Murray doesn’t run, but shines as a passer at Pro Day
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Kyler Murray didn't run the 40-yard dash at Oklahoma's pro day.
The people around him figure it's common knowledge he has blazing speed, so the Heisman Trophy-winning...
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — A.D. Miller, the Oklahoma receiver who had committed to leave for Illinois, has chosen to stay with the Sooners.
Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley made the announcement...
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley on Wednesday ripped the criticism of former Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray by a NFL Network analyst.
Oklahoma football coach Riley’s salary jumps to $6 million
Oklahoma football coach Lincoln Riley's salary jumped to $6 million and he had his contract extended a year, through the 2023 season.
Riley and Oklahoma's Board of Regents agreed in principle to the extension and salary increase earlier in the month, and the board approved the numbers at their meeting on Wednesday.
Boomer Sooner: Tide QB Jalen Hurts transferring to Oklahoma
Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley could not help but admire Jalen Hurts from a distance.
Oklahoma hires Alex Grinch as defensive coordinator
Oklahoma has hired Ohio State co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Alex Grinch as defensive coordinator.
The school made the announcement on Friday.
Grinch spent three years as defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Washington State under Mike Leach from 2015-17 and turned a unit that ranked 99th nationally the season before he arrived into one that ranked 16th overall and ninth in pass defense in 2017.
Oklahoma, coach Lincoln Riley agree to contract extension
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma and Lincoln Riley have agreed to a contract extension, which should quell speculation about the second-year coach being lured away by an NFL team.
Oklahoma announced Tuesday that contract terms were being finalized and would be subject to approval by the board of regents late this month.
Rattler, Kendall likely next from Oklahoma’s QB factory
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley recalls an odd request from fellow assistant Tim Kish a few years ago.
Kish asked Riley, then Oklahoma's offensive coordinator, to watch film of a high school freshman quarterback.
Riley was taken aback, but it didn't take long to see what Kish saw in Spencer Rattler.
Power Transfer: Why Georgia QB Fields could make big move?
Georgia quarterback Justin Fields is on the transfer market, a move that could have a huge impact on and off the field.
On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, USA Today's Dan Wolken join AP's Ralph Russo to discuss why Fields is looking to move on and why the freshman might have a good chance to receive a waiver to play immediately for another team.
NFL could come calling for Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Watch any NFL telecast that involves a struggling team, and Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley likely will be mentioned as a potential candidate for that coaching job.
It makes sense. In just 18 months since replacing Bob Stoops, Riley's high-powered offenses have produced Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks Kyler Murray and Baker Mayfield and led the way to two College Football Playoff berths. Riley's Sooners face Alabama on Dec. 29 in a national semifinal at the Orange Bowl.
Murray the Big 12 offensive player of year, OU’s 4th in row
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray is the unanimous pick for The Associated Press Big 12 offensive player of the year, the fourth consecutive season a player from the conference champion Sooners has won the honor.
Kelly relishes Irish role as playoff ‘new kids on the block’
ATLANTA (AP) — Sitting beside Nick Saban, Lincoln Riley and Dabo Swinney at a gathering of the College Football Playoff coaches, Notre Dame's Brian Kelly referred to his team as "the new kids on the block."
The description fit. Saban has guided No. 1 Alabama, the defending champion, to its fifth straight playoff. Swinney and Clemson are making their fourth straight appearance. Riley's Oklahoma team is in the playoff for the third time in four years.
Mayfield believes OU’s Riley ready for coaching jump to NFL
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Baker Mayfield isn't campaigning for Lincoln Riley.
The rookie quarterback isn't dismissing the possibility his former coach joins him in Cleveland either.
Mayfield said Wednesday that he believes Riley is prepared to move from Oklahoma into the NFL, but he would also understand if the 35-year-old wants to remain at one of college football's most successful programs.
Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray posts season to remember
WHO: Kyler Murray
YEAR/POSITION/SCHOOL: Junior, QB, Oklahoma
BIO: First-round Major League Baseball pick by the Oakland Athletics chose to return to campus and play football. Started his college football career at Texas A&M before transferring. Backed up Heisman winner Baker Mayfield last year.
