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 By Cliff Brunt    Sports    January 19, 2020

Paul's 30 lead Thunder past short-handed Portland 119-106

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Chris Paul had become annoyed with Oklahoma City's recent slow starts, so he did something about it. He scored 21 of his 30 points in the first half, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the short-handed Portland Trail Blazers...

 
 By Cliff Brunt    Sports    January 5, 2020

Reaves scores 21 to help Oklahoma top Kansas State 66-61

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Austin Reaves scored 18 of his 21 points in the second half, and Oklahoma rallied to beat Kansas State 66-61 on Saturday. Oklahoma trailed by 11 early in the second half before the comeback. Kristian Doolittle added 19 points...

 

Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts enjoying final college season

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Almost begrudgingly, Jalen Hurts is having some fun. His Oklahoma teammates and coaches have defended their quarterback when asked about Hurts seemingly aloof personality, saying there's more to one of college football's most...

 
 By Cliff Brunt    Sports    December 8, 2019

Thunder hit buzzer-beater to force OT, then top Timberwolves

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Thunder had found multiple ways to lose close games this season. Not this time. Chris Paul scored a season-high 30 points and Oklahoma City pulled off an improbable 139-127 overtime victory over the Timberwolves on Friday...

 
 By Cliff Brunt    Sports    December 6, 2019

Oklahoma QB Hurts, Baylor QB Brewer create havoc as runners

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley never imagined having his quarterback run the ball so much. He's also never had one quite like Jalen Hurts. The graduate transfer has rushed for 1,217 yards and 18 touchdowns this season and is...

 
 By Cliff Brunt    Sports    December 4, 2019

Stout defenses push Oklahoma, Baylor into Big 12 title game

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — During the first half of a showdown with Baylor last month, Oklahoma's defense looked a lot like the unit that ranked among the worst in the nation a year ago. Similar struggles during a loss to Kansas State and a late escape...

 
 By Cliff Brunt    Sports    December 1, 2019

Brooks leads No. 7 Oklahoma past No. 21 Oklahoma State

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts was a one-man show. Kennedy Brooks proved otherwise. He rushed for 160 yards and a touchdown to help No. 7 Oklahoma beat No. 21 Oklahoma State 34-16 on...

 

Gundy: Hurts makes Oklahoma's spread look like the wishbone

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley is such a maestro that he can run a completely different offense than what you actually see. At least, that's what Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy says. Gundy pointed out that Oklahoma quarterback...

 

No. 8 Oklahoma holds on, beats TCU 28-24

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — It wasn't pretty, but Jalen Hurts did what he usually does late in the season — win. The senior passed for two touchdowns and ran for two more, and No. 8 Oklahoma held off TCU 28-24 on Saturday night to clinch a spot in the B...

 

No. 8 Oklahoma, QB Jalen Hurts comfortable with close calls

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts borrowed an example from another sport to explain his approach to rallying his team. “It’s like these great basketball players,” he said. “The best shooters you’ve ever known, whoever...

 

No. 9 Oklahoma escapes with 42-41 victory over Iowa State

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Iowa State coach Matt Campbell saw an opportunity to seize a win that would boost the Cyclones' chances of reaching the Big 12 title game, so he put everything on quarterback Brock Purdy. His gamble failed. Parnell Motley...

 

No. 10 Oklahoma looks to get defense on track against Baylor

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The persistent concern about Oklahoma's defense has returned to the front of the picture of the Sooners' season. Last year, the Sooners fired their defensive coordinator and eventually posted some of the worst numbers in...

 
 By Cliff Brunt    Sports    November 8, 2019

Freshman ground gainers making impression in the Big 12

In a conference best known for producing Heisman-winning quarterbacks and Biletnikoff Award-winning receivers, Big 12 freshmen are making their names running with the football. Four of the top nine freshman rushers from Power Five schools play in...

 
 By Cliff Brunt    Sports    November 3, 2019

Oklahoma looks to extend 17-game November win streak

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — If recent history is an indicator, Oklahoma is about to go on a run. Oklahoma has won 17 consecutive November games dating to 2014. The annual late-season surges have fueled four consecutive Big 12 titles and three College...

 
 By Cliff Brunt    Sports    October 30, 2019

All-America Watch: Oklahoma State's Hubbard nation's top RB

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard's wildly successful season has made a lifelong issue a much smaller problem. For as far back as Hubbard can remember, folks have struggled to pronounce his first name. Most say CHUB...

 
 By Cliff Brunt    Sports    October 6, 2019

Oklahoma's defense shines under new coordinator Grinch

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — A year ago, Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops brought a shaky defense into the rivalry game with Texas. He was fired the day after a 48-45 loss to the Longhorns. This year, things appear to have changed under new...

 

Hurts throws No. 6 Oklahoma past Texas Tech with ease, 55-16

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma receivers CeeDee Lamb and Charleston Rambo had envisioned how Saturday's game against Texas Tech would go for them. With help from Jalen Hurts, those thoughts became reality. Hurts passed for 415 yards and three...

 

Balanced Oklahoma offense ranks No. 2 nationally in rushing

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — If you listen to Lincoln Riley, you might think Oklahoma's running game is a mess. The Sooners coach often said the offensive line needs to improve and the ground attack is nowhere near where it should be. Something is...

 

T. Boone Pickens, oilman and renewables advocate, dies at 91

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — T. Boone Pickens, a brash and quotable oil tycoon who grew even wealthier through corporate takeover attempts, died Wednesday. He was 91. Pickens was surrounded by friends and family when he died of natural causes under...

 

No. 4 Oklahoma seeks defensive consistency vs. S. Dakota

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — There were signs early in Oklahoma's opener against Houston that the Sooners defense might finally be ready to make an impact. Turns out there is plenty of work ahead. Oklahoma hired Alex Grinch as its defensive coordinator in...

 

Hurts throws 3 TD passes, No. 4 Oklahoma routs South Dakota

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma worked out a few kinks against an overmatched South Dakota squad. Jalen Hurts passed for 259 yards and three touchdowns in just over two quarters and fourth-ranked Oklahoma rolled past the Coyotes 70-14 on Saturday...

 

Oklahoma's offensive line reloads after sending 4 to NFL

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma's rebuilt offensive line is getting its usual results. Bobby Evans, Cody Ford, Dru Samia and Ben Powers all were drafted into the NFL from last year's team that reached the College Football Playoff. With new faces in...

 

No. 4 Oklahoma wary of Houston QB D'Eriq King

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley knows a good quarterback when he sees one. After all, he's groomed the past two Heisman Trophy winners __ Sooner signal callers Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray. That's why his words about Houston...

 

Hurts has 6 TDs, No. 4 Oklahoma beats Houston 49-31

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Even one of the best nights ever for an Oklahoma player wasn't good enough for Jalen Hurts. The new Sooners quarterback passed for three touchdowns and ran for three more, and No. 4 Oklahoma rolled past Houston 49-31 on Sunday...

 
 By Cliff Brunt    Sports    August 30, 2019

Lamb primed to be Oklahoma's next superstar receiver

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — It's CeeDee Lamb's turn to be Oklahoma's big-name receiver. The past two years, Marquise "Hollywood" Brown garnered much of the attention with his blazing speed and highlight-reel plays before leaving for the NFL. Now, Lamb is...

 

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