It’s DeMarco Murray’s turn to hold the record for most career all-purpose touchdowns.
At the 3:12 mark in the third quarter, Murray scampered around the right side and into the end zone for 10-yard score, the 58th of his career, surpassing the previous mark of 57 set by Owens way back in 1969.
“Oh, it’s just unbelievable, you know, just a humbling experience,” Murray said. “And like I said, I just want to thank God and my offensive line. You know, without them, nothing [is possible]. I wouldn’t have been close, but it’s just, I don’t know, I’m still just shocked about it.”
It’s that much more shocking considering how long the record has been in place.
“You talk about a special record, you know, with the great history of all of the great players that we’ve had, all of the All-Americans and special, special running backs, for him to have that record is really special,” said OU head coach Bob Stoops. “We’re just proud of him.”
Billy Sims couldn’t shatter it.
Quentin Griffin couldn’t shatter it.
Adrian Peterson couldn’t shatter it.
But Murray could.
And one thing that made it even more memorable was shattering it in front of the home crowd.
Murray admitted that himself.
“Yeah, I mean, that’s definitely special to be out here in front of the fans and let them enjoy the moment as well, so I mean it just felt great,” Murray said.
His first touchdown of the night came just before halftime when he completed a drive with 1-yard touchdown run to make it 31-0 OU.
The second came early in the third quarter when quarterback Landry Jones hit Murray for a 15-yard touchdown pass.
And that set the stage for him to break one of the most prestigious records in the Sooner history books.
In light of breaking a remarkable record, though, offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson paid his respects to Owens.
“[Murray’s] played on the No. 1 and No. 3 [scoring] teams in school history,” Wilson said. “We’re not too bad now. It’s a different era where all the passing games, more plays, clock stops. When Steve Owens and the wishbone guys played, there weren’t as many plays. He is getting more opportunities. He would probably be pretty gracious to a lot of players over the years who helped him get it done.”
The legacy of Owens will live on, but Murray owns the new mark.
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