NORMAN, Okla. — New Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts had one of the overall nights for a quarterback on Sooners history as he led them to a 49-31 win over Houston on Sunday.
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Hurts had 508 total yards on the evening, the fifth-most for a single player in OU (1-0) history. He threw for three touchdowns and he rushed for three touchdowns. Hurts, of course, transferred from Alabama after last season and he succeeds back-to-back Heisman Trophy winners in Baker Mayfield (2017) and Kyler Murray (2018), the latter of which was in attendance Sunday and showed off his Heisman trophy between time outs. Hurts’ numbers broke down like this — 20-of-23 passing for 332 yards, along with 176 yards rushing on 16 carries. He was the biggest part of OU’s 686 yards in total offense. Hurts made others look better, too. Wide receiver Charleston Rambo caught three passes for 105 yards and a touchdown. Running back Trey Sermon rushed for 91 yards. Houston had quarterback D’Eriq King, who finished with 167 yards passing, two touchdown passes and a team-leading 103 yards rushing. But the OU defense — under new coordinator Alex Grinch — made King’s life difficult all night, particularly in the first half as OU built a 21-10 lead. Wide receiver Marquez Stevenson caught seven passes for 80 yards and a touchdown.
— Matthew Postins