Sunday, October 11, 2009

Golden Eagles Grounded By Sooners

Norman, OK--The dynamic duo of Austin Davis (QB) and DeAndre Brown (WR) came into Norman getting lots of respect from the Sooner coaching staff as well as the Oklahoma players. The duo from Hattiesburg, MS are feared wherever they go because everyone knows Brown is a lock to be a first round NFL draft pick once he leaves Mississippi and Davis will end up being one of the most, if not the most celebrated quarterback in the history of Southern Miss football, well, besides Brett Favre.

The game started off well for USM as they held OU to a field goal on their first drive then followed that up with a touchdown. Half way through the first quarter they led, 6-3 (missed extra point). From that point until the 4:10 mark of the fourth quarter, Southern Miss wouldn't score another touchdown and would only manage a field goal in the second quarter. The Sooners went on a run that saw them score six touchdowns to USM's lone field goal.At the start of the fourth quarter USM was able to score when Austin Davis hit J. Morris on a 14 yard TD pass then again with 1:50 left on a T. Lampley TD run from one yard out. In between, the Sooners chipped in two Tres Way field goals from 31 and 57 yards out. The final score of the game saw the Sooners win going away, 51-23. The Players of the Game were Austin Davis for Southern Miss and Sam Bradford for Oklahoma. Davis went 24-49 for 254 yards, 2 passing touchdowns and no interceptions. He also contributed in the ground game with 4 rushes for 19 yards. Bradford went 28 of 38 for 416 yards and 3 TD's and no interceptions. He also recorded a rushing TD in the third quarter from 11 yards out.Oklahoma dominated the number of first downs 26 to 14 and had 205 more yards of total offense than the Golden Eagles. DeAndre Brown was held to 72 yards on 6 catches with none of them going for a score. Oklahoma ran the ball 36 times for a total of 16 yards when Bradford's sacks are counted in. Sophomore (Rs) Jonathan Miller toted the ball 25 times for 59 yards in the place of Jermie Calhoun who was out for the game due to an abdominal tear. Calhoun is expected back for the game in Stillwater in two weeks after the Sooners bye week in Week 4.

Game Notes: Oklahoma back-up QB's Landry Jones and Drew Allen got into the game. Jones completed 6 of 9 passes for 98 yards and 1 touchdown while Allen went 0 for 1. Fullback Buck Buchanan scored a touchdown today and has become a nice goal line threat for the Sooners after being an afterthought for the Sooners in the Spring. Former Junior College tight end Ethan Reese continued his dominating performances with 11 catches for 165 yards (with 1 TD) and is quickly being considered Bradford's favorite target. Also topping the 100 yard barrier on the day were receivers Jameel Owens and Mossis Madu with 118 and 129 yards respectively. Madu, the former Sooner running back from Norman High School hauled in two touchdowns on the day. Neither team committed a turnover today. Neither team did well on converting third downs with OU hitting on 36% (7-19) and USM hitting 25% (3-12). Both teams were 2 of 3 on 4th down conversions. OU led the T.O.P. with 18:35 compared to USM's 13:26. Oklahoma has a bye week next week while USM travels to Louisiana-Lafayette.

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