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.
Oklahoma RB Sermon brings stability to unpredictable season
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma running back Trey Sermon couldn't have picked a better time to step up his game.
Murray recovers, rallies No. 7 OU past Texas Tech, 51-46
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Kyler Murray kept slinging it and running it after two quick interceptions put No. 7 Oklahoma in a two-touchdown hole.
Texas Tech's Alan Bowman didn't get a chance to finish the duel in the second half because of a recurrence of the partially collapsed lung that sidelined the freshman quarterback five weeks ago.
No. 9 Oklahoma rebounds from only loss with 52-27 win at TCU
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Kyler Murray and the Oklahoma offense piled up yards and scored points like they have been all season.
Kenneth Murray and the Sooners defense did their part as well as ninth-ranked Oklahoma bounced back from its only loss, winning 52-27 at TCU on Saturday in the first game since defensive coordinator Mike Stoops was fired.
"It's real important," said Murray, the linebacker who had a game-high 11 tackles. "It felt like we came out there, flew around, great effort."
No. 7 Oklahoma pieces together running game without Anderson
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma has pieced together a solid running game in Rodney Anderson's absence.
No. 6 Oklahoma looks to regain dominant former vs. Baylor
Baylor (3-1, 1-0 Big 12) at No. 6 Oklahoma (4-0, 1-0), 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC)
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.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma running back Trey Sermon went down with a leg injury Saturday during the first quarter of the Sooners' spring game, but coach Lincoln Riley thinks he will be fine.
Sermon was injured on a tackle by safety Patrick Fields. He was helped off the field after the 11-yard run and did not return.
No. 3 Oklahoma looks to maintain momentum vs. West Virginia
West Virginia (7-4, 5-3 Big 12) at No. 3 Oklahoma (10-1, 7-1, CFP No. 4), Saturday, 3:45 p.m. ET (ESPN).
No. 5 Oklahoma at No. 11 Oklahoma State: Who has the edge? We break down the matchups.
When Oklahoma runs …
So far this season, the Sooners have perfected the art of running back by committee. OU has three backs with more than 400 yards, led by Trey Sermon with 495 and three touchdowns. Sermon, though, didn’t get a single carry last week, while Rodney Anderson ran for a career-high 181 yards to push his season total to 410. Then there’s Abdul Adams, who has 467 yards and averages an astonishing 10.4 yards per carry.
This week in Oklahoma State football: Five things to know about Oklahoma
This week ...
No. 5 Oklahoma at No. 11 Oklahoma State
2:30 p.m. Saturday, FS1
Five things to know about Oklahoma
• All eyes on Baker Mayfield. In Big 12 play this season, Mayfield is averaging 10.2 yards per pass attempt to go along with 13 TDs and three interceptions. Last season against the Cowboys, he went 13-for-19 for 288 yards and 3 TDs in a 38-20 win.
OU football notebook: So why didn’t Trey Sermon play against Texas Tech?
No selfishness in running backs room
For the first time in a decade, Oklahoma has three running backs with at least 400 rushing yards -- and the season is only eight games old.
Trey Sermon (487 yards), Abdul Adams (467) and Rodney Anderson (410) lead the Sooners’ ground game. All have been the team’s leading rusher in multiple games (Sermon and Adams three times, Anderson twice).
When Sermon didn’t get a carry against Texas Tech on Saturday night, it didn’t go unnoticed by Sooner Nation.
No. 9 Oklahoma at Kansas State: Who has the edge? We break down the matchups
Key matchup: When Kansas State runs…
The Wildcats are at their best when they’re running the football. With both Jesse Ertz and Alex Delton, K-State likes to employ the quarterback run game, so the Sooners will be challenged to get off blocks and finish tackles.
Stat to know: 3.6
OU held Texas to only 3.6 yards per carry on 39 attempts last week. On the season, run defense has been a strong point for the Sooners, who rank 36th nationally with 126.2 rushing yards allowed per game.
Underclassman running backs fuel Big 12 attacks
The running game has become increasingly important in the Big 12 this season — with a host of talented young backs leading the way.
Seven of the league's top 10 rushers were underclassmen as the league reached the midway point of the season, led by Oklahoma State's Justice Hill, Iowa State's David Montgomery and Oklahoma's talented duo of Trey Sermon and Abdul Adams.
No. 9 Oklahoma heads to Kansas State
No. 9 Oklahoma (5-1, 2-1 Big 12) at Kansas State (3-3, 1-2), Saturday, 4 p.m. ET (FOX)
Line: Oklahoma by 12 ½.
Series 5ecord: Oklahoma leads 74-19-4
WHAT'S AT STAKE
The Sooners are trying to climb back into national title contention after their loss to Iowa State a couple weeks ago. Kansas State is desperate to turn its season around after getting trounced by TCU last weekend, its third loss in four games.
