Scores

Final

Baylor 21

(3-8, 0-7 Big 12)

(4) Oklahoma 52

(9-1, 5-1 Big 12)

6:30 PM ET, November 10, 2007

Memorial Stadium (Norman, OK), Norman, OK

1 2 3 4 T
BAY 7 7 7 021
#4OKLA 14 14 14 1052

Top Performers

Passing: S. Bradford (OKLA) - 353 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: D. Murray (OKLA) - 13 CAR, 95 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: M. Johnson (OKLA) - 4 REC, 126 YDS, 2 TD

Murray scores four TDs as Sooners blast Bears

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- The whole concept of "style points" irks Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops, but if style is what the Sooners need to move up in the Bowl Championship Series standings, DeMarco Murray provided it on Saturday night.

The freshman running back scored four touchdowns, one on a 91-yard kickoff return, as No. 4 Oklahoma beat Baylor 52-21. Oklahoma (9-1, 5-1 Big 12 Conference) has not lost to Baylor (3-8, 0-7) in 17 meetings between the teams.

"I get a little tired of hearing about that," Stoops said when asked if Oklahoma's win was a "pretty" one. "You win 52-21, and then, well, what's pretty? I don't get that. ... We're in pretty good shape right now."

The good news for the Sooners (No. 5 AP) began in the moments before kickoff, as No. 1 Ohio State lost 28-21 to Illinois. When that game's final score flashed on the Owen Field, the crowd roared.

Then Oklahoma, fifth in the BCS standings, went out and presented its case for moving up. Murray contributed two highlight-reel plays, a 25-yard first-quarter scoring run and his kickoff return, which came moments after Baylor had pulled within a touchdown late in the first half.

Murray, who had 13 rushes for 95 yards, is the first Oklahoma freshman to score at least three touchdowns in one game on three separate occasions. He has 15 touchdowns this season, tying the school record for freshmen set by Adrian Peterson.

Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford threw three touchdown passes, two to Manuel Johnson, who caught four passes for 126 yards and had the first multiple-TD game of his career.

Bradford finished 20 of 25 for 353 yards with one interception.

"I'm not sure Sam was pressured the entire night," Stoops said. "We did a great job protecting the quarterback and when we ran. When we are persistent running the ball, it opens up some of those big plays that we hit tonight."

While the Sooners keep an eye on the BCS standings, about the only mystery left in Baylor's season is whether or not coach Guy Morriss will keep his job. The Bears have lost their last seven games.

Two Texas newspapers, citing anonymous sources, reported this week that Morriss would not be back in 2008. Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw has told The Associated Press the status of Morriss' future hasn't been determined.

"They played hard and they played with a lot of emotion," Morriss said of the Bears. "Unfortunately, we didn't execute quite as well as we had hoped to and gave up too many plays on the defensive side of the ball."

Baylor senior fullback Brandon Whitaker, who is from Edmond, Okla., starred in his return to his home state, rushing 15 times for 149 yards and catching 10 passes for 68 yards.

He had an early 57-yard run to the Oklahoma 3, but Reggie Smith, a teammate of Whitaker's in high school, intercepted a pass on the next play, ending the threat. Whitaker reeled off a 46-yard touchdown run on the Bears' next possession, putting Baylor ahead 7-0.

Murray's 25-yard touchdown run, on which he sidestepped a defender at the line of scrimmage and broke three tackles, tied the game. After Baylor went three-and-out, Bradford connected with Malcolm Kelly on a 51-yard touchdown pass, giving Oklahoma a 14-7 lead late in the first quarter.

A 43-yard pass from Bradford to tight end Jermaine Gresham set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Murray, making it 21-7. After Oklahoma failed on a fourth-and-2 from the Baylor 26 late in the half, Baylor's Blake Szymanski hit Thomas White on a 75-yard touchdown pass on the next play.

Murray quickly returned the momentum to Oklahoma. Baylor tried a short, bouncing kickoff, and Murray eventually corralled the football at his own 9. He went backward and reversed field twice before breaking into the open. Juaquin Iglesias blocked the last potential Baylor tackler moments before Murray reached the end zone, giving the Sooners a 28-14 halftime lead.

"I overpursued the ball and it bounced back," Murray said. "As soon as I got it, I went left, and there were guys there. Then I reversed field, and I saw [blockers], so I figured if I could get outside then, I could make something happen.

"I felt my hamstrings burning a little bit. It felt like summer workouts -- just keep running and try to make it to the end zone."

It was Murray's second kickoff return for a touchdown this season.

Bradford and Johnson connected on scoring passes of 60 and 13 yards in the third quarter.

"I felt comfortable tonight throwing the deep ball," Bradford said. "I think each week I gain more comfort with our wide receivers' timing."

Szymanski hit White on a 42-yard touchdown pass to pull Baylor within 42-21, but the Bears never threatened again. Murray's final touchdown, a 21-yard fourth-down run, came with 2:48 left. Szymanski completed 25 of 42 passes for 280 yards with two interceptions. The Bears had 307 yards of offense in the first half and 450 in the game.

The Sooners had 533 yards of offense.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
BAY
OKLA
1st Downs2024
Total Yards450533
Passing280353
Rushing170180
Penalties8-496-45
3rd Down Conversions6-135-11
4th Down Conversions0-11-2
Turnovers21
Possession30:2529:35

Passing Leaders

BaylorC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Szymanski25/422806.722
OklahomaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Bradford20/2535314.131

Rushing Leaders

BaylorCARYDSAVGTDLG
Whitaker151499.9157
Finley5163.2010
OklahomaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Murray13957.3325
Patrick13463.508

Receiving Leaders

BaylorRECYDSAVGTDLG
White211758.5275
Whitaker10686.8026
OklahomaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson412631.5260
Kelly48220.5151

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERBAYOKLA
TD04:56Brandon Whitaker 46 Yd Run (Caleb Allen Kick)
Drive: 5 plays, 65 yds, 2:22
70
TD02:16Demarco Murray 25 Yd Run (Garrett Hartley Kick)
Drive: 7 plays, 72 yds, 2:28
77
TD01:08Malcolm Kelly 51 Yd Pass From Sam Bradford (Garrett Hartley Kick)
Drive: 1 plays, 51 yds, :07
714
SECOND QUARTERBAYOKLA
TD10:24Demarco Murray 1 Yd Run (Garrett Hartley Kick)
Drive: 6 plays, 79 yds, 2:13
721
TD01:00Thomas White 75 Yd Pass From Blake Szymanski (Caleb Allen Kick)
Drive: 1 plays, 75 yds, :11
1421
TD00:54Demarco Murray 91 Yd Kickoff Return (Garrett Hartley Kick) 1428
THIRD QUARTERBAYOKLA
TD12:19Manuel Johnson 60 Yd Pass From Sam Bradford (Garrett Hartley Kick)
Drive: 5 plays, 81 yds, 2:41
1435
TD03:48Manuel Johnson 13 Yd Pass From Sam Bradford (Garrett Hartley Kick)
Drive: 6 plays, 73 yds, 2:15
1442
TD01:30Thomas White 42 Yd Pass From Blake Szymanski (Caleb Allen Kick)
Drive: 7 plays, 65 yds, 2:12
2142
FOURTH QUARTERBAYOKLA
FG12:16Garrett Hartley 27 Yd
Drive: 7 plays, 53 yds, 4:07
2145
TD02:48Demarco Murray 21 Yd Run (Garrett Hartley Kick)
Drive: 6 plays, 49 yds, 3:23
2152