(Saturday, September 19th)
Final Score: (12) Oklahoma 45, Tulsa 0
Norman, OK (Sports Network) - Redshirt freshman quarterback Landry Jones set a single-game Oklahoma record with six touchdown passes, as the 12th-ranked Sooners destroyed Tulsa, 45-0, at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.
Jones, who completed 25-of-37 passes for 336 yards and two interceptions, has been under center since Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Sam Bradford suffered a shoulder injury in the opening week. In two starts, Jones has thrown a total of nine TD passes for the Sooners, who have won 26 straight home games.
Ryan Broyles caught 11 passes for 128 yards and three scores for Oklahoma (2-1), which lost to BYU in the opener before bouncing back with a 64-0 thrashing of Idaho State last weekend. Brandon Caleb brought in five balls for 104 yards and two scores. DeMarco Murray caught two passes for 38 yards and a TD. Murray also ran for 60 yards on 10 carries. Chris Brown rushed for 73 yards on 16 carries.
"I thought offensively we had our balance and did a good job. I thought Landry Jones was outstanding once again. I didn't realize until we were coming off the field that he had set a school record with six touchdowns passes. It is kind of ironic with the great quarterbacks we've had. Sam Bradford, Heisman Trophy winner, Jason White, Heisman Trophy winner and his coach Josh Heupel and all of the other great guys we have had. Here is Landry in his second game getting a school record," Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops said.
G.J. Kinne connected on 12-of-26 passes for 106 yards and two interceptions for the Golden Hurricane (2-1), who beat Tulane and New Mexico to start the season. Trae Johnson hauled in four passes for 50 yards, while Jamad Williams rushed for 39 yards on nine carries in defeat.
Oklahoma didn't start the game on the right note, as Jones threw a pick on the first play of the game. Tulsa took over at the Sooners 39, but failed to do anything on offense. After gaining just one yard on three plays, Tulsa punted the ball away.
"First of all, I give a lot of credit to the Oklahoma Sooners for a great game. They have a great defensive football team. We had our chances early. We started the game the way we wanted to with an early turnover and weren't able to capitalize. So they deserve a lot of credit. I told our guys we went out there today and gave great effort," Tulsa head coach Todd Graham said.
Jones forgot about his early mistake and drove the Oklahoma offense down the field, culminating in a Jimmy Stevens 25-yard field goal 12 plays later to cap off a 72-yard drive.
The Golden Hurricane drove the ball down to the Oklahoma 12 on their ensuing possession, but Brian Jackson intercepted a Kinne pass on 3rd-and-8. Tulsa's defense forced a three-and-out to give its offense the ball back, but Kevin Fitzpatrick missed a 50-yard field goal with about three minutes left in the first.
The Sooners capitalized with a nine-play, 67-yard scoring drive to take a 10-0 lead. On a 3rd-and-goal at the Tulsa seven, Jones found an open Caleb in the back of the end zone with 35 seconds left in the opening period.
Oklahoma took control from there. The Sooners got the ball back after Kinne fumbled on a 3rd-and-10 at the Oklahoma 12. Jones and Caleb kept their connection going, as Caleb caught an 11-yard pass on the first play and a 63- yarder on the next play, which resulted in a TD with 10:54 left until half.
Murray capped a nine-play, 57-yard drive with a 13-yard TD reception, then Jones's 10-yard TD pass to Broyles with 34 seconds remaining gave the Sooners a commanding 31-0 margin heading into the locker room.
Broyles continued his impressive play with a pair of TD catches in the third period. He caught a 14-yard touchdown pass with under 13 minutes left and a 35-yard TD with just over eight minutes to go.
Oklahoma's defense continued to stymie Tulsa in the fourth quarter and finished off the shutout.
The Sooners next take the field at Miami-Florida on Saturday, October 3. The Golden Hurricane will play their home opener next Saturday against Sam Houston State...Oklahoma owns a 16-7-1 advantage in the all-time series...Broyles also had three touchdown catches last week...Oklahoma had 529 yards of total offense, compared to 269 for Tulsa...Golden Hurricane quarterback Jacob Bower completed 4-of-10 passes for 47 yards.
09/19 20:20:01 ET