OU pulls away for 41-25 win over Aggies

No. 6 ranked Oklahoma held a slim 13-10 halftime lead but took advantage of a strong wind and Texas A&M turnovers to score 28 unanswered points in the third quarter to pull away for a 41-25 win over the Aggies. Landry Jones (left) passed for 255 yards and 2 TDs and Roy Finch rushed for 101 yards and 1 TD to lead the Sooners. Ryan Tannehill passed for 352 yards but suffered 3 interceptions.

No. 6 ranked Oklahoma held a slim 13-10 halftime lead but took advantage of a strong wind and Texas A&M turnovers to score 28 unanswered points in the third quarter to pull away for a 41-25 win over the Aggies.

Landry Jones passed for 255 yards and 2 TDs and Roy Finch rushed for 101 yards and 1 TD to lead the Sooners. Ryan Tannehill passed for 379 yards but suffered 3 interceptions.

After forcing a fumble and a punt on Oklahoma's first two possessions, Texas A&M scored first, on a 43-yard field goal by Randy Bullock that gave the Aggies a 3-0 lead at the 8:08 mark in the first quarter.

Oklahoma quickly responded, with Landy Jones connecting with Ryan Broyles for a 57-yard pass completion, enroute to a 7-play, 80-yard drive. Blake Bell scored a touchdown on a 2-yard run and Michael Hunnicutt's extra point gave the Sooners a 7-3 lead with 6:16 left in the first quarter.

Texas A&M's next two possessions ended in turnovers, an interception thrown by Ryan Tannehill and a fumble by Christine Michael, but the Sooners were only able to turn these two turnovers into three points, a 29-yard Hunnicutt field goal that gave Oklahoma a 10-3 lead two minutes into the second quarter.

After an exchange of punts, Texas A&M drove to the Sooner 21-yard line before Randy Bullock missed a 38-yard field goal attempt into the wind.

Oklahoma mounted an 18-play drive that concumed six and a half minutes of clock, driving to the Aggie 21-yard line before having to settle for a 39-yard Hunnicutt field goal that extended the Sooner lead to 13-3 with 2:25 left in the first half.

Texas A&M struck back with a 79-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Tannehill to Ryan Swope. Bullock's extra point cut the Sooner lead to three, 13-10, with 1:39 to go in the second quarter, and an exchange of punts ended the first half.

At the half, the Aggies led the Sooners in total yards, 209 to 180, while the Sooners held the edge in first downs, 10 to 8.

For Texas A&M, Ryan Tannehill had completed 9 of 22 passes for 156 yards and 1 TD with 1 INT. Ryan Swope had caught 4 passes for 116 yards and 1 TD. Christine Michael had rushed for 51 yards on 11 carries.

For Oklahoma, Landry Jones had completed 10 of 26 passes for 112 yards. Ryan Broyles had caught just the one 57-yard pass. Roy Finch had rushed for 45 yards on 12 carries.

Texas A&M could do nothing against the strong wind in the third quarter, while Oklahoma took advantage of the wind at their back to score 28 unanswered points and open up a commanding 41-10 lead.

After a 14-yard Aggie punt, Landry Jones threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to Jaz Reynolds that gave the Sooners a 20-10 lead.

After a Ryan Tannehill pass was tipped and intercepted by Sooner linebacker Ronnell Lewis, Oklahoma drove 28 yards in 5 plays, with Roy Finch scored on a 3-yard run to extend the Sooner lead to 27-10 midway through the third quarter.

On their next possession Oklahoma drove 69 yards in 8 plays and Blake Bell scored on a 4-yard quarterback keeper to give the Sooners a 34-10 lead.

Ryan Tannehill threw another interception and Landy Jones immediately capitalized throwing a 39-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Stills to make the score 41-10 Sooners.

The Aggies finally moved into Sooner territory but Randy Bullock's 41-yard field goal attempt it the upright.

Early in the fourth quarter Texas A&M drove 81 yards in 12 plays and Ben Malena scored on a 16-yard run to cut into the Sooner lead, 41-17, with 9:49 left in the game. On their next possession, Texas A&M drove 95 yards in 9 plays and Ryan Tannehill tossed a 8-yard TD pass to Cyrus Gray. Malcome Kennedy made a great catch on a 2-point conversion to pull the Aggies to within two scores, 41-25.

Texas A&M attempted an onside kick and should have recovered it but the ball slipped out of bounds giving the Sooners possession. A&M forced a Sooner punt but turned the ball over on downs, enabling Oklahoma to run out the clock.

Texas A&M falls to a disappointing 5-4 for the season, 3-3 in the Big 12, while Oklahoma improves to 8-1, 5-1 in the Big 12.

Texas A&M actually outgained Oklahoma, 527 to 404 yards, and edged the Sooners in first downs, 28 to 20, but suffered 4 costly turnovers.

For Oklahoma, Landry Jones completed 18 of 38 passes for 255 yards and 2 TDs, Roy Finch rushed for 99 yards and 1 TD on 26 carries, Ryan Broyles caught 2 passes for 87 yards, and Jaz Reynolds added 6 catches for 75 yards.

For Texas A&M, Ryan Tannehill completed 32 of 63 passes for 379 yards and 2 TDs but suffered 3 interceptions. Christine Michael rushed for 88 yards on 17 carries beforer departing with a sprained knee. Ryan Swope caught 8 passes for 149 yards and 1 TD.

Texas A&M will attempt to rebound when they face Kansas State on the road next week.

 


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