October 31, 2008

(10/31) OU Football Articles and Notes

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Parking police: You've been warned...: Starting Saturday, Norman police officers will start issuing tickets to people who violate parking restrictions near the University of Oklahoma on game days. Fans are no longer allowed to park on both sides of campus-area residential streets, police said, because it was difficult for emergency vehicles to pass. The change took effect in August, and signs indicate where drivers may and may not park. (The Oklahoman)

Remembering Oct. 28, 2000: One of the most memorable dates in Oklahoma football history is Oct. 28, 2000, the day the Sooners returned to No. 1 with a 31-14 victory over previously-top ranked Nebraska. What was current OU quarterback Sam Bradford doing at the time? "I was playing a hockey game that day," he said, "so I wasn't able to come to the game. But I remember the first thing after the game was over, I skated over to the glass and asked my dad if we won. He said that we did." (Tulsa World)

Want some hoops? Before attending Saturday's 7 p.m. kickoff against Nebraska, Oklahoma fans can get a glimpse of the Big 12 Conference men's favorite when the Sooners hold an intrasquad basketball scrimmage at McCasland Field House. The scrimmage is open and free to the public. Doors will open at 2:30 p.m., with drills starting at 3, followed by two 15-minute periods of live action beginning at 3:30. (The Oklahoman)

McCoy on being a part of history: SoonerSports.com

Pelini's road to Nebraska's coaching position looks familiar: The Oklahoman

Sooners castoff Mike Reed finds his place: The Oklahoman

OU parking enforcement gets sterner: The Oklahoman

Rivalry not what it was: Norman Transcript

Stoops, Pelini go way back: Tulsa World

Tight end Kolby Smith lives his dream of being a Sooner: Omaha World-Herald

Huskers finding few weaknesses in OU: Grand Island Independent

Why the Huskers will beat the Sooners: Big Red Network

Resurgent Murray adds to OU's firepower: Husker Extra

Holt likely to sit out against OU: Husker Extra

Five keys to Oklahoma: Nebraska State Paper

A rivalry at half-mast: Nebraska State Paper

Nebraska walk-on LB could see increased action against OU: ESPN.com

Sooners and Huskers hope to rekindle rivalry: ESPN.com

Limited OU-Nebraska tickets available

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Limited reserved tickets available: The OU ticket office has a limited number of tickets available for Saturday's game. They are available on SoonerSports.com while supplies last. Tickets are $87 and are for reserved seats in Section 26.

October 30, 2008

Flashback: 1985 OU Vs. Nebraska

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

November 23, 1985 OU Vs. Nebraska:

Final Score: Oklahoma 27-7 Win

OU dominates Nebraska: When the Cornhuskers finally scored, it was their defense that did it. Defensive tackle Chris Spachman returned a fumble 76 yards for a touchdown with 26 seconds remaining. All that did was spoil the Sooners' shutout in a 27-7 victory before a chilled crowd of 75,004 at Owen Field. Oklahoma supporters say the loss to Miami came before the Sooners developed an offense that belonged on the same field with their defense, which leads the nation. They say it is no coincidence that the Sooners' offense began to click after freshman quarterback Jamelle Holieway from L.A. Banning High School replaced injured starter Troy Aikman during the only loss. (From LA Times)

Sooners Whip Nebraska, in Orange: Associated Press

Bradford No. 2 in most Heisman Polls

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Bradford No. 2 in ESPN Heisman Watch:
(1st place votes) total votes
Colt McCoy, QB, Texas (15) 75
Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma 50
Graham Harrell, QB, Texas Tech 43
Tim Tebow, QB, Florida 15
Knowshon Moreno, RB, Georgia 10

Complete ranking at ESPN.com

USA Today - Panel
(1st place votes) total votes
Colt McCoy (9) 45
Graham Harrell 30
Sam Bradford 22
Tim Tebow 10
Knowshon Moreno 9

Other Heisman takes... New York Time's The Quad has Bradford No. 2 behind McCoy... SI's Gene Menez also places Bradford behind McCoy... And, Bradford is No. 2 in Austin American-Statesman's Heisman Poll...

Annual food drive set for Saturday

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Annual 14 Foundation Holiday Food Drive is Saturday: The eighth annual 14 Foundation Holiday Food Drive collection will be held this Saturday prior to the Oklahoma-Nebraska game. Volunteers will be stationed outside the stadium gates to accept cash donations only. The event was founded by Josh Heupel's 14 Foundation and has picked up partnerships with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. In its early years, the food drive extended to just a few families, but the scope has grown considerably. This year the drive will target 750 families in seven communities across Oklahoma. It is expected that some 3,000 meals will be served as a results. Families have been chosen in Ada, Enid, Kingfisher, Norman, Oklahoma City, Sand Springs, and Stillwater to help this Thanksgiving. The food will consist of a Thanksgiving meal along with four additional meals for each family. The Sooner Football program assists, each year, in meeting the Norman families by hosting a night at the Switzer Center for each of them to enjoy meeting the players. The Sooner players also assist in the distribution of the food to the families in attendance. (SoonerSports PR)

Box forced to learn early against K-State: The first game as No. 4 Oklahoma's first-string middle linebacker was filled with learning moments for (Austin) Box, a redshirt freshmen who's now being called on to replace injured starter Ryan Reynolds. Some of them, particularly that 29-yard touchdown catch by Kansas State tight end Jeron Mastrud that left Box visibly upset with himself, were harder lessons than others. "It was definitely a big wake-up for me. I like to think that I handled it well and eventually settled in and kind of got my feet under me," Box said. (More at The Oklahoman)

How much has Ryan Reynolds' injury devestated OU's defense?: ESPN.com

In the middle: Norman Transcript

Sooner wideouts paving the way: Tulsa World

Up close with Quentin Chaney: Tulsa World

OU Notebook: Tulsa World

Know the Foe -- Nebraska: Tulsa World

OU football notebook:OU-Texas A&M time to be announced Sunday: The Oklahoman

OU's Norvell knows Nebraska: The Oklahoman

OU's prospects bright: The Oklahoman

Huskers look to push through fatigue, soreness: Lincoln Journal-Star

Oklahoma Insider: Lincoln Journal-Star

Lucky is sharper for OU: Omaha World-Herald

NU looks to control football against OU: Omaha World-Herald

Huskers look to use clock-controlling offense to slow Sooners: Grand Island Independent

