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David James Mallory

David James Mallory, age 66, passed suddenly Wednesday, Sept. 3 at home in Mustang. David was born Aug. 17, 1948, in Oklahoma City to Robert and Norma Hestand Mallory. He graduated from N.W. Classen High School and immediately went into the armed services. David served in the Army as a helicopter gunner during Korea and Vietnam.  He was a Purple Heart recipient. After his discharge from the Army, David worked in aviation electronics. He loved flying, scuba and being a people person. He was a member of the Pentecostal denomination.

David was preceded in death by his parents and one son, William David.  He is survived by two brothers, Robert Earl Jr. and wife, Marla of Yukon, and Michael Lee of Dallas, Texas; two sisters, Lanette Dishman and husband, Joe of Mustang and Lisa Kay Mallory of Oklahoma City; and many nieces and nephews.

Private family services are planned.

Cleo Ival McKaughan

Cleo Ival McKaughan

Cleo Ival McKaughan, 78, of Mannford, Okla., passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, at his home with his loving wife, Wauleah.   He was born in Glencoe, Okla., to Howard and Lena McKaughan and lived all his life in Oklahoma.

Ival loved the great outdoors. He took great pride in working in his yard.   He worked hard to restore the beauty of his property after the ice storm of 2007 and the Mannford fire of 2012.  He worked for Snap-On Tools for 21 years where he received many sales awards. He was an exceptional athlete in high school where he excelled in basketball. He was valedictorian of the Quay High School Class of 1954 and earned an associate’s degree in business from Draughan’s Business School.

Ival and Wauleah were caretakers for his mother, Lena McKaughan, after the death of his father, Howard McKaughan. Ival also assisted Wauleah in caring for her father, Walter before his death and was continuing to help care for Wauleah’s mother, Ruth Rutherford, up to his passing.

Ival met and married the love of his life, Wauleah, on Jan. 3, 1958. They shared their love for each other for more than 56 years. Ival was very proud of his two daughters, Bernice Marzec and husband, Jeff, and Barbara George and husband, Rocky. He took great joy in his four grandchildren, Doug George and wife, Erica, Daryl George, Sean Marzec and Denise Marzec. He had one great-grandchild, Evan George.  He is also survived by his three brothers, Clifford McKaughan and wife, Lois, Jim McKaughan and wife, June, and Harold McKaughan; and one sister, Flossie (McKaughan) Focht. Ival is also survived by his sister-in-law, Katy Purcell and husband, Owen. He was also surrounded by other special relatives, such as Linda McKaughan, as well as his many loving nieces, nephews and other friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Lena McKaughan; his brother, Gilbert McKaughan; his sister, Laverne (McKaughan) Reese; father-in-law, Walter Lee Rutherford; and sister-in-law, June Lawson.

Remembering 9/11

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By Daniel Lapham,

Throughout history there have been moments of tragedy that have shaken society to its core and shaped the future of every individual alive from that moment on. Sept. 11, 2001, was one such day. Now, 13 years after two planes were flown into the World Trade Center Towers in New York City, another into the Pentagon and a fourth into a field in Pennsylvania, Mustang community members remember where they were on that morning and reflect on how that day changed their lives forever.

Mustang City Manager Tim Rooney said on this anniversary of that tragic day, the city will fly all U.S. flags at half-staff to show respect to all those victims and heroes who lost their lives that day.

“At the time, I was assistant city manager in Owasso, Okla.,” Rooney said. “Other than confusion as to how this could be happening, I remember an overwhelming feeling of grief – while not knowing numbers immediately, certainly knowing that many, many lives were lost. My mom worked for the state of Pennsylvania at the time, and as a result of one of the planes going down there, I was pretty much concerned with her well-being. I also remember traveling to an Oklahoma Municipal League conference the next day in Oklahoma City and how somber it was.”

Mustang Fire Chief Carl Hickman said he remembers that day vividly, watching as the towers fell on the rescuers sacrificing their lives for others.

“I had just walked into my office at the fire station in Sulphur,” he said. “The first tower was being shown on television. I saw the second airliner hit the building and realized something just wasn’t right. I remember watching as the first tower collapsed and thinking to myself, ‘Everyone in that building, including those firefighters we saw running into the building, just died.’”

