NORMAN — Winning games hasn’t been a problem for Oklahoma this season. It entered Saturday night’s meeting with Iowa State at Owen Field undefeated. Playing dominant football, that was the elusive goal the Sooners hadn’t obtained.
The search ended Saturday.
No. 6 OU found what it was looking for and beat Iowa State over the head with it in a 52-0 victory.
It was the emphatic performance that was missing from the Sooners’ resumé on the eve of the first BCS standings of the season being released.
“We knew we had a lot to prove,” OU running back DeMarco Murray said after scoring three touchdowns to become the program’s all-time leader in touchdowns scored with 58.
The sixth-ranked Sooners (6-0, 2-0 Big 12) hadn’t played since their victory over Texas on Oct. 2. Many wondered just what they would do with the time off.
Get a lot better seemed to be the answer.
Murray ran for 112 yards and set the career touchdown mark was one of the night’s highlights. But it was just one of them.
Wide receiver Ryan Broyles set an OU single game record with 15 catches that went for 182 yards, including a 39-yard touchdown grab. Quarterback Landry Jones threw for 334 yards and three touchdowns. He put the ball in the air 34 times. Only four touched the ground.
“I’ve had good games, but this one was more of a special night,” Jones said. “Four incompletions is pretty good.”
There wasn’t much of anything the Sooners didn’t look pretty good at Saturday.
The defense that entered the game ranked 93rd in the country in total defense held Iowa State (3-4, 1-2) to 183 total yards and just 10 first downs. Even the fourth quarter issues that had plagued OU in the previous five were swept away.
The Cyclones only had the ball on OU’s side of the field five times, but none reached the red zone. Their best chance at putting points on the board was Grant Mahoney’s 45-yard field attempt early in the second quarter.