No 4 OU rolls to 66-28 win over Aggies

The No. 4 Oklahoma Sooners scored touchdowns on their first three possessions to open a 21-0 lead, and then cruised to an easy 66-28 win over Texas A&M in College Station on Saturday afternoon. Sam Bradford passed for 320 yards and 4 TDs to lead an Oklahoma offense that amassed 653 yards and 29 first downs and the Sooner defense held Texas A&M to just 26 yards rushing.

The No. 4 Oklahoma Sooners scored touchdowns on their first three possessions to open a 21-0 lead, and then cruised to an easy 66-28 win over Texas A&M in College Station on Saturday afternoon. Sam Bradford passed for 320 yards and 4 TDs to lead an Oklahoma offense that amassed 653 yards and 29 first downs and the Sooner defense held Texas A&M to just 26 yards rushing.

It took Oklahoma just 4 plays and 89 seconds to get on the scoreboard. On their second play from srimmage after receiving the opening kickoff, DeMarco Murray raced 70 yards to the Aggie 16-yard line. Sam Bradford then scrambled 15 yards for a Sooner touchdown,. Jimmy Stevens' extra point gve Oklahoma a 7-0 lead.

Texas A&M went 3-and-out on its first possession. Oklahoma marched 74 yards in 12 plays, with Bradford tossing a 5-yard touchdown pass to Murray. Stevens' extra point gave the Sooners a 14-0 lead at the 8:05 mark in the first quarter.

After another Aggie 3-and-out, it took Oklahoma just 3 plays to go 54 yards, with Chris Brown scoring on a 22-yard run. Stevens' extra point extended the Sooner lead to 21-0 with 5:44 left in the first quarter.

The Aggies got their first and only first down of the first quarter on their next possession before again being forced to punt.

After an exchange of punts gave Oklahoma possession at the Aggie 42-yard line to end the first quarter, Sam Bradford connected with fullback Matt Clapp for a 28 yard touchdown. Stevens' extra point gave Oklahoma a commanding 28-0 lead 33 seconds into the second quarter.

Texas A&M showed the first sign of life when Cyrus Gray took the ensuing kickoff 67 yards to the Sooner 25-yard line. Two plays later Jerrod Johnson threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jamie McCoy. The extra point by Randy Bullock cut the Sooner lead to 28-7 with 13:09 left in the second quarter.

After two failed Oklahoma field goal attempts, Texas A&M drove 75 yards in 10 plays, with Jerrod Johnson scoring on a run when facing 4th-and-goal from the Sooner 2-yard line. Bullock's extra point reduce the Oklahoma lead to 28-14 with 5:11 left in the first half. A big play on the drive was with the Aggies going for it on a 4th-and-3 from their own 42-yard line, Johnson found Ryan Tannehill for a 55-yard pass completion to the Sooner 3-yard line.

Oklahoma responded to the Aggie challenge by driving 73 yards in 6 plays. After Bradford hit Ryan Broyles on a 46-yard pass completion and the Aggies were charged with a face mask penalty to move the ball to the A&M 5-yard line, Chris Brown scored on a 5-yard run. Stevens' extra point restorerd a 21-point lead 35-14 with 2:51 left in the half.

The Aggies drove to the Sooner 40-yard line before failing on a 4th-and-4 attempt turning the ball over on downs. With just 33 second left in the half, the Sooners drove to the Aggie 25-yard line before Jimmy Stevens kicked a 42-yard field goal to end the first half with Oklahoma holding a 38-14 lead.

Oklahoma piled up 18 first downs and 423 total yards in the first half, to the Aggies' 8 first downs and 159 yards.

At the half, Sam Bradford had completed 14 of 23 passes for 206 yards and 2 TDs while DeMarco Murray had rushed for 120 yards on just 3 carries.

Things didn't improve much for Texas A&M in the second half.

After the Aggies opened the second half with another 3-and-out, Oklahoma drove 64 yards in 9 plays with Sam Bradford finding Ryan Broyles for a 23-yard touchdown. Stevens' extra point extended the Sooner lead to 45-14 with 10:09 left in the third quarter.

The next Aggie possession ended when a Jerrod Johnson pass attempt was intercepted by Sooner lineback Keenan Clayton. It took the Sooners just 3 plays to convert the Aggie turnover into a score with Chris Brown scoring on a 28-yard run. Stevens' extra point gave the Sooners a 52-14 lead at the 8:27 mark in the third quarter.

One of the Aggies few highlights came when Cyrus Gray ran the ensuing kickoff back 98 yards for a touchdown. Bullock's extra point cut the Sooner lead to 52-21.

After the Aggie defense forced the Sooner to a rare 3-and-out, Jerrod Johnson threw his second interception of the game. It took Oklahoma two plays to convert this interception into a score with Sam Bradford throwing a 37-yard touchdown to Juaquin Iglesias. Stevens' extra point pushed Oklahoma's total to 59 point, setting a dubious new record for the most points ever scored by an opponent at Kyle Field.

Stephen McGee came on in relief of Jerrod Johnson for the Aggies. McGee moved the Aggies to the Oklahoma 49-yard line before an attempted pitch to Cyrus Gray was fumbled and Sooner defensive back scooped up the fumble and returned it 37 yards for another Sooner touchdown. Stevens' extra point gave Oklahoma a 66-21 lead with still 3:54 left in the third quarter.

Midway through the fourth quarter Stephen McGee led the Aggies on an 11-play, 83-yard drive, and Jorvorskie Lane recorded his 47th career touchdown on a 2-yard run. Bulloick's extra point made the score 66-28 with 6:12 left in the game.

Oklahoma ran nine straight rushing plays to mercifully run the clock, turning the ball over on downs with 43 seconds left in the game. The Aggies fumbled, Oklahoma recovered and ran out the clock to preserve a 66-28 win over Texas A&M.

For the game, Oklahoma piled up 29 first downs and 653 total yards to the Aggies' 20 first downs and 278 yards. As a sign of their balanced offense, the Sooners had 328 yards rushing and 325 yards passing. The Aggies managed just 26 yards rushing to go with their 252 yards passing. The Aggies led in time of possession, 31:11 to 28:49, but that did not matter as Oklahoma averaged 8.7 yards per play to A&M's 3.5 yards per play.

For Oklahoma, Sam Bradford coimpleted 22 of 33 passes for 320 yards and 4 TDs. Ryan Broyles caught 5 passes for 91 yards and 1 TD and Juan Iglesias caught 4 passes for 70 yards and 1 TD. DeMarco Murray rushed for 123 yards on 7 carries and caught 7 passes for 63 yards and 1 TD.

For Texas A&M, Jerrod Johnson completed 11 of 31 passes for 162 yards and 1 TD with 2 interceptions. Stephen McGee came on to complete 10 of 19 passes for 82 yards. Cyrus Gray led Aggie rushers with 24 yards on 5 carries but set a new Aggie record with 261 kickoff yards on 7 returns. Ryan Tannehill led Aggies in receiving with 83 yards on 4 receptions. With both Jeff Fuller and Terrence McCoy out due to injury, Howard Morrow caught 6 passes for 78 yards and Pierre Brown caught 5 passes for 49 yards.

No. 4 Oklahoma (8-1, 5-1 Big 12) maintains their national title hopes with the win and in two weeks host No. 2 Texas Tech.

Texas A&M (4-6, 2-4 Big 12) travels to Waco next Saturday to face Baylor in a battle to avoid the Big 12 South cellar.

 


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