No. 10 Oklahoma 51, N. Texas 10
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) _ Backup quarterback Garrick McGee threw two touchdown passes and ran for a score and Jeff Frazier had a late 96-yard touchdown run as No. 10 Oklahoma beat North Texas 51-10 on Saturday in a lukewarm tuneup for next week’s showdown with No. 7 Colorado.
Oklahoma (3-0) scored 34 second-half points in wearing down outmanned North Texas (1-3), which is in its first year as a Division I school.
Oklahoma’s defense dominated the Eagles and bought time until the offense could get going. The Sooners committed three turnovers in a sloppy first half that saw each team give up a safety, including North Texas’ snap through the end zone on a punt when the punter wasn’t even on the field.
Frazier’s run came with just under five minutes left in the game. It tied him with Buck McPhail for the longest run in school history; McPhail went 96 against Kansas State in 1951.
The Sooners scored on three of their first four possessions in the second half. The opening drive resulted in a 30-yard field goal by Jeremy Alexander, and five minutes later Eric Moore hit P.J. Mills with a 49-yard scoring pass to make it 27-10.
Their next possession started at the North Texas 14 after a bad snap on a punt, and two plays later Jerald Moore scored on a 1-yard run.
McGee scored on a 19-yard run in the second quarter, and had TD passes of 8 yards to tight end Stephen Alexander and 4 yards to halfback James Allen.
The first half was ugly for both sides. North Texas had only 77 yards total offense at halftime, and 54 of that came on one play _ Jason Mills’ touchdown pass to Troy Redwine on a flanker screen.
That play, with 1:50 left in the second quarter, tied the score at 10. The Sooners then drove 80 yards and scored on McGee’s pass to Alexander with 24 seconds left in the half.
The scoring drive was helped by a pass interference penalty that moved Oklahoma to the 13. Three plays earlier, cornerback Calvin Davis had an interception slip through his hands and Alexander caught it for a 19-yard gain.
North Texas scored on a safety in the first quarter when Allen tried to scoop a fumbled handoff out of the end zone. The Sooners finally scored with 4:24 left in the half on McGee’s 19-yard scramble, and his pass to P.J. Mills on the 2-point conversion made it 8-2.
The Eagles gave Oklahoma two more points on the next possession when they snapped the ball out of the end zone on a punt from the 12. When the ball was snapped, punter Toby Gowin was on the sideline talking to his coach.