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OU makes statement in 55-17 win over Texas

BY TRAVIS HANEY, Staff Writer, thaney@opubco.com Modified: October 8, 2011 at 6:44 pm •  Published: October 8, 2011

How does a game get out of hand? Of those five Texas turnovers, three went for Oklahoma touchdowns. An alternate final score could have read: Sooners D 21, Texas 17.

“I don't think I've ever been part of a team that has outscored the opposing offense,” OU end Ronnell Lewis said. “It was kind of fun to be a part of something like that.

“Seeing that scoreboard light up and hearing those guns go off all the time … it felt pretty good.”

When the Sooners offense had the ball, it moved efficiently. Landry Jones “played like a Heisman Trophy winner,” Brown said after the junior quarterback's 31-for-50, 367-yard, three-touchdown, zero-turnover afternoon. Broyles caught nine passes for 122 yards and a score, moving three catches from the NCAA's all-time receptions record.

The only OU turnover came in the final minutes, when freshman running back Brandon Williams put the ball on the turf.

“That's the best that they've played us,” UT running back Fozzy Whittaker said. “It's one of those things where you just have to stand back and give them credit for doing what they do best.”

Perhaps most alarming for the Horns? This could have been worse - way worse. OU kicked 24- and 26-yard field goals, punted once at the Texas 34 and went for it on fourth down at the UT 33.

No disrespect to Texas, the Sooners said, but they thought they were better. More experience and more speed led to more points.

“We could see it on film,” Broyles said. “We knew they were undefeated, and they'd had good games, but we believe we've got great athletes. We thought the matchups were there for us to do what we did.”

Statistically coloring the picture of OU's dominance Saturday:

(bullet) In building a 34-10 halftime lead, the Sooners ran 34 plays on Texas' end of the field. The Longhorns ran a total of 32 plays in the first half.

(bullet) OU had a school-record 17 tackles for loss and tied a school record with eight sacks. Texas lost 117 yards.

(bullet) The Sooners finished with 130 return yards on their three defensive touchdowns of 55, 19 and 56 yards.

Plenty of moments summed up the one-sided day, but a subtle one was the Sooners converting on third-and-25 in UT territory early in the second quarter. Two plays later, they were in the end zone to push the lead to 20-3.

“I don't think there's one play that says it's your day,” OU offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said. “There's a lot that goes into having a day like this.”


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