Nebraska-Oklahoma game will be reunion for coaches: Dallas Morning News

Sooners' tough defense has 'self-inflicted' wounds: Star-Telegram

When Did Winning Stop Being Enough? Crimson and Cream Machine

October 29, 2008

Sooners getting healthy

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Alexander talks about stabbing: For the first time since being stabbed in the arm at a party after the opener, defensive end Frank Alexander spoke with the media on Tuesday. "The coaches were very understanding of the situation and came to see me in the hospital, which made me feel good to know I had their support and that they care about me," Alexander said. "They just told me to come back stronger. I've learned a lesson; my mother always tells me that nothing good happens after midnight, and I guess she was right." (The Oklahoman)

OU injury report: Bob Stoops said Tuesday that wide receiver Manuel Johnson was "getting closer" to returning to the lineup for Saturday's game against Nebraska. Johnson "caught some balls, did some drills yesterday, is supposed to do more today. So it should be just how comfortable he is at the end of the week and how much of the game plan, meaning in practice, he's able to execute. We'll just have to see by the end of the week." Tight end Brody Eldridge was full speed at practice on Monday and is expected to play, Stoops said. Offensive lineman Branndon Braxton, coming off an ankle injury against TCU, sustained a shoulder injury last week, said offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson. (Tulsa World)

Stoops, Pelini go way, way back: Norman Transcript

Schooled in the rivalry: Norman Transcript

OU's BCS title hopes not dead, but help required: Tulsa World

Granger speaks: Tulsa World

Listen to Bob Stoops' weekly press conference: Tulsa World

Assessing the big-play damage: The Oklahoman

Stoops talks Nebraska, recaps last week's win against Kansas State: The Oklahoman

OU Notebook -- Heupel food drive set for Saturday: The Oklahoman

Sooners thrive on speed: Lincoln Journal-Star

Ball control gives NU a chance: Lincoln Journal-Star

NU-OU rivalry not lost on team: Lincoln Journal-Star

Husker linebacker Dillard out: Lincoln Journal-Star

Sooners learning about Nebraska rivalry: Ft. Worth Star-Telegram

Will Sooners rip Huskers in red zone?: Omaha World-Herald

Pelini's joke -- I'm toast if I don't beat OU: Associated Press

October 28, 2008

OU's Bradford named O'Brien Semifinalist

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Sam Bradford among six Big 12 QBs named O'Brien Semifinalist: The Davey O'Brien Award released its 13 semifinalists for the 2008 honor Monday. Twelve of the 13 are junior or seniors. The exception? Oklahoma sophomore Sam Bradford. The Fort Worth, Texas-based award is presented annually to the top quarterback in college football. OU's Jason White was the honoree in 2003 and 2004. Bradford has completed 183-of-270 passes for 2,520 yards with 29 touchdowns and five interceptions. He has set an NCAA record for touchdown passes during a freshman and sophomore seasons with 65. Earlier this season, he bettered the OU mark for passing yards and total offense in one game with 468 and 482, respectively, against Kansas. For his career, Bradford has 65 touchdown passes against just 13 interceptions. (SoonerSports.com)

Manny Johnson limited in practice

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

OU-Nebraska Game of the Century reunion set: They won't be suiting up, but more than 50 Oklahoma and Nebraska players who participated in the 1971 Game of the Century will be honored during Saturday's game. Among those who plan to attend the ceremonies: Tom Brahaney, Leon Crosswhite, Chuck Fairbanks, Greg Pruitt, Joe Wylie from OU and John Dutton, Larry Jacobson, Jeff Kinney, Tom Osborne and Johnny Rodgers from Nebraska. (The Oklahoman)

Johnson limited in practice: Receiver Manny Johnson participated in practice Monday on a limited basis, and coach Bob Stoops said his status for Saturday's game with Nebraska would be determined as the week progressed. (Star-Telegram)

Granger finally speaks: Monday night after practice, Oklahoma defensive tackle DeMarcus Granger met the media for the first time since being sent home from the Fiesta Bowl for trying to steal a coat. He was reluctant to talk much about that incident. "It was a mistake. I apologized," he said. "I'm just happy to be back playing at the university." Was Granger worried that might not happen? "I'm just happy that it didn't," he replied. (Tulsa World)

OU-Texas A&M kickoff TBD: The kickoff time for Oklahoma's Nov. 8 game at Texas A&M won't be set until Sunday following this week's Big 12 Conference games. ABC has invoked its six-day window for announcing its Nov. 8 Big 12 options. The OU-A&M game will be shown on either FSN at 11 a.m., or on ABC at 2:30 p.m. or 7 p.m. (Tulsa World)

Sooners have been big-played: Norman Transcript

Lewis league's best: Norman Transcript

OU 'D' in the dumps: Tulsa World

Stoops discusses Nebraska game during teleconference: Tulsa World

OU's Lewis named Big 12 football defensive player of the week: Tulsa World

Baseball screwing up Sooners-Canes: Tulsa World

Stoops addresses OU-Nebraska rivalry, Pelini: The Oklahoman

Plenty of Red Raiders fans: The Oklahoman

Sooners suffering on defense without Reynolds as its leader: The Oklahoman

Lucky's maturity shows on field: Lincoln Journal-Star

Huskers trying to cut penalties, keep attitude: Lincoln Journal-Star

Coaches shared lives and homes: Omaha World-Herald

NU Notes -- Coach still has confidence in fumble-prone RB: Omaha World-Herald

October 27, 2008

Lewis earns Big 12 Honor

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Travis Lewis named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week: For the third time in the last four weeks and the second week in a row, an Oklahoma player has been named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week. Travis Lewis got the honor this week for his effort at Kansas State last Saturday. Lewis led the Sooners with 15 tackles, two of which went for loss, in the 58-35 victory. He also intercepted two passes and chalked up 55 yards in returns. Lewis got his first pick on KSU's opening possession and returned it 27 yards to set up OU's first score. The Sooners never trailed in the game. The San Antonio, Texas, native is OU's leading tackler this season with 84, the second-highest total ever by a Sooner freshman linebacker. Brian Bosworth holds that mark with 133 in 1984. (SoonerSports PR)

ESPN to televise OU-Nebraska

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

OU-Miami '09 date uncertain: Dolphin Stadium informed UM that it must reschedule next season's Sept. 12 game against Oklahoma because the Marlins are booked for a home series that weekend (and Sept. 26). Athletic director Kirby Hocutt expects to find another '09 date for the Sooners but said Miami might have to move its Oct. 3 game at UCF. (Miami Herald) OU has an open date for Oct. 3 with Big 12 play opening Oct. 10, 2009.

