2008 Oklahoma Sooners football team
The 2008 Oklahoma Sooners football team represented the University of Oklahoma in the 2008 college football 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
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.
- 1 Preseason
- 2 Schedule
- 3 Roster
- 4 Coaching staff
- 5 Game notes
- 6 Rankings
- 7 Statistics
- 8 2009 NFL Draft
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
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, 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.
|Name||Hometown||High school / college||Height||Weight||40‡||Commit date|
|Upper Marlboro, MD||Lackawanna CC||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)||250 lb (110 kg)||N/A||Jan 20, 2008|
|Jesup, GA||Garden City CC||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)||230 lb (100 kg)||4.48||Jan 25, 2008|
|Ben Wheeler, TX||Van HS||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)||210 lb (95 kg)||4.62||Mar 10, 2007|
|Scout: Rivals: ESPN grade: 90|
|Mount Airy, GA||Habersham Central HS||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)||220 lb (100 kg)||4.60||Dec 6, 2006|
|Scout: Rivals: ESPN grade: 81|
|Paris, TX||Paris HS||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)||305 lb (138 kg)||N/A||Feb 12, 2007|
|Scout: Rivals: ESPN grade: 82|
|Argyle, TX||Liberty Christian HS||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)||260 lb (120 kg)||4.90||Apr 4, 2006|
|Scout: Rivals: ESPN grade: 79|
|Flower Mound, TX||Flower Mound HS||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)||215 lb (98 kg)||4.53||Jun 7, 2007|
|Scout: Rivals: ESPN grade: 80|
|Gilmer, TX||Gilmer HS||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)||180 lb (82 kg)||N/A||Jan 31, 2008|
|Scout: Rivals: ESPN grade: 80|
|Garland, TX||South Garland HS||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)||205 lb (93 kg)||4.56||Jun 4, 2007|
|Scout: Rivals: ESPN grade: 80|
|Decatur, GA||Cedar Grove HS||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)||195 lb (88 kg)||N/A||Jan 5, 2008|
|Scout: Rivals: ESPN grade: 86|
|Gilmer, TX||Gilmer HS||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)||210 lb (95 kg)||4.50||Feb 3, 2007|
|Scout: Rivals: ESPN grade: 81|
|Artesia, NM||Artesia HS||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)||210 lb (95 kg)||4.70||Mar 28, 2007|
|Scout: Rivals: ESPN grade: 81|
|Houston, TX||Strake Jesuit College Prep||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)||240 lb (110 kg)||4.70||May 31, 2007|
|Scout: Rivals: ESPN grade: 74|
|Muskogee, OK||Muskogee HS||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)||260 lb (120 kg)||N/A||Jan 15, 2008|
|Scout: Rivals: ESPN grade: 79|
|Metuchen, NJ||Metuchen HS||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)||200 lb (91 kg)||4.60||Jun 7, 2007|
|Scout: Rivals: ESPN grade: 80|
|Roscoe, TX||Roscoe HS||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)||320 lb (150 kg)||N/A||Mar 18, 2007|
|Scout: Rivals: ESPN grade: 78|
|Muskogee, OK||Muskogee HS||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)||200 lb (91 kg)||N/A||Jan 15, 2008|
|Scout: Rivals: ESPN grade: 82|
|Oroville, CA||Butte||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)||200 lb (91 kg)||4.38||Jan 27, 2008|
|Garland, TX||Garland HS||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)||285 lb (129 kg)||5.22||Jun 7, 2007|
|Scout: Rivals: ESPN grade: 77|
|R. J. Washington
|Keller, TX||Fossil Ridge HS||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)||242 lb (110 kg)||4.78||Nov 26, 2006|
|Scout: Rivals: ESPN grade: 87|
|Tulsa, OK||Union HS||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)||190 lb (86 kg)||N/A||Jun 24, 2007|
|Scout: Rivals: ESPN grade: 45|
|Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 13 Rivals: 5|
|August 30||6:00 PM||Chattanooga*||#4||Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, OK||FSN PPV||W 57-2||84,715|
|September 6||2:30 PM||Cincinnati*||#4||Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, OK||ABC||W 52-26||84,476|
|September 13||6:45 PM||Washington*||#3||Husky Stadium • Seattle, WA||ESPN||W 55-14||67,716|
|September 27||6:00 PM||#24 TCU*||#2||Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, OK||FSN||W 35-10||85,158|
|October 4||11:30 AM||at Baylor||#1||Floyd Casey Stadium • Waco, TX||FSN||W 49-17||37,145|
|October 11||11:00 AM||vs. #5 Texas||#1||Cotton Bowl • Dallas, TX (Red River Rivalry)||ABC||L 35-45||92,182|
|October 18||2:30 PM||#16 Kansas||#4||Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, OK||ABC||W 45-31||85,241|
|October 25||11:30 AM||at Kansas State||#4||Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium • Manhattan, KS||FSN||W 58-35||47,054|
|November 1||7:00 PM||Nebraska||#4||Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, OK (Rivlary)||ESPN||W 62-28||85,212|
|November 8||2:30 PM||at Texas A&M||#6||Kyle Field • College Station, TX||ABC||W 66-28||85,603|
|November 22||7:00 PM||#2 Texas Tech||#5||Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, OK||ABC||W 65-21||85,646|
|November 29||7:00 PM||at #11 Oklahoma State||#3||Boone Pickens Stadium • Stillwater, OK (Bedlam Game)||ABC||W 61-41||49,031|
|December 6||7:00 PM||vs. #19 Missouri||#4||Arrowhead Stadium • Kansas City, MO (Big 12 Championship)||ABC||W 62-21||71,004|
|January 8||7:00 PM||vs. #1 Florida*||#2||Dolphin Stadium • Miami Gardens, FL (BCS Championship Game)||FOX||L 14-24||78,468|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.|
|(as of 30 July 2007)|
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. Before accepting this job, he also interviewed for the opening at Washington State University.
Offensive Coordinator Kevin Wilson interviewed and was considered a finalist for the opening at the University of Southern Mississippi. That opening ended up going to Wilson's counterpart at Oklahoma State University, Larry Fedora.
|Bob Stoops||Head Coach||10|
|Brent Venables||Associate Head Coach
|Bobby Jack Wright||Assistant Head Coach
|Kevin R. Wilson||Offensive Coordinator
|Jay Norvell||Asst. Offensive Coord.
|Cale Gundy||Recruiting Coordinator
|James Patton||Offensive Line||3|
|Jackie Shipp||Defensive Line||10|
|Chris Wilson||Defensive Ends||4|
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.
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.
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 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 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.
Texas (Red River Rivalry)
This game marked the 103rd meeting of the Red River Rivalry, which has been called one of the greatest sports rivalries. It's the longest active rivalry for the Longhorns, 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. Prior to the 2008 game, Texas led the series 58–39–5.
One of the annual traditions done by the two schools before the game is the running of game balls by the schools' Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs. Each school's ROTC program uses a relay running system to run one game ball all the way from their respective campus to Dallas. Once there, they participate against each other in a football scrimmage, with the winner taking home a rivalry trophy and bragging rights.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 and Oklahoma first played in 1992. 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. Under head coach Bob Stoops, the Sooners had lost only two games at home. The Sooners were 7-point favorites.
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. 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.
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).
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.
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. Sports columnists had also predicted that the quarterback of the winning team would be the front runner for the Heisman Trophy. 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)
|#11 Oklahoma State||3||10||13||15||41|
Missouri (Big 12 Championship Game)
Florida (BCS Championship Game)
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Scores by quarter
2009 NFL Draft
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.
|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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