2008 Oklahoma Sooners football team

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2008 Oklahoma Sooners football
Oklahoma Sooners logo.svg
Big 12 Champions
Big 12 South Division Co-Champions
Conference Big 12 Conference South
Ranking
Coaches #5
AP #5
2008 record 12–2 (7–1 Big 12)
Head coach Bob Stoops (10th year)
Offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson (7th year)
Offensive scheme No-huddle
Defensive coordinator Brent Venables (10th year)
Captain Sam Bradford
Jon Cooper
Brody Eldridge
Nic Harris
Gerald McCoy
Home stadium Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 82,112)
Seasons
« 2007 2009 »
2008 Big 12 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North
#19 Missouri xy   5 3         10 4  
Nebraska x   5 3         9 4  
Kansas   4 4         8 5  
Colorado   2 6         5 7  
Kansas State   2 6         5 7  
Iowa State   0 8         2 10  
South
#5 Oklahoma xy   7 1         12 2  
#4 Texas x   7 1         12 1  
#12 Texas Tech x   7 1         11 2  
#16 Oklahoma State   5 3         9 4  
Baylor   2 6         4 8  
Texas A&M   2 6         4 8  

Championship: Oklahoma 62, Missouri 21
† – BCS representative as conference champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll
The Sooners run onto the field for the first time in the 2007 season.

The 2008 Oklahoma Sooners football team represented the University of Oklahoma in the 2008 NCAA Division I-FBS football season season, the 114th season of Sooner football. The team was led by two-time Walter Camp Coach of the Year Award winner, Bob Stoops, in his 10th season as the OU head coach. They played their homes games at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. They were a charter member of the Big 12 Conference

Conference play began with a win over Baylor in Waco on October 4, and ended with a win over Missouri in the Big 12 Championship Game on December 9.

The Sooners finished the season 12-2 (7-1 in Big 12), their most wins since 2004, while winning their 6th Big 12 title and their 42nd conference title overall. They were invited to the BCS Championship Game, where they lost to Florida, 14-24.

Following the season, Phil Loadholt was selected in the 2nd round of the 2009 NFL Draft, Juaquin Iglesias was drafted in the 3rd, Nic Harris and Duke Robinson were chosen in the 5th, and Manuel Johnson in the 7th.

Recruits[edit]

