Austin Box Tribute

The Route 60 Sentinel will run this logo all year in tribute of our hometown hero, Austin Box

 

Sept 3, 2011 – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Norman OK

The Oklahoma Sooners dominated an emotional game to open the season.  Linebacker Tom Word, wearing fallen teammate Austin Box’s jersey number in tribute, stormed the field to a thunderous roar from the crowd.  Wort stopped to look to the sky and pray that Austin would help him.  Box, an Enid native, died May 19th in nearby El Reno.

But the news of the day would be dominated by new player on the field.  Dominique Whaley.  Whaley, a transfer from nearby Langston University, where he wasn’t even a starter earned the job in practice.  Whaley scored 4 touchdowns in his Sooner debut and had 131 yards.

The Sooner defense dominate, perhaps inspired by Box, and held one of the most productive offenses in the country scoreless until late in the first half.

It was all Sooners, or sons of Sooners after that. Late in the game former Sooner legend J.C. Watts son, Trey Watts scored for Tulsa, their only other TD.

Final score:  47-14

Oklahoma 1-0

Tulsa 0-1

Team Stat Comparison

TLSA OKLA
1st Downs 15 34
Total Yards 400 663
Passing 271 417
Rushing 129 246
Penalties 5-44 2-20
3rd Down Conversions 5-14 11-19
4th Down Conversions 1-1 1-1
Turnovers 3 1
Possession 23:22 36:38

Passing Leaders

Tulsa C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Kinne 18/33 271 8.2 2 1
Oklahoma C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Jones 35/47 375 8.0 1 0

Rushing Leaders

Tulsa CAR YDS AVG TD LG
Watts 10 47 4.7 0 12
Kinne 14 46 3.3 0 13
Oklahoma CAR YDS AVG TD LG
Whaley 18 131 7.3 4 35
Clay 14 64 4.6 1 11

Receiving Leaders

Tulsa REC YDS AVG TD LG
Carter 5 135 27.0 0 69
Burnham 3 68 22.7 1 56
Oklahoma REC YDS AVG TD LG
Broyles 14 158 11.3 1 50
Franks 7 74 10.6 0 21

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTER TLSA OKLA
OKLAHOMA FG 07:53 Jimmy Stevens 28 Yd 0 3
OKLAHOMA TD 03:20 Dominique Whaley 2 Yd Run (Jimmy Stevens Kick) 0 10
SECOND QUARTER TLSA OKLA
OKLAHOMA TD 13:49 Dominique Whaley 1 Yd Run (Pat Failed) 0 16
OKLAHOMA TD 06:56 Dominique Whaley 6 Yd Run (Jimmy Stevens Kick) 0 23
OKLAHOMA TD 04:23 Ryan Broyles 4 Yd Pass From Landry Jones (Jimmy Stevens Kick) 0 30
TULSA TD 02:54 Bryan Burnham 56 Yd Pass From G.J. Kinne (Kevin Fitzpatrick Kick) 7 30
THIRD QUARTER TLSA OKLA
OKLAHOMA TD 10:23 Brennan Clay 11 Yd Run (Jimmy Stevens Kick) 7 37
OKLAHOMA TD 02:52 Dominique Whaley 32 Yd Run (Michael Hunnicutt Kick) 7 44
FOURTH QUARTER TLSA OKLA
OKLAHOMA FG 11:52 Michael Hunnicutt 27 Yd 7 47
TULSA TD 10:29 Trey Watts 24 Yd Pass From G.J. Kinne (Kevin Fitzpatrick Kick) 14 4