NCAA Game Summary - BYU vs. Oklahoma|
(Saturday, September 5th)
Final Score: (20) BYU 14, (3) Oklahoma 13
Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - Max Hall worked a 16-play drive to
perfection and hit McKay Jacobson for a seven-yard touchdown pass with just
over three minutes to play, as 20th ranked BYU held on for a 14-13 win against
third-ranked Oklahoma, in a game that saw Sooners star quarterback Sam
Bradford leave early with an injury to his throwing shoulder.
Hall completed 26-of-38 passes for 329 yards with a pair of TD tosses and two
interceptions in the win. The senior gunslinger was 9-of-10 on the Cougars'
final possession, carving up OU's defense en route to a 78-yard scoring drive.
The Sooners' ensuing possession sputtered at the BYU 37-yard-line when a 3rd-
and-14 pass from backup quarterback Landry Jones fell incomplete. Tress Way
came on for a 54-yard field goal but it sailed wide left and the Cougars ran
out the clock on what was the biggest victory for the program in nearly 20
"I'm very excited about the win for our program and the work ethic the young
men showed and the determination to stay and battle through an amazing
situation," said BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall. "Our intent was to play
worthy of the opportunity and I believe they did that."
The last time BYU defeated a top-10 team was September 8, 1990, a 28-21 win
over a top-ranked Miami Hurricanes team.
Dennis Pitta caught seven passes for 90 yards and Andrew George hauled in a
five-yard touchdown for BYU (1-0), which was coming off a 10-win season that
landed the team in the Las Vegas Bowl.
The Cougars racked up 357 yards of offense and held a potent OU offense to 265
Oklahoma (0-1) ended a magical 2008 season with a Big 12 title and played for
the national championship, but came out on the wrong end of a 24-14 final
The leader of last year's team was the Heisman Trophy winner in Bradford, but
he suffered a sprain to the AC joint in his right shoulder during the waning
moments of the first half and did not return.
"It was all on us," said Oklahoma running back Chris Brown. "When a guy like
Sam goes down we have to step up. In this game we didn't. We killed ourselves
with penalties. It hurt us at the beginning of the game and at the end of the
Bradford was 10-of-14 for 96 yards and a touchdown in the first half. He left
the game with OU ahead 10-7, but his backup Jones struggled to lead the
offense and finished 6-of-12 for 51 yards.
Ryan Broyles nabbed an eight-yard TD pass from Bradford in the early going but
Jimmy Stevens accounted for the rest of the scoring with two field goals.
Oklahoma went three-and-out on its first two possessions but took advantage of
good field position to post the game's first points after BYU fumbled a punt
at its own 35. From there it took six plays to reach the end zone as Bradford
and Broyles connected for an eight-yard score.
An OU fumble with five minutes to play in the half sent BYU on its first
scoring drive. Bryan Kariya's 49-yard catch-and-run on a shovel pass allowed
the Cougars to streak from their own 37 to paydirt in five plays, the last of
which saw Hall and George getting together for a five-yard score.
It was on the Sooners' next possession where they would lose Bradford to
injury. Driving for a final score before the break, Bradford was hit by
Cougars linebacker Coleby Clawson on an incompletion with seven seconds on the
clock. He landed hard on his right shoulder and lay writhing in pain on the
playing surface. The Sooners opted to kick a 35-yard field goal with Bradford
headed for the sideline, his right arm hanging limp at his side.
Both offenses hit a dry spell during a scoreless third quarter and a 22-yard
field goal from Stevens to open the fourth gave the Sooners a precarious 13-7
lead with a little under 12 minutes to play.
That's when Hall led BYU on an epic scoring romp that shaved 8:38 from the
clock and put the underdogs in front for good. Hall hit Pitta twice on third
down to keep the chains moving, then hit the All-American tight end for a 23-
yard completion on 4th-and-4 from the Sooner 29.
A pass interference call gave the Cougars a fresh set of downs on the OU two-
yard-line. Two plays later, Hall rolled right and found Jacobson wide open in
the back of the end zone, leaving a shade over three minutes on the clock with
BYU up one.
Jones kept OU's hopes alive with a 12-yard completion to Brandon Caleb on 3rd-
and-10 but a false start on 3rd-and-9 from the Cougar 32 proved costly.
Landry's next attempt was off the mark and Way's ensuing boot was too.
BYU won its only previous meeting with Oklahoma, a 31-6 victory in the 1994
Copper Bowl...Caleb topped the OU receiving corps with four grabs for 57
yards. Brown gained 59 yards on 14 carries while DeMarco Murray rushed
10 times for 58 yards in the loss...BYU's Kariya rushed for 42 yards and
caught four passes for 76 yards. Jacobson ended with four grabs for 69
yards...The Oklahoma defense produced four turnovers and four sacks in the
loss...BYU recorded just one sack but forced two fumbles, one leading to a
decisive score...Bradford became Oklahoma's all-time leading passer with his
96 yards Saturday, giving the junior a career total of 7,937 yards. Bradford
eclipsed Jason White's previous record of 7,922 yards set from 1999-2004.
09/06 02:43:31 ET