OU Runs Past Texas A&M

NORMAN, Okla. -- For the fourth time this season, OU battled back from a disappointing loss and avoided consecutive losses...

As the Sooners defeated the Texas A&M Aggies for the seventh time in a row, this time a 65-10 decision, Saturday night at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.

"Just reflecting on the win, I'm really just proud of the effort of the players and the way they worked through the week," said OU head coach Bob Stoops. "And [we] really came out and played an excellent football game."

The Sooners jumped out in front early and never relinquished the lead as the Aggies made the first mistake of the game, a very costly one.

Just more than a minute into the game, Texas A&M was driving when sophomore defensive end Frank Alexander stripped the ball loose on a rush by Aggie redshirt freshman running back Christine Michael, and senior cornerback Brian Jackson returned it to the house for the 52-yard score a 7-0 lead.

OU extended its lead to 14-0 when sophomore wide receiver Ryan Broyles took a reverse 25 yards to the end zone, finishing off a three-play, 56-yard drive that lasted only 25 seconds.

"I think it was one of the first reverses that we've run this year, so we've been practicing it all week, so we've all gotten reps, and I feel comfortable [with it], so we just get out there and perform in the game," Broyles said.

But the Aggies quickly battled back, as they first cut the lead to 14-3 when sophomore kicker Randy Bullock hit a 34-yard field goal.

Then, Sooner redshirt freshman quarterback Landry Jones' woes continued, as his pass intended for junior wide receiver Cameron Kinney was picked off by junior middle linebacker Michael Hodges and returned to the 6-yard line.

The Aggies punched it in on third-and-goal when junior quarterback Jerrod Johnson found sophomore wide receiver Jeff Fuller for the 9-yard touchdown pass, cutting OU's advantage to 14-10.

But after that, it was all OU.

The Sooners immediately caught a couple of huge breaks.

First, Texas A&M muffed a punt; then, the Aggies committed a huge personal foul play that set up OU for its next touchdown.

On third-and-goal from the five, Jones found Broyles in the left corner of the end zone for the touchdown and the 21-10 lead, capping off a short four-play, 22-yard drive that lasted only 2:07 and propelling Jones into more of an offensive rhythm that would last throughout the rest of the game.

"He definitely knows he doesn't have to carry the whole offense," Broyles said. "So we have guys that can make plays, and that definitely gives him confidence.

After that score, the rout was on.

OU drove nine plays and 85 yards in 2:45 to take the 28-10 advantage when senior running back Chris Brown punched it in from six yards out.

Junior running back DeMarco Murray then raced down the sidelines 35 yards for the touchdown on a Jones pass, and OU went up 35-10 after traveling four plays and 54 yards in just over a minute of playing time.

The Sooners scored once more before the half after the Aggies fumbled the ensuing kickoff at their own 25-yard line, and Jones this time hit senior wide receiver Adron Tennell for an 11-yard score a few plays later to give OU the 42-10 lead at intermission.

OU wasted no time getting back on the scoreboard early in the second half, as Murray caught a career long 67-yard touchdown reception from Jones to go up 48-10, as sophomore kicker Jimmy Stevens' extra point attempt was blocked.

"Coach Wilson made a great call," Murray said. "He saw the blitz coming. I just caught the ball and cut across the field. I saw Broyles make a good block, as well as Adron Tennell and Dejuan Miller. I know I have speed. I trust my speed more than anything, so I knew if he was behind me, he would stay behind me."

Later in the quarter, the Sooners marched 85 yards on six plays over a span of 1:29 to score yet again when Brown scampered for a 12-yard touchdown.

Filling in for the other two kickers who have struggled lately, sophomore kicker Patrick O'Hara then completed the extra point, and the crowd exploded when he converted a 26-yard field moments later, putting the Sooners up 58-10.

O'Hara even received a game ball after the victory.

"It was awesome," O'Hara said. "There is no other feeling [like it]. It was crazy. I loved it, though."

Midway through the fourth quarter, Jones again hit Tennell for a 10-yard touchdown reception, as the Sooners moved 58 yards on 10 plays in 4:18, capping off the scoring in the contest.

The Sooners outgained the Aggies 640 to 226 in total yards, and OU had 32 first downs, while Texas A&M only had 13.

OU travels to Lubbock for an 11:30 a.m. kickoff next Saturday against Texas Tech.

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