Oklahoma football: Notable numbers from OU’s offensive avalanche

NORMAN, OK - NOVEMBER 25: Wide receiver Myles Tease
NORMAN, OK - NOVEMBER 25: Wide receiver Myles Tease /

The Oklahoma football performance on Saturday was one of the more impressive offensive displays in an already record-setting season.

No Baker Mayfield to start the game against West Virginia. No problem.

Mayfield’s backup, redshirt sophomore Kyler Murray, started in place of Mayfield, who sat out the opening series as punishment for his inappropriate crowd gestures in the game the week before. On the first snap of the game, Murray faked a handoff to Rodney Anderson and darted through the right side of the West Virginia defensive line, galloping for 66 yards before he was forced out of bounds at the Mountaineer four-yard line.

On the very next play, Anderson took it into the end zone to put the Sooners up 7-0 less than a minute into the game. That was it. One series, two plays and Murray’s debut as the OU starting quarterback was over. Mayfield would take the field to a standing ovation on the Sooners’ next possession.

That was not it for the day for Murray, however. He replaced Mayfield late in the third quarter and play the remainder of the game. He finished the game with two pass completions for 52 yards, including a 46-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Myles Tease, and 80 yards rushing.

In less than three full quarters, Mayfield’s numbers for the day were 14 for 17 passing for 281 yards and three touchdowns. It marked his 25th consecutive game throwing two or more touchdown passes and the 38th consecutive game in which he has thrown a touchdown pass, a Big 12 record.

Oklahoma scored on each of its first nine possessions in the game and punted just one time in the game. The Sooners are now 6-0 against West Virginia in Big 12 play and 8-2 all-time versus the Mountaineers.

Here are a dozen more notable numbers from OU win number 11 on the season:

4 -Redshirt sophomore running back Rodney Anderson scored four touchdowns in the first half on Saturday. He is only the second player in OU program history to accomplish that feat (DeMarco Murray is the other.

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12.0 – The Sooners’ average yards per play on 54 plays and 654 total yards of offense against West Virginia on Saturday.

13 – Oklahoma has won its last 13 games in the month of November.

24 – The Sooners have won 24 of their last 25 games against Big 12 opponents.

32-3 – Oklahoma’s record at home as the No. 3 team in the Associated Press Top 25.

45 – OU’s 45 first-half points were the most by any Sooner team since 2008 vs. Nebraska.

116 – Saturday’s home finale at Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium marked the 116th consecutive sellout at OU, dating back to the start of the 1999 season.

125Baker Mayfield’s three TD passes on Saturday gives him 125 for his career at Oklahoma, passing Landry Jones for the all-time mark.

300 – The Sooners had over 300 yards rushing (313) and passing (333) in the game with West Virginia.

1,655 – Tight end Mark Andrews caught for passes for 65 yards and a touchdown in the West Virginia game That gives him 1,655 receiving yards for his Oklahoma career, breaking the record previously held by Jermaine Gresham (1,629).

443 – Total yards of offensive for the Sooners in the first half against West Virginia. That is the 10th most in one half in school history.

2014 – The last time someone not named Baker Mayfield started at quarterback for Oklahoma before Kyler Murray started at QB against West Virginia. Mayfield had started 37 consecutive games at quarterback in his three seasons at OU.