OU Dismantles UT Chattanooga

There was not a whole lot of speculation about the outcome heading in to the opening game against UT Chattanooga, but there were some questions about how the team would look, and fans and media got their answer when OU drubbed the Mocs 57-2.

Oklahoma clearly dominated both lines of scrimmage in their 57-2 win over UT Chattanooga on Saturday night and it started with the very first series of the game.

The Mocs won the toss and elected to receive, but that was pretty much the only victory they would have all evening.

"I like how clean we played," OU head coach Bob Stoops said after the game. "I have had a lot of first games where that was not the case."

"We will watch the film, but we got whipped up front" UTC head coach Rodney Allison added. "That is what it looked like."

OU showed their defensive dominance right away by forcing UTC to go three and out and punt from deep in their own territory.

Oklahoma took over at the 50 and it did not take them long to score or show what their plan was going incorporate the no-huddle.

They came right out of the gate showing their new offensive scheme and looked good doing it. Bradford went 3-for-3 for 30 yards and then Brown punched it in from 10 yards out on a quick snap to put the Sooners up 7-0.

"They communicated at the line very well," Stoops said of his offense's efforts. "Sam (Bradford) does a great job with it."

OU would take a 14-0 lead on a four play 46-yard drive that would culminate with DeMarco Murray's first touchdown of the season on a one-yard carry that was set-up beautifully by two Bradford to Manuel Johnson passes.

The first minor chink in the OU's 2008 armor would actually not bee seen until late in the first quarter. OU would grab a 20-0 lead after a short pass from Bradford to Quentin Chaney, but kicker Jimmy Stevens would miss the extra point.

Chattanooga would not even pick up their initial first down of the game until the 3.34 mark in the first quarter, but that drive would quickly stall and the Sooners would take over.

OU would snag a 27-0 first quarter when Murray would punch it in from one-yard out. The TD was set-up by Murray who had unbelievable 49-yard scamper.

OU would cruise in to the half with a 50-0 lead after a couple of special team miscues by UTC and a long kick-off return by Juaquin Iglesias set-up a Bradford-to-Johnson score.

Iglesias would cap off the first half drubbing by hauling in his first TD of the year on a 36-yarder from Joey Halzle.

The halftime would bring in the rain and lightning and after a delay that lasted over an hour and the Sooners came out in the second half playing their starters, but up 50-0 they did not play with that much energy.

On the first drive they tried to re-establish their running game, but after a quick three-and-out new long snapper James Winchester snapped the ball over punter Mike Knall's outstretched arms.

Knall wisely scooped the ball out of the end-zone for a safety to graciously put the Mocs on the board at 50-2.

Late in the third quarter the Sooners drive looked like it had stalled at the UTC 44, but a late hit on OU QB Joey Halzle kept the drive alive and OU would capitalize on Chris Brown's third touchdown run of the day - off tackle - behind the blocking of big Trent Williams to put OU up 57-2.

The fourth quarter would go by quietly as the Sooners would work in a number of back-ups and grind out the clock to hold on to the 57-2 win.

Notes

- OU held Tennessee Chattanooga to two first downs on the night and 36 total yards.

- The OU offense accounted for 487 yards and 27 first downs and scored so quickly that there was less than a three minute difference in time of possession.

- Brian Simmons and Travis Lewis both got their first starts at OU.

- James Hanna, Justin Johnson, Mike Balogun, J.R. Bryant, DeJuan Miller, and Jameel Owens were all first year players who saw action.

- Manuel Johnson became OU's 24th receiver to pull down 1,000 career receiving yards and he had a career high nine catches in the game.

- OU's 50 points in the first half marked only the second time that the Sooners have scored 50 or more points in the first half in the modern football era.

- Chris Brown now has six multi-touchdown games in his career at OU.


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