NCAAF Game Recap - Houston at Oklahoma
Sun Sep 1, 2019 7:30 PM EDT

GATec
14
Clem
52
F
Duke
3
Ala
42
F
UGA
30
Vand
6
F
Hou
31
Okla
49
F
FlAtl
21
OHSt
45
F
GaSo
3
LSU
55
F
MidTN
21
Mich
40
F
ND
35
Lou
17
F
LaTec
14
Tex
45
F
Oreg
21
Aub
27
F
TxSt
7
TxAM
41
F
EWa
14
Wash
47
F
Utah
30
BYU
12
F
Idaho
7
PSU
79
F
FlaAM
0
UCF
62
F
Tuls
7
MSU
28
F
Wisc
49
SoFL
0
F
MiaOH
14
Iowa
38
F
NoIa
26
IASt
29
F(2OT)
Syr
24
Lib
0
F
NMSt
7
WaSt
58
F
SoAl
21
Neb
35
F
NW
7
Stan
17
F
Alb
21
C Mi
38
F
UCLA
14
Cin
24
F
RMor
10
Buff
38
F
Wagn
21
UConn
24
F
Mor
3
BGSU
46
F
C Ark
35
W Ky
28
F
GWebb
28
Char
49
F
AlaSt
19
UAB
24
F
FLInt
14
Tul
42
F
SDSU
21
Minn
28
F
NoCol
18
SJSU
35
F
Kent
7
AzSt
30
F
Rice
7
Army
14
F
UMass
21
Rut
48
F
UtSt
35
Wake
38
F
Purd
31
Nev
34
F
ColSt
31
Colo
52
F
OkSt
52
OreSt
36
F
Miss
10
Mem
15
F
MisSt
38
ULLaf
28
F
InSt
17
Kans
24
F
Akr
3
Ill
42
F
ECU
6
NCSt
34
F
How
0
MD
79
F
Toled
24
KY
38
F
Ind
34
Ball
24
F
Boise
36
FlaSt
31
F
JMU
13
WVU
20
F
URI
20
Ohio
41
F
Buck
12
Temp
56
F
HolyC
7
Navy
45
F
Colg
7
AF
48
F
GASt
38
Tenn
30
F
SCar
20
UNC
24
F
E Mi
30
CoCar
23
F
ETenn
7
App
42
F
MonSt
10
TxTch
45
F
PorSt
13
Ark
20
F
VaTec
28
BC
35
F
SamHu
31
NM
39
F
(N/A)
7
UTSA
35
F
Camp
14
Troy
43
F
UCDav
13
Cal
27
F
VMI
17
Marsh
56
F
IllSt
10
NIU
24
F
Monm
13
WestMI
48
F
AlcSt
10
SMiss
38
F
Nich
14
K St
49
F
SFA
17
Bayl
56
F
SMU
37
ArkSt
30
F
Norf
21
OD
24
F
Mizzu
31
Wyo
37
F
Abil
31
NorTx
51
F
UVA
30
Pitt
14
F
Gram
9
ULMon
31
F
HBU
34
UTEP
36
F
ArkPB
7
TCU
39
F
Web
0
SDSU
6
F
SoUt
23
UNLV
56
F
Fres
23
USC
31
F

Oklahoma 49, Houston 31

Sep 1, 2019, 7:30 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Houston (0-1)

0

10

7

14

31

(4) Oklahoma (1-0)

7

14

21

7

49

Hurts has 6 TDs, No. 4 Oklahoma beats Houston 49-31
Mon Sep 2, 2019 1:13 AM

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 night.

It was Hurts' first game for the Sooners since he transferred from Alabama. He put on a show as his predecessor, 2018 Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray, watched. He posted 508 total yards, the fifth-most in school history.

Hurts was not impressed. And at a school that has produced back-to-back Heisman-winning quarterbacks in Baker Mayfield and Murray, nitpicking has become the norm at that position.

"We did some really good things out there tonight, but there are a lot of things we can improve on," he said. "We've got to take that next step."

Hurts started at Alabama for two years before losing the job to Tua Tagovailoa. He stayed as a backup at Alabama last season, then transferred to Oklahoma and won the starting job in preseason camp.

He looked at home in the opener -- he completed 20 of 23 passes for 332, ran for 176 yards on 16 carries and helped the Sooners gain 686 total yards.

Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley liked how Hurts handled the situation.

"He played good," Riley said. "There were things he could do better, but I thought he handled the moment good. You could tell out there that he'd been in it, certainly. I'm sure he had some nerves, but he did a good job managing them."

Houston coach Dana Holgorsen, who coached at West Virginia before making his Houston debut on Sunday night, said he sees no drop-off in Oklahoma's play.

"Four years ago, they were good," Holgorsen said. "A year later, they were the best offense in college football. A year later, with a new quarterback, they're the best offense in college football. A year later, with a new quarterback, they looked the same to me."

Charleston Rambo caught three passes for 105 yards and a touchdown and Trey Sermon ran for 91 yards for Oklahoma.

Oklahoma's defense was sharp too, constantly pressuring Houston quarterback D'Eriq King and limiting him to 87 yards passing in the first half. King, one of the nation's top quarterbacks last season, finished with just 167 yards passing. Though King rushed for 103 yards, Riley felt the Sooners kept him and the Cougars under control.