KEY STATS: Passed for 4,053 yards and 40 touchdowns with just seven interceptions; rushed for 892 yards and 11 scores. His 205.7 passer rating would be the best in FBS history.
Oklahoma is in: Sooners snag 4th spot in playoff semifinals
Faced with a tricky choice, the College Football Playoff selection committee played it safe and fell back on some simple criteria: One loss is better than two. Winning a conference championship is better than not. Go with the team that avoided getting blown out.
Oklahoma is in the playoff over Georgia and Ohio State, moving into the fourth and final spot Sunday after the Sooners avenged their only loss by winning the Big 12 championship against Texas.
Orange Bowl gets an Alabama-Oklahoma CFP matchup
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Alabama was the easy pick. Oklahoma was the difficult choice.
They're on equal footing now.
Top-seeded Alabama (13-0) will continue its quest for a second consecutive national championship in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 29, when the Crimson Tide will take on the fourth-seeded Sooners (12-1) — who got to the College Football Playoff semifinals on the strength of their Big 12 championship win over Texas.
CFP hopeful No. 5 Oklahoma beats No. 9 Texas for Big 12
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Kyler Murray had another Heisman Trophy-worthy performance, Oklahoma's much-maligned defense made some big key plays and the fifth-ranked Sooners won yet another conference title.
Now the 12-time Big 12 champions wait to find out if all that is good enough to get back into the College Football Playoff.
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Oklahoma has 4th All-Big 12 top offensive player in a row
IRVING, Texas (AP) — Oklahoma has the Big 12's top offensive player for the fourth season in a row.
Sooners junior quarterback Kyler Murray was selected as the offensive player of the year when the Big 12 Conference released its postseason awards Wednesday. The awards are determined by the 10 league coaches who couldn't vote for their own players.
No. 5 Oklahoma’s explosive offense carries shaky defense
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma's offense is statistically one of the best in college football history.
It still might not be good enough to get the Sooners a Big 12 title or a slot in the College Football Playoff.
Coach Lincoln Riley's team leads the nation in total offense and scoring offense. The Sooners average 8.9 yards per play, ahead of the FBS record of 8.6 set by Hawaii in 2006, and they have scored at least 45 points in eight straight games.
Slugfest: No. 6 Oklahoma outlasts No. 12 WVU 59-56
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — No. 6 Oklahoma has been scoffed at for handing points and yards to opponents like presents, and it wasn't any different against No. 12 West Virginia. Yet a couple of defensive gems now have the Sooners playing for their fourth straight Big 12 championship.
Oklahoma scored two defensive touchdowns to support another brilliant performance by Kyler Murray and the Sooners beat No. 12 West Virginia 59-56 Friday night to earn a spot in next week's title game.
Oklahoma wishbone legends laud Murray’s running ability
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma wishbone masters Jamelle Holieway and Charles Thompson get nostalgic when they watch Kyler Murray bring an electric quarterback run element to coach Lincoln Riley's Air Raid offense.
Oklahoma keeps finding ways in 15-game November win streak
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — There might be something to Oklahoma's "Championship November" mantra.
The Sooners have won 15 consecutive November games dating to the 2014 season. They already have won two games this November heading into Saturday's game against Kansas.
Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray on record pace by spreading wealth
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Many of Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray's best attributes are obvious.
His powerful arm helped him get selected in the first round of the Major League Baseball draft as an outfielder. His speed has helped make him the second-leading rusher for the sixth-ranked Sooners. His ability to bounce back from mistakes has sparked rallies against Texas and Texas Tech.
Kyler Murray needs win at Texas Tech to keep OU on track
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — What figures to be Kyler Murray's one-and-done attempt to get No. 7 Oklahoma back to the College Football Playoff will require a win in an atmosphere significantly more hostile because of a prime-time kickoff.
Oklahoma coach Riley not interested in the NFL right now
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley says he's not interested in the NFL right now.
