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Sooners Roll Over Louisiana Tech 48-16 in Opener

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Oklahoma scored on their first three possessions in their season opener against Louisiana Tech, and beat the Bulldogs 48-16 Saturday night in Norman.

OU marched 70 yards in 8 plays on their opening drive, capping it with a 22-yard touchdown run by Keith Ford to make it 7-0 Sooners.

Oklahoma's next drive was five plays and 54 yards, with Trevor Knight passing to Sterling Shepard for a 16-yard touchdown to make it 14-0.

Knight finished 19 of 34 passing for 253 yards.

The Sooners got the ball back by blocking a Louisiana Tech field goal attempt, as Zack Sanchez blocked the attempt, and Eric Striker scooped it up for OU, returning it to the Bulldog 42.

It took OU seven plays to score from there, with Ford scoring from five yards out to put the Sooners on top 21-0.

Ford had 51 yards rushing on nine carries, and also caught 4 passes for 65 yards.

The Oklahoma defense got things going early in the second quarter, as Sanchez picked off a Cody Sokol pass at the Louisiana Tech 46-yard line.

That set up a 39-yard field goal by Michael Hunnicutt to give OU a 24-0 lead.

Late in the second quarter Oklahoma went on a 72-yard drive in 11 plays, capped by a one-yard touchdown run by Alex Ross, putting the Sooners in front 31-0.

Ross had 11 carries for 36 yards.

The Bulldogs got on the scoreboard late in the first half when Jonathan Barnes kicked a 36-yard field goal to make the halftime score 31-3.

OU took the opening possession of the second half and marched 75 yards in 5 plays, with Alex Ross scoring from 8 yards out to make it 38-3 Sooners.

Oklahoma's second possession of the half also ended in a score, with Hunnicutt kicking a 37-yard field goal to give OU a 41-3 lead.

Louisiana Tech finished off a drive early in the fourth quarter to get their first touchdown, as Cody Sokol passed to Kenneth Dixon for a 6-yard score to cut the Sooners' lead to 41-10.

On the ensuing kickoff, Ross returned it 80 yards to the Tech 14-yard line.

Two plays later, Semaje Perine scored on a 7-yard touchdown run to extend OU's lead back to 38 at 48-10.

Perine had 13 carries for 77 yards in his Sooner debut.

Oklahoma threatened to score later in the fourth quarter, but Knight had a pass intercepted deep in Tech territory.

The Bulldogs closed the scoring on a 22-yard touchdown pass from Cody Sokol to Trent Taylor with under a minute to play.

The extra point was blocked, and the Sooners won 48-16.

It was Bob Stoops' 200th career game as OU head coach, and his 161st win, the second most wins in the first 200 games of a head coaching career, trailing only former Penn State coach Joe Paterno.

OU will visit Tulsa Saturday, Sept. 6th at 11:00 am.