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The Sooners run onto the field for the first time in the 2007 season.
The 2008 Oklahoma Sooners football team (variously "Oklahoma", "OU", or the "Sooners") represented the University of Oklahomamarker in the college football season of 2008-2009. It was the 114th year of season play for the Sooners. The team was led by head coach Bob Stoops, a two-time Walter Camp Coach of the Year award winner, who has a contract lasting through the 2011 season. They were led on offense by quarterback Sam Bradford, and played their homes games at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadiummarker in Norman, Oklahomamarker.

Preseason

Recruiting

On March 6, 2008, 4-star wide receiver Joshua Jarboe, who was deemed to be one of the recruits who could start playing immediately in the fall, was arrested for receiving stolen property and possessing a weapon at his DeKalb Countymarker high school. Jarboe could have faced expulsion under school policy for these felony charges, but did not. Already on thin ice for the weapons possession, he was kicked off the team in June for making a violent rap video on YouTube that described him carrying and using a gun.

Schedule

Roster

(as of 07/30/2007)
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Wide Receivers
  • 1 Manuel Johnson - Senior
  • 4 Jameel Owens - Freshman
  • 8 Brandon Caleb - Junior
  • 9 Juaquin Iglesias - Senior
  • 10 Tyler Stradford - Freshman
  • 11 Corey Wilson - Freshman
  • 20 Zac Givens - Sophomore
  • 24 Dejuan Miller - Freshman
  • 27 Steven Cobb - Freshman
  • 39 Rashad Hutchins - Freshman
  • 80 Adron Tennell - Junior
  • 81 Carter Whitson - Junior
  • 84 Quentin Chaney - Senior
  • 85 Ryan Broyles- Freshman
  • 87 T.J. Hamilton - Junior


Offensive Line
  • 50 Jon Cooper - Senior
  • 51 Brian Lepak - Sophomore
  • 54 Jason Hannan- Freshman
  • 58 Nick Taylor- Freshman
  • 59 Donald Stephenson- Freshman
  • 61 Ben Habern- Freshman
  • 64 Kody Cooke- Freshman
  • 70 Cory Brandon- Sophomore
  • 71 Trent Williams - Junior
  • 72 Duke Robinson - Senior
  • 73 Brandon Walker - Senior
  • 74 Brian Simmons - Junior
  • 75 Jarvis Jones - Sophomore
  • 76 Branndon Braxton - Senior
  • 77 Stephen Good - Freshman
  • 78 Alex Williams - Freshman
  • 79 Phil Loadholt - Senior


Tight Ends
  • 18 Jermaine Gresham - Junior
  • 41 Josh New - Sophomore
  • 47 Trent Ratterree - Freshman
  • 49 James Toms - Freshman
  • 82 James Hanna - Freshman
  • 83 Brody Eldridge - Junior
  • 88 Eric Mensik - Sophomore
  • 89 Kolby Smith - Senior


Fullbacks
  • 34 Matt Clapp - Junior
  • 40 Buck Buchanan - Freshman
  • 42 Jacob Ellison - Sophomore


 

Quarterbacks
  • 5 John Nimmo - Sophomore
  • 6 Ben Sherrard - Freshman
  • 12 Landry Jones - Freshman
  • 14 Sam Bradford - Sophomore
  • 15 Joey Halzle - Senior


Running Backs

Defensive Line
  • 33 Auston English - Junior
  • 44 Jeremy Beal - Sophomore
  • 53 Casey Walker - Freshman
  • 62 Tola Jimoh - Junior
  • 84 Frank Alexander - Freshman
  • 86 Adrian Taylor - Sophomore
  • 89 Cordero Moore - Junior
  • 90 David King - Freshman
  • 91 R.J. Washington - Freshman
  • 92 Stacy McGee - Freshman
  • 93 Gerald McCoy - Sophomore
  • 94 Pryce Macon - Sophomore
  • 95 Alan Davis - Senior
  • 96 DeMarcus Granger - Junior
  • 97 Cory Bennett - Senior
  • 99 Jonte Bumpus - Freshman