The question came up at his weekly news conference Monday, the same day the Cleveland Browns fired coach Hue Jackson. The 35-year-old Riley, who led the Sooners to the College Football Playoff last season in his first year as head coach, is considered one of the rising stars in coaching. He got a new five-year, $25 million deal this summer.
Texas Tech’s Air Raid to test McNeill’s Oklahoma defense
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — So far, so good for Ruffin McNeill.
Oklahoma's interim defensive coordinator has looked like a savior the past two weeks while helping a once-struggling unit find its groove. After the Sooners gave up 493 yards to Baylor and 501 to Texas in the two games before firing defensive coordinator Mike Stoops, the Sooners held TCU to 275 yards and Kansas State to 245 in two wins.
Kyler Murray lead No. 8 Oklahoma past Kansas State, 51-14
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma is starting to look like a complete team.
Kyler Murray passed for 352 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score to help No. 8 Oklahoma beat Kansas State 51-14 on Saturday. The Sooners (7-1, 4-1 Big 12) rolled up a season-high 702 total yards and only punted once, and that was in the fourth quarter after Murray was done for the day.
No. 8 Oklahoma wary of Kansas State
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley doesn't care about Kansas State's losing record.
He cares about the Wildcats' last game.
Riley saw plenty to worry about in Kansas State's 31-12 win over Oklahoma State two weeks ago. The Wildcats looked like a typical Bill Snyder-coached team, rushing for 291 yards on 55 carries. Riley feels his eighth-ranked Sooners (6-1, 3-1 Big 12) are in for a battle on Saturday.
Oklahoma-TCU game part of wide-open Big 12 weekend
Some things to know about Week 8 in the Big 12 Conference, when there are only two games on the schedule:
No. 9 Oklahoma seeks reset, better defense vs. TCU
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma can't wait to move on.
The ninth-ranked Sooners want to change course after a 48-45 loss to Texas and the drama that followed when coach Lincoln Riley fired defensive coordinator Mike Stoops . After having a weekend off, Oklahoma is ready to get back on the field Saturday against TCU.
Sooners’ loss leaves Big 12 looking like playoff outsiders
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Oklahoma's chances of reaching college football's playoff may have been washed down the Red River last weekend, and there is a good chance the Big 12's championship aspirations went right with them.
McNeill ready to step in as Oklahoma defensive coordinator
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Ruffin McNeill is more than ready to step in as Oklahoma's interim defensive coordinator.
Oklahoma fires defensive coordinator Mike Stoops
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma fired defensive coordinator Mike Stoops on Monday after the Sooners struggled to stop Texas during their first loss of the season.
Ruffin McNeill, the assistant head coach and defensive tackles coach, will be the defensive coordinator for the rest of the season.
The No. 11 Sooners (5-1) lost 48-45 on Saturday, allowing 501 yards to the Longhorns in Dallas.
Murray throws for 6 TDs as No. 6 Oklahoma routs Baylor 66-33
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Kyler Murray didn't even start Saturday, yet his performance will go down in the Oklahoma history books.
Murray didn't set his alarm clock properly Thursday night so he was late to practice on Friday, meaning he couldn't start against Baylor because of team policy. He sat out the Sooners' first offensive series, then came on to pass for career highs of 432 yards and six touchdowns and helped No. 6 Oklahoma defeat the Bears 66-33. Murray also ran for a touchdown.
No. 6 Oklahoma tries to regain momentum vs. improved Baylor
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma and Baylor once had quite a rivalry brewing.
There are signs it soon could be percolating again.
Baylor was one of the conference's powers in the first half of this decade but fell hard since a sexual assault scandal led to coach Art Briles being fired in 2016. After going 1-11 last season, the Bears are off to a 3-1 start this year in their second season under Matt Rhule.
No. 5 Oklahoma escapes with 28-21 OT win over Army
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma's College Football Playoff hopes were dangerously close to becoming bleak less than a month into the season.
Kyler Murray threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to CeeDee Lamb in overtime, and Parnell Motley intercepted Kelvin Hopkins' fourth-down pass to help the fifth-ranked Sooners escape with a 28-21 victory over Army on Saturday night.