ESPN to televise OU-Nebraska: ESPN has picked up the Oklahoma-Nebraska game on Nov. 1. Kickoff time for the contest has been announced earlier for 7 p.m. It will be the second appearance of the season for Oklahoma on ESPN. The Sooners' victory at Washington also aired on the cable network. (SoonerSports.com)

Sooners near 100 percent: Wide receiver Manny Johnson (elbow) and tight end Brody Eldridge (ankle) didn't play against Kansas State, but are expected to return against Nebraska, putting the Sooners at or near 100 percent (excluding Ryan Reynolds, of course). "I don't see anything right now that's very significant," said OU coach Bob Stoops. Eldridge suited out Saturday, but was held out, costing him an opportunity to play in his home state. (The Oklahoman)

Stay in school -- Sam is advised: The Oklahoman

Four questions on OU football: The Oklahoman

Breaking down NU: The Oklahoman

Lewis leaves a big impression: Tulsa World

Sooners still sit at No. 4: Tulsa World

OU Notebook: Tulsa World

Know the Foe -- Nebraska: Tulsa World

Where's the D?: Norman Transcript

Big 12 offenses enjoy another prolific week: Dallas Morning News

Pelini has Huskers on the upswing: Grand Island Independent

NU-OU contest has a distinct family feel: Lincoln Journal-Star

Injuries wont' force NU to lift redshirts: Lincoln Journal-Star

Norvell finds home as Sooner assistant: Omaha World-Herald

October 26, 2008

Sooners No. 4 in Coaches, AP Polls, BCS Standings

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

BCS Standings
1 Texas .998
2 Alabama .950
3 Penn State .926
4 Oklahoma .827
5 USC .782
6 Georgia .770
7 Texas Tech .743
8 Florida .730
9 Oklahoma State .675
10 Utah .670

Full BCS Standings at FOXSports.com

AP Top 10 with Big 12 teams
(First Place Votes) Points
1 Texas (65) 1625
2 Alabama 1542
3 Penn State 1503
4 Oklahoma 1361
5 Florida 1337
6 Texas Tech 1280
7 Southern California 1234
8 Georgia 1212
9 Oklahoma State 1168
10 Utah 1027
14 Missouri 791

USA Today's Coaches Poll
1 Texas (58) 1522
2 Alabama 1439
3 Penn State (3) 1414
4 Oklahoma 1265
5 Texas Tech 1246
6 Southern California 1228
7 Florida 1199
8 Georgia 1137
9 Utah 987
10 Oklahoma State 972
14 Missouri 740

Full top 25 at ESPN.com

OU vs. Kansas State: Post Game Articles and Notes

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Frank Alexander shines: Freshman defensive end Frank Alexander played by far his most minutes of the year Saturday, rotating in for both Auston English and Jeremy Beal from the third series on. His biggest play was a rush off the right end late in the first half, when he hit quarterback Josh Freeman despite being held by tackle Edward Prince. His backside sack forced a fumble that DeMarcus Granger recovered for the Sooners' third takeaway in four K-State possessions. (Tulsa World)

Venables on OU's defense: The Sooners aren't dominating either, giving up 32 points a game against Big 12 competition. Said defensive coordinator Brent Venables, "We're just giving things away, playing sloppy. That's what's discouraging and frustrating. We're in position and we're turning guys loose and we're not playing with any discipline." (The Oklahoman)

OU's record first half: Oklahoma's 55 points in the first half tied an Oklahoma program record for points in a half. OU had previously posted 55 points against Kansas State in the second half of its 1942 matchup. The point total is the highest ever in the first half, topping the previous record of 52 against Rice in 1978. (SoonerSports.com Statistics)

In a hurry: 1:45 - Of its eight scoring first-half scoring drives, Oklahoma's longest lasted only 1 minute and 45 seconds.

Injury report: Wide receiver Manuel Johnson watched the game with his arm in a sling after dislocating his elbow last week against Kansas. Tight end Brody Eldridge missed his second game with an ankle injury, although he did suit up. During the game, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy appeared to injure his left foot or ankle midway through the third quarter. He returned in the fourth, and did not appear to be limping afterward. Gresham was knocked woozy during a K-State kickoff midway through the third. He didn't return, though offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson said the Sooners simply were being cautious. (Tulsa World)

Even in victory, OU defense has fans in despair: Tulsa World

Iglesias' catch ignites offense: Tulsa World

Sooners play takeaway defense: Tulsa World

Box hurt early, but recovers: Tulsa World

OU Report Card: Tulsa World

OU Report Card: Tulsa World

Stoops and Snyder -- A classic moment: Tulsa World

Even in victory, OU defense has fans in despair: The Oklahoman

Murray totals 167 yards in OU rout of Wildcats: The Oklahoman

OU off and running again: The Oklahoman

K-State turnovers turned the tide: The Oklahoman

OU report card -- D for defense: The Oklahoman

Play of the game -- Fourth-down gamble that paid off: The Oklahoman

What they're saying in the K-State locker room: The Oklahoman

A win's a win: Norman Transcript

Victory not what it ought to be: Norman Transcript

Sooners respond to challenge: Dallas Morning News

In game of ups, downs, Sooners made plays that counted: Star-Telegram

K-State rallies early, but is no match for Sooners: Star-Telegram

Oklahoma rolls to 58-35 win over Kansas State: Kansas City Star

Oklahoma eases past K-State: Topeka Capital-Journal

Sooners dazzle K-State: Wichita Eagle

October 25, 2008

Sooners hold off K-State 58-35

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

OU scores 55 in a wild first half: DeMarco Murray racked up 167 total yards and four touchdowns, and No. 4 Oklahoma sustained a 21-point Kansas State rally in the highest-scoring first half in school history to beat the Wildcats 58-35 on Saturday. Sam Bradford added three touchdown passes in a wild first half in which the Sooners (7-1, 4-1 Big 12) give up a 28-7 lead before taking control with 27 consecutive points of their own. The capper was a 68-yard punt return touchdown by redshirt freshman Ryan Broyles that gave the Sooners a 55-28 halftime lead. That total matched the school record for points in a half, set in the second half of Oklahoma's 76-0 shutout of the Wildcats in 1942. (Associated Press)

