NCAA Game Summary - Utah State at Oklahoma|
(Saturday, September 4th)
Final Score: (7) Oklahoma 31, Utah State 24
Norman, OK (Sports Network) - Ryan Broyles posted 142 yards and two touchdowns
on nine receptions as seventh-ranked Oklahoma nearly wasted a 21-point lead
but topped Utah State, 31-24, in the season-opener for both schools at
Landry Jones finished 17-of-36 for 217 yards, two TDs and two interceptions
for the Sooners (1-0), who went 8-5 a season ago including a win over Stanford
in the Sun Bowl.
Demarco Murray led the way with 218 yards rushing and a pair of scores on 35
carries for Oklahoma, which was saved by a late-game pick from Jamell Fleming
and was able to secure the program's 800th victory.
"The 800th win here at Oklahoma is pretty special because, if you look back
through the years, and our championships span decades. Starting way back with
Benny Owen and after the war with Bud Wilkinson and the dynasty really that he
started with all the national championships, and of course Coach Switzer kept
it going for a good number of years as well," noted Oklahoma head coach Bob
Stoops. "Since 2000, we have had a pretty good run of wins. So we are just
proud of the whole tradition and history here because of all decades that it
encompases and all different players and coaches that it encompasses."
Diondre Borel threw for 341 yards and two touchdowns on 17-of-36 passes but
was intercepted three times for the Aggies (0-1), who finished 4-8 in 2009.
Dontel Watkins added 91 yards and a TD reception on three catches, Xavier
Martin hauled in four balls for 60 yards with one score while Michael Smith
rushed for 48 yards and reached the end zone once.
"At the beginning of the game we felt like we should have put points up on the
board. I got sacked on one play that probably took away three points," Borel
said of Utah State's early struggles. "The defense played good and when they
stopped Oklahoma, offensively, we needed to put points on the board. We had
the opportunity because we had a lot of opportunities and we just have to
Down by 31-24 with 4:49 remaining, Utah State got the ball on its own
20-yard line. Borel hit Martin for a 10-yard gain, then threw incomplete
twice. His third-down pass appeared to be picked off by Fleming but not before
he fell out of bounds. A conference by the officials confirmed the steal and
Oklahoma took over on the Aggies' 41.
The Sooners were helped by a facemask penalty on the second play from
scrimmage, then picked up a first down when Murray gained six yards on 3rd-
and-3 from the USU 19 en route to running out the remainder of the clock.
Oklahoma started strong, posting a pair of touchdowns in the first quarter
after Jones hit Broyles on a 12-yard strike and Murray added a one-yard
scoring run. The latter score was set up by a Demontre Hurst pick at the OU 35
that was returned to Utah State's 29.
Broyles and James hooked up in the second quarter for a 21-yard TD marker and
a 21-0 game, before a 40-yard field goal from Peter Caldwell got the Aggies on
Utah State climbed within 21-10 just before halftime when Smith capped a 61-
yard drive with a four-yard TD run, then used its second drive of the third
quarter to get within four as Borel hit Watkins for 42 yards.
The Sooners got untracked on the ensuing possession, keeping it on the ground
for five of six plays including Murray's 63-yard touchdown scamper. Patrick
O'Hara then gave Oklahoma a two-score edge with a 32-yard make nine plays
after Quinton Carter picked off Borel.
The Aggies countered with 2 1/2 minutes to play in the period, when Borel
connected with Martin for a 31-yard touchdown.
We didn't play as good as we wanted to play but we still got a win, so that's
a positive," Jones said. "We could have learned all these things and lost a
game. You're never as good as you think you are and you're never as bad as you
think you are."
Oklahoma has won all five meetings...The Sooners were largely matched by the
Aggies offense, as the hosts claimed a one-yard advantage (422-421) in total
offense...Utah State was held to 80 yards rushing...Both schools are in action
next Saturday as OU hosts Florida State and USU hosts Idaho State.
09/05 00:13:42 ET