Sooner football ahead at the half
Michelle Gray, The Oklahoma Daily
The Sooners balance seems back tonight against Texas A&M. At halftime the Sooners lead the Aggies 42-10.
The Sooners defense started the game off with a bang and gave the offense a seven point cushion before even stepping onto the field. On Texas A&M’s opening drive, Sooners defensive linemen Frank Alexander forced a fumble and was recovered by cornerback Brian Jackson for a 53 yard touchdown putting the Sooners up 7-0 early.
On the offensive side of the ball, it has been a better story for the Sooners. It took the Sooners a few series before they were able to get anything going. With five minutes left in the first quarter wide receiver Ryan Broyles ran a reverse hand-off for a 25 yard touchdown. It was Broyles first rushing touchdown of his career and gave the Sooners a 14-0 lead.
On the Aggies ensuing drive they were able to put a ten play drive together that resulted in a field goal making the score 14-3.
As the Sooners tried to answer back, quarterback Landry Jones threw an interception deep in Sooner territory which was returned to the Sooners six. The Aggies were able to capitalize with a nine yard touchdown pass on third and nine. The first quarter ended with the score 14-10.
It has been two different stories for Jones in first half. He started slow in the first quarter but went off in the second quarter. He finishes the first half throwing for 175 yards 16-26 passing with 3 touchdowns and an interception.
The Sooners special teams showed up in the second quarter as linebacker Keenan Clayton recovered a muff punt giving the Sooners a first down on the Aggies 22 yard line. After a pair of false start penalties the Sooners were still able to get a touchdown. Jones connected with; yep you guessed it, the Sooners offensive spark Broyles for his second touchdown of the first half. The touchdown put the Sooners up 21-10.
Penalties have also played factor for both teams tonight, both teams have combined for a total of 15 penalties for 119 yards.
Late in the second quarter Jones connected with Broyles again for another big gain and the Sooners were able to convert for their third offensive touchdown of the night. The drive was capped off by a 6 yard touchdown run by Brown.
With three minutes left in the second quarter the Sooners tacked on one more touchdown, this time it was a screen pass to Murray who took it 36 yards for the touchdown, making the score 35-10.
On the ensuing kick-off the Aggies fumbled and the Sooners recovered. The Sooners offense stuck again, Jones connected with receiver Adron Tennell. The Sooners outscored the Aggies 28-0 in the second quarter.
The Sooners go into the half leading the Aggies 42-10