 

Linebackers
  • 8 Ryan Reynolds - Junior
  • 10 Mike Balogun - Junior
  • 12 Austin Box - Freshman
  • 21 J.R. Bryant - Junior
  • 22 Keenan Clayton - Sophomore
  • 28 Travis Lewis - Freshman
  • 30 Lamont Robinson - Junior
  • 31 Daniel Franklin - Freshman
  • 45 Turner Troup - Freshman
  • 48 Brandon Crow - Sophomore
  • 49 John Marr - Freshman
  • 57 Dylan Hughey - Freshman


Defensive Backs
  • 2 Brian Jackson - Junior
  • 3 Jonathan Nelson - Sophomore
  • 5 Nic Harris - Senior
  • 6 Desmond Jackson - Freshman
  • 11 Lendy Holmes - Senior
  • 13 Michael Hayes - Sophomore
  • 14 Sean Edwards - Freshman
  • 15 Dominique Franks - Sophomore
  • 16 David Sims - Junior
  • 18 Cortney Carter - Senior
  • 19 Lamar Harris - Freshman
  • 20 Quinton Carter - Sophomore
  • 25 Emmanuel Jones - Junior
  • 26 Brett Bowers - Junior
  • 27 Sam Proctor - Freshman
  • 32 Jamell Fleming - Freshman
  • 36 Zach Brown - Sophomore
  • 39 Eli Ferguson - Sophomore
  • 41 Joseph Ibiloye - Freshman
  • 42 Colby Gibson - Junior
  • 43 Marloe Prince - Junior


Punters
  • 13 Mike Knall - Senior
  • 43 Adam Schneberger - Freshman


Kickers
  • 17 Jimmy Stevens - Freshman
  • 36 Tress Way - Freshman
  • 37 Matthew Moreland - Freshman


Deep Snapper
  • 46 James Winchester - Freshman
  • 52 Derek Shaw - Junior
  • 55 Kyle Johnson - Senior
  • 56 Sean Morrison - Freshman


Coaching staff

Prior to the season, several changes were made to the Oklahoma coaching staff.

Co-offensive coordinator Kevin Sumlin took the head coaching position at the University of Houstonmarker. Before accepting this job, he also interviewed for the opening at Washington State Universitymarker.

Defensive coordinator Brent Venables was mentioned as a candidate for the opening at the University of Arkansasmarker before it ultimately went to Bobby Petrino.

Offensive Coordinator Kevin Wilson interviewed and was considered a finalist for the opening at Southern Mississippi Universitymarker. NewsOK: Wilson will get his shot

Icy weather prevents meeting
That opening ended up going to Wilson's couterpart at Oklahoma State Universitymarker, Larry Fedora.

The coaching staff for the 2008 season were as follows:

Bob Stoops, head coach of Oklahoma.
Name Position Years

at OU
Bob Stoops Head Coach 10
Brent Venables Associate Head Coach
Defensive Coordinator
Linebackers

10
Bobby Jack Wright Assistant Head Coach
Co-Defensive Coordinator
Defensive Backs

10
Kevin R. Wilson Offensive Coordinator
Tight Ends/Fullbacks
7
Jay Norvell Asst. Offensive Coord.
Wide Receivers
1
Cale Gundy Recruiting Coordinator
Running Backs
10
Josh Heupel Quarterbacks 5
James Patton Offensive Line 3
Jackie Shipp Defensive Line 10
Chris Wilson Defensive Ends 4


Game notes

Chattanooga

Quarterback Sam Bradford returns for his sophomore year.
Oklahoma came into the 2008 season ranked #4 nationally in the Coaches and AP Poll.Sam Bradford threw for 183 yards and two touchdowns, Chris Brown ran for three scores and only an hourlong rainstorm could slow down the Sooners in a 57-2 victory against Chattanooga. The Sooners converted their first seven possessions into touchdowns and led 50-0 before a thunderstorm caused a lightning delay that extended halftime by 1 hour and 12 minutes. . UTC, which would go 1-11 the entire season, scored only 2 points on a safety from an errant hike on a punt play.

