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Landry Jones passes for school-record six touchdowns

The Oklahoma replacement for Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford, who is sidelined with a shoulder sprain, is gaining confidence and has his own fan club.

September 20, 2009|Mike Hiserman

Hey Sam, on second thought, Oklahoma Sooners fans want to make sure you don't rush back.

Landry Jones, in his second full game replacing Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford, completed 25 of 37 passes for 336 yards and a school-record six touchdowns as Oklahoma routed Tulsa, 45-0.

The Sooners' next game is against Miami on Oct. 3 -- the game Bradford has marked as his hopeful return from a sprained shoulder.

Bradford was injured in a 14-13 season-opening loss to Brigham Young, and Jones was shaky as the replacement in that game.

The last two weeks, though, he has been settling in and now he even has a fan club -- one inspired not by his passing but by his facial hair. The "Mustache Mafia" has its own place in the OU student section, where they don "Fear the 'Stache" T-shirts.

The Daily Oklahoman reported last week that even some members of the team's football support staff had started mustaches in support of Jones. The newspaper also noted that the American Mustache Institute had taken notice.

"Unfortunately, when he first entered the game, there was a lot of criticism the following week about his mustache," Aaron Perlut, the group's chairman, said. "We find that very disappointing. [But] that's the life of downtrodden, mustache-wearing Americans."

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Good company

His six scoring passes were one more than the previous record, which was accomplished 10 times -- twice by Josh Heupel, three times by Jason White and five times by Bradford. Heupel was a Heisman runner-up. White and Bradford both won the award.

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Stingy sOOners

Oklahoma has back-to-back shutouts for the first time since 1987, having outscored Idaho State, 64-0, before blanking Tulsa.

Tulsa had the nation's top offense the last two seasons and Golden Hurricane Coach Todd Graham said, "That's the first time as a head coach I've been shutout -- ever."

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Streaking

Oklahoma has won a record 26 straight home games. . . . Utah had a nation-best 16-game winning streak and had won nine straight on the road before losing at Oregon, 31-24. The Utes had also won six of their last eight games against Pacific 10 Conference opponents, dating to 2003. . . . Virginia Tech, which defeated Nebraska, 16-15, has won 32 straight at home. . . . Nebraska last defeated a top-15 team on the road in 1997, at Washington. The Huskers have lost their last 10 such matchups, and are 1-21 versus top-20 opponents since defeating Oklahoma in 2001. . . . Iowa State defeated Kent State, 34-14, to end the nation's longest road losing streak at 17.

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See you in March?

Kansas defeated Duke, 44-16, in the first football meeting between schools that annually suit up top men's basketball teams.

Somehow, that just doesn't seem like as big of a deal, though, when compared to Duke's 6-2 edge on the hardwood. Maybe because three of those wins came in NCAA tournaments.

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Firsts . . . in a while

When Nico Grasu kicked his game-winning 39-yard field goal against Southern Methodist on Saturday, it was the first time Washington State had led all season.

The last time Washington and Washington State won on the same weekend: Sept. 8, 2007. Washington defeated Boise State, 24-10; Washington State downed San Diego State, 45-17.

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Familiar faces

Angels owner Arte Moreno, an Arizona alumnus, was on the Wildcats' sideline during a 27-17 loss to Iowa.

Alabama defeated North Texas, 53-7, as Crimson Tide quarterback Greg McElroy passed for two touchdowns and ran for another against his former high school coach, Todd Dodge. McElroy and Dodge both come from Southlake Carroll High in Texas, where Dodge went 79-1 in his last five seasons, winning four state championships. In his third season at North Texas, Dodge is 4-23.

Ohio State routed Toledo, 38-0, as Buckeyes Coach Jim Tressel bested former assistant Tim Beckman.

Michigan rushed for 380 yards in a 45-17 win over Eastern Michigan, which is coached by former Wolverines defensive coordinator Ron English. Also on the EMU coaching staff are former Michigan assistants Steve Szabo and Tom Burpee, along with former Wolverines' players Tyrone Wheatley and Kurt Anderson.

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Blooper

Elon cornerback Karlos Sullivan was doing a good job covering Wake Forest receiver Chris Givens as he streaked toward the end zone on a pattern.

Then, suddenly, Sullivan was tripped, sent sprawling, and Givens was wide open for a touchdown.

So where was the official? Right on, uh, in the play. It was back judge Tommy Pace who accidentally tripped the defender.

The result: Since officials are considered in play, it was a touchdown -- which Pace signaled right after picking himself up off the ground.

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For the record

North Carolina State quarterback Russell Wilson has thrown an NCAA-record 329 passes without an interception. He surpassed the old record of 325 set by Kentucky's Andre Woodson with a 13-yard completion to James Washington late in the third quarter of a 45-14 win over Gardner-Webb. . . . Clemson's Richard Jackson tied a school record with six field goals in a 25-7 win over Boston College.

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mike.hiserman@latimes.com

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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