NORMAN — A week of angst ended in jubilation Saturday at Owen Field. The University of Oklahoma football team, so unimpressive in its season opener a week ago, was equally impressive Saturday in routing Florida State University 47-17 in what some had called the biggest nonconference game in Bob Stoops' 12 seasons as coach.
"We came out ready to play," said OU receiver Ryan Broyles. "We wanted to show what we had. It was just first-game jitters last week."
That was a 31-24 squeaker over Utah State. But this rout of the Seminoles included a 34-7 halftime lead that was FSU's largest halftime deficit since 1985.
"It's exciting to come out in a big atmosphere like that, and again, we have a great, great respect for the tradition and history of Florida State," Stoops said.
OU dropped from seventh to 10th in the AP poll after the Utah State game, and doubt pervaded Sooner fans throughout the state that this could be a championship season.
"There was a lot of disappointment in how we played," said OU tailback DeMarco Murray. The fans "will come back. One week they love us, the next week they hate us."