• OU basketball: D.J. Bennett takes talent off the court, into studio for Sooners' intro video

    BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer, raber@opubco.com | Published: Sat, Nov 22, 2014

    NORMAN — Before today’s 2 p.m. Oklahoma men’s basketball home game against Northwestern State, Sooners senior forward D.J. Bennett will look up at the video board and smile. “It’s that time of the year,” the voice begins as the black and white video shows OU players walking onto a playground basketball court.. “That all the fans in the stands going to stand…” Who knows when or if Bennett will be in the starting lineup again for Oklahoma but regardless of his on-court contributions, Bennett feels plenty of pride already. Not only is Bennett the narrative voice of Oklahoma’s pregame introduction video, the aspiring musician wrote the words.

  • OU football: Sooners' Samaje Perine runs for record 427 yards in OU's 44-7 win over Kansas

    BY JASON KERSEY, Staff Writer, jkersey@opubco.com | Updated: Sat, Nov 22, 2014

    NORMAN — On the way back home from Oklahoma’s win at Texas Tech last weekend, Sooner running backs coach Cale Gundy noticed that Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon had broken the 15-year, NCAA single-game rushing record with a 408-yard performance. “That will probably never be broken again,” Gundy said that day. Oh how wrong he was.

  • OU football: What they're saying about the Sooners' 44-7 win over Kansas

    Jason Kersey | Published: Sat, Nov 22, 2014

    NORMAN — Oklahoma improved to 8-3 overall and 5-3 in Big 12 Conference play with Saturday’s 44-7 rout of Kansas on Owen Field. Here’s a look at what some players and coaches had to say after the game. Oklahoma offensive coordinator Josh Heupel, on the offensive line’s performance: “I saw early in the week that the weather report said there was going to be pretty bad weather ... obviously it became very important that we control the line of scrimmage. Our guys did a tremendous job.” Oklahoma freshman running back Samaje Perine, on fan support: “The fans stuck it out through the bad weather. I really appreciate them for that. I know you don’t see many fans do that, but it just goes to show the support that

  • OU football notebook: Sooners' defense stands tall , shuts out KU offense

    BY RYAN ABER AND JASON KERSEY, Staff Writers | Published: Sat, Nov 22, 2014

    With Samaje Perine’s record-setting day, there wasn’t much attention postgame on Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops and his group’s performance. “You guys only want to talk to me when we get run out of the stadium? I see how it is,” Stoops joked. “They struggled with our guys up front all day. We kinda overwhelmed them.” But OU’s defense held Kansas to just 103 total offensive yards — 19 on the ground — and shut out Kansas’ offense in the 44-7 Oklahoma win. The Jayhawks’ lone score came on defense. They also were strong on the back end, not allowing any pass plays of more than 18 yards as Oklahoma’s young safeties played a strong game after senior Quentin Hayes left with an injury

  • OU football report card: Sooner fans rewarded with good grade to go along with record-breaking performance

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Sat, Nov 22, 2014

    An impressive 44-7 victory against Kansas in less-than-stellar conditions. The grades reflect what we saw on the field and in the sky. BLOCKING: A Simply spectacular. As awesome as Oklahoma running back Samaje Perine was, there were many carries where he was untouched or pretty darn close to it. It started on his first carry, a 49-yard touchdown, and it continued throughout his assault on the NCAA record. The Sooner offensive line dominated so completely the starters deserve to be mentioned by name. Ty Darlington. Nila Kasitati. Adam Shead. Tyrus Thompson. Daryl Williams. Throw in fullback Aaron Ripkowski, and it is becoming obvious — this is a team better suited to run the ball.

