Sooners Cruise to Easy Win in Home Opener

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Oklahoma’s football team played its home opener and made its debut in newly renovated OU Memorial Stadium on Saturday, September 10, and rolled to 59-17 win over Louisiana-Monroe.

A crowd of 87,037, the largest to see a sporting event in the state of Oklahoma, watched the game, including OKC Thunder star Russell Westbrook, who briefly wore a Brian Bosworth #44 jersey on the sideline.

The Sooners got the ball first and went 75 yards in 6 plays to a touchdown, with  Baker Mayfield passing  to Mark Andrews for a 39-yard score to make it 7-0.

After getting the ball back on downs, OU then went 64 yards in 7 plays, with Mayfield passing to Dimitri Flowers for an 8-yard touchdown and a 14-0 lead with 8:17 to play in the first quarter.

OU forced a ULM punt and then went on an 8-play, 60-yard drive, with Samaje Perine scoring from a yard out to extend the lead to 21-0 with 3:07 left in the first quarter.

Early in the second quarter, OU scored again with Jarvis Baxter going 40 yards on an end around for a touchdown and a 28-0 Sooners lead with 14:49 left in the first half.

Oklahoma’s next possession resulted in a punt, but the one after that resulted in another score in just one play.

Mayfield threw to Nick Basquine for a 62-yard touchdown, extending the Sooners’ lead to 35-0 with 9:17 to play in the second quarter.

Late in the first half, OU added to the lead with a 5-play, 50-yard drive, capped by a 5-yard touchdown run by Samaje Perine to make it 42-0 Sooners with 1:03 to play in the half.

ULM struck for a big play on the opening possession of the second half, as Garrett Smith passed deep to R.J. Turner for a 73-yard touchdown to make it 42-7 Sooners with 13:41 to play in the third quarter.

Austin Kendall came in to play quarterback in the second half, and led OU to a field goal on his opening drive.

Austin Seibert kicked a 39-yard field goal to make it 45-7 with 9:37 left in the third quarter.

The Warhawks immediately responded, as Smith passed to Alec Osborne, who broke a tackle and went 43 yards for a touchdown to cut the OU lead to 45-14 with 7:50 to play in the third quarter.

ULM’s next possession resulted in a 42-yard field goal from Craig Ford to make it 45-17 Sooners with 3:06 left in the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Kendall threw his first touchdown pass as a collegian, lobbing a 3-yard touchdown pass to A.D. Miller to extend the Sooner lead to 52-17 with 9:26 to play.

OU’s defense got the ball back quickly, as Neville Gallimore got a sack and caused a fumble, recovered by Ricky DeBerry at the ULM 10-yard line.

Kendall then passed over the middle to Jeffery Mead for a 6-yard touchdown to make it 59-17 Sooners with 7:01 left.

The Sooners are 17-1 in home openers under head coach Bob Stoops.

OU hosts Ohio State next Saturday, September 17, at 6:30.