NORMAN — DeMarco Murray detoured on his way to the locker room, jogging toward the stands and high-fiving fans along the wall.
Travis Lewis waved to the Sooner faithful, turning this way, then that on his way off the field.
Heck, even Bob Stoops seemed to have a little more pep to his step.
Happy days are here again in Soonerville.
On a night when Oklahoma destroyed Iowa State 52-0, the good vibrations went beyond the Owen Field turf. They stretched to Camp Randall where Wisconsin defeated top-ranked Ohio State. They stretched to the ESPN Campus where the Game Day crew pondered a trip to Missouri next weekend for the Sooners' showdown with the undefeated Tigers. They even reached into the minds of voters and techies who will make their first BCS picks of the season later today.
The road to the national championship just keeps getting wider and wider for these Sooners.
"I've always thought this was a special team," Lewis said. "We just haven't put it all together."
A few weeks back, there was the road win at Cincinnati, then the win against rival Texas. Then on Saturday came the domination of Iowa State.
Granted, everyone expected the Sooners to roll the Cyclones, but hey, didn't everyone expect them to roll Utah State and Air Force, too?
The Sooners did Saturday what great teams do to inferior opponents — they step on their throats.
"We knew we were capable of this," Sooner receiver Ryan Broyles said.
Still, it was an impressive performance.
Landry Jones was brilliant, completing his first 13 pass attempts and finishing the night 30 of 34. Never before had a Sooner quarterback completed a higher percentage when throwing at least 25 passes in a game.
What's more, the Sooner quarterback continues to improve his mastery of the hurry-up offense. OU is playing at a tempo that hasn't been seen since Sam Bradford's Heisman Trophy season two years ago. That pace affected Texas two weeks ago, but it down right befuddled Iowa State.
The Cyclones had no way of slowing the Sooners.
"He was on point all week," OU tailback DeMarco Murray said of Jones. "Just like Ryan. I felt like this week was one of my better weeks as well."
All of that showed. Broyles had a school record 15 catches while Murray scored three touchdowns, breaking the school record for career touchdowns with 58.
That all three Sooner stars had career nights shows the balance that the OU offense had.
While those three will get the headlines, the Sooner defense notched its first shutout of the season. Iowa State managed only 183 yards of offense.
What year is this — 1980?
Lewis told his teammates early in the week that he wanted a shutout, but he also reminded them that they had a defense ranked 90th in the country.
That became a mantra this week.
"We played like we had something to prove tonight," Lewis said.
All of the Sooners did. It's quite a chord to strike on the eve of the season's first BCS rankings. The Sooners aren't likely to be No. 1 — Oregon, Boise State and TCU will be ranked ahead of OU — but this is a team absolutely in the mix.
"I don't want to be at the top yet," Lewis said. "We need to go out there and deserve it. There's other teams out there that have played more consistent than we have. That's something that we've got to earn.
"I don't feel like we're to that point yet.
Still, who would've thought at the beginning of the season that the Sooners would be in this good a position?
They are playing well and getting help from other teams. Last week, Alabama went down. This week, it was Ohio State.
The Buckeyes went to Wisconsin and took a big-time tumble, 31-18. Had the Buckeyes won, they still might not have been ahead of the Sooners in the first BCS standings, but had they continued winning, they surely would've passed the Sooners eventually because of their high standing in the human polls.
Ohio State's loss clears a hurdle for OU.
But despite those losses by Alabama and Ohio State, the most important thing for OU is how it is playing. This is a Sooner team that continues to improve, continues to prove that it isn't the finished product.
"We're making some strides each week," Murray said. "That's what great teams do — they continue to get better each week — and it's a snowball from there."
The Sooners are rolling now.
Feeling good, too.
Told that Missouri players planned to watch film of OU on their way home from Texas A&M on Saturday, Lewis smirked a bit.
"They need to get some film in," he said, "cuz we're comin'."
The Tigers aren't the only ones who should heed that warning. Happy days in Soonerville, after all, usually aren't all that cheery for the rest of the college football world.