(Saturday, November 8th)
Final Score: (6) Oklahoma 66, Texas A&M 28
College Station, TX (Sports Network) - Sam Bradford made his case for a Heisman Trophy bid as he threw for 320 yards and four touchdowns, while also running for 23 yards and a score, leading the sixth-ranked Oklahoma Sooners in a thrashing of the Texas A&M Aggies, 66-28, in Big 12 action.
Bradford finished 22-of-33 for the Sooners (9-1, 5-1 Big 12), who have won four straight games since their lone setback to Texas. Chris Brown ended with 117 yards and three scores on 13 carries, while DeMarco Murray had 123 yards on seven carries and also caught seven passes for 63 yards with a TD. Ryan Broyles had 91 yards on five catches with a score, and Juaquin Iglesias also had a TD grab among a four-catch, 70-yard performance.
Jerrod Johnson was 11-of-31 passing for 162 yards with a TD through the air and on the ground and was picked twice for the Aggies (4-6, 2-4), who saw their two-game win streak halted and have now lost four of their last six games. Jorvorskie Lane scored a rushing TD and Jamie McCoy had five catches for 31 yards with a TD in defeat.
Oklahoma scored on its first three possessions of the game.
The Sooners took the opening drive of the game 90 yards in four plays. The trek was highlighted by a 70-yard run from Murray down to the Texas A&M 16. Two plays later, Bradford found the end zone on a 15-yard run with 13:31 still to play in the first.
The Aggies were then held to a three-and-out on their ensuing drive, which led to a 74-yard, 12-play drive from the visitors. Bradford hit Murray for a five- yard TD to cap the drive, which made it 14-0 with 8:05 left.
Another Texas A&M three-and-out followed, and Oklahoma needed just three plays and 49 seconds to go 54 yards to the end zone. Brown had 31 of those yards, including the 22-yard score, and Jermaine Gresham hauled in a 23-yard pass to help get them there, as the Sooners took a 21-0 lead with 5:44 still left in the opening stanza.
Both schools punted on their next possessions, and Oklahoma assumed a 28-0 lead 33 ticks into the second frame as Bradford hit Matt Clapp on a 28-yard TD strike.
"It was a great win for us on the road," said Bradford. "The running game was great. The five guys up front did a great job. We felt everything we did was right."
Cyrus Gray returned the following kickoff 67 yards to the Oklahoma 25 to set up A&M's first score of the game. Johnson hit McCoy on a 20-yard TD pass to close out the three-play drive which made it 28-7 just 1:18 later.
Following a pair of unsuccessful drives for the Sooners, the Aggies were facing a 4th-and-3 at its own 42. Texas A&M got a big boost from Ryan Tannehill, who caught a pass from Johnson over the middle, danced to his right and dashed 55 yards down to the Oklahoma three-yard-line. Four plays later, Johnson dove across the goal line for a score with 5:11 left in the half that brought the home team within 28-14.
A 46-yard catch-and-run by Broyles on the Sooners' next drive set up a five- yard TD run from Brown that ballooned Oklahoma's cushion to 35-14, and Jimmy Stevens hit a 42-yarder late in the second to send the game to the intermission at 38-14.
The Aggies were held to a three-and-out on the opening drive of the second half, and the Sooners took advantage.
Oklahoma traveled 64 yards in nine plays, capped with a 23-yard scoring strike to Broyles, to obtain a 45-14 lead with 10:39 left in the third stanza.
Keenan Clayton picked off Johnson on A&M's next trek, and Oklahoma took over at its own 48. The Sooners then took a 52-14 lead on Brown's 28-yard TD run.
Gray ran the ensuing kickoff back 98 yards for a touchdown, and the Aggies were within 52-21 with 8 1/2 minutes showing on the clock.
"Our kickoff return team blocked very well," Gray said. "Everything was blocked right; I just had to do what I was supposed to and take it to the house. I was aware [that OU struggles with kickoff returns]. We watched a lot of film on kickoff return and coach just told us to trust each other."
The Sooners punted on their next drive, but Austin Box intercepted Johnson on the Aggies' second play from scrimmage. That set up a 37-yard scoring strike to Iglesias which gave OU a comfortable 59-21 lead.
Dominique Franks then returned an A&M fumble 39 yards for a score, and it was 66-21 heading into the final 15 minutes.
The Aggies added a TD on a two-yard run from Lane midway through the fourth quarter to pull within 66-28.
Oklahoma outgained A&M 653-278 in net yards, including a 328-26 differential in rushing yards...Oklahoma holds a 17-10 series lead over Texas A&M, including six straight wins over the Aggies...Oklahoma was racking up 49.8 ppg to go along with 538.3 total ypg coming into the tilt...Bradford has 3,726 yards with 42 touchdowns against only six interceptions...The 66 points set a Kyle Field record for an opponent...The Sooners defense forced four turnovers.
11/08 20:55:13 ET