Saturday, November 20, 2010

Oklahoma sports report

A time-honored tradition in the Newhall First Ward (Elliot's home ward) is the weekly sports report offered by Brother Gene Broman (pictured) at the beginning of our Sunday School class.  Brother Broman keeps us up-to-date on sports news from BYU, Utah, USC, UCLA, the Lakers, Hart High, and anything else that might be newsworthy (or not).  I'm not sure this will become a regular feature of Elliot's mission blog but I thought it would be fun to offer an occasional Oklahoma sports report.  I'll try to keep up with the major college and professional teams and maybe some of the high school sports.  Here goes.

BCS No. 10 OSU dominated Kansas 48-14 in Lawrence, Kansas.  OSU quarterback Brandon Weeden led the way, completing 31 of 43 passes to 12 different receivers for 389 yards and three touchdowns.  OSU's record is 10-1 overall, 6-1 in the Big 12.  Next up: OU Sooners at OSU's Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater.

BCS No. 14 OU traveled to Waco, Texas, where the Sooners handily defeated Baylor 53-24.  Landry Jones passed 39 times, completing 26 for 325 yards, three touchdowns and an interception.  OU is 9-2 overall, 5-2 in Big 12 games.  Next up: OSU Cowboys in Stillwater.

Unranked Tulsa edged UTEP 31-28 in Tulsa.  Damaris Johnson had a great game for the Hurricane, becoming the NCAA's all-time leader for kickoff return yardage.  He ended the game with 280 all-purpose yards, including 146 receiving yards, 87 on kick returns, 25 on punt returns and 22 yards rushing, and he scored a touchdown on a six-yard run.  Tulsa is 8-3 overall and 5-2 in Conference USA action, keeping its bid for a C-USA West Division title alive. The Hurricane will face the Southern Miss Golden Eagles of the C-USA East Division next Friday at Chapman Stadium. A Tulsa win and SMU loss would put the Hurricane in the C-USA Championship Game on December 4th against the East Division champion.

The 9-4 Thunder went 4-1 this week, losing 117-104 to the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday before reeling off four consecutive wins, defeating the Utah Jazz 115-108 on Monday, the Houston Rockets 116-99 on Wednesday, the Boston Celtics 89-84 on Friday, and the Milwaukee Bucks 82-81 on Saturday.  The Thunder are currently in first place in the Northwest Division of the Western Conference of the NBA, a half game ahead of the Utah Jazz.  Thunder forward Kevin Durant leads the NBA in scoring with 28.0 points per game, followed closely by guard Russell Westbrook, who is seventh in the league with 23.9 points per game.

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