NORMAN, Okla. - DeMarco Murray scored four touchdowns, one on a 91-yard kickoff return, as No. 4 Oklahoma beat Baylor 52-21 on Saturday.
Oklahoma (9-1, 5-1 Big 12 Conference) has not lost to Baylor (3-8, 0-7) in 17 meetings between the teams. Baylor lost its seventh straight game amid reports that its coach, Guy Morriss, would be replaced at the end of the season.
Oklahoma entered the game fifth in the BCS standings, and when the final score from No. 1 Ohio State's loss to Illinois appeared on the Owen Field scoreboard moments before kickoff, the crowd roared.
Then the Sooners went out and presented their case for moving up in the rankings. Murray contributed two highlight-reel plays, a 25-yard first-quarter scoring run and his kickoff return, which came moments after Baylor had pulled within a touchdown late in the first half.
Murray, who had 13 rushes for 95 yards, is the first Oklahoma freshman to score at least three touchdowns in one game on three separate occasions. He has 15 touchdowns this season, tying the school record for freshmen set by Adrian Peterson.
Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford threw three touchdown passes, two to Manuel Johnson, who caught four passes for 126 yards and had the first multiple-TD game of his career.
While the Sooners keep an eye on the BCS standings, about the only mystery left in Baylor's season is whether or not Morriss will keep his job. Two Texas newspapers, citing anonymous sources, reported this week that he would not be back in 2008. Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw has told The Associated Press that the status of Morriss' future hasn't been determined.