With the passage of time, the magnitude of this event continues to serve as a beacon lighting the path to freedom and sacrifice.

“We must always keep our guard up and never again become complacent,” Hickman said. “Freedom is at the very core of our nation, and it must be defended at all costs. We must bring to justice those willing to do harm to our citizens and/or our country.”

Rooney echoed Hickman’s sentiment, urging other public officials and leaders to use this anniversary as an opportunity to reflect the core principles of patriotism and unite regardless of one’s political affiliation.

“I think these events remind us that we can take nothing for granted. I distinctly remember how united our country was after those attacks,” Rooney said. “It didn’t matter if you were a Republican, a Democrat or an Independent. We were all Americans. While I certainly hope nothing like that happens again, I do hope our country, our political parties and our government become more united with a sense of purpose and responsibility to those we govern like we did immediately following 9/11.”

Looking back can sometimes serve as a way to show a clearer path into the future. Chuck Foley, Mustang chief of police, said he was shocked by such a fatal security breach aimed at an entire nation. He was driving back to Oklahoma after completing 10 weeks of training at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va.

“I had just spent 10 weeks near the nation’s capital, witnessed many security measures before 9/11, visited the Pentagon, now just to realize it wasn’t enough and how vulnerable we are without a strong domestic security and intelligence effort,” Foley said. “We are just as vulnerable today as we were 13 years ago and we need to be hyper-observant of things and train to prevent any form of attack.”
Looking forward to Mustang’s future leaders, Mustang Public Schools Superintendent Sean McDaniel said education and honoring the memory of those who died that day are a priority.

“Mustang commemorates 9/11 a number of different ways across the district,” he said. “Some examples of the commemoration include lessons in social studies and history classes that provide discussion opportunities for students. At the middle and high school level, students view the news clips from that day and discuss the topic. The events of 9/11 are covered through the lens of the topics like history of the Middle East, terrorism in general, the Gulf War, and the expansion of terrorist groups abroad and at home. At the intermediate and elementary levels, the concept of heroism is discussed and there is discussion that is led about being a hero in your community and what that means.”

The emotional reality of those who remember this tragic day can serve as a living lesson to those who are studying these events now as history with the personal connection.

“I cannot look at a plane flying over a downtown area without thinking of that day,” McDaniel said. “I fly frequently and for several years after 9/11 I could not get on a plane without feeling some level of anxiety. I have completely changed in my view of what a hero is. There were so many heroes on planes on 9/11 that, by their actions, saved lives on the ground. There were countless heroes in the towers who took action that saved lives even at the risk of losing their own. There are many, many family members of those lost on 9/11 who are heroes to others today because of the way they continue to live their lives despite the tragedy that they endured. These people are examples of my heroes.”

Earlier this week Mustang residents were asked through social media to post their memories of where they were on 9/11.

Susanne Biddle Langwell – “In the hospital. I had just given birth on 9/9 and was waiting to be discharged. My son’s birth announcement is in the 9/11 paper.”

Ashley Whitworth – “A freshman in college, I woke up to frantic teammates trying to call their loved ones back in Manhattan. It was my 19th birthday, too. Just insane, sad, still very shocking to this very day!”

Jaclyn Price  – “I was sitting in history class my sophomore year at Mustang High School. My teacher turned on the TV and we watched it live.”

Ron Herendeen – “Not so much as what I was doing on the day of, but three days later I flew to Washington, D.C., to assist with the relocation of the individuals who were impacted when the plane crashed into the Pentagon.”

Kelsi Dawn Mortenson – Although she was only a toddler, she still remembers that day vividly. “I watched the second plane hit and watched as the towers fell on TV. I was only 2 1/2 when it happened. I will never forget the horrible attack.”

Broncos turn eyes to Stillwater in home opener Friday

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Now that the hype from the Mustang-Yukon game has died down, the Broncos turn their attention to the Stillwater Pioneers as they prepare for the home opener at Bronco Stadium.

Mustang hosts Stillwater at 7 p.m. Friday night in game two of the season.

