Oklahoma moved to 2-0 on the season by blowout fashion. The Sooners pounded Western Carolina 76-0 in what served as the official home opener for the season. Here are some of the notes and individual accomplishments that you may not have noticed.
• Oklahoma’s 76 points tied for the fifth-most in program history and were the most since a 79-10 win over North Texas in the 2007 season opener.
• The 76-point margin of victory tied for the second-largest in school history. OU also won by a score of 76-0 against Kansas State in 1942. The largest victory margin in school history is 77 points, which has been done twice (77-0 vs. Texas A&M in 2003 and 77-0 vs. Missouri in 1986).
• The win was the Sooners’ 10th straight, good for the second-longest streak in the country. This is Oklahoma’s 14th win streak of 10 or more games in its history. • Oklahoma scored points on its first 11 possessions of the game (nine touchdowns and two field goals) before punting with 6:07 remaining in the fourth quarter. It was OU’s first punt of the season.
• This was only the second time since the NCAA began tracking statistics in 1937 that the Sooners have punted once over a two-game span. The only other occurrence was in 2018 (zero punts vs. Kansas and one vs. West Virginia).
• The Sooners recovered two fumbles Saturday night and have five fumble recoveries through their first two games. The last time OU recovered five fumbles over two games was in 2008 (recovered three fumbles vs. Washington and two vs. TCU). OU recovered three fumbles all of last season.
• OU has scored at least 27 points in a school-record 65 consecutive contests.
• OU averaged 8.2 yards per play to WCU’s 2.8.
• Seven different Sooners scored a touchdown against Western Carolina. WR Jadon Haselwood, RB Jaden Knowles and RB Todd Hudson each scored two TDs.
• Thirteen Sooners caught at least one pass in the game. That is the most players with a reception since 2019 vs. Kansas (also 13).
• Oklahoma scored 45 points in a half for the 18th time in program history.
• Completed 20 of 26 passes for 243 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions (218.9 passer rating), all in the first half.
• He is only the second Sooner QB to throw five TD passes in one half. The other was Jason White vs. Texas A&M in a 77-0 win over Texas A&M in 2003 (also first half).
• Made a 56-yard field goal (tied career long) for the second straight game. It was his school-record ninth career field goal of 50 or more yards (next most is four) and nation-leading eighth since the start of the 2020 season. It also marked his school-record-setting 15th career field goal of 40 or more yards (broke a tie with R.D. Lashar).
• Notched his 20th career rushing touchdown on a 1-yard run on the first play of the second quarter. He has scored a rushing TD in both games this season and in five straight contests overall.
• Registered his first career sack at Oklahoma during the first quarter. He finished with two tackles.
• The true freshman registered his first career tackle for loss on a fourth-down play in the second quarter. He later notched his first career forced fumble and finished the game with two solo stops.
• Scored his first touchdown as a Sooner on a 20-yard first-quarter reception from Rattler.
• He also notched team highs of nine carries and 74 rushing yards, all in the first half.
• Scored touchdowns on receptions of 7 and 6 yards in the first half (had four catches for 19 yards). He notched his second career receiving touchdown on a 7-yard play on OU’s opening drive. It was his first TD since the 2019 season.
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• Scored his first two career touchdowns on rushes of 6 and 2 yards in the fourth quarter. He rushed nine times for 25 yards in the game. Entering Saturday night, he had eight career rushes for 20 yards (over two games during the 2020 season).
• In his first career game at OU, scored two rushing touchdowns on runs of 1 and 29 yards. He totaled 37 rushing yards on four carries (average of 9.3 yards per rush) and caught two passes for 65 yards. His 57-yard reception is OU’s longest of the season.
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