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* Recruits at Bedlam
"This is Bedlam, let's rock this house," Bradford's voice rang from the jumbotron during the intro video.
And he got it.
With a lot on the line, including senior day, as well as Bradford's last day to be on the sidelines as a quarterback at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium and of course the nation's long 29-game winning streak, the Sooners shut out their Bedlam rival Oklahoma State 27-0 Saturday afternoon.
"I couldn't be more pleased really with the overall effort and the overall execution, I guess, is the best way to say it," said OU head coach Bob Stoops.
After a sloppy start, including fumbles by both teams, one of which was recovered by OSU, the Sooners took the early 3-0 lead in the second quarter when sophomore walk-on kicker Patrick O'Hara hit a 24-yard field goal.
And they never relinquished the lead in what turned out to be the Sooners' third shutout of the season, this time against a top 25 opponent.
"You have to compliment the defense," Stoops said. "I thought Coach Venables and the staff did an excellent job. But still in the end it's players that have to tackle, be where they need to be, make plays, and they were great."
They were so great, in fact, that OSU never could get anything going offensively.
Just three minutes later, after stopping the Cowboys again midway through the second quarter, OU marched 65 yards on four plays in 1:04 for the 10-0 lead when junior running back DeMarco Murray scampered 13 yards for the score.
And that was all the scoring in the first half.
In the second half, the Sooners came out with a methodical 18 play, 78-yard drive that spanned 6:41—perhaps their most solid drive of the season—resulting in another O'Hara field goal for the 13-0 lead.
"That was a huge drive," Stoops said. "That drive to eat up into the wind, again [was huge]. And it was a good club and a half, two club wind and to eat up almost seven minutes is a big deal."
Minutes later, Murray scored again, this time on a 12-yard run, as the Sooners took advantage of a short field due to an interception by Cowboys senior quarterback Zac Robinson that was picked off by junior defensive back Jonathan Nelson.
In the fourth quarter, OU put on the finishing touches when sophomore Ryan Broyles returned a punt 87 yards to the house to make it 27-0 with just more than eight minutes left.
"The ball just went over my head, [so] I went back and grabbed it, and we had a return left, so I went left, and it all worked out," Broyles said. "We had guys blocking all the way down the field."
Throughout the scoring and the shutout, though, there was yet another bright spot in this victory.
The special teams was the best it has been in years, a lot because of Broyles, but perhaps more so because of redshirt freshman punter Tress Way.
Way became the first ever punter in OU history to post five punts of 50-plus yards, including punts of 50, 57, 62, 62, and 74 yards, he also had a 48-yard boot.
"I thought the kicking game would be hard to be a whole lot better," Stoops said. "Tress Way was just incredible with 50 yarders into the wind."
The Sooners outgained the Cowboys 367 to 109, and OU had 20 first downs to the OSU's six.
OU closes the 2009 regular season at 7-5 (5-3 Big 12) and will now await its bowl invitation.