Cincinnati

OU's Ryan Broyles and UC's Brandon Underwood both go up to catch a pass from Sam Bradford.


Oklahoma came into the game ranked 4th in the country. Redshirt freshman Ryan Broyles, playing his first game as a Sooner, had the most productive receiver debut in school history, with seven catches for 141 yards and a touchdown. OU gave up a kick return in the 3rd quarter for a touchdown that made the game 28-20 OU. Oklahoma then pulled away from Cincinnati, winning 52-26.

Washington

The game against the Washington Huskies in Seattle was the third meeting between the two storied programs. The series was tied 1-1.

Oklahoma came into the game ranked #3. On Oklahoma's first drive, QB Sam Bradford threw a touchdown pass to Juaquin Iglesias. After that, was nothing but Oklahoma dominance. Continuing to roll, OU, inside their own 35, used Sam Bradford to throw a pass to WR Ryan Broyles. He ran it the distance.Washington scored only twice in the game losing 55-14. Sam Bradford was 19 of 21 on his passing. Oklahoma never turned the ball and Washington fumbled it 3 times, Oklahoma recovering it all 3 times. Oklahoma showed talent and improved to 3-0.

TCU

Oklahoma met TCU for the 1st time since 2005. TCU had beaten Oklahoma the last 2 times. In 2005, Oklahoma came into the season opener ranked in the top 10, and lost to TCU 17-10. This one was a totally different story. Sam Bradford threw 2 touchdown passes in the 1st quarter. Manuel Johnson scored 3 touchdowns, all 3 over 20 yards. Oklahoma ended up winning 35-10, ultimately giving them the #1 ranking.

Baylor

Baylor had never beaten Oklahoma going into 2008. It wasn't about to change. #1 Oklahoma got off to a quick start, led by QB Sam Bradford. A touchdown pass to Manuel Johnson got Oklahoma a 7-0 lead, 1:10 into the game, and Baylor had already gotten a 3 and out in that 1:10. Oklahoma didn't stop there. 3 more rushing TD's by Oklahoma made it 28-0 at the end of the 1st quarter. Only 2 TDs and a field goal for Baylor made the final score 49-17 and Oklahoma showed why they are #1.

Texas

The game marked the 103rd meeting of the Red River Shootout, which has been called one of the greatest sports rivalries. It is the second longest running rivalry for the Longhorns, behind the one with Texas A&M. Since 1929 the game has been held at the Cotton Bowlmarker in Dallas, Texasmarker typically in mid-October with the State Fair of Texas occurring adjacent to the stadium. Prior to 2007, Texas led the series 57–39–5, including the two consecutive wins. The 2006 match-up was a 28–10 Longhorn victory.

In the week prior to facing the Oklahoma Sooners, UT fans conduct their traditional Torchlight Parade and Rally. The rally first took place in 1916 prior to a game versus Texas A&M, but since 1986 it has been an annual event held exclusively during the week prior to the Texas–OU game. Another annual tradition is the running of game balls by the schools' Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs. Each school's ROTC program uses a relay running system to run one game ball all the way from their respective campus to Dallas. Once there, they participate against each other in a football scrimmage, with the winner taking home a rivalry trophy and bragging rights.

Texas won this 103rd meeting of the Red River Shootout, 45–35. Colt McCoy performed brilliantly in the fourth quarter leading his team to 15 unanswered points. On the other hand, Sam Bradford was unable to lead his team to victory and turned the ball over twice in the last 4 minutes of the game. It was the highest scoring event in the history of rivalry, and it was seen by the most fans - a record 92,182.

