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2007 Oklahoma Sooner Football Season Revisited: Offensive Performace Against North Texas

As the Fiesta Bowl approaches I'm preparing myself for life without football for the next seven months, save for a small taste in the spring. Oklahoma's win over Gonzaga in basketball provides a glimmer of hope that basketball may carry us over well into the month of March.

However, as it stands now we lose Sooner football in a week and a half but here at the Machine we are going to do our absolute best to make football a year round event, beginning with a review of the 2007 football season.

The North Texas game gave us our first glance at two Sooners who became freshmen superstars in 2007. Sam Bradford burst on the scene by completing 21 of his 23 passes for 363 yards and 3 touchdowns. Meanwhile DeMarco Murray's debut was spectacular in itself as he ran for 87 yards and 5 touchdowns.

1st Quarter Offensive Plays
Down/Dist, Yrd. Line Time Play Result
1st-10, OU 31 14:54 S. Bradford rushed to the right for 1 yard gain
2nd-9, OU 32 14:48 S. Bradford passed to J. Iglesias to the left for 12 yard gain
1st-10, OU 44 14:40 J. Iglesias rushed to the right for 41 yard gain
1st-10, UNT 15 14:33 S. Bradford passed to J. Gresham to the left for 15 yard touchdown. G. Hartley made PAT
1st-10, OU 32 13:26 D. Murray rushed up the middle for no gain
2nd-10, OU 33 12:57 D. Murray rushed up the middle for 6 yard gain
3rd-4, OU 39 12:24 S. Bradford passed to J. Iglesias to the left for 17 yard gain
1st-10, UNT 44 12:02 S. Bradford incomplete pass down the middle
2nd-10, UNT 44 11:54 D. Murray rushed to the left for 44 yard touchdown. G. Hartley made PAT
1st-10, OU 16 9:41 D. Murray rushed up the middle for no gain
2nd-10, OKLA16 9:11 D. Murray rushed to the left for 3 yard gain
3rd-7, OU 19 8:31 S. Bradford incomplete pass to the left
4th-7, OU 19 8:24 M. Cohen punt. E. Roman returned punt for 7 yards
1st-10, OU 26 6:24 OU committed 5 yard penalty
1st-15, OU 21 6:24 S. Bradford passed to M. Kelly down the middle for 24 yard gain
1st-10, OU 45 5:59 S. Bradford passed to J. Iglesias to the right for 52 yard gain
1st-3, UNT 3 5:45 D. Murray rushed up the middle for no gain
2nd-3, UNT 3 5:09 D. Murray rushed up the middle for 1 yard gain
3rd-2, UNT 2 4:29 D. Murray rushed up the middle for 1 yard gain
4th-1, UNT 1 3:55 D. Murray rushed to the right for 1 yard touchdown. G. Hartley made PAT
1st-10, OU 13 2:17 S. Bradford passed to J. Gresham to the left for 7 yard gain. J. Gresham fumbled. A. Weathers recovered fumble
1st-10, OU 29 1:21 M. Madu rushed to the left for 7 yard gain
2nd-3, OU 36 0:35 OU penalty
3rd-3, OU 36 0:35 S. Bradford passed to M. Kelly to the right for 5 yard gain
1st-10, OU 41 0:16 S. Bradford passed to J. Finley to the right for 12 yard gain
Score at the End of the 1st: OU 21 – North Texas 0

Leading 21-0 and on the move once again Oklahoma’s first quarter of the season was more than just a solid effort especially when you consider that the starting running back, Allen Patrick, was out with an injury and the back up, Chris Brown, was serving a one game suspension. OU had one drive end with a punt and another on a fumble but with a freshman quarterback and two freshman running backs leading Oklahoma’s offensive attack three touchdowns on the first five possessions was impressive.

2nd Quarter Offensive Plays
Down/Dist, Yrd. Line Time Play Result
1st-10, UNT 47 15:00 S. Bradford passed to J. Iglesias to the right for 11 yard gain
1st-10, UNT 36 14:48 M. Madu rushed up the middle for 4 yard loss
2nd-14, UNT 40 14:48 S. Bradford passed to M. Madu down the middle for 4 yard gain
3rd-10, UNT 36 14:10 S. Bradford passed to J. Iglesias to the right for 12 yard gain
1st-10, UNT 24 13:47 J. Gutierrez rushed up the middle for 4 yard gain
2nd-6, UNT 20 13:10 J. Gutierrez rushed up the middle for 8 yard gain
1st-10, UNT12 12:46 J. Gutierrez rushed to the left for 1 yard loss
2nd-11, UNT 13 12:10 S. Bradford rushed up the middle for 11 yard gain
1st-2, UNT 2 11:46 D. Murray rushed up the middle for 2 yard touchdown. G. Hartley made PAT
1st-10, OU 24 9:00 S. Bradford passed to D. Murray to the right for 6 yard gain
2nd-4, OU 30 8:22 S. Bradford passed to M. Johnson to the left for 6 yard gain
1st-10, OU 36 7:58 S. Bradford passed to M. Kelly to the right for 64 yard touchdown. G. Hartley made PAT
1st-10, OU 31 6:05 D. Murray rushed up the middle for 2 yard gain
2nd-8, OU 33 5:30 S. Bradford passed to D. Murray to the right for 7 yard gain
3rd-1, OU 40 4:49 D. Murray rushed up the middle for 3 yard gain
1st-10, OU 43 4:28 S. Bradford passed to J. Gresham to the left for 42 yard gain
1st-10, UNT 15 4:22 S. Bradford passed to J. Iglesias to the left for 13 yard gain
1st-2, UNT 2 3:59 D. Murray rushed up the middle for no gain
2nd-2, UNT 2 3:41 D. Murray rushed up the middle for 1 yard gain
3rd-1, UNT 1 3:06 D. Murray rushed up the middle for 1 yard touchdown. G. Hartley made PAT
1st-10, UNT 42 1:39 S. Bradford passed to M. Madu down the middle for 7 yard gain
2nd-3, UNT 35 1:17 S. Bradford passed to J. Iglesias to the right for 11 yard gain
1st-10, UNT 24 1:10 S. Bradford passed to M. Kelly to the left for 24 yard touchdown. G. Hartley made PAT
Score at the End of the 2nd: OU 49 – North Texas 0