“We are looking forward to a great football team coming in here Friday night,” Mustang head coach Jeremy Dombek said. “They are very well-coached and very talented. They play hard and smart, so we will have to play well on Friday.”website commentary new.qxd

Like the Broncos, the Pioneers earned a victory in week one, as they knocked off Deer Creek at home 40-27 despite an hour-and-a-half lightning delay. Mustang took care of its rival Yukon 41-14 in the first week.

Stillwater is coached by Tucker Barnard. Mustang has had its way with the Pioneers over the past several seasons. Last year, the Broncos handled Stillwater on the road 49-26, and the season before put a beat-down on the Pioneers 33-14 at Bronco Stadium.

“As a team, we have put the Yukon game behind us now,” Dombek said. “Our season did not begin and end with that game. Whether we would have won or lost, we still would have had the same mindset going forward. We are definitely pleased with how we played, but we are focused on the future and on Friday night against Stillwater now.”

The Stillwater player to watch will be senior Brandon Prather. Prather is 6 feet, 160 pounds and plays almost every skill position on the field for the Pioneers.

“Prather is going to be a player we have to key on Friday night,” Dombek said. “They use him in a variety of ways. They do a great job of getting him the football and allow him to make plays in space. Their quarterback does a great job of running their offense and the defense is a very solid group as well. They will not beat themselves.”

Western Days 2014 highlighted by rainy weather

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By Daniel Lapham,

Despite the rain, families from across the metro braved the weather to be a part of the 38th annual Western Days celebration in Mustang last weekend.

Chamber of Commerce Director Renee Peerman said the attendance was a little light but the event still counts as a success.

“It went better than we expected, especially after we closed up Friday night’s activities and the skies opened up,” she said. “On Saturday morning we were waiting to see what we were going to do with the parade. The parade had never been canceled before so no one wanted to be the one to cancel it. Because of the rain about a third of the entrants did cancel, but with 65 percent of the entrants ready to go, the cannon sounded and the rains let up.

“We had all of our food vendors show up, more than ever before, and we had more businesses register for our booths than ever before, but because of the weather about half canceled,” she said.

The attendance was lighter than the average estimate of past attendance nearing 30,000, but at the end of the day when packing time came, smiles were abundant.

“There was a lot less attendance than normal, because a lot of people just don’t want to get their kids out in weather like that,” she said. “Overall we feel like it went really well. We got all of our events completed. The car show did have a lot of activity across the street at the Baptist Church.”

The revenue generated by Western Days was less than normal, but most vendors and participants seemed pleased, Peerman said.

“Generally it’s not a large fundraiser for the chamber, but it helps our businesses out,” she said. “It’s a lot of work but it’s worth it. The businesses that stuck it out seemed to be happy with the weekend as they were packing up. I did see a lot of people out there all day.”

The carnival sponsored by the Kiwanis Club seemed to have been hit the hardest by the weather and the fact they had to move locations from where they had been in past years.

“I think the carnival had a pretty low attendance due to the weather and the location change because the property owner did not want the carnival on his property this year.”

Winners were announced earlier this week for the weekend’s competitive events. The Western Days Chili Cook-Off saw winners in three categories. The People’s Choice winners were MyChurch in first place, Nature Boy in second and All America Bank in third. The Most Popular chili went to Cornerstone Bank, with Tom & the Tailgaters ringing in a close second and MyChurch rounding out at third place. The third category for the cook-off was left to the judges, with INTRUST Bank bringing home the top prize in the Judge’s Choice pick, Bank of Commerce coming in second and Coldwell Banker SELECT at third.