Kansas

Sam Bradford had 400 plus yards passing in an offensive matchup. 24-17 at halftime, Oklahoma came out into the 3rd quarter and began to pull away. DeMarco Murray showed better talent in the game. Once OU led 31-24, it was all Oklahoma, pulling away to win 45-31 in Norman.

Kansas State

Oklahoma traveled to Manhattan, KS, to take on a struggling Kansas State team just coming off a tough road loss to Colorado. The Sooners and Wildcats played a wild first half that saw the two teams combine to score 83 points, the Sooners blow a 21-point first quarter lead, then charge back and score 27 more points in the final eight minutes before halftime. The Sooners’ 55 first half points set a school record for most points ever scored before halftime. Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford played what proved to be statistically the worst game of his career up to that point, completing only 40 percent of his passes (13-32) for 255 yards and 3 TDs. Kansas State QB Josh Freeman had a career-best 478 yards passing, but was sacked twice and picked off three times by the Sooner defense.

Nebraska

When Nebraska walked out under the lights at Memorial Stadium, the Cornhuskers were still in the race for the Big 12 North title, but after the Oklahoma Sooners completed its first drive for touchdown, intercepted Husker quarterback Joe Ganz's first pass for an 18-yard touchdown return, then tacked on three more scores, Nebraska's expectations for its bowl season had been lowered considerably. The second quarter went better for the Cornhuskers, backup tailback Roy Helu getting a touchdown and racking up 157 yards on the day, but the Sooner lead proved insurmountable. The Sooners' Sam Bradford stayed in Heisman race form, throwing for 311 yards and five touchdown passes. DeMarco Murray caught a 25-yard scoring pass from Bradford, and ran twice for touchdowns, finishing with 57 rushing yards. Despite the impressive win, the Sooners slipped from 4th to 6th in the BCS rankings.

Texas A&M

The Sooners scored three touchdowns in the first ten minutes, then never looked back as Sam Bradford passed for four scores to four different receivers and punched one across himself; Chris Brown added three more touchdowns. Aside from the impressive 261 kickoff return yards amassed by Texas A&M running back Cyrus Gray, including a 98-yard return for touchdown, the hometown Aggie fans had little to cheer about as the Sooners outrushed the Aggies 328—26, and outpassed them 325-252. The Sooner defense frustrated the A&M quarterback Jerrod Johnson, sacking him four times, intercepting two passes, stealing two of six Aggie team fumbles. The win set up a Big 12 showdown against undefeated Texas Tech on November 22, after a bye week.

Texas Tech

Texas Tech and Oklahoma first played in 1992. Coming into the game, the Sooners led the series 11–4–0 though the Red Raiders had won 2 of the last 3 with the last loss coming in Normanmarker in 2006. The only road game Tech had won in the series was during the inaugural season of the Big 12 in 1996. Under head coach Bob Stoops, the Sooners had lost only two games at home. The Sooners were 7-point favorites.

The Red Raiders opened the game with a kickoff return to their 32-yard line. The Sooners forced a punt, and fielded their offense at their 27. The Sooners scored a touchdown with 8:59 left in the first. DeMarco Murray contributed 48 rushing yards in the drive. Tech returned the ensuing kickoff to their 22, and a Sooner personal foul after the return gave the Red Raiders 15 yards. Texas Tech lost 10 of those yards due to a delay of game and a false start. Starting at their 27, the Red Raiders were stopped at the Oklahoma 48, where they punted again. The Sooners got the ball on their 20. On the second play of the drive, Oklahoma was punished again with a 15-yard penalty. After three failed attempts to pass the ball for a first down, the Sooners elected to make their first punt. On the next Tech possession, Graham Harrell was sacked on two consecutive plays, once by Adrian Taylor and the other by Gerald McCoy. Coming into the game, the Red Raiders ranked second in the nation in sacks allowed, with only 5. The Sooners ended the first quarter with a 42-yard reception by tight end Jermaine Gresham and two rushes by Chris Brown for a combined 12 yards.

