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OU football: Ground attack fuels romp

BY JAKE TROTTER Modified: November 9, 2008 at 11:33 am •  Published: November 9, 2008
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas — On the game’s second play, running back DeMarco Murray raced through a gaping hole 70 yards down the sidelines to the Texas A&M 16-yard line.

Two rushes later, Oklahoma held a 7-0 lead.

The running attack continued to hum Saturday, igniting the sixth-ranked Sooners to a 66-28 victory over Texas A&M before 85,603 at Kyle Field.

Murray led the way with seven carries for 123 yards, as OU totaled a season-high on the ground with 328 yards.

Chris Brown added 117 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries, and third-string running back Mossis Madu finished with 65 yards rushing.

“I felt good today. I had a little more patience and hit the hole hard,” said Murray, who also had seven catches for 63 yards, tying a career high. “Our offensive line did a great job opening up holes.”

Since being held to 48 yards rushing in a loss to Texas, OU has averaged 250 yards per outing on the ground over its last four games.

That bodes well for the Sooners heading into a Nov. 22 showdown with Texas Tech.

Coming into the weekend, the Red Raiders had the nation’s No. 10 run defense.


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