Then Jalen Saunders nearly let the punt bounce instead of picking it up just inside OU's 10.
“At first, the coach usually tells me if it's near the 10-yard line, fair catch it or let it go,” Saunders said. “I took two steps back and I saw the guys, the defenders, coming to chase me. They were 20 yards away and coming closer. I was just going to chance it. After that I saw a crease right after I caught it and I just took off.”
The result was a 91-yard punt return for a touchdown that sent OU into the half tied after being outplayed much of the first half.
The last time OU had three different players rush for touchdowns of 50 yards or more was Oct. 15, 1988 against Kansas State when Eric Mitchel (85 yards), Charles Thompson (77) and Mike Gaddis (53) each accomplished the feat. … The Sooners' 405 rushing yards were the most in Stoops' 15 years and the most since rushing for 411 against Louisville in 1997. OU is 107-1 all-time when rushing for more than 400 yards.