Once the second quarter commenced, both Brown and Gresham moved the ball for a touchdown on three different plays. Tech started their next drive at their own 38 and advanced the ball through the air to eventually get to the Oklahoma 15. Two incompletions caused the Red Raiders to face a 4th-and-3. Tech decided to go for it. Woods was unable to catch a pass by Harrell to convert and Tech turned the ball over on downs. Murray rushed the ball for 23 yards on Oklahoma's first play of the drive. Murray followed with a 31-yard reception, which put the ball on the Tech 30. After two rushes by Brown, Gresham scored a touchdown on a 19-yard catch, and the subsequent extra point extended the Sooners lead to 21–0. Oklahoma's defense forced Tech to four plays on the next drive, with the fourth play being a 4th-and-4, Tech's second 4th down conversion attempt. With 9:31 remaining, Oklahoma completed a 1:44 scoring drive, which was capped by Juaquin Iglesias' 28-yard scoring reception. On the following possession, the Red Raiders reached the end zone, thanks to Harrell's 25-yard throw to Tramain Swindall. Matt Williams' extra point brought the score to 28–7. With 6:28 left in the half, Oklahoma began to drain the clock using their running game. The Sooners eventually scored on the 12th play of the drive. Once Tech got the ball, about a minute was left on the clock. On the second play, Harrell threw an interception to Travis Lewis, who returned the ball 47 yards. Tech offensive guard Brandon Carter, who stopped Lewis at the Tech 1, received a personal foul. Murray scored on a 1-yard rush to increase the Sooners' lead to 42–7. Tech got the ball again after the Sooner touchdown with 18 seconds remaining in the half. Harrell threw a shovel pass to Baron Batch, who ran 21 yards to the Tech 28. The half ended with Tech receiving a 16-yard personal foul. The Red Raiders left the field facing their biggest deficit of the season (35 points).

Tech attempted an onside kick to start off the second half, though the Sooners grabbed the ball at the Tech 34. OU ended the drive on a 33-yard field goal. Tech fumbled on their next possession, Oklahoma's Keenan Clayton recovered the fumble and return it 53 yards to the Tech 3. The Sooners added another 7 points to extend their lead to 52–7. Tech cranked up its passing game on its next possession, eventually scoring a touchdown and extra point with 5:39 remaining in the third quarter. On the subsequent drive, the Red Raider defense forced their first sack on Bradford, and also forced the Sooners to punt. The Sooner defense countered in the next drive by forcing a three-and-out. The Sooner offense then added another score on a 66-yard reception by Manuel Johnson. The Tech defense blocked the extra point, and the score remained at 58–14.

In the fourth quarter, Tech failed to convert another fourth down, producing another turnover. Oklahoma scored immediately afterwards, improving their lead to 65–14. On the next possession, Tech was able to make three pass completions of at least 12 yards, though on the final play of the drive, Harrell lost the ball to the Sooners on a sack. With 10:50 left in the game, the Sooners started to run out the clock. The Red Raiders stopped them from scoring on a 4th down from the 1. Tech got the ball back with 4:48 on the clock. After a few plays, Tech faced another 4th down, and this time was able to convert it with a 13-yard throw to Crabtree. Tech later score their third touchdown with 11 seconds left, and Williams tacked on the extra point to change the score to 65–21. Tech attempted an onside kick and recovered the ball. The final play was a short-yard catch by Woods.

Since the Sooners won, Tech, Texas, and OU all tied for first in the division at 6–1. If all three teams win their regular season finales to tie again at 7–1, the highest ranked team in the BCS standings will earn a spot in the Big 12 Championship game. Sports columnists have also stated that the quarterback of the winning team would be the front runner for the Heisman Trophy.

