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Football Team Suffers Loss to No. 1 Team in Nation

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Release: October 01, 2011
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NORMAN, Okla. - The Ball State defense held Oklahoma to one touchdown and one field goal in the first quarter, but the nation's top-ranked Sooners rallied for a 62-6 victory to remain undefeated on the season and hand the Cardinals their second loss in five games.

"First of all, congratulations to Oklahoma," Ball State head coach Pete Lembo says.  "They have an outstanding football team.  I thought our guys played hard tonight, but we turned the ball over multiple times in the first half and that made it extremely difficult.  We gave up alot of big plays. We talk about it all the time, when you go into any game, whether it's Oklahoma or Buffalo or anybody else, if you turn it over you are not going to win."

Oklahoma won its 39th straight home game, which is the longest current streak in the nation, while amassing over 600 yards in total offense.

The Sooners scored on their first drive of the game after quarterback Landry Jones found tight end James Hanna for six yards, giving Oklahoma an early 7-0 advantage at the 10:14 mark of the first quarter.  Oklahoma went up 10-3 at the 4:52 mark after a 44-yard field goal from kicker Michael Hunnicutt.

The Cardinals got on the board with 6:59 left in the first quarter after free safety Joshua Howard recovered his first career fumble off a punt return, which resulted in a 34-yard field goal from kicker Steven Schott to make the score 7-3.

Ball State was the first to score in the second quarter when Schott connected on a 31-yard field goal with 12:38 remaining, making it a 10-6 game.  Schott has now made 6-of-7 field goals from 39 yards or less this season.

The Oklahoma offense continued to play strong, scoring four times in the second quarter.  Before halftime free safety Kyle Hoke had his first career interception.

Keith Wenning completed 12-of-31 passes on the night for 84 yards with three interceptions.  Wenning ended a streak of 185 pass attempts without a pick in the game against Oklahoma.  The Cardinals top rusher was Jahwan Edwards with 53 yards on 16 carries.

"Obviously we are disappointed," Lembo says.  "Disappointed with the loss, disappointed with the score.  But, we will go back and look at the tape and I am sure there will be some positive things we can take from the game."

Ball State will host Temple Saturday in a 2 p.m. Homecoming game in a return to Mid-American Conference action.

Ball State Football Cardinal Notebook

  • Steven Schott has now made six of seven field goals from 39-yards or less this season.
  • Keith Wenning's interception in the second quarter ended a streak of 185 pass attempts without an interception.
  • Kyle Hoke at the 1:41 mark in the second quarter recorded his first career interception.
  • Ball State's game at Oklahoma marks the highest ranked team the Cardinals have ever played.

First Quarter

Oklahoma 7, Ball State 0

10:14- Landry Jones 6-yard touchdown pass to James Hanna.  Michael Hunnicutt kick good.

10 plays, 85 yards, 2:46

Oklahoma 7, Ball State 3

6:59- Steven Schott 34-yard field goal.

4 plays, 9 yards, 1:25

Oklahoma 10, Ball State 3

4:52- Michael Hunnicutt 44-yard field goal.

9 plays, 45 yards, 2:00

Second Quarter

Oklahoma 10,  Ball State 6

12:38- Steven Schott 31-yard field goal.

15 plays, 61 yards, 7:08

Oklahoma 17, Ball State 6

8:22 - Don Whaley 25-yard touchdown run.  Michael Hunnicutt kick good.

12 plays, 92 yards, 4:09

Oklahoma 24, Ball State 6

7:33- Landry Jones 7-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Stills.  Michael Hunnicutt kick good.

2 plays, 10 yards, :37

Oklahoma 31, Ball State 6

3:44- Don Whaley 1-yard touchdown run.  Michael Hunnicutt kick good.

6 plays, 77 yards, 2:27

Oklahoma 38, Ball State 6

2:53- Landry Jones 27-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Broyles.  Michael Hunnicutt kick good.

2 plays, 27 yards, :13

Third Quarter

Oklahoma 45, Ball State 6

12:42- Landry Jones 64-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Broyles.  Michael Hunnicutt kick good.

2 plays, 64 yards, :44

Oklahoma 52, Ball State 6

11:42- Landry Jones 56-yard touchdown pass to Jaz Reynolds.  Michael Hunnicutt kick good.

1 play, 56 yards, :09

Oklahoma 59, Ball State 6

11:34 - Tom Worth 21-yards fumble return touchdown.  Michael Hunnicutt kick good.

Fourth Quarter

Oklahoma 62, Ball State 6

13:42- Michael Hunnicutt 39-yard field goal.

12 plays, 63 yards, 5:50

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