Oklahoma rolls to 42-14 win over Texas A&M

The No 5 Oklahoma Sooners took advantage of two first half Texas A&M turnovers to mount a 21-0 halftime lead, and went on to win 42-14. Redshirt freshman Sam Bradford threw for 284 yards and 5 TDs while tight end Jermaine Gresham caught 4 of those TDs to lead the Sooners.

The No 5 Oklahoma Sooners took advantage of two first half Texas A&M turnovers to mount a 21-0 halftime lead, and went on to win 42-14. Redshirt freshman Sam Bradford threw for 284 yards and 5 TDs while tight end Jermaine Gresham caught 4 of those TDs to lead the Sooners.

After an exchange of punts to start the game, Oklahoma got the first break when Roger Holland fumbled an A&M punt return and DeMarco Murray recovered for the Sooners at the Aggie 33-yard line. On 3rd-and-9 Sam Bradford completed a 25-yard pass to Manuel Johnson to give the Sooners a 1st-and-goal at the Aggie 7-yard line. Two plays later Bradford threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jermaine Gresham. The extra point by Garrett Hartley gave the Sooners a 7-0 lead at 5:21 in the first quarter.

After another Aggie punt, Oklahoma drove 61 yards in 8 plays and on the first play of the second quarter Sam Bradford threw his second touchdown pass of the night to Jermaine Gresham, this from 13 yards out. Hartley's extra point extended the Oklahoma lead to 14-0.

Sam Bradford passes.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Sam Bradford passed for 284 yards and 5 TDs. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Late in the second quarter A&M drove to the Sooner 38-yard line before Aggie running back Keondra Smith was controversially ruled to have fumbled and Oklahoma recovered at their 33-yard line. Oklahoma drove 67 yards in 9 plays with Sam Bradford throwing a 14-yard touchdown pass to running back Chris Brown. Hartley's extra point gave Oklahoma a 21-0 lead with 1:02 left in the first half.

At the half, Oklahoma led Texas A&M in total yards, 230 to 63, and in first downs, 14 to 4. For Oklahoma, Sam Bradford had completed 15 of 21 passes for 153 passes and 3 TDs. Texas A&M had lost two of their 4 fumbles and both were converted into touchdowns by the Sooners.

In the third quarter, Texas A&M twice moved into Oklahoma territory, but each time came up with no points. On their second possession of the third quarter, the Aggies drove to the Sooner 28-yard line before Matt Szymanski missed a 45-yard field goal attempt wide right. On the next Aggie possession, they drove to the Oklahoma 44-yard line before having to punt.

Tight end Jermaine Gresham
Tight end Jermaine Gresham catches one of his 4 TD passes, this over Arkeith Brown. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Meanwhile, Oklahoma scored 14 unanswered third quarter points, on touchdown passes 38 and 13 yards from Sam Bradford to Jermaine Gresham.

For the second week in a row, the Aggies went scoreless through the first three quarters of play.

Texas A&M finally got on the board early in the fourth quarter after mounting a 12-play, 80 yard drive. The Aggies scored on a 3rd-down, 23-yard pass from Stephen McGee to tight end Martellus Bennett in the back of the end zone. Szymanski's extra point cut the Sooner lead to 35-7 with 12:36 left in the game.

Oklahoma mounted a 13-play, 72-yard drive, all on the gound, consuming over eight minutes of clock. DeMarco Murray scored on a 2-yard run to extend the Sooner lead to 42-7 with 4:23 left in the game.

Texas A&M drove 70 yards in 12 plays, and Chris Alexander scored on a 1-yard dive with 43 seconds left in the game.

Oklahoma ran out the clock to earn a 42-14 win over Texas A&M..

For the game, Oklahoma led Texas A&M in total yards, 470 to 283, and in first downs, 26 to 18.

For Oklahoma, Sam Bradford completed 21 of 30 passes for 284 yards and 5 TDs. Tight end Jermaine Gresham caught 5 passes for 80 yards, with 4 of those3 receptions going for touchdowns. Nine other players had receptions for the Sooners. DeMarco Murray rushed for 70 yards and 1 TD on 15 carries and Allen Patrick rushed for 70 yards on 15 carries.

For Texas A&M, Stephen McGee completed 15 of 28 passes for 155 yards and 1 TD and rushed for 71 yards and 1 TD on 16 carries. Martellus Bennett caught 4 passes for 63 yards and 1 TD. Mike Goodson rushed for 28 yards on 7 carries and Jorvorskie Lane rushed for 28 yards on 5 carries.

Oklahoma (8-1, 4-1) now sits atop the Big 12 South standings and hosts Baylor next Saturday.

Texas A&M (6-4, 3-3) now prepares to travel to Columbia, Missouri next Saturday to face No 9 Missouri Tigers (8-1, 4-1).

Watch for indepth Aggie Websider analysis of the Oklahoma game and previews of the Missouri game.



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