On March 6, 2008, 4-star wide receiver Joshua Jarboe, who was deemed to be one of the recruits who could start playing immediately in the fall,[1] was arrested for receiving stolen property and possessing a weapon at his DeKalb County high school. Jarboe could have faced expulsion under school policy for these felony charges, but did not. Already on thin ice for the weapons possession, he was kicked off the team in June for making a violent rap video on YouTube that described him carrying and using a gun.[2][3]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Mike Balogun
LB
Upper Marlboro, MD Lackawanna CC 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 250 lb (110 kg) N/A Jan 20, 2008 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A
J.R. Bryant
LB
Jesup, GA Garden City CC 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 230 lb (100 kg) 4.48 Jan 25, 2008 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A
Jermie Calhoun
RB
Ben Wheeler, TX Van HS 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 4.62 Mar 10, 2007 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 90
Daniel Franklin
WLB
Mount Airy, GA Habersham Central HS 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 4.60 Dec 6, 2006 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 81
Stephen Good
OL
Paris, TX Paris HS 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 305 lb (138 kg) N/A Feb 12, 2007 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 82
Ben Habern
C
Argyle, TX Liberty Christian HS 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 260 lb (120 kg) 4.90 Apr 4, 2006 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 79
James Hanna
TE
Flower Mound, TX Flower Mound HS 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 4.53 Jun 7, 2007 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 80
Lamar Harris
DB
Gilmer, TX Gilmer HS 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) N/A Jan 31, 2008 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 80
Joseph Ibiloye
LB
Garland, TX South Garland HS 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 4.56 Jun 4, 2007 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 80
Josh Jarboe
WR
Decatur, GA Cedar Grove HS 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) N/A Jan 5, 2008 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 86
Justin Johnson
RB
Gilmer, TX Gilmer HS 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 4.50 Feb 3, 2007 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 81
Landry Jones
QB
Artesia, NM Artesia HS 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 4.70 Mar 28, 2007 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 81
David King
DE
Houston, TX Strake Jesuit College Prep 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 240 lb (110 kg) 4.70 May 31, 2007 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 74
Stacy McGee
DL
Muskogee, OK Muskogee HS 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 260 lb (120 kg) N/A Jan 15, 2008 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 79
Dejuan Miller
WR
Metuchen, NJ Metuchen HS 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 4.60 Jun 7, 2007 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 80
Britt Mitchell
OT
Roscoe, TX Roscoe HS 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 320 lb (150 kg) N/A Mar 18, 2007 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 78
Jameel Owens
WR
Muskogee, OK Muskogee HS 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) N/A Jan 15, 2008 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 82
David Sims
DB
Oroville, CA Butte 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 4.38 Jan 27, 2008 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A
Casey Walker
DT
Garland, TX Garland HS 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 285 lb (129 kg) 5.22 Jun 7, 2007 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 77
R. J. Washington
DE
Keller, TX Fossil Ridge HS 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 242 lb (110 kg) 4.78 Nov 26, 2006 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 87
Tress Way
K
Tulsa, OK Union HS 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) N/A Jun 24, 2007 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 45
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 13   Rivals: 5
  • ‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 30 6:00 PM Chattanooga* #4 Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial StadiumNorman, OK FSN PPV W 57-2   84,715[4]
September 6 2:30 PM Cincinnati* #4 Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, OK ABC W 52-26   84,476[4]
September 13 6:45 PM Washington* #3 Husky StadiumSeattle, WA ESPN W 55-14   67,716[4]
September 27 6:00 PM #24 TCU* #2 Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, OK FSN W 35-10   85,158[4]
October 4 11:30 AM at Baylor #1 Floyd Casey StadiumWaco, TX FSN W 49-17   37,145[4]
October 11 11:00 AM vs. #5 Texas #1 Cotton BowlDallas, TX (Red River Rivalry) ABC L 35-45   92,182[4]
October 18 2:30 PM #16 Kansasdagger #4 Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, OK ABC W 45-31   85,241[4]
October 25 11:30 AM at Kansas State #4 Bill Snyder Family Football StadiumManhattan, KS FSN W 58-35   47,054[4]
November 1 7:00 PM Nebraska #4 Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, OK (Rivlary) ESPN W 62-28   85,212[4]
November 8 2:30 PM at Texas A&M #6 Kyle FieldCollege Station, TX ABC W 66-28   85,603[4]
November 22 7:00 PM #2 Texas Tech #5 Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, OK ABC W 65-21   85,646[4]
November 29 7:00 PM at #11 Oklahoma State #3 Boone Pickens StadiumStillwater, OK (Bedlam Game) ABC W 61-41   49,031[4]
December 6 7:00 PM vs. #19 Missouri #4 Arrowhead StadiumKansas City, MO (Big 12 Championship) ABC W 62-21   71,004[4]
January 8 7:00 PM vs. #1 Florida* #2 Dolphin StadiumMiami Gardens, FL (BCS Championship Game) FOX L 14-24   78,468[4]
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.


Roster[edit]

(as of 30 July 2007)
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Wide Receivers

  • 1 Manuel Johnson - Senior
  • 4 Jameel Owens - Freshman
  • 8 Brandon Caleb - Junior
  • 9 Juaquin Iglesias - Senior
  • 10 Tyler Stradford - Freshman
  • 11 Corey Wilson - Freshman
  • 20 Zac Givens - Sophomore
  • 24 Dejuan Miller - Freshman
  • 27 Steven Cobb - Freshman
  • 39 Rashad Hutchins - Freshman
  • 80 Adron Tennell - Junior
  • 81 Carter Whitson - Junior
  • 84 Quentin Chaney - Senior
  • 85 Ryan Broyles- Freshman
  • 87 T.J. Hamilton - Junior

