Murray's Big Night Keys Victory

NORMAN, Okla. – People will remember how the No. 7 Sooners almost got beat by an inferior Utah State team and how both the offense and defense looked overmatched at times. They'll also remember that senior running back DeMarco Murray had a career game, but that'll just be a side note of an overall disappointing evening.

Murray, who has received some Heisman hype in recent weeks, rushed for a career-high 218 yards with two touchdowns against the Aggies during OU's 31-24 victory Saturday evening. His previous high was 128 yards against Texas in 2007.

Not only did Murray rack up the numbers in yards, but he also set a career high with his 35 carries, which is nine more rushes than his previous best. Murray, whose durability has come into question from time to time, did not have a problem running the ball that many times and felt good, he said.

Murray's big night started the moment he first touched the ball. He cut through the right side of Utah State's defense for 39 yards on the Sooners' first play from scrimmage, but he credits the offensive line for that play.

"It was clearly blocked," said Murray, who upped his career yards to 2,689. "I wasn't touched by anybody. It was a power play, and I just shot through the hole and hit the outside."

But, if Murray does not want to take credit for the first 39 yards, then he should for the next 179, especially the 64 yards he collected on a two-play set in the third quarter. Murray picked up a tough yard on fourth-and-one midway through the frame and followed that with a 63 yard touchdown where he barely jogged the last 15 yards to pay dirt.

If Murray did not dive just enough for the sticks on that fourth down, then Utah State would have taken over on the Sooners' 37 yard line and might have completely taken control of the already swinging momentum in its favor.

Still, Murray knew he had the first down when he hit the ground and was so confident about it he did not look at the measurement that shortly followed because he knew he made it, Murray said.

Despite Murray's big night, he knows the offense left a lot out on the field and scoreboard.

"We should have put a lot more points up there," he said. "We're still young, we're still learning. We're not complaining or anything like that but we know we have to get better each and every week."


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