who became the first runnin back to rush for 100 yards against Oklahoma since Duece McCallister of Mississippi did it in the 1999 Independence Bowl. "We knew that coming in. We were fortunate to make our plays against him when we had to."
"To hold them to 11 points is exceptional. They had a lot of yardage but the bottom line is that what wins and loses is points. I'm proud of our defense for keeping them out of the end zone as much as they did."
Colorado outgained Oklahoma by 73 yards, but it was the Sooners' key turnovers and field position that led to scoring drives of 39, 7, 24 and 9 yards.
"It wasn't their defense making great plays, it was Robert throwing the ball right to them," said Colorado Head Coach Gary Barnett. "Whatever everyone wants to attribute the errors to is fine, but we made a lot of mistakes."
"We dug ourselves in a hole real fast. It was a hole we couldn't get out of against a good team."
The Sooners recovered a Chris Brown fumble on the Buffaloes' first possession six plays later Nate Hybl hit Antwone Savage for a 17-yard touchdown pass to give OU a 7-0 lead.
A Hybl interception would lead to a Colorado field goal midway through the first quarter to cut OU's lead to 7-3, but the Sooners would respond with two field goals (22, 25) of their own by Trey DiCarlo to extend the lead to 13-3 with 10:54 to go in the first half.
Hybl then hooked up for his second touchdown pass of the first half when he found Mark Clayton in the end zone for a 17-yard strike to put the Sooners up 20-3 at the half. The senior from Georgia found Clayton again at the nine minute mark of the third quarter for a 12-yard pass and catch in the back of the end zone to break the game open at 27-3.
"Nate (Hybl) had a couple of great passes to Mark Clayton," said Stoops. "It was a tremendous throw and it was tremendous for Mark to catch it and keep his foot down. It was another tough day out there with the weather and the rain but I thought that we managed it well."
Colorado added a late touchdown and two-point conversion in the third quarter to cut OU's lead to 27-11, but the Oklahoma defense put the clamps on the Buffaloes in the fourth quarter to preserve the win.
"Our defense got put in a hole so many times, and they responded almost every time," said Barnett. "Overall, I was proud of the way our guys played. That's a good football team, but we're pretty good too."
"Our guys are upset and they want to go play Oklahoma again. The only way they can play Oklahoma again is to win out. We've got to find a way to do that."
"We are still going to take it one game at a time," said OU offensive lineman Jammal Brown. "Our main goal is get to Houston and go from there. We've got A&M next and that's always a tough place to play. We are going to take it one game at a time."
"It was an excellent, hard-fought football game out there," said Stoops. "As we knew going into the game, Colorado is a very good football team. I'm proud of our players for coming out and being physical for four quarters. It's a good feeling to get this win."
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