The Sooners wasted little time in scoring as they took the opening drive 88 yards down the field in 1:42 seconds. Ryan Broyles got his first game action in a Sooner jersey five plays in to the drive and he made it count with two consecutive catches and his first touchdown in a Sooner jersey on 27 yard strike from Sam Bradford.
The next score was set up by a big play by OLB Travis Lewis, who got the start over Austin Box and Mike Balogun, when he sacked Cincy QB Dustin Grutza forcing them to punt on their opening possession. The Sooners came right back and Jermaine Gresham snagged his first touchdown catch of the year after Chris Brown and DeMarco Murray pounded the ball in to the red-zone, giving OU a 14-0 lead.
The Sooners were not able to put any more points on the board in the first quarter, but Jeremy Beal may have had his coming out party. Many OU fans remember how effective Dan Cody was when he played the “spinner” role at OU, and Beal seems to have been integrated in to that role, which makes the OU defense very tough to match-up with.
The first play from scrimmage on the second quarter showed that UC head coach Brian Kelly was not going to just let his team fold up. On a fourth-and-one deep in OU territory he called a play action pass and his Bearcats converted. Cincy would eventually cash in on a one-yard touchdown run to make the score 14-7 in favor of the Sooners.
OU would bounce right back on the next possession to answer the UC score by marching down the field on a 77 yard drive that was capped off by a one-yard TD run by Chris Brown, his fourth TD of the 2008 season.
Both teams would have some opportunities to put some more points on the board in the quarter, but both quarterbacks would throw an interception to wipe away the scoring opportunities, until the Bearcats would draw with-in eight points on a 14 yard touchdown pass from Grutza to Dominick Goodman, over Lendy Holmes who was late to get over in coverage on the play. New UC kicker Brandon Yingling would miss the XP to make the score 21-13 in favor of the Sooners heading in to the half.
Both teams got off to a quick start in the third quarter. Despite some untimely penalties OU still scored on their opening possession when Bradford hooked up with Juaquin Iglesias on a 16-yard completion over UC’s talented corner, Mike Mickens, extending their lead to 28-13.
The Bearcats answered the score behind a Marty Gilyard 97-yard kick-off return for a touchdown. He virtually went untouched an Matt Moreland’s kick with the wind went short of the end-zone leaving observers in the press box pining for Tress Way.
The ensuing possession OU would come right back to answer the UC score with one of their own to go back on top 35-20. They seemed to take the pace back a little, but were still effective. A few key catches by emerging star Ryan Broyles brought the Sooners inside the 10, where Murray would punch it in from seven yards out on an off tackle run.
OU would extend their lead and basically put the nail in the proverbial coffin when they would stop UC’s fake punt attempt deep in their own territory when J.R. Bryant slapped down a middle screen attempt. On the very next play Bradford would pop one over the middle to Gresham, who would cash it in for his second score of the day. Giving OU a commanding 42-20 lead.
Jimmy Stevens would get the fourth quarter scoring started by putting his first field goal of the year through the uprights on a 36-yard field goal extending the OU lead to 45-20.
Cincy would have he chance to put some more points on the board, but a drive would stall in Sooner territory after Grutza was forced to leave the game with a leg injury after he was viciously thrown to the ground on a QB sack.
With a commanding lead OU would take it to the ground with a little over nine minutes left and some powerful runs by third-string running back Mossis Madu would lead them inside the 10-yard line, to set-up a Bradford to Matt Clapp touchdown pass. The pass was intended for Brody Eldridge, who tipped the ball in to Clapp’s arms.
The Bearcats would cash in a late touchdown, but it was too little too late as the Sooners would hold on to a 52-26 victory.