Sooners Rout Western Carolina 76-0

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Oklahoma’s football team beat Western Carolina 76-0 at Owen Field in Norman on Saturday night for their largest win margin and most points since 2003.

The win margin tied the third largest in the last 100 years of Sooner football, and was the biggest rout since beating Texas A&M 77-0 in 2003.

OU outgained the Catamounts 624-178 in total yards.

The Sooners scored on their first seven possessions to take control right from the start.

Western Carolina got the ball first and had to punt after six plays.

The Sooners then marched 70 yards in 8 plays, with Spencer Rattler passing to Jadon Haselwood for a 7-yard touchdown to give OU a 7-0 lead with 10:28 to play in the first quarter.

OU’s defense forced a punt on a three-and-out possession, then added to their lead as Gabe Brkic kicked a 56-yard field goal to give the Sooners a 10-0 lead with 6:56 left in the first quarter.

It was the fourth field goal of at least 50 yards this season for Brkic.

After another three-and-out for WCU, Oklahoma marched quickly to another touchdown.

Rattler passed to Brayden Willis for 23 yards, then to Eric Gray for a 20-yard touchdown to extend the Sooner lead to 17-0 with 5:04 left in the first quarter.

Oklahoma completed their fourth straight scoring drive on the first play of the second quarter, with Kennedy Brooks running it in from a yard out to make it 24-0 Sooners with 14:57 to play in the second quarter.

OU got the ball back on downs, as Ethan Downs made a tackle for a loss of two yards on 4th and 2 at the WCU 31-yard line.

It took the Sooners just four plays to punch it in, with Rattler passing to Michael Woods for a 4-yard touchdown to make it 31-0 OU with 12:58 to play in the first half.

The Oklahoma defense got the ball back after another three-and-out, then the Sooners marched 78 yards in 10 plays, with Rattler passing to Mario Williams for a 10-yard touchdown to make it 38-0 OU with 8:11 to play in the second quarter.

OU’s defense got the ball back on downs, and the Sooners went 60 yards in 7 plays, with Rattler passing to Haselwood for a 6-yard touchdown to make it 45-0 with 1:54 to play in the first half.

Rattler finished 20-for-26 passing for 235 yards and 5 touchdowns.

OU held WCU to 68 total yards in the first half.

Oklahoma got the ball to start the second half and went 75 yards in 8 plays, this time with Caleb Williams at quarterback.

Williams had a run of 59 yards, which set up a one-yard touchdown run by Jaden Knowles to make it 52-0 Sooners with 11:52 to play in the third quarter.

OU forced another Catamount punt after just three downs, then scored again with a 46-yard field goal by Zach Schmitt to make it 55-0 Sooners with 8:15 to play in the third quarter.

Oklahoma’s defense got the ball back on a turnover as Calvin Jones fumbled and Bryson Washington recovered for OU at the 50-yard line.

OU converted it into points in just two plays and a penalty, with Knowles scoring on a 29-yard touchdown run to make it 62-0 Sooners with 3:43 to play in the third quarter.

After another three-down possession for WCU, Oklahoma got a big play to end the third quarter, with Williams passing to Knowles for a gain of 57 yards to the Catamount 15-yard line.

Two plays later, Todd Hudson scored on a 6-yard touchdown run to make it 69-0 Oklahoma with 10:42 to play in the fourth quarter.

The two teams agreed to play just 12 minutes in the fourth quarter.

Western Carolina gave the ball back on a turnover, as Ethan Downs stripped it from Carlos Davis and Shane Whitter recovered for OU at their own 15-yard line.

The Sooners had to punt on that possession, but got the ball back when Washington intercepted Davis and returned it 37 yards to the Catamount 25-yard line.

It took OU six plays to convert it into points, with Hudson scoring on a 3-yard touchdown run to make it 76-0 Sooners with 1:36 to play.

OU won their 10th straight game and improved to 2-0.

The Sooners host Nebraska next Saturday at 11:00 am.

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