Sooners Bury Miners to Open Lincoln Riley Era

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Oklahoma's football team began the Lincoln Riley era Saturday afternoon,  beating Texas-El Paso 56-7 at Owen Field in Norman.

Eight different players scored OU's eight touchdowns and Heisman Trophy contender Baker Mayfield only played one half in the rout.

The Sooners got the ball first and easily marched to a touchdown, going 76 yards in six plays, with Rodney Anderson scoring from 2 yards out to cap the drive.

The big play on the drive was a 34-yard pass from Baker Mayfield to Abdul Adams, who got the start at running back for OU.

UTEP immediately answered, with running back Walter Dawn getting big yards on back-to-back plays, first a 29-yard run to the Sooner 17, then finishing the scoring drive with a 17-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 7 with 8:40 to play in the first quarter.

Oklahoma regained the lead on the next possession, going 75 yards in eight plays, with senior running back Dimitri Flowers scoring his first career rushing touchdown on a 3-yard run to make it 14-7 Sooners with 3:56 to play in the first quarter.

Oklahoma extended the lead in the second quarter with a 92-yard drive, with three big plays to finish the drive.

Mayfield passed to Mark Andrews for 26, then to CeeDee Lamb for 19, then to freshman tight end Grant Calcaterra, who made a leaping grab for a 16-yard touchdown to give the Sooners a 21-7 lead with 9:48 to play in the second quarter.

Oklahoma added to the lead on their next possession, with Mayfield finding Kentucky transfer receiver Jeff Badet for 19 yards on the first play, then two plays later, going deep to Badet, who made a leaping catch for a gain of 51 to the Miners' 5-yard line.

From there, Mayfield lobbed a pass over the middle to Mark Andrews for a 5-yard touchdown and a 28-7 Sooners lead with 6:36 to play in the first half.

Andrews caught 7 passes for 134 yards.

OU built the lead on their next possession.

Mayfield passed to Andrews for a gain of 45, then the Sooners capped the drive as Mayfield found CeeDee Lamb in the back of the end zone for a 4-yard touchdown to give Oklahoma a 35-7 lead with 1:46 left in the first half.

Mayfield completed his first 16 passes and finished the first half 19 for 20 for 329 yards and three touchdowns.

Kyler Murray came in at quarterback to start the second half for OU, but a penalty hindered the drive and the Sooners punted after three downs.

On Murray's second possession, he led Oklahoma to another score, finding Lee Morris down the sideline for a 43-yard touchdown, extending the Sooners' lead to 42-7 with 7:52 to play in the third quarter.

Murray's third possession also resulted in a Sooner touchdown, with Jaxon Uhles powering in from a yard out after a 15-yard pickup by Badet on a shovel pass.

It built the Sooner lead to 49-7 with 1:02 to play in the third quarter.

Oklahoma's next possession came in the fourth quarter and led to a third straight touchdown, with Marcelias Sutton scoring from a yard out to extend the Sooners' lead to 56-7 with 10:20 to play in the game.

Riley took over the head coaching job after 18 seasons with Bob Stoops leading the Sooners.

OU has won 11 straight games, the longest winning streak in the nation.

The Sooners have won 12 straight home openers as well.

Oklahoma visits 2nd-ranked Ohio State next Saturday night at 6:30 pm at Ohio Stadium in Columbus.




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