Turning Back the Clock: Iowa State

Each game week, Justin Wright turns back the clock to a previous matchup between Oklahoma and the upcoming opponent, and reliving Sooner Magic from years past.

Week 6: Iowa State University

The Setting

October 16, 2010 — Norman, OK. The week before and the week after OU/Texas have featured a lot of “appetizer” and “dessert” games for the Sooners over the years. With the Red River in sights or in the rear-view, Oklahoma has had a plethora of games against teams that didn’t pose the same challenge as the battle in The Cotton Bowl. The 2010 season followed suit, as the Sooners faced off against a sub-par Iowa State team in Norman for Homecoming, a week after Oklahoma brought the Golden Hat back north.

The Game

As of the current season, Iowa State has only beaten Oklahoma five times, and tied them only twice, over their 82 meetings. Behind a powerful Kevin Wilson offense, the 2010 Sooners weren’t about to break a dominant trend against the Cyclones. And dominant they were.

James Hanna and Ryan Broyles caught touchdown passes from Landry Jones, Trey Millard rumbled in from a yard out, and Jimmy Stevens hit a field goal on top of his three point after attempts. The defense was dominant as well, finishing the game with fewer than 200 total yards allowed, all while pitching a 60-minute shutout. It was another Oklahoma blowout of the Cyclones. Nothing could make this game stand out in such a lopsided series.

Then DeMarco Murray happened.

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Sooner Magic Moment

Steve Owens, undisputed Sooner legend and 1969 Heisman Trophy winner, made a career at Oklahoma of scoring touchdowns. He ended his illustrious collegiate career with 57 total touchdowns, a school record that stood for 41 years. Records, however, are made to be broken, and Murray was on the doorstep of history against Iowa State.

Murray entered the contest with 55 touchdowns of his own. He punched his 56th from a yard out on Oklahoma’s last drive of the first half to close the gap to just one. Without missing a beat, the Oklahoma offense drove 82 yards on their first possession of the second half, and were poised to put the game, already at 31-0, out of reach against the Cyclones. Roy Finch got stuffed for a loss of one yard on first down, and Jones was unable to connect with wide-out Dejuan Miller on second.

Kevin Wilson called No. 7’s number, setting up a screen for Murray on third down. Murray caught the pass and powered ahead through traffic and into the end zone from 15 yards out, tying Owens record. Murray and the Sooners offense, wasn’t done, however. After taking over on downs two drives later, Murray set off to claim the top spot for himself.

With the ball on the 10-yard line, Murray took the hand-off from Jones and looked up the middle. No holes developed, so he bounced outside the tackles to his right, stiff arming an Iowa State defender and juking another, before scampering for the pylon. He took the ball to the sideline with him, a practice that, under normal circumstances, would’ve driven then head coach Bob Stoops up the wall. Given the situation, and the sealing of DeMarco Murray’s legacy at Oklahoma.


Murray’s school record still stands.

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