Oklahoma's Offense? Check. Defense? Ehh...: AOL FanHouse

Game Day: OU-Kansas State Articles and Notes

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Manny Johnson out today: Oklahoma wide receiver Manny Johnson is wearing a sling and won't play in today's game against Kansas State. Johnson dislocated his left elbow against Kansas last weekend. Still, coach Bob Stoops said earlier in the week Johnson had a chance of playing against the Wildcats. (The Oklahoman's OU Blog)

Venables reflects on tough times in his life: The Oklahoman

Wildcats on the decline lately: The Oklahoman

Bradford, Freeman both hot prospects: Norman Transcript

Awash in the game, from every angle: Norman Transcript

Sooners speedy approach an asset: Tulsa World

Offensive outburst: Tulsa World

Three things to watch in today's Oklahoma-Kansas State contest: Tulsa World

Stoops defends defenses: Topeka Capital-Journal

Prince to coach following father's death: Topeka Capital-Journal

When the camera's on, Kansas State's Freeman has been off: Kansas City Star

Sooners find safety net in Quinton Carter: Ft. Worth Star-Telegram

October 24, 2008

Former Sooner Pendleton Recognized

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Former Sooner Pendleton wins the John McLendon Memorial Minority Scholarship: Former Oklahoma football player Carl Pendleton has been named as one of five recipients for the ninth annual John McLendon Memorial Minority Scholarship. Pendleton will receive $10,000 towards his graduate studies. The other winners are Keenan Blalark of Northern Illinois, Alejandra Diaz-Calderon of Notre Dame, Keunta Miles of Central Florida and Araceli Ortiz of Stanford. Pendleton II is a 2006 graduate of Oklahoma, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology. As a member of the Sooner football team, Pendleton was a starter for the 2004 Big 12 Championship team, as well as the BCS National Championship game that year. He was a member of Oklahoma's Student Athlete Advisory Council and, in 2006, represented the school at the NCAA Leadership Conference. Due to an unhealthy environment, Pendleton bypassed his final season of eligibility to adopt his stepbrother. While supporting a two-person family, Pendleton has remained a positive role model in the community. He has taught Sunday school classes for elementary school age boys and is involved with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Oklahoma. He also travels on a weekly basis to speak to schools, churches and youth groups.(SoonerSports.com)

McCoy shares laughs with the D-Line: SoonerSports.com

Wildcats boast aggressive special teams: The Oklahoman

K-State can be special: Norman Transcript

Saturday's K-State-Oklahoma preview: Kansas City Star

October 22, 2008

October 21, 2008

Johnson doubtful against Kansas State

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Manny Johnson likely out at Kansas State: Coach Bob Stoops said Monday that wide receiver Manny Johnson, who suffered a dislocated elbow in the win over Kansas, is "doubtful" for Saturday's game at Kansas State. "He's doubtful for this week," Stoops said. "His elbow was dislocated. It's back (in place). There are no other issues around it. There's a chance by the end of the week he'll be comfortable enough to play. But it's questionable this week and likely (he'll be able to play) after that." (The Oklahoman)

Eldridge and Braxton update: After practice Monday night, Stoops said tight end and captain Brody Eldridge was getting closer to being ready to play this week after spraining an ankle last week. Stoops said Eldridge was likely to play at Manhattan. Stoops on Sunday said offensive lineman Branndon Braxton also was closer to rejoining the rotation at left tackle and guard, but still has issues with a leg injury suffered vs. TCU. (Tulsa World)

Bradford nominated for All-American Player of the Week: Four nominees for the AT&T All-America Player of the Week award have been announced after the seventh week of college football action, and now it's up to fans to determine the winner. University of Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford, University of Iowa running back Shonn Greene, University of Texas quarterback Colt McCoy and Penn State University running back Evan Royster have been selected by ESPN as this week's top candidates, based on the players' outstanding performances over the weekend. Fans can text message VOTE to 51234 on their wireless phone to opt in for the chance to vote. (Find more info at espnallamerica.com)

Off-field subplot has calmed: Norman Transcript

Manny likely out: Norman Transcript

Stoops says Manuel Johnson 'doubtful' for KSU: Tulsa World

Listen to Bob Stoops' Big 12 teleconference: Tulsa World

OU could take cues from 'Cats: Tulsa World

Harris is game for new role: The Oklahoman

Stoops -- We'll try to stay in the title race: The Oklahoman

Wildcats embrace difficult stretch: Topeka Capital-Journal

Prince set for QB duel: Topeka Capital-Journal

K-State still confident heading into Oklahoma game: Kansas City Star

KSU puts up bold front for OU: Wichita Eagle

Murray's flashy running style last seen before his injury: ESPN.com

Eerie parallels between early careers of Pelini and Stoops: ESPN.com

Holmes earns Big 12 honor

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Lendy Holmes named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week: Oklahoma safety Lendy Holmes has been named the Big 12 Conference's Defensive Player of the Week for his work in last Saturday's 45-31 victory over Kansas in Norman. Holmes intercepted two passes off Kansas quarterback Todd Reesing, who had thrown just three total interceptions coming into the game. Holmes also had eight tackles, one for loss and two pass deflections. The Dallas native now leads OU in interceptions with three this season and is No. 4 on the team in tackles with 42. (SoonerSports PR)

October 20, 2008

OU vs. Nebraska set for 7:00 p.m. Kickoff

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Oklahoma vs. Nebraska set for 7:00 p.m. kickoff; network to be determined: Oklahoma and Nebraska will play their Nov. 1 football game in Norman at 7 p.m. It won't be known for a few more days yet which network will televise the contest. The game will be aired on either ABC or ESPN, but that decision won't be made by network executives until the results of this week's games are known. Regardless of which network is selected, the game will be shown to the entire nation.(SoonerSports.com)

Related: 2008 OU Schedule

OU's Bradford nominated for Player of the Week

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Bradford nominated for USA TODAY's Player of the Week: Oklahoma's Sam Bradford is among six nominees for USA TODAY's Player of the Week.. Vote for Sam at USAToday.com