Offensive Line

  • 50 Jon Cooper - Senior
  • 51 Brian Lepak - Sophomore
  • 54 Jason Hannan- Freshman
  • 58 Nick Taylor- Freshman
  • 59 Donald Stephenson- Freshman
  • 61 Ben Habern- Freshman
  • 64 Kody Cooke- Freshman
  • 70 Cory Brandon- Sophomore
  • 71 Trent Williams - Junior
  • 72 Duke Robinson - Senior
  • 73 Brandon Walker - Senior
  • 74 Brian Simmons - Junior
  • 75 Jarvis Jones - Sophomore
  • 76 Branndon Braxton - Senior
  • 77 Stephen Good - Freshman
  • 78 Alex Williams - Freshman
  • 79 Phil Loadholt - Senior

Tight Ends

Fullbacks

  • 34 Matt Clapp - Junior
  • 40 Buck Buchanan - Freshman
  • 42 Jacob Ellison - Sophomore
 

Quarterbacks

  • 5 John Nimmo - Sophomore
  • 6 Ben Sherrard - Freshman
  • 12 Landry Jones - Freshman
  • 14 Sam Bradford - Sophomore
  • 15 Joey Halzle - Senior

Running Backs

Defensive Line

 

Linebackers

  • 8 Ryan Reynolds - Junior
  • 10 Mike Balogun - Junior
  • 12 Austin Box - Freshman
  • 21 J.R. Bryant - Junior
  • 22 Keenan Clayton - Sophomore
  • 28 Travis Lewis - Freshman
  • 30 Lamont Robinson - Junior
  • 31 Daniel Franklin - Freshman
  • 45 Turner Troup - Freshman
  • 48 Brandon Crow - Sophomore
  • 49 John Marr - Freshman
  • 57 Dylan Hughey - Freshman

Defensive Backs

  • 2 Brian Jackson - Junior
  • 3 Jonathan Nelson - Sophomore
  • 5 Nic Harris - Senior
  • 6 Desmond Jackson - Freshman
  • 11 Lendy Holmes - Senior
  • 13 Michael Hayes - Sophomore
  • 14 Sean Edwards - Freshman
  • 15 Dominique Franks - Sophomore
  • 16 David Sims - Junior
  • 18 Cortney Carter - Senior
  • 19 Lamar Harris - Freshman
  • 20 Quinton Carter - Sophomore
  • 25 Emmanuel Jones - Junior
  • 26 Brett Bowers - Junior
  • 27 Sam Proctor - Freshman
  • 32 Jamell Fleming - Freshman
  • 36 Zach Brown - Sophomore
  • 39 Eli Ferguson - Sophomore
  • 41 Joseph Ibiloye - Freshman
  • 42 Colby Gibson - Junior
  • 43 Marloe Prince - Junior

Punters

  • 13 Mike Knall - Senior
  • 43 Adam Schneberger - Freshman

Kickers

  • 17 Jimmy Stevens - Freshman
  • 36 Tress Way - Freshman
  • 37 Matthew Moreland - Freshman

Deep Snapper

  • 46 James Winchester - Freshman
  • 52 Derek Shaw - Junior
  • 55 Kyle Johnson - Senior
  • 56 Sean Morrison - Freshman

Coaching staff[edit]

Prior to the season, several changes were made to the Oklahoma coaching staff.

Co-offensive coordinator Kevin Sumlin took the head coaching position at the University of Houston.[5]

Defensive coordinator Brent Venables was mentioned as a candidate for the opening at the University of Arkansas before it ultimately went to Bobby Petrino.[6][7]

Offensive Coordinator Kevin Wilson interviewed and was considered a finalist for the opening at the University of Southern Mississippi.[8][9] That opening ended up going to Wilson's counterpart at Oklahoma State University, Larry Fedora.[10]

Bob Stoops, head coach of Oklahoma.
Name Position Years
at OU
Bob Stoops Head Coach 10
Brent Venables Associate Head Coach
Defensive Coordinator
Linebackers
10
Bobby Jack Wright Assistant Head Coach
Co-Defensive Coordinator
Defensive Backs
10
Kevin R. Wilson Offensive Coordinator
Tight Ends/Fullbacks
7
Jay Norvell Asst. Offensive Coord.
Wide Receivers
1
Cale Gundy Recruiting Coordinator
Running Backs
10
Josh Heupel Quarterbacks 5
James Patton Offensive Line 3
Jackie Shipp Defensive Line 10
Chris Wilson Defensive Ends 4

Game notes[edit]

Chattanooga[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Chattanooga 0 0 2 0 2
#4 Oklahoma 27 23 7 0 57
Quarterback Sam Bradford returned for his sophomore year.

