NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma left the impression it desired in a season-opening blowout over Louisiana Tech.
Trevor Knight passed for 253 yards and a touchdown and Keith Ford had 116 yards from scrimmage and scored two touchdowns to help the fourth-ranked Sooners beat the Bulldogs 48-16 on Saturday night.
The Sooners got everyone's attention with their Sugar Bowl win over Alabama to end last season, and they wanted to make it clear that they really are that good. The Sooners rolled to a 31-0 lead in the second quarter.
"That's what we want to do," receiver Sterling Shepard said. "We want to come out and make a statement. A lot of people thought we were flukes, so we want to come out this season and show everybody that we're the team that we looked like (against Alabama)."
Ford ran for 51 yards and caught four passes for 65 yards for the Sooners. Samaje Perine ran for 77 yards and a touchdown and Alex Ross rushed for two scores.
Zack Sanchez led Oklahoma's defense with an interception and a blocked field goal.
Oklahoma linebacker Jordan Evans was ejected in the second quarter for targeting when he tried to make a play against quarterback Cody Sokol. Big 12 referee Dan Romeo explained the call after the game.
"The official that made the call felt like the quarterback was sliding, was giving himself up as a participant in the play, which made him defenseless," Romeo said. "The defender lowered his head. He initiated forceful contact by leading with the helmet and contacting the quarterback's helmet."
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops wasn't ready to say whether he agreed with the call.
"That was tough," he said. "That's a tough part of the game. I'll have to see it and replay it. It was different. I'll visit with the league and our officials. Our officials do a great job. I'll get some clarification and have it be a learning point for our players. Some are tough, thought. It's a bang-bang thing sometimes how they happen."
Sokol, an Iowa transfer, passed for 191 yards and two touchdowns.
"We had a quarterback making his first collegiate start," Louisiana Tech coach Skip Holtz said. "I thought it showed early. I thought he was a little bit nervous, very uncharacteristic of the way he's played in camp. He missed some open receivers."