(Saturday, August 30th)
Final Score: (4) Oklahoma 57, Chattanooga 2
Norman, OK (Sports Network) - Sam Bradford completed 17-of-22 passes for 183 yards and two scores, and DeMarco Murray added 124 yards on 15 carries and two more touchdowns on the ground as fourth-ranked Oklahoma routed FCS school Chattanooga, 57-2, in the season opener for both schools.
Chris Brown rushed for three touchdowns for defending Big 12 champion Oklahoma (1-0), which scored a touchdown on all seven of its first-half drives and added a safety for a 50-0 halftime edge. A thunderstorm caused a lightning delay that lasted more than an hour before the second half began.
Manuel Johnson had nine catches for 120 yards and a score, and Juaquin Iglesias had 73 yards and a touchdown on four grabs, and a 69-yard kick return to set up another score for the Sooners.
Chattanooga (0-1) didn't have a chance on either side of the ball against the Sooners, and the stats tell the story. Tony Pastore was 3-for-8 for 20 yards through the air, while Shaun Kermah gained 37 yards on 17 carries. The Mocs, who hail from the Southern Conference, had only one first down to Oklahoma's 27, were outgained 487-36, and went 0-for-16 on third down conversions.
"They are good," said Mocs head coach Rodney Allison. "I coached at Clemson for four years and Auburn for six years, and they look like the real deal to me. We didn't handle stuff up front on either side of the ball in the first half. That might be the best combination defensive and offensive lines in the country."
Oklahoma ripped Chattanooga for 27 points in the first quarter, and the game was all-but over before the second quarter even began.
The Sooners opened with an eight-play, 50-yard march, and Brown's 10-yard touchdown run got the Oklahoma offense rolling with 10:42 left in the first quarter.
Murray's one-yard plunge capped Oklahoma's next drive, a four-play, 46-yard drive, and the Sooners lead reached 14-0 with 7:42 remaining.
Quentin Chaney's three-yard touchdown grab with 3:55 left in the first quarter pushed Oklahoma up 20-0, after Jimmy Stevens' point after try was no good. Bradford's first TD pass of the game capped an eight-play, 49-yard drive, as the Sooners continued to take advantage of great field position.
The Sooners rolled 70 yards on five plays on their next possession, the big play a 49-yard burst by Murray, who then dove in from one yard out for a 27-0 lead with 21 seconds left in the first.
"We came out and played really clean, we only had one penalty the first half which was something we really stressed," said Bradford. "It was definitely a confidence booster, gaining more and more with each drive."
A Sooners safety opened the scoring in the second quarter, and Iglesias returned the ensuing free kick 69 yards to the Chattanooga 19-yard-line. Brown's nine-yard TD run gave Oklahoma a 36-0 lead.
Johnson's seven-yard scoring catch made it 43-0 with 6:53 left, and that TD pass by Bradford was his last. Joey Halzle came on and got in on the fun, as his 36-yard scoring strike to Iglesias boosted Oklahoma to a 50-point lead with 4:17 left in the half.
An OU drive finally ended without points when Halzle was picked off at the Oklahoma 41. The Mocs couldn't convert the turnover into points, though, as Craig Ramsey's 50-yard field goal attempt was blocked just before the end of the half.
After the long weather delay, a safety on a flubbed punt by Oklahoma finally got the Mocs on the scoreboard with 13:15 left in the third quarter.
Brown's one-yard touchdown run with 1:52 remaining in the third gave the Sooners a 57-2 lead.
Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops is 9-1 in season openers with the Sooners. His lone loss was a 17-10 decision against TCU in 2005...It was the first game by Chattanooga against a Big 12 opponent. The Mocs get another shot at an FBS school when they travel to Florida State on September 13.
08/31 01:05:42 ET