The highlight of the Western Days festivities was a little damp, but Mustang’s parade winners refused to let the rain dim their shine. Parade entrants were split into categories for their shot at top pick. The Sweethearts of the Rodeo claimed first place in the Round-Up Club/Equestrian category. Next up on the parade route, the Drill/Cheer/Walking first-place spot was claimed by Mustang High School varsity pom. The Student Float category’s top spot was claimed by 4-H and FFA, the Mustang High School varsity cheer came in second and the Mustang High School swim team placed third.
In the Commercial Float category, the Mad Hatter Par-Teas came in first, the Chisholm Tails at second and Main Edge Realty tied with Coldwell Banker SELECT for third.
Chisholm Heights Baptist Church floated into first place in the Nonprofit Float category, followed by MyChurch in second and Western Oklahoma Girl Scouts in third.
The Vehicle category was dominated by New U Nutrition, with Mrs. Doolittle’s Pet Stay ‘n’ Play coming in second place.
Friday morning’s kickoff event challenged local businesses to paint their storefronts in Western Days themes. The art was then judged with winners in three categories. Small Business was won by Friends of the Animal Shelter, LD’s Café placed second and Out West Paint & Body came in third.

In the Intermediate Business category, HeartStrings took the blue ribbon, Bank of Commerce placed second and Papa Murphy’s placed third.
The Large Business category saw a first-place win by Coldwell Banker SELECT, second place by Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers, and third place by All America Bank.
The Best Dressed Employees competition was won by Friends of the Animal Shelter, with Coldwell Banker SELECT coming in second and All America Bank coming in third.

The Pet Show included winners in four categories. The Best Trick went to Freda, Most Exotic went to Dutch, the Best Dressed Cat was Jax, and the Best Dressed Dog was Ricky.
The Best Dressed Cowboy and Cowgirl competition divided contestants up into age groups. Cowgirls 0 to 2 years – first place went to Kenslee Baird, second place to Seryah Warren and third place to Vanessa Fraire.
Cowboys 0 to 2 years – Mason Jakob Pack took first, Nathan Trupe took second and Judah Williamson in third.
Cowgirls 3 to 5 years old – Bella Estostook first, Karlee Argo came in second and Justice Deemer came in third.

Cowboys 3 to 5 years old – Colt McKinley placed first, with Waylan Hill placing second.
Cowgirls 6 to 8 years old – Cali McKinley took first, with Macy Yocum coming in second.
Cowboys 6 to 8 years – Ben Estos took first, followed by Cooper Stephens in second.
Cowgirls 9 to 12 years winner was Payton Stephens.

Mustang throttles Yukon on gridiron in season opener

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Last year at this time, the Mustang football team was licking the wounds it received at the hands of Yukon in the season opener against the Millers, which they lost 19-16 in overtime.

What a difference a year makes.

The Broncos got their revenge on their county rival last Friday evening with a 41-14 beat-down of Yukon to start the 2014 season 1-0.website commentary new.qxd

“I couldn’t be more pleased with how we started,” Mustang head coach Jeremy Dombek said. “We still left some points out on the field, but I thought we played really well overall. I was really happy with our special teams. We haven’t been able to get a lot of live action with our special teams, so for them to play mistake-free football was great to see.”

Mustang outgained the Millers in total yards, 538 to 206 in the game. The Broncos rushed for 261 yards in the contest and had 277 yards through the air. Yukon finished with 34 rush yards and 172 pass yards against the MHS defense.

The Broncos had 21 total first downs in the contest, while the Millers had 12. Mustang committed zero turnovers against YHS, while Yukon had one interception on the night, which was made by Bronco sophomore defensive back Carter Rees.Defense Crush

Mustang was penalized nine times in the game for 60 yards, and Yukon was flagged seven times for 60 yards.

MHS senior running back Chase Brown stole the show on the stat board for the Broncos as the 5-foot-9 175-pounder rushed for 173 yards on 16 carries, including an 82-yard scamper up the middle of the Miller defense, which gave Mustang its first touchdown of the season. Brown also did damage receiving the football, as he had 15 yards and a touchdown in the air.

Brown said he was glad he could help his team beat their rival.

“It’s the best rivalry in the state obviously,” Brown said. “It’s nasty, it’s awesome. I love it. It means everything for the seniors because we worked our butts off. The offensive line was great tonight. It was all them. They opened up huge holes for me all night. Nobody was catching me. That was awesome. Shout out to the corps.”

Bronco junior quarterback Chandler Garrett also had a big night in the opener against Yukon. The 6-foot-4 215-pound QB had 277 yards passing with two touchdowns on 19 completions out of 24 attempts in the contest.

