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Backfield of Dreams
Sooner newbies Bradford, Murray debut with monster games

by Jenni Carlson Modified: September 2, 2007 at 1:07 am •  Published: September 2, 2007
NORMAN — There were times last season when the roommates would sit in their dorm and dream.

Sam Bradford and DeMarco Murray could hardly wait for their time.

It finally came Saturday, and my, oh my, how they took advantage of their Oklahoma debuts.

On an evening the Sooners routed North Texas 79-10, tuning up for Miami by dominating from beginning to end, Bradford and Murray stole the show. Pundits, both amateur and professional, wondered how these newbies would perform under the Saturday night lights.

Question answered.

Bradford completed 21 of 23 attempts for 363 yards and three touchdowns, breaking the school record for passing yards in a half with 350.

Murray rushed for 87 yards and five touchdowns, becoming the first player to score four touchdowns in a half in his Sooner debut.

But against a North Texas team that was even worse than expected, what are we to make of all this?

"We understand that they haven't been there for long,” Sooner coach Bob Stoops said of Todd Dodge and his staff at North Texas. "We have a perspective on it.”

In other words, North Texas is no where close to what OU will see in the Big 12 or even next week.

"The weeks to come ... we'll get schematically more challenged,” offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson said. "When the coverage isn't changing and there's not a lot of disguising, that's a little bit easier.

"Probably made those numbers look like, ‘Wow, look at how good this guy is going to be.' ”

Hold off the Heisman talk — for now.

While North Texas is hardly the stick by which to measure Bradford and Murray, they showed glimpses of greatness.

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by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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