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Jalen Hurts has 5 touchdown afternoon as No. 5 Oklahoma rolls over West Virginia

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There was little reason to believe the Sooner Schooner flipping over on the field would be a signal of bad things to come for No. 5 Oklahoma (7-0, 4-0 Big 12) on Saturday afternoon in Norman, Oklahoma. The 52-14 victory over West Virginia (3-3, 1-2 Big 12) was fueled by five total touchdowns by Heisman Trophy candidate Jalen Hurts and the Sooners continue to roll through the big 12 on a mission for another conference championship and a return trip to the College Football Playoff.

Hurts completed 16 of his 17 pass attempts for 316 yards and three touchdowns in the win. Charleston Rambo, Lee Morris and Jeremiah Hall each caught one touchdown pass from. CeeDee Lamb, among the best receivers in the nation, had a relatively quiet afternoon with three catches for 71 yards without a score. Hurts also led a dominant ground attack against the Mountaineers by rushing for a game-high 75 yards and two additional touchdowns. Kennedy Brooks complimented the rushing attack with 70 yards on 10 carries with one more touchdown.

The return of former Sooners quarterback Austin Kendall had a couple of highlights for the West Virginia quarterback making his return to Norman. Kendall had two touchdown passes but completed just 15 of his 31 attempts in a sizable mismatch across the field. But after the game, there were plenty of warm embraces with his former teammates.

Next up for Oklahoma is a road trip to Kansas State. The biggest challenge left for Oklahoma before the Big 12 Championship Game appears to be a road trip to Waco to face Baylor (who is playing at Oklahoma State today). But from here on out, the schedule is very favorable to the Sooners for a Big 12 title shot, and perhaps something more. But if Illinois can beat Wisconsin, then the Sooners cannot afford to take any game for granted.

Speaking of the Balor Bears, West Virginia will take on Baylor on the road next week.

Sooner Schooner crashes, but No. 5 Oklahoma leads West Virginia

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Jalen Hurts has passed for two touchdowns and run for one more as No. 5 Oklahoma is already pulling away from West Virginia in an early afternoon Big 12 contest in Norman. The Sooners lead the Mountaineers 28-14 at halftime, giving former Sooner and current WVU starting quarterback Austin Kendall a not-so-warm homecoming.

Kendall has completed 13 of 23 passes for 128 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but there is still an uphill climb on a revitalized Oklahoma defense coming up in the second half. West Virginia has gone 2-for-9 on third down, but the Mountaineers have converted each of their two fourth-down attempts. Still, yardage comes at a premium for the visitors while Hurts and Oklahoma are racking up the yardage.

Four different Oklahoma players have taken the ball into the end zone (Hurts, running back Kennedy Brooks, wide receivers Charleston Rambo and Jeremiah Hall). Hurts completed his first 11 attempts before having a pass fall incomplete late in the second quarter.

There was a bit of a scary scene following Oklahoma’s fourth touchdown of the game when the iconic Sooner Schooner flipped over.

Fortunately, nobody was reported to be seriously injured, but the Sooner Schooner may be out for the rest of the game at this point.

Jalen Hurts, CeeDee Lamb connecting to give No. 6 Oklahoma big lead on Texas Tech

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Another week has led to another big day for Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts in the box score. It helps when he has talented wide receivers capable of making big things happen. The Sooners have used their big strike passing game to build a 34-10 lead on Texas Tech after one half of play in Norman.

Hurts has completed 12 of 16 pass attempts for 308 yards and two touchdowns, and he has added a rushing touchdown for good measure. CeeDee Lamb had a 71-yard touchdown reception for one of his two scores and Charleston Rambo went for 74 yards and has 122 receiving yards at the halftime break. Oklahoma scored points in each of their first five offensive possessions in the half.

Texas Tech has managed to scratch together a couple of scoring drives, but had to settle for a field goal when one video replay ruled a catch by the Red Raiders was incomplete in the back of the end zone. After falling behind 17-0 in the first quarter, the Red Raiders are trying to climb uphill against a team that refuses to stop scoring.

Heisman front-runner? Jalen Hurts dazzles in No. 5 Oklahoma’s destruction of UCLA

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PASADENA, Calif. — We’re just three weeks — some would say four — into the college football season and Jalen Hurts is doing nothing to change the notion that the Heisman Trophy is set to reside in Norman for the foreseeable future.

