3:30 PM ET, September 11, 2010
Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, NORMAN, OK
NORMAN, Okla. -- Surrounded by family, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops reached out for a handshake and an embrace with his little brother, Mark.
Perhaps if No. 10 Oklahoma's 47-17 win on Saturday had come against a team other than No. 17 Florida State -- with Mark Stoops coaching the defense -- it would have felt a lot more satisfying for the Sooners' coach.
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"It's a rotten place to be because I appreciate the way our team played and all that, but you just cannot separate blood," Bob Stoops said. "I just don't like it. I knew that coming into the game I didn't, and I'm positive of it now after the game."
A rematch of the 2001 Orange Bowl that brought home the Sooners' most recent national championship quickly turned into a blowout as Oklahoma scored touchdowns on its first four possessions.
"We knew who we were, we knew what we were capable of, and we came out here and showed what we're capable of today," Jones said.
Jones got into a rhythm with short, swing passes and screens near the line of scrimmage before striking down the field for scores. He completed 14 straight passes at one point, starting at the end of the Sooners' opening drive and continuing past when he'd pushed the lead to 27-7 with his third touchdown pass.
Ponder, who's being promoted as a Heisman Trophy contender by the school, was 11 for 28 for 113 yards with interceptions on back-to-back throws in the third quarter for Florida State (1-1). He completed less than half of his passes for the first time since the 2008 season.
Home, Sweet Home
Going back to Bob Stoops' first season in 1999, Oklahoma has won its last 14 home games vs. opponents ranked in the AP poll. The average margin of victory has been over 27 points with only one of those games being decided by single digits. Oklahoma's last home loss vs. a ranked opponent came in October of 1998 vs. Colorado.
|Wins by 10+ Pts||13|
"It kind of just snowballed and I take a lot of blame for that," Ponder said. "A lot of mistakes out there today and I put my team in a bad position to not score points. I really think it's my fault."
The Seminoles had four first downs on their opening possession, but picked up only five more over the next 2 1/2 quarters against an Oklahoma secondary that had been burned for 341 yards and a handful of big plays a week earlier in a 31-24 win against Utah State.
"I wasn't worried about last week," Bob Stoops said. "I know what we're capable of when we're able to play all of our defense, use our blitzes, use our different coverages schemes. And I thought we did them well.
"Christian Ponder's a great player. To hold him down the way we did, you have to be playing good defense because he's an excellent player."
The Sooners won their 32nd straight game at Owen Field, extending the nation's longest home winning streak as a late celebration of their coach's 50th birthday earlier in the week.
Stoops said he'd been holding back a chunk of his team's offensive playbook in Week 1, but not so against his little brother -- and with his mother and sisters in attendance.
The Sooners handed the Seminoles their third-worst loss
since 1991 (30-point deficit).
Since Joining ACC in 1991
|2001 North Carolina||-32||41-9|
|2006 Wake Forest||-30||30-0|
"We brought it all out tonight," he said, "and fortunately it worked."
Jones finished 30 for 40 without an interception. His 321 yards by halftime were the second-most in a half in Oklahoma history, behind only 2008 Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford's 350 in the first half of a 79-10 blowout against North Texas in the 2007 season opener.
Jermaine Thomas had a 1-yard touchdown run to finish Florida State's opening drive, but the Seminoles didn't score again until Dustin Hopkins' 52-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. Their biggest play of the game came on a E.J. Manuel's 47-yard touchdown pass to Taiwan Easterling as time expired.
"When you play good football teams and they get hot you have to match them, and you have to match them in all three phases," said Jimbo Fisher, who suffered his first loss as the Seminoles' coach after winning his debut last week. " ... We matched them one time on offense and then we got pushed back on field position and didn't execute."
The Sooners' starters stayed in the game until midway through the fourth quarter, coming out only after freshman running back Brennan Clay was carted off the field after he'd caught a 6-yard pass from Jones. He made a gesture with his right arm as he was placed onto a cart to be taken off the field, and Bob Stoops said he was taken to the hospital as a precaution after X-rays taken at the stadium were negative.
Top 25 Overview
It was over when... The Sooners decided to silence the critics who predicted an upset.
Gameball goes to... Landry Jones. After issues in Week 1, he threw for 380 yards and four TDs.
Stat of the game... 453-95. Oklahoma has outscored ACC opponents 453-95 all-time.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||5-16||10-17|
|4th Down Conversions||1-1||0-0|
|TD||10:15||DeMarco Murray 1 Yd Run (Patrick O'Hara Kick)||0||7|
|TD||05:25||Jermaine Thomas 1 Yd Run (Dustin Hopkins Kick)||7||7|
|TD||01:44||Ryan Broyles 18 Yd Pass From Landry Jones (Patrick O'Hara Kick)||7||14|
|TD||14:44||Cameron Kenney 36 Yd Pass From Landry Jones (Patrick O'Hara Kick)||7||21|
|TD||07:44||James Hanna 46 Yd Pass From Landry Jones (Pat Failed)||7||27|
|TD||00:28||DeMarco Murray 1 Yd Run (Patrick O'Hara Kick)||7||34|
|TD||08:46||Trent Ratterree 7 Yd Pass From Landry Jones (Patrick O'Hara Kick)||7||41|
|FG||06:38||Patrick O'Hara 39 Yd||7||44|
|FG||11:57||Dustin Hopkins 52 Yd||10||44|
|FG||04:49||Patrick O'Hara 38 Yd||10||47|
|TD||00:00||Taiwan Easterling 47 Yd Pass From E.J. Manuel (Dustin Hopkins Kick)||17||47|
Going back to Bob Stoops' first season as head coach in 1999, Oklahoma has won its last 14 home games vs opponents ranked in the AP poll. Like today's embarrassment of Florida State, most of those haven't been close...The average margin of victory has been over 27 points with only one of those games being decided by single digits. Oklahoma's last home loss vs a ranked opponent came in October of 1998 vs Colorado.[+]
Oklahoma at Home vs AP-Ranked Opponents - Since 1999
Since Bob Stoops arrived in Norman in 1999, Oklahoma is 30-1 in non-conference HOME games. Only loss at home to a non-conf opponent was TCU (Sept. 3, 2005)
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