Sooners Cruise to Easy Win in Home Opener
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.