OU/TCU: Quarter-by-Quarter

In this game day feature Sooners Illustrated provides a quarter-by-quarter breakdown of the Sooners match-up with the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs.

First Quarter

It was a different game, but the story started out the same for the Sooners as they came right out on their first possession of the game and marched the ball 74 yards in 2:06 for a touchdown when Sam Bradford hit Juaquin Iglesias on a 24-yard strike to make it 7-0 in favor of OU.

TCU would come back on the very first possession and kick a field goal to make the score 7-3. The score was set up by a long kick return by RB Aaron Brown. For a brief second it looked like he was going to take it to the house, but senior safety Lendy Holmes hustled down field to make a TD saving tackle.

Chris Brown would put the Sooners up 14-3 when he punched it from one yard out. The drive was a strong one for Bradford and the offense. They were able to keep the TCU defense on the field and pick them apart with quick strikes. The play that basically set up the score was a 26-yard pass over the middle to a wide-open DeMarco Murray.

OU would extend their early lead to 21-3 when Bradford hit Manuel Johnson on a 73-yard touchdown pass over TCU cornerback Rafael Priest, who was absolutely burnt in single coverage.

Second Quarter

Well for the first time of the year we almost had a scoreless second quarter. The TCU defense tightened and the OU defense continued to play well.

The Sooners would go up 28-3 with 1:02 left to go in the half when Bradford flipped a pass out to Manny Johnson. The defender slipped down and Johnson was able to avoid the boundary as he scampered up the sidelines.

Third Quarter

The hits just keep coming for Manny Johnson. He scored his third touchdown on the day, to give OU a 35-3 lead, when Bradford hit him on a 63-yard strike over the middle. Johnson was wide open on the play and had an easy scamper in to the end zone. On the play Johnson set a record for the most yards by a receiver in a game (203 at the time). The previous record was held by Mark Clayton with 190 yards.

Fourth Quarter

The Frogs finally bounced back with another score after a methodical drive. As the OU fans started to trickle out of the stadium a little of the steam on defense went out the gates with them. Things started to open up on the zone-read plays and QB Andy Dalton had a couple of nice runs and passes to set up a one-yard Joseph Turner score to make it 35-10 in favor of the Sooners.

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