By John Helsley Modified: September 14, 2008 at 12:08 pm •  Published: September 14, 2008
SEATTLE – Phil Loadholt walked back and forth along the Oklahoma bench, slapping hands with his offensive line mates.

The ground attack had been waged and won, with two running backs – DeMarco Murray and Chris Brown – each rushing for more than 100 yards.

Job well done.

“That was great,” said Sooner center Jon Cooper. “They both ran very hard today and ran extremely well. Made us look good.”

OU opened the game with six consecutive off-tackle running plays, leading to its first touchdown in a 55-14 romp.

It was a macho beginning, setting a tone for a first half that saw the Sooners pile up 188 yards on 29 carries.

“That was a part of our game plan, to get used to the crowd, to get Sam (Bradford) under center a little bit,” Cooper said. “He went in the gun a couple of times, but we wanted to go fast and not let the crowd get in it. And get a steady running game going real quick.”

Steady and strong.

In a collaborative effort, Murray and Brown ran through huge holes gouged out by the offensive line.

“And throw Brody (Eldridge), Jermaine Gresham and Matt Clapp into that, too,” Bob Stoops said of his tight ends and fullback. View the OU-Washington slideshow

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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