The Oklahoma quarterback continued his early dominance for the No. 5 Sooners on Saturday night at the Rose Bowl, destroying UCLA 48-14 in a game that felt like a personal 7-on-7 session for Hurts and head coach Lincoln Riley.

The defending Big 12 champions scored on all but one of their offensive possessions with the first team offense on the field as Hurts dazzled from the opening kickoff. All told, the Alabama transfer threw for 289 yards and three touchdowns through the air and added another 150 on the ground plus a trip nearly untouched to the end zone as well. The Sooners averaged double-digit yards per play for most of the night and saw wideout Charleston Rambo emerge with 113 total yards and two scores.

Eight different players caught a pass for OU and seven different players ran the ball in an all-around effort that also saw continued strides made on the defensive side of the equation for Riley’s squad.

As for the home side, things went as many predicted coming in. Though QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson did look somewhat improved as a passer (201 yards, 2 TDs, 2 INTs) compared to the team’s first two games, it was still far from enough to keep the Bruins in the game against one of the nation’s elite. Joshua Kelley failed to get much of anything running the ball (51 yards) and the contest was pretty much over before it began despite a handful of chunk plays delighting the pockets of powder blue faithful at a Rose Bowl full of crimson and cream.

Still, it was a masterclass put on by college football’s new offensive wizard against the sport’s old one in Chip Kelly, who sinks to 0-3 to begin 2019 and 3-12 overall since arriving in Westwood. While the rebuild at UCLA looks like it’s still years away from taking hold, Oklahoma appears to be picking up just where they left off last season despite replacing a No. 1 overall pick and Heisman Trophy winner for the second year in a row.

New QB, same result: Jalen Hurts dazzles in debut for No. 4 Oklahoma

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It doesn’t seem to matter who plays quarterback or whether or not they’re replacing four draft-pick offensive linemen and an All-American burner at wide receiver. As long as Lincoln Riley is recruiting the players and calling the plays, the result is the same: Oklahoma receivers running free, ball carriers with massive holes to run through and a quarterback to tie it all together with mind-bending efficiency.

In his first start as OU’s starting quarterback, Jalen Hurts promptly put together a singular night as good or greater than anything Baker Mayfield or Kyler Murray ever did in their respective Heisman Trophy seasons. Aside from a second quarter fumble, Hurts was simply perfect: 20-of-23 passing for 332 yards and three touchdowns while rushing 16 times for 176 yards and three more scores in leading the No. 4 Sooners to a 49-31 win over Houston. The 176 rushing yards were a career high, and his 508 yards of total offense were the most ever by a player making his OU debut.

While much was made in the offseason of what Hurts can’t do in respect to Mayfield and Murray, we we overlooked what he can do.

For one, he’s perfectly capable of finding open receivers, like this 45-yard toss to CeeDee Lamb

Or there was this simple slant route to Charleston Rambo that turned into a 56-yard touchdown.

That Rambo score was an important one. Oklahoma had jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the second quarter but Houston pieced together a mini-rally by pulling within 21-10 at the half.

Hurts’ three rushing touchdowns showcased what he can do that Mayfield and Murray could not. Mayfield was a willing runner but limited athletically, at least in comparison to his two successors. Murray was lightning quick but has extremely slight build limited his use and range as a runner. Hurts, though, is listed at 6-foot-2 and 219 pounds, big enough for him to carry the ball both in scrambling situations and on called runs between the tackles.

The other key addition to the Oklahoma roster was defensive coordinator Alex Grinch, and for Houston’s first four possessions, it looked like he’d built a brand new Sooner defense. The Cougars’ first four possessions all ended in punts, three of them three-and-outs.

After that, though, the Houston offense settled in and the 2017-18 Oklahoma defense returned.

Houston’s final seven possessions totaled 53 plays for 420 yards and 31 points. D’Eriq King carried the Cougars with 167 yards and two touchdowns on 14-of-27 passing plus a team-high 15 carries for 103 yards and another score.

But while the defense is still a work in progress, the OU offense looked like a finished product from its very first snap. In just 61 snaps, the Sooners gained 686 yards (11.2 per attempt) with 30 first downs.