Oklahoma State

Missouri (Big 12 Championship Game)

Florida (BCS Championship Game)

Rankings

Ranking Movement
Poll Pre Wk 1 Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Wk 15 Final
AP 4 4 3 2 2 1 1 4 4 4 6 5 5 3 4 2 5
Coaches 4 4 3 2 2 1 1 6 5 4 4 4 5 2 2 1 5
Harris Not released 1 1 1 4 4 4 5 5 5 3 4 2
BCS Not released 4 4 6 5 5 3 2 1


Statistics

Team

Team Opp
Scoring    
  Points per Game    
First Downs    
  Rushing    
  Passing    
  Penalty    
Total Offense    
  Avg per Play    
  Avg per Game    
Fumbles-Lost    
Penalties-Yards    
  Avg per Game    
Team Opp
Punts-Yards    
  Avg per Punt    
Time of Possession/Game    
3rd Down Conversions    
4th Down Conversions    
Touchdowns Scored    
Field Goals-Attempts-Long    
PAT-Attempts    
Attendance    
  Games/Avg per Game    


Scores by quarter



Offense

Rushing

Name GP-GS Att Gain Loss Net Avg TD Long Avg/G
DeMarco Murray 10 146 804   804 5.5 11 49 80.4
Chris Brown 10 128 782   782 6.1 12 25 78.2
Mossis Madu 5 52 139 10 129 3.5 2 22 32.2
Matt Clapp 5 2 7 2 5 2.5 0 7 1.2
Justin Johnson 3 7 20 9 11 1.6 0 8 3.7
Ryan Broyles 4
Joey Halzle 5 2 0 9 -9 -4.5 0 0 2.2
Sam Bradford 10 30 24 -63 -39 0.8 4 3 -6.3
TEAM 2 0 32 -32 16.0 0 0  
Total                  
Opponents                  


Passing

Name GP-GS Effic Att-Cmp-Int Yds TD Lng Avg/G
Sam Bradford 13-13 186.3 442-302-6 4464 48 77 343.33    
Joey Halzle 7-0 125.5 30-22-1 171 1 36 24.4    
Total     472-324-7 4635 49        
Opponents                  


Receiving

Name GP-GS No. Yds Avg TD Long Avg/G
Juaquin Iglesias 14 74 1150 15.5 10 48 82.1    
Jermaine Gresham 14 66 950 14.4 14 73 67.9    
Ryan Broyles 13 46 687 14.9 6 77 52.8    
Manuel Johnson 13 42 714 17.0 9 76 54.9    
DeMarco Murray 13 31 395 12.7 4 34 30.4    
Quentin Chaney 14 29 504 17.4 2 48 36    
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
Total 14 350 4891 14.0 51 77 349.4    
Opponents 14 292 3521 12.1 22 77 251.5    


Defense



Name GP Tackles Sacks Pass Defense Interceptions Fumbles Blkd

Kick
Solo Ast Total TFL-Yds No-Yds BrUp QBH No.-Yds Avg TD Long Rcv-Yds FF
Total

Special teams

Name Punting Kickoffs
No. Yds Avg Long TB FC I20 Blkd No. Yds Avg TB OB
Total


Name Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Yds Avg TD Long No. Yds Avg TD Long
Total


References

  1. Scout.com: Who is Kevin Sumlin?
  2. The Morning News: Razorback Central: Coaching Search Drags On For Arkansas
  3. Baxter Bulletin - www.baxterbulletin.com
  4. Hattiesburg American - www.hattiesburgamerican.com - Hattiesburg, Miss
  5. http://www.kansascity.com/sports/story/401445.html
  6. {{cite news | url=http://sports-ak.espn.go.com/ncf/recap?gameId=282850201 | title={5} Texas 45 - {1) Oklahoma 35 - Texas builds on second-half momentum to drop Oklahoma | work=ESPN.com | publisher=The Disney Company | date=October 11 2008 | accessdate=2008-10-11}}


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