Senior receiver David Parker was responsible for two of the five Mustang touchdowns, scoring one through the air and one on the ground. The first of the two was on a 59-yard reception from Garrett. Parker beat the Yukon cornerback and safety and created separation for the long-scoring play. The second came on an end-a-round hand-off from 8 yards out.

Mustang senior place-kicker Josh Vannoy made his mark on the outcome of the game as the strong-legged kicker was 2-for-2 in field goals on the night. The first was a 28-yard make and the second was an 18-yarder that sailed through the uprights.

The telling stat of the domination in the game was the total yards at halftime from both teams. The Broncos had a 27-0 halftime lead on the Millers and had 338 total yards compared to Yukon’s 19.

Excise board meets with county commissioners to discuss changes to 2015 fiscal budget

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By Daniel Lapham,

The Canadian County Excise Board met with county commissioners, officers and department heads last week to discuss and clarify proposed changes to the 2015 fiscal year budget.

The meeting was requested to ensure everyone was on the same page before the official budget is presented for approval at the Sept. 23 excise board meeting.

Concerns from one department head about sheriff’s deputies being allowed to drive patrol cars home and for personal use were raised. Court Clerk Marie Ramsey-Hirst said the use of tax dollars to purchase gas, insurance and provide maintenance on patrol cars for personal use bothers her.

Part of the requested increase from Sheriff Randall Edwards is an additional $110,000 to cover increased fuel costs. Edwards defended his decision to encourage deputies to use their cars for personal use. He said studies show that continuous visible presence of law enforcement in communities lowers crime.

“We are the 24th safest out of 77 counties in the state and we are the fourth largest,” Edwards said. “It’s about getting the biggest bang for the buck.”

This was the second time concerns were raised regarding the sheriff’s department budget. A heated exchange took place at an Aug. 25 meeting between District 2 Commissioner David Anderson and Edwards.

Anderson had questioned the sheriff on how much of the county’s general fund is being spent to operate the sheriff’s office. Edwards took exception to the argument.

Thursday’s special meeting was requested by the excise board in order to hear from all parties.

County Clerk Shelley Dickerson presented the adjustments to the excise board and commissioners. The proposed budget contained adjustments that would balance the budget, leaving a positive balance of $7,509. The changes would provide for a 3 percent raise to all county employees who receive their check from the general fund, and would cut $57,681 out of the sheriff’s budget and $16,929 out of the assessor’s budget. The proposed changes also would provide for a $1,200 raise for the fair board secretary as well as a payment to the Central Oklahoma Water Resources Authority, known as COWRA, and to the Canadian County Historical Museum for insurance.

The majority of the cuts to county departments would help provide for the cost of living raise for 334 county employees, and would cost $256,383.

Officials from two other departments offered areas they were willing to cut. The excise board recommended the additional funds should be placed into the county’s reserves, bumping the appropriated 8 percent reserves to a possible 8 1/2 percent surplus.

Anderson and District 3 Commissioner Jack Stewart suggested the one-time fee paid to COWRA should be taken out of the use-tax fund.

“We have the funds in there and we have set those funds aside for one-time expenses,” Stewart said. “This would definitely fit.”

In addition to the COWRA payment, Dickerson said Wanda Armold, Election Board secretary, recently told her the department  would not need $12,500 that had been budgeted for special elections. A spokesman from the Gary E. Miller Children’s Justice Center said the center would pay $30,000 into the general fund to cover the center’s portion of an audit completed earlier this year.

“I know you are working on this, but I would really like to see you work on your reserves,” Linda Ramsey, excise board chair, told the commissioners. “Take the additional funds and put them into the reserve fund.”

Softball rolls through OU Tournament

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Mustang softball is sitting at 18-3 through the first 21 games of the 2014 season, but head coach Bryan Howard said he is focused on keeping his team from getting complacent.

“Sometimes when you are having success and winning a lot of games, you have a tendency to get a little complacent,” Howard said. “We certainly are pleased with how we have played up to this point in the season, but there is a long way to go, and we need to stay sharp and understand we have a lot of things we can improve on going forward.”website commentary new.qxd

The Lady Broncos had a record of 5-0 last week. They defeated Putnam City West on Sept. 2 at home by a score of 18-0 in three innings. They then played in the OU Softball Tournament in Norman Sept. 4 and 5, where they won all four of their games.