OU plans to Harris as middle linebacker option: Oklahoma played possum with Kansas all the way through pregame warm-ups Saturday, when Austin Box was seen drilling at middle linebacker between starters Keenan Clayton and Travis Lewis. Then the game started; free safety Nic Harris went in at middle linebacker (replacing the injured Ryan Reynolds), and Box never saw the field. Now that the secret is out, just how permanent is OU's personnel move? "I think we'll use (Harris) as an option and a linebacker as an option," defensive coordinator Brent Venables said Sunday, "depending on what (opponents) are giving us on the field personnel-wise." (Tulsa World)

OU-Texas meeting in BCS title game a possibility: The Oklahoman

Murray hinted big game was near: The Oklahoman

Heupel's star pupil is shining: The Oklahoman

Breaking down K-State: The Oklahoman

Four questions about OU football: The Oklahoman

Sooners debut at No. 4 in BCS standings: Tulsa World

Know the Foe -- Kansas: Tulsa World

OU helped by new mind-set: Tulsa World

Sooners in good position: Norman Transcript

Bradford says OU can be even better: Enid News and Eagle

Offensive struggles leave Cats at a loss: Topeka Capital-Journal

Heisman depth chart: USA Today

Bowl Projections: ESPN.com

October 19, 2008

Oklahoma No. 4 in BCS Standings

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Sooners No. 4 in first BCS poll of 2008: Oklahoma was No. 4 in the initial BCS standings of the 2008 season released Sunday afternoon. The Sooners were rated No. 4 in the Harris poll, No. 5 in the USA Today poll and No. 4 by the computers. The BCS standings formula consists of three components, each weighted equally: the USA Today Coaches Poll, the Harris Interactive College Football Poll and an average of six computer rankings (Anderson & Hester, Richard Billingsley, Colley Matrix, Kenneth Massey, Jeff Sagarin and Peter Wolfe). Oklahoma has been ranked in the top five of the BCS more weeks than any other team (39) and No. 1 more weeks than any other team (18). (SoonerSports PR)

BCS Standings
1. Texas .998
2. Alabama .949
3. Penn State .867
4. Oklahoma .832
5. USC .775
6. Oklahoma State .773
7. Georgia .720
8. Texas Tech .713
9. Ohio State .703
10. Florida .699

Full Bowl Championship Standings at FOXSports.com

Related: OU No. 4 in AP & No. 5 in Coaches Polls


OU No. 4 in AP & No. 5 in Coaches Polls

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

AP Top 10 with Big 12 teams
(First Place Votes) Points
1 Texas (65) 1625
2 Alabama 1543
3 Penn State 1506
4 Oklahoma 1358
5 Florida 1307
6 Southern California 1292
7 Oklahoma State 1252
8 Texas Tech 1194
9 Georgia 1117
10 Ohio State 1053
16 Missouri 568
19 Kansas 364
22 Tulsa 321

USA Today's Coaches Poll
1 Texas (58) 1522
2 Alabama (1) 1436
3 Penn State (2) 1413
4 Southern California 1264
5 Oklahoma 1218
6 Texas Tech 1210
7 Florida 1184
8 Oklahoma State 1083
9 Georgia 1067
10 Ohio State 995
16 Missouri 551
18 Kansas 342
19 Tulsa 328

Full top 25 at ESPN.com

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OU vs. Kansas: Post Game Articles and Notes

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Manny Johnson update: Oklahoma wide receiver Manuel Johnson walked off Owen Field with his left arm in a sling Saturday, after dislocating his elbow on the Sooners' fifth play. Afterward, coach Bob Stoops said: "It's probably likely that he'll play this week." "He said it hurts, but he thinks he'll be back soon," OU wide receiver Juaquin Iglesias said. "I hope he's back soon." (Tulsa World)

Sooners rebound with homecoming win: Norman Transcript

Sooners on the run: Norman Transcript

How good is Bradford?: Norman Transcript

Murray revived in OU win: The Oklahoman

Holmes saves day for Sooners: The Oklahoman

Sooners kickoff coverage hangs tough: The Oklahoman

Sam, Sooners simply amazing: The Oklahoman

Breaking down Bradford's numbers: The Oklahoman

Receivers fill in for injured Johnson: The Oklahoman

OU by the numbers: The Oklahoman

OU Report Card: The Oklahoman

Juaquin walks on KU's DBs: Tulsa World

OU Notebook: Tulsa World

OU Report Card: Tulsa World

Sooners run and pass well in win over KU: Tulsa World

Harris is Sooners' new man in middle: Tulsa World

Oklahoma puts away pesky Kansas: Dallas Morning News

Strong safety replaces injured OU linebacker: Dallas Morning News

Sooners defenders are mind-numbing: Star-Telegram

Oklahoma piles up the yardage against Kansas: Star-Telegram

Oklahoma shreds KU defense: Kansas City Star

Explosive Sooners blow past Kansas: Lawrence Journal-World

KU hangs, but OU too tough: Topeka Capital-Journal

Sooners down defenseless Jayhawks: Topeka Capital-Journal

Sooners get lift from defense in win over Kansas: Fox Sports.com

Back to the future: No wishbone but Sooners pile up the yards: ESPN.com

Harris' switch keys Sooners defensive attack: ESPN.com

Is Texas the top team? The Big 12 schedule might not tell us: ESPN.com

October 18, 2008

Sooners Defeat Jayhawks 45-31

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Bradford throws a school record 468 yards to defeat Kansas: Sam Bradford passed for an Oklahoma record 468 yards and had three touchdowns passes to help the No. 4 Sooners bounce back from their first loss by beating No. 16 Kansas 45-31 on Saturday. The Sooners (6-1, 2-1 Big 12) started pulling away in the third quarter to keep themselves right in the thick of the national championship chase after losing their No. 1 ranking to Texas in last week's Red River Rivalry loss. DeMarco Murray scored his second touchdown of the game on an 8-yard run in the third quarter, and Bradford found third-string tight end Kolby Smith for a 2-yard touchdown pass as Oklahoma stretched its lead to 45-24 with 12:02 to play. Despite losing top receiver Manuel Johnson to a first-quarter arm injury, Bradford cleared the Oklahoma record of 429 yards set by Josh Heupel in 1999 against Louisville. (Associated Press)

Oklahoma vs Kansas Game Stats

Game Day: OU-KU Articles and Notes

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Did you know? Kansas is responsible for the longest rush ever surrendered by Oklahoma. Eric Vann went 99 yards against the Sooners in 1997.

