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NORMAN — Running backs DeMarco Murray and Jermie Calhoun each ran for a pair of TDs, and QB Landry Jones started the season crisp, as the Sooners dispatched Utah State 66-17 at Owen Field in the opener for both teams.
OU, however, didn’t start this game crisp. The Aggies, 31-point underdogs, actually led 14-7 after the first quarter thanks to a pair of scoring bombs from QB Diondre Borel.
But the Sooners responded to outscore Utah State 31-3 in the second quarter and retake command. DeMarco Murray scored both of his TDs in the second, and linebacker Tom Wort capped the scoring barrage with a score off an 11-yard fumble return just before halftime.
Jones finished the night 24 of 33 passing for 246 yards and two touchdowns before being replaced by backup Drew Allen in the third quarter.
But it was Calhoun who came in relief to run for a career-high 147 yards to carry the Sooner offense in the second half.
Perhaps the best sign of the day, though, came from kicker Patrick O’Hara, who made all nine extra-point attempts and split the uprights on his only field goal attempt, from 29 yards out.
Travis Lewis led the Sooners defensively with 10 tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble, as the defense tuned up for next week’s bout with nationally ranked Florida State.