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Sooners slaughter Texas A&M, 77-0

November 9, 2003


— Oklahoma might have gotten the whole hundred had coach Bob Stoops not been so generous.

The top-ranked Sooners scored touchdowns on 10 of their first 11 offensive possessions, and their defense didn't allow a touchdown for a second straight week in a 77-0 rout Saturday of Texas A&M.;

All of the Sooners' points came in the first three quarters and they were three yards away from another touchdown midway through the fourth. But Stoops called four straight runs into the middle of the line -- Oklahoma's offensive line all but fell to the ground -- to keep the score from getting even more lopsided.

"It was an odd situation to be in," Stoops said. "I believe in being decent to people."

The Sooners (10-0 overall, 6-0 Big 12 Conference) exacted a brutal revenge against the team that derailed their national-title hopes, 30-26, last season, remaining on the fast track to the Big 12 title and the national-championship game -- the Sugar Bowl.

The win also put the wraps on a Sooners' payback tour that included last week's 52-9 win over Oklahoma State, the only other team to defeat them last season. Oklahoma scored more than 50 points for a school-record sixth time, a feat that would have impressed even Barry Switzer, who used to boast about "hanging half-a-hundred" on people.

It was Oklahoma's most lopsided victory since a 77-0 win over Missouri in 1986 and was A&M;'s worst loss in 108 years of football. The margin of victory set a Big 12 record, and the Sooners tied a conference mark for points scored in a game.

Texas A&M; had more penalty yards (63) than offensive yards (54) and more punts (12) than first downs (3), none in the second half. The Aggies (4-6, 2-4) didn't even cross their own 40 all game.

Dennis Franchione, who nearly engineered a win over Oklahoma in Norman last season when he was at Alabama, suffered the worst loss of his 21-year head-coaching career.

No. 11 Texas 55, No. 21 Oklahoma St. 16

Stillwater, Okla. -- Cedric Benson ran for 180 yards and a touchdown, and Roy Williams caught six passes for 162 yards and a score in No. 11 Texas' victory.

Texas (8-2, 5-1 Big 12) kept its BCS hopes alive with its sixth straight victory over the Cowboys (7-3, 3-3) and its fourth consecutive lopsided win since a 65-13 loss to No. 1 Oklahoma.

Vince Young scored from 23 yards and Benson from the one in the third quarter as the Longhorns took control with 27 straight points. Fullback Will Matthews scored his first three touchdowns of the season.

Kansas State 45, Iowa State 0

Ames, Iowa -- Darren Sproles rushed for a career-high 201 yards and three TDs, sparking a third-quarter outburst that sent Kansas State over the Cyclones.

The 5-foot-7, 170-pound Sproles showed his big-game prowess when he sprinted 70 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the second half. Kansas State (8-3, 4-2 Big 12) added two more touchdowns, including a 32-yard run by Sproles, in the opening 5:42 of the half to break it open after leading just 14-0 a halftime.

Iowa State (2-7, 0-5) lost for the seventh straight time and was shut out for the second game in a row.

Texas Tech 62, Baylor 14

Waco, Texas -- B.J. Symons threw for 428 yards and seven touchdowns to six different receivers in just 21/2 quarters in Texas Tech's win.

Symons leads the nation with 4,741 passing yards and 44 TDs.

Symons completed 32 of 47 passes, throwing his last two TD passes in a 74-second span of the third quarter after returning to the game limping on a sore left knee. With the Red Raiders (7-3, 4-2 Big 12) ahead 49-14, Symons didn't play again.

Baylor (3-7, 1-5) tied the game at 14, but Texas Tech scored the last 48 points.

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