A week after throwing five interceptions, Landry Jones passed for a career-high 392 yards and five touchdowns – two to DeMarco Murray – as Oklahoma became bowl-eligible with a 65-10 rout of Texas A&M on Saturday night.
Murray rushed 18 times for 80 yards and had five catches for 143 yards for Oklahoma (6-4, 4-2 Big 12), which put the game away in the first half by taking advantage of three lost fumbles by Texas A&M (5-5, 2-4), two of those on kick returns.
Jones completed 24 of 39 passes as Oklahoma rolled up season highs in offense (640 yards) and points. Chris Brown, Ryan Broyles and Adron Tennell scored two touchdowns each for Oklahoma, which has won seven straight against the Aggies. The Sooners have won 29 straight home games, the longest active streak in the FBS.
The Sooners’ oft-criticized offensive line, which lost two more starters to injury a week earlier in a 10-3 loss to Nebraska, again had its share of miscues, but it didn’t allow a sack against an Aggie defense that entered the game third in the FBS in that category.
Oklahoma’s defense limited Texas A&M to 226 yards of offense. Texas A&M quarterback Jerrod Johnson completed 12 of 33 passes for 115 yards and one touchdown and the Aggies managed only 59 rushing yards.
A week after failing to score a touchdown against Nebraska – and subsequently falling out of the Top 25 for the first time since 2005 – Oklahoma put 42 points on the scoreboard in the first half.
Oklahoma led 7-0 before its first offensive snap as Brian Jackson returned a fumble by Christine Michael 52 yards for a touchdown. The Sooners went up 14-0 on receiver Broyles’ first career rushing touchdown, on a 25-yard reverse.
Michael Hodges intercepted a Jones pass and returned it 28 yards to the Oklahoma 6, setting up the Aggies’ only first-half touchdown, a 9-yard pass from Johnson to Jeff Fuller that made it 14-10. But Texas A&M’s significant issues in the return game allowed the Sooners to pull away.
Oklahoma’s Keenan Clayton recovered a fumbled punt by Colt Valencia at the Texas A&M 22, and Jones subsequently hit Broyles on a 5-yard touchdown pass. Brown capped an 85-yard Oklahoma scoring drive with a 6-yard touchdown run to make it 28-10. After the Aggies went three-and-out, Murray’s 36-yard catch-and-run touchdown put the Sooners ahead 35-10.
Cyrus Gray fumbled while returning the ensuing kickoff and Oklahoma’s Ronnell Lewis recovered at the Aggies 25. Jones threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Tennell 54 seconds before halftime.
Murray took a screen pass from Jones and cut right-to-left across the field during a 67-yard touchdown play, putting Oklahoma ahead 48-10 less than two minutes into the second half. It was the longest reception of Murray’s career.