Oklahoma came into the 2008 season ranked #4 nationally in the Coaches and AP Poll. Sam Bradford threw for 183 yards and two touchdowns, and Chris Brown ran for three scores. Only an hour long rainstorm could slow down the Sooners in a 57–2 victory against Chattanooga. The Sooners converted their first seven possessions into touchdowns and led 50–0 before a thunderstorm caused a lightning delay that extended halftime by 1 hour and 12 minutes. UTC, which would go on to earn only one win in the entire season, scored only 2 points on a safety from an errant snap on a punt play. Chattanooga was held to an astonishing two first downs the entire game, a rarity no matter how big the talent gap.

Cincinnati[edit]

OU's Ryan Broyles and Cincinnati's Brandon Underwood both go up to catch a pass from QB Sam Bradford.
1 2 3 4 Total
Cincinnati 0 13 7 6 26
#4 Oklahoma 14 7 21 10 52

Oklahoma came into the game ranked 4th in the country. Redshirt freshman Ryan Broyles, playing his first game as a Sooner, had the most productive receiver debut in school history, with seven catches for 141 yards and a touchdown. OU gave up a kick return in the 3rd quarter for a touchdown that closed the gap and made the game 28-20 OU, but Oklahoma eventually pulled away from Cincinnati, winning 52–26.

Washington[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#3 Oklahoma 13 21 14 7 55
Washington 0 0 7 7 14

The game against the Huskies in Seattle was the third meeting between the two storied programs. The series was tied 1–1.

Oklahoma came into the game ranked #3. On Oklahoma's first drive, QB Sam Bradford threw a touchdown pass to Juaquin Iglesias. Oklahoma dominated from then on. Continuing to roll, OU, inside their own 35, used Sam Bradford to throw a touchdown pass to WR Ryan Broyles. Washington scored only twice in the game, losing 55–14. Sam Bradford went 18 of 21 while throwing for 304 yards, five touchdowns, and no interceptions. Oklahoma never turned the ball over and Washington fumbled it three times, Oklahoma recovering it all three times.

TCU[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#24 TCU 3 0 0 7 10
#2 Oklahoma 21 7 7 0 35

TCU had beaten Oklahoma the last two times they had met, the most recent being in 2005, where a #7 ranked Oklahoma was upset by an unranked TCU in the season opener, 10-17. This game was a totally different story. The game started with Sam Bradford throwing two touchdown passes in the 1st quarter. Manuel Johnson scored three touchdowns, all which were 20+ yard receptions.

Baylor[edit]

Baylor had never beaten Oklahoma going into 2008, and it wasn't about to change. #1 Oklahoma got off to a quick start. A touchdown pass to Manuel Johnson got Oklahoma a 7-0 lead, and they didn't stop there. three more rushing TDs by Oklahoma made it 28–0 at the end of the 1st quarter. Only two TDs and a field goal for Baylor made the final score 49-17.

1 2 3 4 Total
#1 Oklahoma 28 7 7 7 49
Baylor 0 14 3 0 17


Texas (Red River Rivalry)[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#5 Texas 3 17 10 15 45
#1 Oklahoma 7 14 7 7 35

This game marked the 103rd meeting of the Red River Rivalry, which has been called one of the greatest sports rivalries.[11] It's the longest active rivalry for the Longhorns,[12] and the second longest for the Sooners, behind only the Bedlam Series. Since 1929, the game has been held at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas, typically in mid-October with the State Fair of Texas occurring adjacent to the stadium.[13] Prior to the 2008 game, Texas led the series 58–39–5.