Post Red River Perfection: The Sooners have a perfect 9-0 record in the games immediately following the Red River Rivalry.

Early touchdown every game: Oklahoma has scored a touchdown on its first drive in each game.

Gresham's Insights on Teammates: SoonerSports.com

No. 4 Sooners beef up ground attack: Tulsa World

OU-Kansas Storylines: Tulsa World

Sooners still have much to play for: The Oklahoman

Venables' defense is a victim of a new world order: The Oklahoman

Switzer a man on his own schedule: The Oklahoman

Sooners have to run: Norman Transcript

Sooners will begin defining themselves today: Norman Transcript

Jayhawks seem to like occassional slight: Lawrence Journal-World

Mighty Oklahoma has few flaws: Lawrence Journal-World

KU vs. OU -- Head to head: Lawrence Journal-World

KU seeks to solve problems on special teams: Kansas City Star

Big 12 South is rising, again: Kansas City Star

Jayhawks hope to pressure Sooners' Bradford: Topeka Capital-Journal

Becoming special is KU's mandate: Wichita Eagle

Big 12 clearly in control: Dallas Morning News

Oklahoma scrambles to fix its ground game: Star-Telegram

Kansas to test Stoops' post-Texas perfection: Associated Press


October 17, 2008

Bradford now trails McCoy in Heisman Race

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Bradford No. 2 in ESPN Heisman Watch:
(1st place votes) total votes
1. Colt McCoy, QB, Texas (9) 64
2. Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma (5) 61
3. Chase Daniel, QB, Missouri (0) 27
4. Javon Ringer, RB, Michigan State (0) 21
5. Graham Harrell, QB, Texas Tech (0) 21

Complete ranking at ESPN.com

Heisman Pundit/Orlando Sentinel - Panel
1. Colt McCoy, QB, Texas (9)48
2. Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma (0) 40
3. Chase Daniel, QB, Missouri (1) 21
4. Graham Harrell, QB, Texas Tech (0) 8
5. Daryll Clark, QB, Penn State (0) 8

USA Today - Panel
1. Colt McCoy (8) 47
2. Sam Bradford (2) 32
3. Jevon Ringer (0) 27
4. Chase Daniel (0) 12
5. Max Hall (0) 11

last week: Bradford narrows Daniel's lead in Heisman race
2 Weeks ago: OU's Bradford No. 2 in ESPN Heisman Watch

OU-Kansas Predictions

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

OU-Kansas predictions: From around the web
John Tamanaha, NBC Sports: Facing a Sooners defense that has yet to give up a touchdown in the first quarter this season, Jayhawks quarterback Todd Reesing needs to find out a way to stay close early. That could be slightly easier to do with Oklahoma middle linebacker Ryan Reynolds sidelined for the rest of the season due to a knee injury... Oklahoma 42 - Kansas 20

From NBCSports.com

Tim Griffin, ESPN.com: The Sooners are steaming after twice squandering double-digit leads in last week's loss to Texas. Their struggling running game will be tested by Kansas' defense which ranks 12th nationally in rush defense and 34th overall... Oklahoma 38 - Kansas 24

From ESPN.com

Adam Abramson, Campus Confidential: This is an awfully angry Oklahoma team that Kansas should be very nervous to face. I don't think the loss last weekend takes much away from the Sooners, I think it just validates the Longhorns much more than most had been willing to. Kansas cannot keep up with Oklahoma in pretty much any facet... Oklahoma 35-10.

Mike Rose, Campus Confidential: Oklahoma will undoubtedly be ready to take out all of the anger from last week's loss to Texas on the Jayhawks. The Sooners are still a powerhouse so I expect a big win this week. Oklahoma will be able to score, but the loss of linebacker Ryan Reynolds will be a key... The Sooners 38-13.

From Campus Confidential

CollegeFootballNews: While the Big 12 world will be focusing on the Missouri -- Texas showdown, this has the potential to be a preview of the Big 12 title game. Oklahoma has a lot of work to do, needing to win out and needing Texas to lose twice, but that's not all that far-fetched considering the remaining Longhorn schedule ... Oklahoma 44-Kansas 23

From CollegeFootballNews.com

Accuscore.com predicts Oklahoma 43-Kansas 20

All CBS Sportsline writers (Darst, Dodd, Marmon, Harowitz, J.R.) pick Oklahoma over Kansas

English, Robinson among Lombardi semifinalists

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Oklahoma's English, Robinson among Lombardi semifinalists: Oklahoma's Auston English and Duke Robinson are among the 12 semifinalists announced for the 39th Rotary Lombardi Award, presented by Wachovia. The group was made public Thursday at a kickoff event at SRO Sports Bar & Café. This year's award dinner will be held on December 10 at the Hilton Americas Hotel in Downtown Houston. English is a defensive end for the Sooners, while Robinson is the offensive left guard. Robinson was s semifinalist last season as well. Both hope to become the fourth OU player to win the coveted honor. Lee Roy Selmon won the Lombardi in 1975, Tony Casillas in 1995 and Tommie Harris in 2003. (SoonerSports.com)

Gerald McCoy locker room talk: SoonerSports.com

Stoops, Mangino remain close: Norman Transcript

OU Football Notebook: Tulsa World

Lee Corso lowers the boom: Tulsa World

Bradford comes to DeMarco's defense: Tulsa World

Venables has high regards for Mangino: The Oklahoman

KU's roster is full of state players: The Oklahoman

Underdog Jayhawks could make a statement in coming weeks: Topeka Capital-Journal

Fields has brotherly rivalry with OU safety: Topeka Capital-Journal

Kansas secondary faces test in Oklahoma: Kansas City Star

Saturday's KU-Oklahoma preview: Kansas City Star

Keeping Bradford off balance vital for Jayhawks: Lawrence Journal-World

OU passing game will test Kansas defense: Wichita Eagle

Ranking The Big 12 At The Halfway Point Of The Season: BleacherReport.com

OU must make adjustments to spark turnaround: ESPN.com

October 16, 2008

Pair of Sooners named to mid-season All-American team

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Bradford, Robinson named to mid-season All-American by CBSSports.com: Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford and offensive guard Duke Robinson have been named to the mid-season All-America team selected by CBSSports.com. Bradford, who led the nation in passing efficiency last season, is No. 2 in that statistic this season. The sophomore from Oklahoma City has completed 134-of-185 passes for 2,052 yards with 23 touchdowns and just five interceptions. Last Saturday against Texas, he threw five TD strikes to raise his career total to 59, an NCAA record over a freshman and sophomore season. Robinson, a consensus All-American last season, is OU's starter at left guard. The Sooner offense ranks No. 4 in scoring and passing and is No. 6 in total yards. (SoonerSports.com)

