Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008 | 3:37 p.m.
Former Bishop Gorman High star running back DeMarco Murray nearly recorded his fifth 100-yard rushing game for Oklahoma on Saturday in a 49-17 rout of Baylor.
Murray had 96 yards on 26 carries. His 2-yard touchdown run in the first quarter gave the top-ranked Sooners a 14-0 lead in Waco, Texas, and he capped the day’s scoring with a 1-yard score.
He was held to only 23 yards last week against TCU, so becoming a formidable part of Oklahoma’s arsenal had to have been an objective for the 6-foot-1, 205-pound sophomore.
Last season, he ran for 764 yards before suffering a dislocated kneecap.
This season, Murray had triple-digit games in victories over Chattanooga and Washington for the 5-0 Sooners, who play host to No. 5 Texas next Saturday at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas in the annual Red River Shootout.
Sophomore quarterback Sam Bradford had a career day against the Baylor Bears with 411 yards. Wideout Manuel Johnson, who had three touchdowns, set a school record with 206 receiving yards.
Murray, 20, has 16 touchdowns in his Sooners career. The man who runs a team-best 4.42 seconds in the 40-yard dash has 335 yards on the ground this season and is on track for a 1,000-yard campaign.