NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma might have gotten the whole
hundred had coach Bob Stoops not been so generous.
The top-ranked Sooners scored touchdowns on 10 of their first 11
offensive possessions and their defense didn't allow a touchdown
for a second straight week in a 77-0 rout of Texas A&M on Saturday.
All of the Sooners' points came in the first three quarters and
they were 3 yards away from another touchdown midway through the
fourth. But Stoops called four straight runs into the middle of the
line -- Oklahoma's offensive line all but fell to the ground -- to
keep the score from getting even more lopsided.
"It was an odd situation to be in," Stoops said. "I believe
in being decent to people."
The Sooners (10-0, 6-0 Big 12) exacted a brutal revenge against
the team that derailed their national title hopes in a 30-26 upset
last season, remaining on the fast track to the Big 12 title and
the national championship game -- the Sugar Bowl.
The win also put the wraps on a Sooners' payback tour that
included last week's 52-9 win over Oklahoma State, the only other
team to defeat them last season. Oklahoma scored more than 50
points for a school-record sixth time, a feat that would have
impressed even Barry Switzer, who used to boast about "hanging
half-a-hundred" on people.
"They kicked us last year, and we knew they were a good team,"
Oklahoma defensive lineman Dusty Dvoracek said. "We usually don't
let people get us twice."
It was Oklahoma's most lopsided victory since a 77-0 win over
Missouri in 1986 and was A&M's worst loss in 108 years of football.
The margin of victory set a Big 12 record and the Sooners tied
another conference mark for points scored in a game.
In a season full of blowouts and impressive wins, the Sooners
established a standard of dominance with this latest victory.
Jason White tied a school record with five touchdown passes -- in
the first half -- as Oklahoma scored touchdowns on all but one of
its possessions in the first three quarters. The Sooners got their
final score of the day when cornerback Derrick Strait scooped up a
fumble and returned it 17 yards to the end zone late in the third
The Sooners plugged reserves into the game and still kept
churning up yards -- they averaged 7.8 yards a play -- and, in the
shadow of A&M's goal line, finally resorted to a series of dives
into the heart of the Aggies' defense.
The crowd of 83,461 booed lustily when several A&M defenders
celebrated after stuffing Oklahoma running back Donta Hickson on
"We're not sitting here thumping our chests at all," Stoops
said. "That's not our style and that's not for us to do."
The 77 points and 636 yards of offense were both the most in
Stoops' five years in Norman.
White completed his first 15 passes and finished 16-of-18 for
263 yards. Mark Clayton caught seven passes for 166 yards and three
touchdowns, extending his own single-season record for touchdowns
Hickson ran for 131 yards and a touchdown, Kejuan Jones rushed
for 120 and two scores and reserve quarterback Paul Thompson added
79 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
White and most of Oklahoma's offensive starters spent much of
the second half on the sideline with their helmets off.
Meanwhile, the Sooners' defense put together one of its most
dominant performances since the Switzer era.
Texas A&M had more penalty yards (63) than offensive yards (54)
and more punts (12) than first downs (3), none in the second half.
The Aggies (4-6, 2-4) didn't even cross their own 40 all game.
"They were fast last year, and they are fast this year," said
quarterback Reggie McNeal, who threw four touchdown passes in A&M's
upset of Oklahoma last season. "I guess they had a year to learn
how to play against us."
Dennis Franchione, who nearly engineered an upset of Oklahoma in
Norman last season when he was at Alabama, suffered the worst loss
of his 21-year head coaching career. He spent most of the chilly,
drizzly afternoon stalking up and down the sidelines, rarely
looking up from his clipboard.
If Saturday is any indication, A&M looks destined to have its
first losing season since 1982. The Aggies were clearly overmatched
against the faster, stronger Sooners -- they probably couldn't have
won even if they'd had the 12th man on the field.
"They played well and we couldn't get anything going,"
Franchione said. "That's a bad combination. We just didn't have
any answers today. No matter what we tried it didn't seem to
The Aggies are 1-11 against No. 1 teams, with the lone victory
coming against Oklahoma last year.
Oklahoma's win doesn't bode well for Baylor, which visits Norman
next week. The Bears lost 73-10 to A&M earlier this season.
The Sooners have defeated three Big 12 South Division opponents
-- Texas, Oklahoma State and A&M -- by a combined score of 194-22.
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