“We saw some pretty good competition in the OU tournament,” Howard said. “We would have liked to have gotten the last day in, but I was pleased with how we played overall throughout the weekend. We got up early on Purcell, and I think we got a little tired.”

The final day of the tournament was supposed to be Saturday, but Mother Nature had other ideas as heavy rain didn’t allow the final games to be played.

Mustang defeated Lawton MacArthur 10-2 in its first game of the OU tourney. They then put a beat-down on Cache 11-0. In the third game, the Bronco girls took down Jenks 8-0, and in their fourth and final game of the event, MHS beat Purcell 5-2.

Senior Jayden Chestnut started in the circle against Cache, Jenks and Purcell and got the win in all three contests. Chestnut pitched the final inning of the Lawton MacArthur game as well.

Freshman Kylie Dodson usually gives Chestnut a rest and pitches for the Lady Broncos, but Dodson was suffering with an illness and was unable to play throughout the weekend.

“Jayden pitched really well for us last weekend,” Howard said. “Kylie was out sick and she stepped up and pitched in every game for us. She did a great job.”

Howard said he is getting some good play from both his veteran players and his young players.

“Our offense is really clicking for us right now,” Howard said. “Our quality at bats are really good right now. Freshman Audri Morrison is playing really well for us. Junior Lexi Vargas is having a great season for us. Freshman third baseman Karis Clark is playing really good defense for us and senior shortstop Caisey Jones is playing well defensively and has been solid at the plate recently.”

The Lady Broncos traveled to Edmond North on Monday evening for a road conference matchup with the Huskies, and they host Choctaw at 6:30 p.m. tonight in a home district game with the Yellowjackets.

Commissioners agree to temporary fix pending upcoming changes

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By Daniel Lapham,

Canadian County commissioners sparred Monday morning over  how to fill a first deputy vacancy left by the recent retirement of Theresa Ramsey.

District 1 Commissioner Phil Carson presented paperwork and a proposal to his fellow commissioners asking them to consider appointing Audre Knott, second deputy, to the vacant position and allow him to hire someone new for the second deputy position.

“I want to get things fixed before the end of my trip here,” Carson said. Carson is stepping down from the commissioner position following the November general election.

“Audre is already doing the job for first and second deputy positions and she is still being paid a salary for the second deputy position,” Carson said. “The salary for both positions is already budgeted through the end of the year, so I would like to see her compensated.”

David Anderson, District 2 commissioner, disagreed that filling the position now is the right approach. Because Carson is leaving his seat as chair of the commission in 90 days, Anderson said it would be in the best interest of the incoming commissioner to have a say in the selection of the commissioner’s first deputy position.

Carson’s seat will be taken by either Marc Hader or Justin Atkinson, who will face off in November.

“Before we go ahead and hire someone for this position permanently, I would like to see what some of the larger counties in the state are doing,” said Jack Stewart, District 3 commissioner. “I would like to see what responsibilities they are giving to their first deputies and how that fits with what we are doing and where we are heading down the road. I think as one of the fastest growing counties in the state, we are going to be making some changes.”

In the past Carson said he would have just made the appointment and not consulted the other commissioners.

“I am reaching out here in hopes you will see it my way,” Carson said.

Anderson said he was not comfortable making a permanent hire at this time.

“I am not convinced that Audre is the best qualified person for the job,” he said.

Stewart suggested a temporary fix as a compromise.

“I would like to see us go ahead and move Audre up as ‘acting’ first deputy,” Stewart said. “Then hire a temporary individual part time for the second deputy position. Then when the new commissioner comes in we can have time to evaluate our needs and make changes as necessary.”

One idea suggested was to contact Canadian Valley Technology Center to see if any students match the current needs and could be used on an internship basis.

No formal action was taken at the meeting. County Clerk Shelley Dickerson said she would gather further information and start the paperwork with Carson to move Knott into the first deputy position on a temporary basis.

