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Oklahoma football: Ranking OU's season openers in the Bob Stoops era

Oklahoma's 34-0 win over Louisiana-Monroe was one of the most impressive openers in the 15 years since Bob Stoops took over the programs.
by Ryan Aber Published: September 1, 2013

/articleid/3878481/1/pictures/2197648">Photo - Oklahoma's Trevor Knight (9) walks off the field after the 34-0 win over Louisiana Monroe during the college football game between the University of Okahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Louisiana Monroe Warhawks (ULM) at the Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013 in Norman, Okla.  Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Trevor Knight (9) walks off the field after the 34-0 win over Louisiana Monroe during the college football game between the University of Okahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Louisiana Monroe Warhawks (ULM) at the Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

Renaldo Works scored three fourth-quarter touchdowns to kick off the national championship season.

8. Oklahoma 47, Tulsa 14 (2011)

Dominique Whaley burst onto the scene with 131 yards and four touchdowns in another opening-night rout of Tulsa.

9. Oklahoma 37, North Texas 3 (2003)

It wasn't always pretty — OU rushed for just 98 yards — but the No. 1 Sooners came out ahead comfortably as Jason White returned from injury.

10. Oklahoma 40, Bowling Green 24 (2004)

Adrian Peterson and Kejuan Jones each rushed for more than 100 yards to beat a Bowling Green team that was 11-3 the year before and lost just two more games that season.

11. Oklahoma 24, UTEP 7 (2012)

The Sooners offense sputtered, but a 14-point fourth-quarter burst helped keep the Sooners from another season-opening upset.

12. Oklahoma 24, UAB 17 (2006)

After going into half tied 7-7, the Sooners returned to the I formation for much of the second half, and Adrian Peterson took over by running for 139 yards and adding a 69-yard touchdown reception.

13. Oklahoma 31, Utah State 24 (2010)

Landry Jones struggled as the Aggies came back from a 21-0 first-half deficit to make things interesting in the second half before OU pulled out the win.

14. BYU 14, Oklahoma 13 (2009)

Sam Bradford went down late in the first half, but the Sooners had plenty of issues before that in losing at Cowboys Stadium.

15. TCU 17, Oklahoma 10 (2005)

Could be considered the start of TCU's rise to prominence, as the Horned Frogs went on to an 11-1 season and a No. 11 ranking. TCU held Adrian Peterson to just 63 rushing yards on 22 carries.

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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