OU-Texas chalk talk: Players to watch, Longhorns an underdog again and do the Rileys have a house divided?
A gameday snapshot as the Sooners play Texas at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.
Players to watch on Saturday
CeeDee Lamb: Will the Sooners’ best wide receiver play? Will he not play? It’s probably going to be a game-time decision but OU needs all the playmakers it can get.
Jordan Thomas: There’s no doubt that Texas quarterbacks will attack the OU cornerback who has struggled in two Big 12 games this season.
OU-Iowa State chalk talk: Players to watch, fourth-down issues and introducing new backup LB Bryan Mead
A gameday snapshot as the Sooners host Iowa State at 11 a.m. Saturday in Norman.
Players to watch on Saturday
Amani Bledsoe: After serving an NCAA-mandated one-year suspension for a failed PED test, the defensive lineman makes his return to the field.
Will Johnson: Ever since the third-and-goal play at Ohio State resulted in a concussion, he’s battled back to health. How much will his return help the secondary?
Oklahoma looks to impress vs. Iowa St. as CFP rankings near
Iowa State (2-2, 0-1 Big 12) at No. 3 Oklahoma (4-0, 1-0), Saturday, Noon ET (Fox)
Line: Oklahoma by 28.
Series record: Oklahoma leads 74-5-2.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Oklahoma is trying to keep up with Alabama and Clemson in the perception race as the Oct. 31 date for the first College Football Playoff rankings draws nearer. Iowa State has played solid games against Iowa and Texas, and a breakthrough here would be huge for the program.
Oklahoma RBs Adams, Sermon fill void for NFL departees
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — They aren't quite Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon, but Oklahoma running backs Abdul Adams and Trey Sermon are getting the job done for the third-ranked Sooners.
OU football: Is Trey Sermon the next Samaje Perine? It’s unfair to compare, but early similarities are uncanny
NORMAN – Making a Trey Sermon-Samaje Perine comparison is much too early and, perhaps, unfair to Oklahoma’s freshman running back.
But after watching Sermon’s fourth-quarter heroics in the Sooners’ 49-41 triumph at Baylor, it allows room for OU fans to think back to the school’s all-time career rushing leader’s start.
OU football notebook: Trey Sermon earns Big 12 Newcomer of the Week, plus what Lincoln Riley said on the Big 12 teleconference
Trey Sermon named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week
When the Oklahoma Sooners needed a playmaker to emerge Saturday at Baylor, they relied on a true freshman. Now that freshman is reaping some rewards.
Running back Trey Sermon was named the Big 12’s Newcomer of the Week on Monday, continuing OU’s streak of having one player honored in Big 12 weekly awards after every game so far.
Sermon ran 12 times for 148 yards and two touchdowns in OU’s 49-41 victory, and all his work came in the fourth quarter.
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What we learned following Oklahoma’s win at Iowa State
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OU football: Trey Sermon listed as starting RB, plus other notes from Friday’s updated depth chart
The Oklahoma Sooners released a new depth chart Friday before Saturday’s 5 p.m. kick against Tulane.
A few notes:
True freshman Trey Sermon is listed as the starting running back. Sermon ran 17 times for 62 yards and also caught three passes for 23 yards and a touchdown last week against Ohio State. Earlier this week, coach Lincoln Riley suggested he still plans to rotate his backs.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Baker Mayfield threw for 386 yards and three touchdowns as No. 5 Oklahoma knocked off No. 2 Ohio State 31-16 on Saturday to give first-year head coach Lincoln Riley an early signature victory.
Mayfield lived up to his billing as a Heisman Trophy contender in shifting the Sooners (2-0) into overdrive and piling up the yards in the second half as the Buckeyes' offense sputtered. Oklahoma took its first lead near the end of the third quarter and cruised in the fourth.
Lincoln Riley to debut as Oklahoma head coach vs. UTEP
UTEP (4-8 in 2016) at No. 7 Oklahoma (11-2), Saturday 3:30 p.m. ET (Fox).
Line: Oklahoma by 41½.
Series record: Oklahoma leads 3-0.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Oklahoma's Lincoln Riley will make his head coaching debut. The 33-year-old is the youngest head coach in the FBS. He wants to get things clicking and take momentum into the Sooners' showdown at No. 2 Ohio State next week.
Oklahoma sorting out replacements for RBs Perine, Mixon
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — In most cases, replacing two record-holders at one position would be cause for concern.
Oklahoma feels as if it is reloading.
The Sooners need to fill the slots left open when running backs Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon chose to leave early for the NFL. Perine left Oklahoma as the school's all-time rushing leader, and he's climbing the depth chart with the Washington Redskins.