  • OU football: Samaje Perine outperforms entire Kansas offense...by a lot

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Sat, Nov 22, 2014

    Here is a look at Oklahoma’s 44-7 win over Kansas by the numbers: 1: The spot in the NCAA record books that Samaje Perine now holds after rushing for 427 yards against Kansas. He broke the NCAA single-game rushing record set last week by Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon (408 vs. Nebraska) as well as the Oklahoma school record (Greg Pruitt, 294 vs. Kansas State, 1971) and the Big 12 record (Iowa State’s Troy Davis, 278 vs. Missouri, 1996). 1.7: Yards per play by Kansas in the first half. 12.3: Yards per carry by Perine in the first half. 2.7: Yards a play for OU in the first half when Perine didn’t get the ball. 12.7: Yards a play when Perine did. He had 241 all-purpose yards in the first half. 12.6:

  • OU football: Sooners' offensive line shares in Samaje Perine's record-setting day

    BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer, raber@opubco.com | Published: Sat, Nov 22, 2014

    NORMAN — His linemates Ty Darlington and Adam Shead already settling into different areas of the Adrian Peterson Team Meeting Room for postgame interviews, Oklahoma offensive tackle Daryl Williams wasn’t about to let them go it alone. “We’re going to stick together,” Williams shouted to the duo, cutting short their individual interviews and bringing the group together. On a day when Samaje Perine’s NCAA-record 427 rushing yards in a 44-7 Oklahoma win over Kansas put the freshman squarely in focus not only at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium but around the college football world, the offensive line that helped him get the mark stuck together.

  • OU football: Sooners' QB Cody Thomas talks Samaje Perine's record-breaking day, possibly starting Bedlam game

    BY JASON KERSEY, Staff Writer, jkersey@opubco.com | Published: Sat, Nov 22, 2014

    NORMAN — Cody Thomas had a relatively easy day Saturday, thanks to Samaje Perine. The redshirt freshman quarterback — making his second career start, and his first at home — completed only three of 13 pass attempts for 39 yards and ran three times for 21 yards in the Sooners’ 44-7 rout of Kansas on Owen Field. Thomas is starting in place of sophomore Trevor Knight, who is still recovering from a neck injury suffered two weeks ago against Baylor. Q: How much pressure does it take off when you have a running back do what Samaje did today? Thomas: Words can’t tell how great of a job Samaje did today. That goes along with everyone blocking for him.

  • OU football: Fox Sports 1's Craig Bolerjack says Samaje 'Perine is perfection'

    BY MEL BRACHT, Staff Writer, mbracht@opubco.com | Published: Sat, Nov 22, 2014

    After calling Samaje Perine’s NCAA record-breaking run early in the fourth quarter, Fox Sports 1 announcer Craig Bolerjack summed up the record succinctly: “He’s breaking one tackle after another. Perine is perfection.” Bolerjack was impressed with Perine’s 427-yard performance, which broke Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon’s 408-yard rushing record. “He did it in a gritty, old-fashioned way – through the rain, through the mud.” Analyst Ryan Nece, a former UCLA linebacker said, “Oh yeah, old-school football, just the way I like it. Power football, inside power plays, lead plays. There was nothing fancy about it. Kansas knew what was coming. They couldn’t stop it.

  • OU football: Samaje Perine breaks NCAA single-game rushing record

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Sat, Nov 22, 2014

    NORMAN — Oklahoma true freshman running back Samaje Perine broke the NCAA single-game rushing record Saturday against Kansas, recording 34 carries for 427 yards and five touchdowns on Owen Field. Perine broke Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon’s record — which only stood for one week — on a 42-yard run early in the fourth quarter. For the season, Perine has rushed for 1,428 yards, and his 19 touchdowns broke Adrian Peterson’s record for single-season rushing touchdowns by an Oklahoma freshman. The Pflugerville, Texas, native crossed the 1,000-yard mark last week at Texas Tech, when he became the Sooners’ first thousand-yard rusher since DeMarco Murray in 2010. This story

  • Live Coverage: OU vs. Kansas

    staff reports | Updated: Sat, Nov 22, 2014

    OU welcomes Kansas to Norman for another Big 12 showdown. The game has been delayed until at least 12:30 (lightning). Follow our live coverage for updates from The Oklahoman staff.

  • Oklahoma women's basketball: Sooners roll Bradley, honor Stacey Dales

    From Staff Reports | Published: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    Everyone on the active roster scored for Oklahoma, which whipped Bradley 104-55 on Friday night in women’s basketball at Lloyd Noble Center.

  • Oklahoma football: Rare level of fan unrest could result in huge number of empty seats at Saturday's game

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    Oklahoma football fans have reached a rare level of unrest this season after sky-high expectations turned into heart-wrenching disappointment. OU has lost two straight home games. Combined with another 11 a.m. kickoff, the possibility of thunderstorms and a hapless opponent in Kansas, those factors could result in an unprecedented amount of empty seats for the Bob Stoops era.

