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NORMAN — Two minutes in Oklahoma’s game against Air Force, it looked like the Sooners might be in trouble against the Academy’s option attack.
Turned out, those were the only two minutes.
After giving up a quick touchdown, OU dominated the rest of the way, coasting to a 52-7 win over the Falcons at Owen Field to move to 3-0.
DeMarco Murray rushed for 140 yards, and Landry Jones threw for 174 yards and 2 touchdowns.
The Sooners suffered a scary moment when Jones injured his ankle early in the third quarter. For precautionary reasons, Jones sat out the rest of the game with OU in command. But coach Bob Stoops said afterward the injury was a sprain and that Jones should be ready to go next weekend at Cincinnati.
Backup Drew Allen, however, showed that the Sooners have a capable No. 2 QB, should Jones’ injury linger. After going in for Jones, Allen played admirably, throwing for 3 TDs on 6 of 10 passing.
Air Force marched down the field on its opening drive and found the end zone when quarterback Tim Jefferson found fullback Jared Tew for a 22-yard TD.
But after that, the OU defense completely shut down Air Force’s option offense. The Academy finished with only 54 rushing yards, and Jefferson was picked off 4 times. One of those was returned 29 yards for a TD by safety Jonathan Nelson, which OU placed ahead for the first time, 14-7.