Murray, Defense Lead Way in Sooner Rout of UCLA

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Oklahoma's football team got another big game from quarterback Kyler Murray and an impressive defensive effort to beat UCLA 49-21 on Owen Field in Norman on Saturday.

Murray accounted for 375 yards of total offense, throwing for three touchdowns and rushing for two more.

Murray was 19 for 33 passing for 306 yards, and rushed 10 times for 69 yards.

After both teams were forced to punt on their first possessions, UCLA struck first, using a big play to set up their first touchdown.

Dorrian Thompson-Robinson passed to  Caleb Wilson for a gain of 63 yards, setting up a three-yard touchdown run by Bolo Olorunfummi to make it 7-0 Bruins midway through the first quarter.

Wilson is the son of former OU linebacker Chris Wilson.

The Sooners responded with a big special teams play, as Tre Brown returned the ensuing kickoff 85 yards to the UCLA 12.

That set up Rodney Anderson's 2-yard touchdown to tie the game 7-7 with 7:20 to play in the first quarter.

OU's defense forced a three-and-out from UCLA, getting sacks by Brown and Kenneth Murray.

Oklahoma's offense then answered, with Kyler Murray passing to Marquise Brown for a 58-yard touchdown on 3rd and 14 to put the Sooners on top for the first time, 14-7 with 3:17 left in the first quarter.

Between quarters, running back Rodney Anderson had to leave the game to have his right leg examined.

He did not return to the game, but did return to the sidelines with a knee brace on his right leg.

After the game head coach Lincoln Riley said OU isn't sure yet how serious the injury is.

On the first play of the second quarter, Murray kept for a 10-yard touchdown to give the Sooners a 21-7 lead.

It stayed that score for the rest of the first half, as UCLA stopped OU on a 4th and 1 at their own 25-yard line.

Both teams were forced to punt on their opening possessions of the second half, then OU put together a scoring drive of 80 yards in 8 plays, with Marcelias Sutton scoring from 11 yards out to extend OU's lead to 28-7 with 7:34 to play in the third quarter.

After forcing another UCLA punt after three downs, OU's CeeDee Lamb returned the punt 66 yards to the Bruins' 11-yard line.

Two plays later, Murray found A.D. Miller in the end zone for a 10-yard touchdown to make it 35-7 Sooners with 5:19 to play in the third quarter.

OU's next drive ended in an interception as Murray went deep, but was picked off by Darnell Holmes at the UCLA 25-yard line.

Oklahoma completed another scoring drive early in the fourth quarter, as Murray went over the top to Lamb, who reeled in the pass with a defender draped on him for a 35-yard touchdown to extend the Sooners lead to 42-7 with 13:27 to play in the fourth quarter.

Lamb caught seven passes for 146 yards

The Bruins finally got their offense going again, with Thompson-Robinson throwing deep to Theo Howard for a gain of 45 yards to the OU one-yard line.

Two plays later, Olorunfunmi scored from two yards out to cut Oklahoma's lead to 42-14 with 11:11 to play.

Oklahoma responded with a 65-yard, six play drive, with Murray cruising into the end zone from two yards out to cap the drive and make it 49-14 Sooners with 7:40 to play.

UCLA then responded with a methodical, 13-play, 85-yard drive, with Thompson-Robinson finding Michael Ezeike for a 9-yard touchdown to make it 49-21 with 3:44 left.

OU outgained UCLA 485-388 in total yards.

This was the fifth meeting between the two schools and the third in Norman.

OU is 4-1 vs. UCLA and has won all three meetings in Norman.

OKC Thunder star Russell Westbrook, plus former Sooner basketball stars Buddy Hield and Trae Young were among those in attendance.

Oklahoma improves to 2-0 and will open Big 12 play next Saturday at 11:00 am at Iowa State.

UCLA drops to 0-2.


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