  • Big 12 football: KU quarterback Michael Cummings giving Clint Bowen a chance to keep head coaching gig

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    When Clint Bowen took over as Kansas’ interim coach in October, he stuck with Charlie Weis’ starting quarterback, Montell Cozart, for one half. Then Bowen went to Michael Cummings. It’s made a huge difference. Cummings has led an offensive renaissance for the Jayhawks, who beat Iowa State 34-14 on Nov. 8 and fell to TCU 34-30 last Saturday. Cummings played some in the second half against West Virginia, then was named the starter by Bowen. Since then, Cummings has completed 104 of 176 passes for 1,421 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions. That’s not Baylor territory, but it’s fabulous by KU standards. Cummings, a junior from Killeen, Texas, started against OU in 2012 and was not effective

  • Big 12 football: Paul Rhoads could use a victory over Texas Tech

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    Dan McCarney was a popular and successful, by Iowa State standards, coach. McCarney coached the Cyclones to five bowls in six years, 2000-05. But in 2006, Iowa State slipped to 4-8, and McCarney was fired. That decision was panned by most college football observers, and those observers were proven correct. The Cyclones went 3-9 and 2-10 in two seasons under Gene Chizik, who then left Iowa State for the Auburn job. Enter Paul Rhoads, a local guy who might be even more popular than McCarney was and was equally successful — three bowl trips in his first four years, 2009-12. But Iowa State fell to 3-9 last season and is 2-7 this year, including 0-6 in the Big 12. Saturday, the Cyclones host Texas Tech in a game that will

  • Big 12 football: League's best game was played Thursday night

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    Here is our ranking of this week’s Big 12 games: 1. Kansas State 26, West Virginia 20, played Thursday night: K-State found a victory, but WVU might have found a 2015 quarterback in junior-college transfer Skyler Howard. 2. Texas Tech at Iowa State, 2:30 p.m., Fox Sports Net: Two of the worst Big 12 defenses ever. 3. Kansas at Oklahoma, 11 a.m., Fox Sports1: The Cody Thomas era extends at least another week. 4. Oklahoma State at Baylor, 6:30 p.m., FOX: The perfect storm for a Baylor rout. The Bears are hungry to impress the committee, the Cowboys don’t have a quarterback.

  • Oklahoma football: Don't count on the Sooners playing in the Alamo Bowl

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    After Kansas State’s victory at West Virginia on Thursday night, the Wildcats seem the likely choice to play in San Antonio.

  • Oklahoma football: Defensive players don't get KO'd — they get 'Perined'

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    Last week at Texas Tech, Samaje Perine continued his assault on defenders. At one point in the second half, he caused Red Raiders to head to the sidelines on three consecutive plays. They’d been Perined.

  • OU football: Our picks for OU vs. Kansas

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    PICKED APART Here is a look at our picks and headline suggestions for Saturday’s game between Oklahoma and Kansas: RYAN ABER, OU writer OU 48, Kansas 20 BATTERING RAM Perine helps power Sooners through overmatched Jayhawks JENNI CARLSON, Columnist OU 37, Kansas 17 RAIN MAN Samaje Perine dominates Kansas on rainy, gray day JASON KERSEY, OU writer OU 59, Kansas 20 BALL HAWKS The Sooners’ secondary picks off at least two passes in an easy OU victory BERRY TRAMEL, Columnist OU 38, Kansas 10 WILD THRILL CODY Thomas’ big plays key OU past Kansas

  • OU football: Craig Bolerjack, Ryan Nece on the call for OU vs. Kansas

    BY MEL BRACHT | Published: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    About the TV broadcasters: Craig Bolerjack and Ryan Nece will broadcast the game for Fox Sports 1. Bolerjack, 56, a former Kansas State linebacker, is the Utah Jazz’s TV announcer and also has worked for CBS Sports, covering college football and basketball and the NFL. Nece, 35, son of former NFL Hall of Fame safety Ronnie Lott, is a former UCLA linebacker who played in the NFL with Tampa Bay and Detroit. He was promoted to the booth this season after serving as a sideline reporter last year.