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Oklahoma's 52-0 rout of Iowa State signals the return of joy to Soonerville

OU's 52-0 victory over Iowa State sent good vibrations that were felt from Norman to Bristol, Conn. Their first complete performance of the season will send the Sooners to Missouri for a battle of 6-0 teams, and the ESPN Gameday crew to Columbia.
by Jenni Carlson Modified: October 17, 2010 at 6:57 am •  Published: October 16, 2010

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."

Until now.

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.

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by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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