OU ground game hits a road block: The Oklahoman

Bradford will run, if needed: The Oklahoman

Sooners seek answers to running game woes: The Oklahoman

Strong bond connects Stoops, Mangino: The Oklahoman

Up close with Dominique Franks: Tulsa World

Venables fired up for Mangino, OU-Kansas week: Tulsa World

Know the foe -- Kansas: Tulsa World

OU Notebook: Tulsa World

What's wrong with the Sooners' kicking team?: Norman Transcript

Oklahoma set a template for Texas to follow: Star-Telegram

Keeping Bradford off balance vital for Jayhawks: Lawrence Journal-World

Kansas offense is equalizer: Lawrence Journal-World

Fields has brotherly rivalry with OU safety: Topeka Capital-Journal

KU relishes underdog role: Wichita Eagle

No. 4 Sooners airing it out at expense of run game: Yahoo! Sports

Oklahoma Midseason Report: ESPN.com

October 15, 2008

OU vs. K-State set for 11:30 a.m. Kickoff

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Mangino's celebrity status in Oklahoma: The funny thing about Mark Mangino in Oklahoma is that he is a minor celebrity there, which is noteworthy for a guy who doesn't exactly seek out the limelight. "I happened to be there at a time they won a national championship, and when you do that, they don't forget very quickly," Mangino said. "They know all nine assistant coaches that were on that staff and they got their name memorized and what they look like and where they hang out." (Topeka Capital-Journal)

FSN to televise Oklahoma vs. K-State; 11:30 a.m. kickoff: Fox Sports Network has picked up the Oklahoma at Kansas State football game for Oct. 25. The network has slated the kickoff for the contest at 11:30 a.m. (SoonerSports.com)

Mangino, Jayhawks on Oklahoma: SoonerSports.com

Looking for the middle man: The Oklahoman

Notebook -- OU to seek hardship for Reynolds: The Oklahoman

Sooners still hunting for title: Tulsa World

OU needs alternative fuels, now: Tulsa World

OU Football Notebook: Tulsa World

The Holiday Bowl? Please, Lord, no: Tulsa World

Is running game really necessary?: Norman Transcript

Sooners have history of bouncing back: Norman Transcript

Changes being made: Norman Transcript

KU relishes underdog role: Wichita Eagle

KU heads into Oklahoma game in familiar position of underdog: Kansas City Star

Jayhawks from Oklahoma not expecting warm welcome: Lawrence Journal-World

Oklahoma seeking middle man to take care of business: Dallas Morning News

Texas' Brown understands Sooners hangover: Dallas Morning News

Special teams changes coming at Oklahoma: Dallas Morning News

Hawks have uphill battle against OU: University Daily Kansan

October 14, 2008

OU's plan to replace Reynolds

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Sooners to use Box, Balogun, Crow to replace Reynolds: Oklahoma will work former weakside linebackers Austin Box and Mike Balogun, along with backup Brandon Crow, as replacements for middle linebacker Ryan Reynolds, coach Bob Stoops said after Monday's practice."We'll work some different guys and we'll be ready to play [Saturday against Kansas]," Stoops said. "We'll experiment some. We're not going to be real detailed about it." (Star-Telegram)

Reynolds' plans to undergo rehab? Ryan Reynolds' knee injury against Texas, his third, raises the question of whether or not the junior linebacker wants to try to rehab the injury and continue his football career. "Yes," Stoops said. "Talking about it, I believe that's what his intention is. And we hope it is. I said to him, 'What the heck else you gonna do?' He loves it. "I saw him out there today, our guys are running sprints and he's over there doing sit-ups. I picked him up off the ground and said, 'What're you doing?' He said, 'Well, usually the guys that are injured do something else if they can't run.' I said, 'Well, we're going to give you an exception here for a couple days.' (Tulsa World)

Brown pushes for playoff: The Oklahoman

Jenks' Lynn includes OU, OSU in final five: The Oklahoman

Sooners lacking in coverage: The Oklahoman

Stoops reflects on loss to UT: The Oklahoman

OU vs. K-State game time set: The Oklahoman

Replacing Reynolds not simple: Tulsa World

Stoops -- Big 12 is strongest since he's been at OU: Tulsa World

Former OU assistant isn't afraid of Owen Field: Tulsa World

There are issues, but fans need to chill out: Norman Transcript

Reynolds exit leaves optioins: Norman Transcript

Stoops game plan not likely to change after loss: Topeka Capital-Journal

Mangino -- OU will be all business: Lawrence Journal-World

Three work at MLB to replace Oklahoma's Reynolds: Dallas Morning News

Oklahoma backup LB Robinson asked about near interception against Texas: Dallas Morning News

Oklahoma LB Robinson recounts near interception: Dallas Morning News

Texas, Oklahoma State soar in Big 12 rankings: ESPN.com

October 13, 2008

ABC to televise Kansas-OU

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Kansas-OU set for 2:30 kickoff on ABC: ABC has announced that it will televise the Oklahoma-Kansas football game from Norman this Saturday. The network has set the kickoff time for 2:30 p.m. Oklahoma is ranked No. 4 in the Associated Press poll released today, while the Jayhawks, who own Big wins over Iowa State and Colorado, are No. 16. (SoonerSports.com)

OU-Texas 2nd highest rated CFB game of '08: From Sports Media Watch...The Longhorns' 45-35 victory over the Sooners drew a 6.3 overnight rating on ABC Saturday, marking the second best overnight of the season, behind only an 8.4 for Ohio State/USC in September. The 6.3 overnight is the best for a Noon regular season college football game since Ohio State/Michigan drew a 6.4 in 2007.