"I thought our defense flew around, was extremely active, extremely disruptive for the majority of the game," Riley said.

THE TAKEAWAY

Houston: The offensive and defensive lines struggled, and that decided the game. The Cougars couldn't keep the Sooners away from King early in the game. He had his moments, but he couldn't produce when Oklahoma established itself in the first half. Oklahoma's offense was only stopped when it self-destructed.

Oklahoma: The offense looked sharp with Hurts, and Riley showed he can still get results from a very different quarterback than he has used in the past. The defense was more aggressive and tackled better than in recent years in its first game under new coordinator Alex Grinch. The Sooners forced three-and-outs on Houston's first two possessions to set the tone.

ELITE COMPANY

Jalen Hurts' 128 yards rushing in the first half matched a school record for a quarterback in a first half. He tied Jamelle Holieway's performance in 1985 against Kansas. Hurts' full-game total was the second-best for an Oklahoma quarterback. Thomas Lott ran for 195 yards against Kansas State in 1976, when the Sooners were running the wishbone.

SPEED D

Oklahoma linebacker Kenneth Murray took advantage of Oklahoma's new approach. The junior captain finished with 13 tackles, including 2.5 for loss.

Murray, the preseason Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, led the team with 155 tackles last year.

NO REPEAT

Oklahoma had its College Football Playoff hopes derailed in 2016 when Houston defeated the Sooners 33-23 in the season opener. Oklahoma was never threatened in this game after the first quarter.

"We knew we weren't going to catch these guys sleeping today, so it is what it is," Holgorsen said. "They're a top-five team, deservedly so."

POLL IMPLICATIONS

There's nowhere to go for the Sooners because the teams above them won, but they solidified their position.

UP NEXT

Houston hosts Prairie View A&M on Saturday.

Oklahoma hosts South Dakota on Saturday.

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Passing

Hou Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
D. King 27 14 51.9 2 167 30 0 95.8
Okla Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
T. Mordecai 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 39.6
J. Hurts 23 20 87.0 3 332 56 0 158.3

Rushing

Hou Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
D. King 15 103 6.9 25 1
M. Car 9 76 8.4 21 1
Okla Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
J. Hurts 16 176 11.0 43 3
T. Sermon 11 91 8.3 31 0

Receiving

Hou Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
M. Stevenson 7 80 11.4 30 1
K. Porter 2 32 16.0 23 1
Okla Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
C. Rambo 3 105 35.0 56 1
C. Lamb 2 46 23.0 45 1

Fumbles

Okla F FL
J. Hurts 1 1

Returning

Hou KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
J. Singleton 3 11.3 0 18 0 - 0 0
B. Smith 1 27.0 0 27 0 - 0 0
Okla KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
C. Lamb 0 - 0 0 3 8.7 0 27
T. Brown 2 18.5 0 21 0 - 0 0

Punting

Hou Punt Yds Avg LgPu
D. Roy 5 228 45.6 69
Okla Punt Yds Avg LgPu
R. Mundschau 1 41 41.0 41

Takeaways

Hou Int Yds InTD
D. Parish 0 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

Hou Okla
Points For 31 49
Total Yards 408 686
Rushing Yards 241 354
Passing Yards 167 332
Passing Completions / Attempts 14/27 20/24
Turnovers 0 2
Interceptions Thrown 0 0
Fumbles - Lost 1/0 2/2
First Downs 25 30
Penalties - Yards 6/48 7/94
Time Of Possession 40:40 20:20
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 5/13 5/8
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/2 0/0
Punts - Average Yards 5/46 1/41

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Hou Okla
Okla 2:39 TD Jeremiah Hall 14 yd pass from Jalen Hurts (Calum Sutherland kick) 0 7
2nd Quarter Hou Okla
Okla 0:50 TD Jalen Hurts 1 yd run (Calum Sutherland kick) 0 14
Okla 6:51 TD CeeDee Lamb 45 yd pass from Jalen Hurts (Calum Sutherland kick) 0 21
Hou 10:02 TD Kyle Porter 23 yd pass from D'Eriq King (Dalton Witherspoon kick) 7 21
Hou 14:34 FG Dalton Witherspoon 34 yd FG 10 21
3rd Quarter Hou Okla
Okla 2:22 TD Charleston Rambo 56 yd pass from Jalen Hurts (Calum Sutherland kick) 10 28
Okla 7:13 TD Jalen Hurts 3 yd run (Calum Sutherland kick) 10 35
Hou 11:57 TD Mulbah Car 7 yd run (Dalton Witherspoon kick) 17 35
Okla 15:00 TD Jalen Hurts 1 yd run (Calum Sutherland kick) 17 42
4th Quarter Hou Okla
Hou 5:49 TD Marquez Stevenson 4 yd pass from D'Eriq King (Dalton Witherspoon kick) 24 42
Hou 12:49 TD D'Eriq King 5 yd run (Dalton Witherspoon kick) 31 42
Okla 13:43 TD Rhamondre Stevenson 21 yd run (Calum Sutherland kick) 31 49

Game Information

Stadium: Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Norman, Oklahoma
Attendance: 84,534
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