No. 5 Oklahoma learning how to handle Army’s triple option
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — It might be strange for longtime college football fans to imagine that Oklahoma's roster is almost completely unfamiliar with the triple option offense.
Murray and No. 5 Oklahoma hold off Iowa State 37-27
AMES, Iowa (AP) — At times it felt as though it might happen all over again to Oklahoma, which couldn't shake pesky Iowa State for the second consecutive year.
This time the Sooners survived — thanks to an All-America-type performance from their new star quarterback.
Kyler Murray threw for 348 yards and three touchdowns and the fifth-ranked Sooners held off Iowa State 37-27 on Saturday in the Big 12 opener for both teams.
Oklahoma QB Murray’s strong play moves focus from baseball
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — As the season approached, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray often said he wanted to shift the focus back to football.
Sure, he was a first-round Major League Baseball draft pick who signed with the Oakland A's for nearly $5 million this summer. But Murray came back to school to play football, so he evaded baseball questions like sliding to avoid hits.
Talented crew ready to replace injured Oklahoma RB Anderson
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Opportunity has knocked unexpectedly for Oklahoma's stable of talented running backs.
The Sooners lost star Rodney Anderson for the season to a right knee injury against UCLA over the weekend. Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said Anderson might have been the nation's best player the second half of last season — even better than Heisman-winning teammate Baker Mayfield.
Oklahoma RB Rodney Anderson out for season
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma star running back Rodney Anderson is out for the season with a right knee injury.
The school made the announcement in a news release Sunday night.
Anderson got up slowly after a 10-yard run on the final play of the first quarter Saturday against UCLA. The preseason All-Big 12 selection limped off the field on his own, and trainers tended to him before he headed to the locker room.
Oklahoma’s Riley, UCLA’s Kelly to match wits on offense
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma's Lincoln Riley gets a chance to match wits with UCLA's Chip Kelly on Saturday in a game pitting two of the game's more gifted offensive coaches.
Riley took over as coach last year, and the Sooners led the nation in total offense and quarterback Baker Mayfield won the Heisman Trophy. Kelly's offenses at Oregon were among the nation's best and he is back in the college ranks after a stint with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Oklahoma DE Addison Gumbs to transfer
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma defensive end/linebacker Addison Gumbs has chosen to transfer due to personal reasons.
Gumbs, a sophomore from Hayward, California, had eight tackles and a pass breakup in four games last season. The 6-foot-3, 253-pounder was in the mix for a starting job this year but sustained a season-ending knee injury last week. The sixth-ranked Sooners are stocked with young talent at his positions.
Oklahoma walk-on WR Morris earns scholarship after big game
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma walk-on receiver Lee Morris finally is on scholarship.
Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley's Twitter account posted a video showing the announcement in front of the team on Monday night, and Morris posted a response a few minutes later.
Talented freshmen give No. 7 Oklahoma new look on defense
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — New blood helped bring new results for Oklahoma's defense.
Murray leads No. 7 Oklahoma past Florida Atlantic 63-14
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Kyler Murray wasn't worried about replacing Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield as Oklahoma's quarterback.
The junior passed for 209 yards and two touchdowns to lead the seventh-ranked Sooners past Florida Atlantic 63-14 on Saturday.
No. 7 Oklahoma wary of Florida Atlantic RB Singletary
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley knows good offensive talent when he sees it — last season, his Sooners led the nation in total offense and quarterback Baker Mayfield won the Heisman Trophy.
No. 7 Oklahoma faces dangerous Florida Atlantic in opener
Florida Atlantic (11-3 last year) at Oklahoma (12-2), Noon ET (Fox)
Oklahoma WR Marquise Brown more than a speedster this year
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Marquise "Hollywood" Brown showed up to Oklahoma with an exceptional gift that he relied on a bit too much.
Brown was used to blowing by people with his speed, so he kept doing it. The junior college transfer finished with 1,095 yards receiving last season in his first year with the Sooners — the eighth-highest yardage total in school history.