Box to replace Reynolds? Bob Stoops indicated Sunday that having Box play the middle is "probably what we'll do, but we're going to work through that." "Austin is not ready to be declared the guy," defensive coordinator Brent Venables said. "You have to go out there and earn it. It will be whoever is most consistent and whoever can make the plays that position requires you to make." (Tulsa World)

Venables on DeMarcus Granger recovery: "We hope and expect that he continues to get better and get a steady number of more snaps every week," defensive coordinator Brent Venables said. "We'll just see how that all works."(Norman Transcript)

Sooners looking ahead: Norman Transcript

Fixing the defense top priority: The Oklahoman

OU Notebook: The Oklahoman

Breaking down Kansas: The Oklahoman

Four questions about Oklahoma football: The Oklahoman

Upset Saturday -- Big 12 has a new look: The Oklahoman

OU needs help to return to top: Tulsa World

Know the Foe -- Kansas: Tulsa World

Reality check in Norman: Tulsa World

Lineabcker's injury leaves major void for Sooners: Dallas Morning News

Oklahoma weighing options at middle linebacker: Star-Telegram

Big 12 trends are starting to come to the surface: Star-Telegram

KU's starting DT out against OU: Topeka Capital-Journal

Jayhawks crow over run game: Lawrence Journal-World

Jayhawks' to-do list shrinking: Wichita Eagle

With Oklahoma on the horizon, KU takes care of business: Wichita Eagle

Bowl Projections: ESPN.com

October 12, 2008

Sooners falls to No. 6 in Coaches Poll

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

AP Top 10 with Big 12 teams
(First Place Votes) Points
1 Texas (39) 1599
2 Alabama (26) 1582
3 Penn State 1492
4 Oklahoma 1306
5 Florida 1284
6 Southern California 1247
7 Texas Tech 1210
8 Oklahoma State 1184
9 Brigham Young 1131
10 Georgia 1081
11 Missouri 984
16 Kansas 620

USA Today's Coaches Poll
1 Texas (44) 1505
2 Alabama (14) 1452
3 Penn State (3) 1416
4 Southern California 1198
5 Texas Tech 1195
6 Oklahoma 1147
7 Florida 1145
8 Brigham Young 1143
9 Georgia 1010
10 Oklahoma State 958
12 Missouri 886
15 Kansas 676

Full top 25 at ESPN.com

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OU vs. Texas: Post Game Articles and Notes

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Reynolds out of the season: Word started spreading along the Sooner sideline Saturday at the Cotton Bowl. And it wasn't good. Linebacker Ryan Reynolds had suffered torn knee ligaments -- again. Reynolds, termed the "glue" of the defense, is lost for the season. "I didn't know until they told me on the sideline," said freshman linebacker Travis Lewis. "I was heartbroken." (The Oklahoman)

Lewis performance: Travis Lewis recorded a career-best 19 tackles, tying Brian Bosworth (Nebraska - 1984) for the OU freshman single-game tackle record.

Bradford surpasses Grossman; breaks NCAA record: Bradford's second touchdown pass of the game set an NCAA record for most touchdown passes by a quarterback in their freshman and sophomore seasons with 56. Bradford broke Rex Grossman's (Florida) previous NCAA mark of 55 in his first two years with the Gators (2000-2001).

Reynolds out for the season: Norman Transcript

Did Robinson have control?: Norman Transcript

Cotton Bowl collapse: Norman Transcript

Part of OU's loss is on the coach: Norman Transcript

Sooners aren't who they thought they were: The Oklahoman

Was Stoops right to call the fake punt?: The Oklahoman

Where does OU defense go now?: The Oklahoman

Texas abuses OU defense with converted tight end position: The Oklahoman

OU run games goes kaput: The Oklahoman

Six OU-UT calls that weren't all that questionable: The Oklahoman

OU report card: The Oklahoman

Durant glad Texas won: The Oklahoman

OU Football Notebook: The Oklahoman

By the numbers: The Oklahoman

This time Mack tells it like it is: The Oklahoman

No. 1 Knockdown: Tulsa World

Special teams falter: Tulsa World

OU 'D' loses 'rock', gets rolled: Tulsa World

OU Report Card: Tulsa World

OU Notebook: Tulsa World

McCoy is key for Longhorns in win: Tulsa World

Overthrown -- Texas upsets Oklahoma, 45-35: Dallas Morning News

Reynolds' injured knee hampers Oklahoma's defense: Dallas Morning News

Red River Rivalry chatter: Dallas Morning News

UT swoops in Dallas, spoils Oklahoma's top ranking: Austin American-Statesman

This was no upset: Austin American-Statesman

Longhorns beat No. 1 OU in instant classic: Austin American-Statesman

Texas put the top down with upset of Oklahoma: Ft. Worth Star-Telegram

Loss exposes flaws Oklahoma must fix: Ft. Worth Star-Telegram

Longhorns' defensive line takes big air out of Oklahoma: Ft. Worth Star-Telegram

Bradford throws five TDs but needs more as OU falls: Houston Chronicle

Chemistry key in Texas' Cotton Bowl surprise: ESPN.com

Reynolds' injury helps spur defensive collapse: ESPN.com

Four notable plays shifted momentum to Longhorns: San Antonio Express-News

McHeisman -- A brain made to stump Stoops: San Antonio Express-News

October 11, 2008

Texas defeats No. 1 Oklahoma 45-35

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Texas tops Oklahoma in Red River Rivalry: The Texas Longhorns came into their annual showdown against the Oklahoma Sooners with a quarterback they could trust and a defense playing great under an aggressive new coordinator. Yet even after five solid wins, coach Mack Brown still wondered how good they were.Now, everyone knows.Trailing the No. 1 Sooners nearly all game, Colt McCoy and the No. 5 Longhorns grabbed control in the fourth quarter and refused to let go, pulling away for a 45-35 victory Saturday in one of the greatest games in the storied series between these Red River rivals. (AP/Google)

OU leads at the half 21-20

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Oklahoma 21 - Texas 20 at halftime

Total Yards
OU 227
Texas 168

Passing Yards
OU 214
Texas 171

Rushing Yards
OU 13
Texas -3

1st Downs
OU 11
Texas 10

QB Comparison:
Sam Bradford 15/18 3 TDs 1INT
Colt McCoy 15/19

UT: Chris Ogbonnaya 6 touches 8 yards
OU: Chris Brown 3 touches 9 yards

UT Quan Cosby 7 catches 113 yards
Jermaine Gresham3 catches 76 yards

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