The Norman Transcript


November 8, 2008

Sooners dominate

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Miss two field goals and give up kickoff return for a touchdown in any other year and Oklahoma might have been lucky to escape Kyle Field with a victory.

Saturday, however, the Sooners thrived, routing Texas A&M; 66-28.

OU coach Bob Stoops didn’t seem amazed by his team’s third straight romp, but he was impressed.

“I think it’s the team. It isn’t just the offense, it’s all of it together,” he said.

Sam Bradford threw for 320 yards and four touchdowns. DeMarco Murray and Chris Brown ran for more than 100 yards and seven different Sooners found the end zone in what could aptly be described as OU’s best performance of the season.

It couldn’t have come at a better time. It’s late in the year and about 20 teams are jockeying to position themselves for BCS bowl bids. About a dozen still have national title aspirations.

All of them are doing their best to impress voters and computers.

“We know at the end of the season, we have to have impressive wins,” said wide receiver Ryan Broyles, who had five catches for 91 yards. “That’s what we were looking for.”

Kyle Field has typically been a place where the Sooners think more about survival than style. In their previous four games there, all had been decided by seven points or less with one a loss.

The venue is considered one of the most dangerous snake pits in college football. It’s cement walls are lined with teams whose conference and national title aspirations died on its turf.

But as the fourth quarter began, Stoops was thinking about how much to pull back on the reins.

The sixth-ranked Sooners (9-1, 5-1 Big 12) did just about anything they wanted earlier. They took a little over 15 minutes to grab a 28-0 lead. They moved the ball any way they pleased. OU’s 653 total yards were split almost equally between running and passing.

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