In a high-scoring shootout, Texas upset the Sooners, 45-35. Colt McCoy performed brilliantly in the fourth quarter, leading his team to 15 unanswered points. It was the highest scoring event in the history of rivalry, and it had the highest attendance, a record 92,182.[14]

Kansas[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#16 Kansas 7 10 7 7 31
#4 Oklahoma 7 17 14 7 45

Sam Bradford had 468 plus yards and three TDs passing in an offensive matchup. After a score of 24–17 at halftime, Oklahoma began to pull away in the third quarter, eventually winning 45-31 in Norman.

Kansas State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#4 Oklahoma 28 27 0 3 58
Kansas State 14 14 7 0 35

Oklahoma traveled to Manhattan, Kansas to take on a struggling Kansas State team just coming off a tough road loss to Colorado. The Sooners and Wildcats played a wild first half that saw the two teams combine to score 83 points. The Sooners’ 55 first half points set a school record for most points ever scored before halftime. Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford played what would end up being his worst game of the season, completing only 40 percent of his passes (13-32) for 255 yards. Kansas State QB Josh Freeman had a career-best 478 yards passing, but was sacked twice and had three interceptions against the Sooner's defense.

Nebraska[edit]


1 2 3 4 Total
Nebraska 0 14 7 7 28
#4 Oklahoma 35 14 13 0 62

When Nebraska walked out under the lights at Memorial Stadium, the Cornhuskers were still in the race for the Big 12 North title, but after the Oklahoma Sooners completed its first drive for a touchdown, intercepted Husker quarterback Joe Ganz's first pass and took it back for an 18-yard touchdown return, then tacked on three more scores, Nebraska's expectations for its bowl season had been lowered considerably. The second quarter went better for the Cornhuskers, backup tailback Roy Helu getting a touchdown and racking up 157 yards on the day, but the Sooner lead proved insurmountable. The Sooners' Sam Bradford stayed in Heisman race form, throwing for 311 yards and five touchdown passes. DeMarco Murray caught a 25-yard scoring pass from Bradford, and ran twice for touchdowns, finishing with 57 rushing yards. Despite the impressive win, the Sooners slipped from 4th to 6th in the BCS rankings.

Texas A&M[edit]


1 2 3 4 Total
#6 Oklahoma 21 17 28 0 66
Texas A&M 0 14 7 7 28

The Sooners scored three touchdowns in the first ten minutes, then never looked back as Sam Bradford passed for four scores to four different receivers and punched one across himself. Chris Brown added three more touchdowns. Aside from the impressive 261 kickoff return yards amassed by Texas A&M running back Cyrus Gray, including a 98-yard return for a touchdown, the hometown Aggie fans had little to cheer about as the Sooners outrushed the Aggies 328–26, and outpassed them 325–252. The Sooner defense frustrated A&M quarterback Jerrod Johnson, sacking him four times and intercepting two of his passes. The win set up a Big 12 showdown against undefeated Texas Tech on November 22, after a bye week.

Texas Tech[edit]

#2 Texas Tech Red Raiders at #5 Oklahoma Sooners
1 2 3 4 Total
#2 Texas Tech 0 7 7 7 21
#5 Oklahoma 7 35 16 7 65

Texas Tech and Oklahoma first played in 1992.[15] Coming into the game, the Sooners led the series 11-4, though the Red Raiders had won 2 of the last 3, with the last loss coming in Norman in 2006. The only road game Tech had won in the series was during the inaugural season of the Big 12 in 1996.[16] Under head coach Bob Stoops, the Sooners had lost only two games at home.[17] The Sooners were 7-point favorites.[18]

The Red Raiders opened the game with a kickoff return to their 32-yard line. The Sooners forced a punt, and fielded their offense at their 27. The Sooners scored a touchdown with 8:59 left in the first. DeMarco Murray contributed 48 rushing yards in the drive. Tech returned the ensuing kickoff to their 22, and a Sooner personal foul after the return gave the Red Raiders 15 yards. Texas Tech lost 10 of those yards due to a delay of game and a false start. Starting at their 27, the Red Raiders were stopped at the Oklahoma 48, where they punted again. The Sooners got the ball on their 20. On the second play of the drive, Oklahoma was punished again with a 15–yard penalty. After three failed attempts to pass the ball for a first down, the Sooners elected to make their first punt. On the next Tech possession, Graham Harrell was sacked on two consecutive plays, once by Adrian Taylor and the other by Gerald McCoy. Coming into the game, the Red Raiders ranked second in the nation in sacks allowed, with only 5.[19] The Sooners ended the first quarter with a 42-yard reception by tight end Jermaine Gresham and two rushes by Chris Brown for a combined 12 yards.[20]

