Sooners Roll Past UCLA at Rose Bowl

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Oklahoma’s football team cruised to a 48-14 win over UCLA at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, on Saturday. OU quarterback Jalen Hurts once again led the Sooners, passing for 289 yards and three touchdowns and rushing for 150 and a score. The Sooners got the ball first and marched quickly to a score, with Jalen Hurts picking up 52 yards on a run on the first snap of the game, then scoring from 30 yards on a 4th and 3, giving OU a 7-0 lead with 12:24 to play in the first quarter. Hurts had 150 yards rushing on 14 carries. Oklahoma forced a UCLA punt, then settled for a 22-yard field goal by Calum Sutherland to make it 10-0 with 5:49 to play in the first quarter. Following a Bruin 3-and-out, Oklahoma got in the end zone again, with Hurts throwing to CeeDee Lamb for a 39-yard touchdown to cap a 69-yard drive in three plays and it was 17-0 Sooners with 3:31 to play in the first quarter. The Bruins responded with their first offensive success of the game, with Dorian Thompson-Robinson zipping a pass to Kyle Phillips for a 13-yard touchdown to cap a 75-yard drive in nine plays, and it was 17-7 Sooners with 13:49 to play in the second quarter. The Sooners responded with a 32-yard field goal from Sutherland to extend the lead to 20-7 with 9:25 to play in the first half. Oklahoma got in the end zone again on their next possession, with Hurts passing to Charleston Rambo for a 48-yard touchdown to cap a 70-yard, 7-play drive and it was 27-7 OU with 4:11 to play in the first half. Rambo had 5 catches for 116 yards. Oklahoma’s defense got a turnover on the ensuing possession, with Tre Brown intercepting Thompson-Robinson at the UCLA 36-yard line. The Sooners then turned the turnover into points, with Lamb scoring on a 1-yard touchdown on a reverse to make it 34-7 OU with 1:01 to play in the second quarter. Hurts had 206 yards passing and 141 rushing in the first half,Β  the first Sooner to ever have at least 200 yards passing and 100 yards rushing in a half. Hurts finished 15-for-20 passing for 289 yards. UCLA got the ball to start the second half and drove for nearly half the third quarter, a 75-yard drive in 14 plays, with Thompson-Robinson passing to Jaylen Erwin for an 8-yard touchdown to cut the OU lead to 34-14 with 7:34 to play in the third quarter. After an OU punt, the Sooners stopped the Bruins on downs, then went 57 yards on a drive to get their first second half score, with Hurts passing to Rambo for a 39-yard touchdown to give Oklahoma a 41-14 lead with 27 seconds left in the third quarter. UCLA got in position for a field goal attempt early in the fourth quarter, but J.J. Molson missed a 36-yard attempt wide right. Oklahoma responded by marching 80 yards in 13 plays, with Rhamondre Stevenson scoring from a yard out to make it 48-14 Sooners with 6:15 to play. This was OU’s sixth meeting against UCLA and third in Pasadena. Oklahoma has won 21 straight true road games. Oklahoma improves to 3-and-0 on the season. The Sooners will have next weekend off, then open Big 12 play on September 28 at home against Texas Tech.        

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