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Oklahoma’s 44 first downs Saturday were just one short of Texas Tech’s NCAA record

by Jason Kersey Published: November 26, 2012
Quarterback Landry Jones, above, and offensive tackle Lane Johnson were invited to play in the 2013 Senior Bowl. PHOTO BY SARAH PHIPPS, THE OKLAHOMAN
Quarterback Landry Jones, above, and offensive tackle Lane Johnson were invited to play in the 2013 Senior Bowl. PHOTO BY SARAH PHIPPS, THE OKLAHOMAN
NORMAN — Oklahoma fell just short of the NCAA’s Football Bowl Subdivision single-game record for first downs in Saturday’s 51-48 overtime win over Oklahoma State.

The Sooners totaled 44 first downs, just one behind Texas Tech’s record, which it set with 45 first downs (16 rushing, 28 passing and one penalty) in its 2003 win over Iowa State.

Oklahoma picked up 29 of its first downs Saturday passing, 11 rushing and four because of OSU penalties.

The Sooners picked up seven of those first downs on their final fourth-quarter drive, which took 6:18 off the clock and ended with Blake Bell’s 4-yard touchdown run that tied the game and forced overtime.

The 44th and final first down of the game, of course, came with Brennan Clay’s 18-yard, game winning touchdown run in overtime.

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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