Once the second quarter commenced, both Brown and Gresham moved the ball for a touchdown on three different plays. Tech started their next drive at their own 38 and advanced the ball through the air to eventually get to the Oklahoma 15. Two incompletions caused the Red Raiders to face a 4th and 3. Tech decided to go for it. Woods was unable to catch a pass by Harrell to convert and Tech turned the ball over on downs. Murray rushed the ball for 23 yards on Oklahoma's first play of the drive. Murray followed with a 31–yard reception, which put the ball on the Tech 30. After two rushes by Brown, Gresham scored a touchdown on a 19-yard catch, and the subsequent extra point extended the Sooners lead to 21–0. Oklahoma's defense forced Tech to four plays on the next drive, with the fourth play being a 4th-and-4, Tech's second 4th down conversion attempt. With 9:31 remaining, Oklahoma completed a 1:44 scoring drive, which was capped by Juaquin Iglesias' 28–yard scoring reception. On the following possession, the Red Raiders reached the end zone, thanks to Harrell's 25–yard throw to Tramain Swindall. Matt Williams' extra point brought the score to 28–7. With 6:28 left in the half, Oklahoma began to drain the clock using their running game. The Sooners eventually scored on the 12th play of the drive. Once Tech got the ball, about a minute was left on the clock. On the second play, Harrell threw an interception to Travis Lewis, who returned the ball 47 yards. Tech offensive guard Brandon Carter, who stopped Lewis at the Tech 1, received a personal foul. Murray scored on a 1–yard rush to increase the Sooners' lead to 42–7. Tech got the ball again after the Sooner touchdown with 18 seconds remaining in the half. Harrell threw a shovel pass to Baron Batch, who ran 21 yards to the Tech 28. The half ended with Tech receiving a 15–yard personal foul. The Red Raiders left the field facing their biggest deficit of the season (35 points).[21]

Tech attempted an onside kick to start off the second half, though the Sooners grabbed the ball at the Tech 34. OU ended the drive on a 33–yard field goal. Tech fumbled on their next possession, and Oklahoma's Keenan Clayton recovered the fumble and returned it 53 yards to the Tech 3. The Sooners added another 7 points to extend their lead to 52–7. Tech cranked up its passing game on its next possession, eventually scoring a touchdown and extra point with 5:39 remaining in the third quarter. On the subsequent drive, the Red Raider defense forced their first sack on Bradford, and also forced the Sooners to punt. The Sooner defense countered in the next drive by forcing a three-and-out. The Sooner offense then added another score on a 66-yard reception by Manuel Johnson. The Tech defense blocked the extra point, and the score remained at 58–14.

In the fourth quarter, Tech failed to convert another fourth down, producing another turnover. Oklahoma scored immediately afterwards, improving their lead to 65–14. On the next possession, Tech was able to make three pass completions of at least 12 yards, though on the final play of the drive, Harrell lost the ball to the Sooners on a sack. With 10:50 left in the game, the Sooners started to run out the clock. The Red Raiders stopped them from scoring on a 4th down from the 1. Tech got the ball back with 4:48 on the clock. After a few plays, Tech faced another 4th down, and this time was able to convert it with a 13–yard throw to Crabtree. Tech later scored their third touchdown with 11 seconds left, and Williams tacked on the extra point to change the score to 65–21. Tech attempted an onside kick and recovered the ball. The final play was a short-yard catch by Woods.[22]

Since the Sooners won, Tech, Texas, and OU all tied for first in the division at 6–1. If all three teams won their regular season finales to tie again at 7–1 (which they did), the highest ranked team in the BCS standings would earn a spot in the Big 12 Championship game.[23] Sports columnists had also predicted that the quarterback of the winning team would be the front runner for the Heisman Trophy.[23][24][25][26] The columnists were right. With Oklahoma being the highest ranked team out of the three of them, they advanced to the Big 12 Championship Game, and their QB, Sam Bradford, became the front runner for the Heisman Trophy, eventually winning it.


