Stillwater News Press

September 3, 2011

No. 1 Oklahoma opens season with win over Tulsa

By John Shinn
CNHI News Service

NORMAN, Okla. — Oklahoma played like college football's top-ranked team Saturday.

There wasn't a phase it didn't dominate in its season-opening 47-14 romp over Tulsa at Owen Field.

Landry Jones threw for 375 yards and a touchdown. Ryan Broyles had 14 catches for 158 yards. Walk-on running back Dominique Whaley rushed for 131 yards on 18 carries and scored four touchdowns.

Offense, however, wasn't where the Sooners had questions entering the season. No one seriously believed they would have problems scoring points. Stopping them was the question.

It was met with a pretty definitive answer. The Sooners' defense dominated the game.

Tulsa quarterback G.J. Kinne threw for 271 yards and a pair of touchdowns. But over 150 of his passing yards came on three plays — a 69-yard pass to Willie Carter, a 56-yard touchdown pass to Bryan Burnham and a 24-yard touchdown pass to Trey Watts.

The Sooners also sacked Kinne threw times and picked him off once.

The performance ended a streak of season opening duds that stretched back to 2009. OU lost to BYU, 14-13, to start the 2009 season. It eked by Utah State, 31-24, to open last year.

John Shinn writes for The Norman Transcript.