OU flattens Tulsa, preps for Tennessee

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In families, sometimes the big brother has to remind the baby brother just who the boss is of the group.

Last Saturday morning in Tulsa, the Oklahoma Sooners did just that with their in-state baby brother, the TU Golden Hurricane.website commentary new.qxd

OU handled Tulsa 52-7, improving to 2-0 on the young season and dropping the Hurricane to 1-1. The Sooners didn’t waste any time showing the TU squad who’s boss in this state, as they took the opening possession and went down the field, scoring a touchdown in 53 seconds.

“I’m really pleased with the overall play of our team,” Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops said after the game. “I really believe Tulsa is getting ready for a really good year. These guys do a great job over here, Coach Blankenship and his staff. I thought Dane Evans (TU quarterback) is a good player. He’s going to make a difference for them this year. I’m really pleased with the overall play of our team.”

Oklahoma’s offense racked up a total of 580 yards in the game, while allowing 328 to the Golden Hurricane. The Sooners rushed for 261 yards and passed for 319. TU rushed for 94 yards and passed for 234.

OU committed no turnovers in the contest, while Tulsa committed four in the game. They had three interceptions and one fumble against the Sooner D. Oklahoma committed five penalties for 60 yards and TU committed six penalties for 62 yards on the day.

Oklahoma sophomore running back and Tulsa native Alex Ross had a big day in his return home. Ross rushed for 90 yards and five carries and an 82-yard touchdown scamper.

Fellow OU sophomore running back Keith Ford had 87 yards on 10 carries and two touchdowns. Sophomore quarterback Trevor Knight had 46 yards and one touchdown on five carries, and freshman running back Samaje Perine had 34 yards on 10 carries.

Knight was sufficient through the air as well for the Sooners, amassing 299 yards and two touchdowns on 21 completions out of 34 attempts.

OU junior Sterling Shepard had his best receiving performance as a Sooner, catching eight passes for 177 yards and one touchdown. Fellow junior Durron Neal had six catches for 70 yards. Redshirt freshman receiver K.J. Young had three receptions for 18 yards. Freshman fullback Dimitri Flowers had two catches for 24 yards, and senior tight end Blake Bell had two catches for 10 yards.

Senior place-kicker Michael Hunnicutt was again solid as he was 1-for-1 in field goal opportunities, making a 38-yarder.

Oklahoma junior linebacker Eric Striker led the way in tackles for the Sooners, with eight tackles on the day. Senior linebacker Caleb Gastelum had another impressive performance off the bench for OU, earning eight tackles, and sophomore linebacker Dominique Alexander had seven tackles in the game.

Gastelum, senior linebacker Geneo Grissom and sophomore cornerback Zack Sanchez all had an interception in the contest. Junior defensive tackle Jordan Phillips had a fumble recovery for Oklahoma.

Following the game in the locker room, Stoops awarded Gastelum with the game ball and a scholarship.

Sooners gear up for Tennessee

Oklahoma will play its final non-conference game of the season at 7 p.m. Saturday night at the Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium against Tennessee. The game will be aired by ABC and televised nationally.

The Volunteers come into the game undefeated at 2-0 on the season. They took down Utah State in week one 38-7, and then defeated Arkansas State 34-19 in week two.

UT comes into the game with Oklahoma averaging 36 points per game and allowing opponents 13 points per contest.

The Volunteers have amassed 47 first downs and allowed 26 first downs to their opponents. Tennessee is averaging 399 yards per game and allowing 287.5 yards per game.

UT is averaging 139 rush yards per contest and allowing 120.5 rush yards to their opponents. The Vols are averaging 260 yards through the air and opponents are picking up 167 pass yards on average.

Tennessee has committed one turnover this season on an interception and forced four turnovers on their opponents.

Their leading rusher so far this season is Jalen Hurd. Hurd has 34 carries for 118 yards and one touchdown. Justin Worley leads the passing department for Tennessee with 520 yards through the air on 49 completions out of 76 attempts, with five touchdowns and one interception.

Pig Howard is their leading receiver with nine receptions on the year for 67 yards. A.J. Johnson is the leading tackler on the Volunteer defense with 18 on the season.