Oklahoma State (Bedlam Series)[edit]

#3 Oklahoma Sooners at #11 Oklahoma State Cowboys
1 2 3 4 Total
#3 Oklahoma 7 14 16 24 61
#11 Oklahoma State 3 10 13 15 41
  • Date: November 29, 2008
  • Location: Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater, OK
  • Game start: 7:08 PM
  • Elapsed time: 3:33
  • Game attendance: 49,031
  • Game weather: 46 °F (8 °C) • Wind: calm • Weather: cloudy
  • Referee: Randy Christal
  • TV announcers (ABC): Brent Musburger (play-by-play), Kirk Herbstreit (analyst), Lisa Salters (sideline)

On November 29, 2008, #11 Oklahoma State came into the 103rd Bedlam game ranked the highest they had been coming into the game since the 1984 matchup when they came in at #3, while #3 Oklahoma came in ranked the highest they had been coming into the game since the 2004 game just four years earlier, when they were #2. OSU was trying desperately to break their 5-year Bedlam losing streak and keep one of their best seasons in decades going, while OU was trying to make it into the Big 12 Championship Game, and then possibly the BCS National Championship Game.

The first quarter was the lowest scoring of the four; an interception of Oklahoma State junior QB Zac Robinson, a 20-yard TD-rush by Oklahoma sophomore RB Demarco Murray, then later a 28-yard field goal by OSU sophomore kicker Dan Bailey ended the quarter with OU up 7-3. The second quarter was higher scoring than the first, but still less so than the last two. On a drive that started in the first quarter, the Cowboys scored a TD on a 23-yard pass from QB Robinson to sophomore RB Kendall Hunter. After the kickoff, the Sooners went on a 14 play, 79-yard drive highlighted by a 14-yard run by RB Murray to start off the drive, a 21-yard pass from sophomore QB Sam Bradford to Quentin Chaney, and a 2-yard TD-rush by junior RB Chris Brown to end the drive. This TD drive would mark the first in a line of six TD drives in a row by the Sooners. Following the next kickoff, Oklahoma State went on an 11 play, 39-yard drive to set up another Bailey field goal, this one a 44-yarder, to put the score at 14-13, Oklahoma. Oklahoma scored another TD to finish the half up 21-13.[27] Again, the third quarter was higher scoring than the first two, but not as high as the fourth. OSU started the half with an eight play, 81-yard drive with a 6-yard TD pass from QB Robinson to sophomore WR Dez Bryant to finish it. After the TD, the score was 21-19, and the Cowboys decided to go for two. This turned out to be an ill-fated decision, however, because on the two-point conversion attempt, QB Robinson fumbled the ball, and it was recovered and returned all the way to the other endzone by OU freshman DE Frank Alexander for a safety, putting the Sooners up 23-19. Three plays into the next drive, Oklahoma junior TE Jermaine Gresham scored a TD on a 73-yard pass from QB Bradford. After another TD by each team, the third quarter ended at 37-26, OU. The fourth quarter proved to be the most exciting of the game, as more points were scored in this quarter than the entire first half. The quarter began on an Oklahoma State drive that started in the third quarter. QB Robinson completed a 38-yard pass to senior TE Brandon Pettigrew, and two plays later he completed another pass to WR Bryant for a 17-yard TD. OSU decided to try for another two point conversion, and this time it paid off with Robinson again connecting with Bryant to make the score 37-34, Sooners up by three. The momentum the Cowboys got on those eight points would be short lived, however, as Oklahoma RB Murray returned the following kickoff 68 yards to the Oklahoma State 27-yard line. Six plays later, the last being a one-yard pass from Bradford to junior TE Brody Eldridge for the TD, and OU was again up by 10. But, on the ensuing kickoff, OSU junior KR/CB Perrish Cox ran it back 90 yards for the TD to make the score 44-41 and put the Cowboys within three points again. Unfortunately for Oklahoma State, that would be their final score, as the Sooners would score 17 unanswered points to win the game, 61-41.[27]

Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford threw 30-44, his second most completions and attempts of his career, but his two TDs tied for his least of the season, and his passer rating of 148.7 was his second worst of the season.[28] Tight end Jermaine Gresham's nine receptions and 158 yards were the most of his career, his two TDs were tied for the second most of his career, and his 71-yard reception was the longest of his career.[29] The combined score of 102 points is the most points ever scored in a Bedlam game. OSU's 41 points were the most they scored in a Bedlam game since the 1998 matchup when they beat Oklahoma, 41-26. This marked the Sooners 80th win in the Bedlam Series, which was five times as many as Oklahoma State had at the time.

Missouri (Big 12 Championship Game)[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#19 Missouri 0 7 7 7 21
#4 Oklahoma 10 28 3 21 62


Florida (BCS Championship Game)[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#1 Florida 0 7 7 10 24
#2 Oklahoma 0 7 0 7 14

Rankings[edit]

Ranking Movement
Poll Pre Wk 1 Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Wk 15 Final
AP 4 4 3 2 2 1 1 4 4 4 6 5 5 3 4 2 5
Coaches 4 4 3 2 2 1 1 6 5 4 4 4 5 2 2 1 5
Harris Not released 1 1 1 4 4 4 5 5 5 3 4 2
BCS Not released 4 4 6 5 5 3 2 1

Statistics[edit]

Team[edit]

OU Opp
Points per Game 51.1 24.5
First Downs 386 272
  Rushing 153 95
  Passing 211 154
  Penalty 22 23
Rushing Yardage 2779 1627
  Rushing Attempts 589 469
  Avg per Rush 4.7 3.5
  Avg per Game 198.5 116.2
Passing Yardage 4891 3521
  Avg per Game 349.4 251.5
  Completions-Attempts 350-517 (67.7%) 292-527 (55.4%)
Total Offense 7670 5148
  Total Plays 1106 996
  Avg per Play 6.9 5.2
  Avg per Game 547.9 367.7
Fumbles-Lost 13-2 35-15
OU Opp
Punts-Yards 54-1971 (36.5 avg) 77-3212 (41.7 avg)
Punt Returns-Total Yards 32-272 (8.5 avg) 10-50 (5 avg)
Kick Returns-Total Yards 52-1301 (25 avg) 103-1456 (23.8 avg)
Onside Kicks 0-0 1-4 (25%)
Avg Time of Possession per Game 29:26 30:34
Penalties-Yards 102-905 93-674
  Avg per Game 64.6 48.1
3rd Down Conversions 101/197 (51.3%) 75/206 (36.4%)
4th Down Conversions 12/23 (52.2%) 15/30 (50%)
Sacks By-Yards 42-292 13-95
Total TDs 99 45
  Rushing 45 19
  Passing 51 22
Fields Goals-Attempts 8-13 (61.5%) 9-15 (60%)
PAT-Attempts 94-99 (94.9%) 40-41 (97.6%)
Total Attendance 510,448 286,549
  Games-Avg per Game 6-85,075 5-57,310

Scores by quarter[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Opponents 30 127 91 95 343
Oklahoma 225 238 153 100 716

2009 NFL Draft[edit]

The 2009 NFL Draft was held on April 25–26, 2009 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The following Oklahoma players were either selected or signed as undrafted free agents following the draft.

Player Position Round Pick NFL Team
Phil Loadholt OT 2nd 54 Minnesota Vikings
Juaquin Iglesias WR 3rd 99 Chicago Bears
Nic Harris S 5th 147 Buffalo Bills
Duke Robinson G 5th 163 Carolina Panthers
Manuel Johnson WR 7th 229 Dallas Cowboys
Lendy Holmes S Undrafted Washington Redskins
Jon Cooper C Undrafted Minnesota Vikings
Quentin Chaney WR Undrafted St. Louis Rams
Branndon Braxton OT Undrafted Cleveland Browns

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