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Oklahoman Modified: November 30, 2008 at 1:10 am •  Published: November 30, 2008
Robinson a scramblin’ man
OSU quarterback Zac Robinson scrambled out of trouble much of the night. Until crunch time.

Huge sacks finally gave the Sooner defense stops on each of OSU’s final two possessions. Linebacker Keenan Clayton sacked Robinson for a nine-yard loss on the first play after OU took a 51-41 lead. That eventually led to the only punt of the second half.

Then Jeremy Beal sacked Robinson, causing a fumble that snuffed out OSU’s last hope.

Robinson was elusive all night and finished with 90 yards on 17 carries.

"Give Zac Robinson some credit,” said OU coach Bob Stoops. "He played an excellent game. Just frustrated us so many times because you thought you had him sacked.”

While being taken to the ground by Clayton in the third quarter, Robinson threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Dez Bryant.

During a stretch of the second quarter, Robinson ran for his life on three straight plays — a scramble in which he ran away from Beal and Frank Alexander and threw the ball away, a quarterback draw in which Robinson zipped 10 yards and a scramble in which he gained 11 yards.

Die by the kickoff...
Another kickoff return for a touchdown put the Sooners in peril — Perrish Cox’s 90-yarder brought OSU within 44-41 with 10:33 left in the game and was the fourth allowed by the Sooners this season.

"We have guys there to make the tackle, trying to pull the football out,” Stoops lamented.

But a kickoff return also buoyed the Sooners. After OSU drew within 37-34 early in the fourth quarter, DeMarco Murray broke a kickoff return for 68 yards, setting up a 27-yard touchdown drive that gave the Sooners a 10-point cushion.

With 196 kickoff return yards, Murray eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for his career.

Murray becomes just the third Sooner to pass 1,000 yards in returns.

The others: Juaquin Iglesias and Buster Rhymes.

With 1,183 total kickoff yards, Murray now ranks third all-time at OU.


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