Oklahoma’s offensive machine got started in the first quarter but was running at full throttle during the second quarter. OU scored a touchdown on every second quarter possession and OU fans had come to the realization that they had something special in Sam Bradford.

3rd Quarter Offensive Plays
Down/Dist, Yrd. Line Time Play Result
1st-10, UNT 20 14:10 D. Murray rushed to the right for 17 yard gain
1st-3, UNT 3 13:48 D. Murray rushed to the right for 3 yard touchdown. G. Hartley made PAT
1st-10, OU 26 11:20 M. Madu rushed to the left for 3 yard gain
2nd-7, OU 29 10:37 OKLA committed 15 yard penalty
2nd-21, OU 15 10:37 S. Bradford passed to M. Madu down the middle for 12 yard gain
3rd-9, OU 27 9:42 J. Halzle passed to A. Tennell to the right for 8 yard gain
4th-1, OU 35 9:10 M. Cohen punt. E. Roman returned punt for no gain. UNT committed 8 yard penalty
1st-10, OU 32 5:02 M. Madu rushed to the right for no gain
2nd-10, OU 32 4:27 M. Madu rushed to the left for no gain
3rd-10, OU 32 3:49 J. Halzle passed to A. Tennell down the middle for 16 yard gain
1st-10, OU 48 3:31 J. Gutierrez rushed to the left for 1 yard gain
2nd-9, OU 49 2:54 OKLA committed 5 yard penalty
2nd-14, OU 44 2:54 J. Halzle passed to A. Tennell to the right for 10 yard gain
3rd-4, UNT 46 2:33 J. Halzle incomplete pass to the right
4th-4, UNT 46 2:29 M. Knall punt. E. Roman returned punt for no gain
Score at the End of the 3rd: OU 63 – North Texas 3

The combination of Oklahoma losing focus and backup quarterback Joey Halzle coming into the game resulted in the offense significantly slowing down. The Sooners did increase their lead over North Texas by 11 points scoring touchdowns both on offense and defense.

4th Quarter Offensive Plays
Down/Dist, Yrd. Line Time Play Result
1st-10, OU 34 14:21 M. Madu rushed to the left for 55 yard gain
1st-10, UNT 11 14:11 J. Gutierrez rushed to the left for 5 yard gain
2nd-5, UNT 6 13:34 J. Gutierrez rushed to the left for 5 yard gain
1st-1, UNT 1 13:06 M. Madu rushed up the middle for 1 yard touchdown. G. Hartley made PAT
1st-10, UNT 18 12:21 K. Nichol rushed to the right for 8 yard gain
2nd-2, UNT 10 11:47 J. Gutierrez rushed up the middle for 4 yard gain
1st-6, UNT6 11:30 J. Gutierrez rushed to the right for 5 yard gain
2nd-1, UNT1 10:58 J. Gutierrez rushed up the middle for 1 yard touchdown. G. Hartley made PAT
1st-10, UNT 41 9:05 OKLA committed 10 yard penalty
1st-20, OU 49 8:57 M. Madu rushed up the middle for 2 yard gain
2nd-18, UNT 49 7:48 K. Nichol passed to C. Whitson to the left for 4 yard gain
3rd-14, UNT 45 7:03 M. Madu rushed to the left for 24 yard gain
1st-10, UNT 21 6:33 J. Gutierrez rushed up the middle for 1 yard gain
2nd-9, UNT 20 5:52 C. Whitson rushed up the middle for no gain
3rd-9, UNT 20 5:00 OKLA committed 5 yard penalty
3rd-14, UNT 25 4:42 C. Whitson rushed to the right for 2 yard gain
4th-12, UNT 23 4:00 C. Whitson rushed up the middle for 4 yard gain
Final Score:OU 79 – North Texas 10

The end result for Oklahoma’s offense would be 668 total net yards resulting in a buzz around the stadium and on radio stations after the game that just about anything could be possible for the Sooners this football season. If we only knew!