NORMAN — Just after Sam Bradford delivered his first pass to Juaquin Iglesias, 286-pound defensive tackle Teraz McCray flattened the young quarterback.
For a moment, Bradford grimaced.
Then, he got up, and completed three straight passes — the last a 24-yard touchdown strike to Malcolm Kelly on a quick post.
Oklahoma's biggest question mark coming into this season is now an exclamation point. OU has a championship-caliber quarterback to go along with the rest of its championship-caliber team.
Bradford passed for 205 yards and five touchdowns as No. 5 Oklahoma destroyed Miami 51-13 in front of a record 85,357 fans Saturday at Owen Field.
"I've heard that,” Bradford said of his previous question-mark status. "People don't think you're that good or don't deserve to be here, and I think that's got to be motivation to prove that you belong at this level.”
The redshirt freshman proved he more than belongs, carving up one of the nation's top defenses.
Bradford finished 19 of 25 passing, connecting on his first four passes to break the school record for consecutive completions with 22.
Every ball he threw, it seemed, hit his receivers in the chest.
"He's putting it right on the money,” said Kelly, who caught three Bradford touchdowns.
With apologies to Texas' Colt McCoy and Missouri's Chase Daniel, Bradford so far looks like the best quarterback in the Big 12.