NORMAN — LSU-Alabama updates kept awake the throng in the first half. The mighty Aggie band did the duties at halftime. The Sam Bradford-Jermaine Gresham touchdown connection took its turn thereafter.
Oklahoma beat Texas A&M 42-14 Saturday night in an Owen Field yawner that suits the Sooners just fine.
The Sooners and Aggies had played three straight thrillers since that 77-0 debacle back in 2003. But Saturday night, the thrill was gone. This game was void of hairy moments or home-run plays, but it also was void of OU turnovers or harmful penalties.
Which means it was right in Bob Stoops' wheelhouse.
"Very solid,” Stoops termed it. "To me, it's all about winning. Just winning is what you need to do.
"Giving them the ball in the last two minutes up 42-7, I'll take it every week. That's what you want.”
The Sooners had been fumble-fingered in recent games, but OU committed nary a bobble.
"Ugly football is penalties and turnovers,” Stoops said. "I can't stand it. I'll take five less yards every snap if we finish with the ball.”
So it wasn't ugly. It also wasn't all that interesting. OU was going to make national news on Standard Time Eve only two ways:
• Getting upset, which is always possible in this upside-down college football season,
• Or by hanging 77 on the Aggies again, which wasn't bloody likely since Kansas already had claimed the Big 12's allotted 70something explosion for the day.
The Sooners toyed with the Aggies, who with a win could have forged a logjam of four two-loss teams at the top of the Big 12 South. But in reality, these Ags are wounded in spirit and playing out the string under beleaguered coach Dennis Franchione.
The OU running game was solid (4.3 yards per carry by the tailbacks) but not spectacular, so Sudden Sam tied a school record with five touchdown passes, four to Gresham, who tied Trent Smith's single-game OU record for TD catches.
Gresham's TDs came on catches of three, 13, 38 and 13 yards. If anyone can think of a reason not to throw it to the big fellow every time the Sooners get around the goal line, speak now or forever hold your peace.