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Oklahoma Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley has been one of the top coaches in all of college football since he took over in 2017. From 2015-16, he led the offense to new heights and prepared for the opportunity to replace legendary head coach Bob Stoops. Since 2017, Riley has compiled a record of 45-8 and three College Football Playoff berths for the Sooners.

Safe to say that OU made the right choice in promoting from within rather than looking outside for the coach that would replace Bob Stoops. Now Riley has the Oklahoma football team humming along. In four seasons, they have won the Big 12 Championship every season and appeared in a New Years Six bowl game as well.


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Looking back over the last four seasons with the Texas native running the show, Sooners Wire looks at the 10 most lopsided victories on his resume.

Oklahoma vs Kansas State (2018)

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The margin of Victory: 37 points The No. 8 ranked Oklahoma Sooners hosted the unranked Kansas State Wildcats on Oct. 27, 2018. OU finished off their Big 12 foes with a score of 51-14. Kyler Murray led the offense with 352 yards passing with three touchdowns and added another on the ground. Kennedy Brooks carried the ball five times for 94 yards and two touchdowns. While CeeDee Lamb averaged 40 yards per reception on four catches with two touchdowns. After heading into halftime up 34-7, the Sooners let off the gas a bit for this victory.

Oklahoma at Kansas (2018)

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The margin of victory: 38 points It was the first season under Lincoln Riley when the Sooners met the Kansas Jayhawks in Lawrence. OU was the No. 3 ranked team in the country on that November afternoon in 2017. The Sooners only led 21-3 by halftime before finishing with a 41-3 victory. Baker Mayfield threw for three touchdowns before Murray came into the game during mop-up duty.

Oklahoma vs West Virginia (2019)

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The margin of victory: 38 points At the time of this game, the Oklahoma Sooners were the No. 5 team in the country and hosted an unranked West Virginia Mountaineers squad. As a member of the Big 12, WVU has never defeated OU and they weren’t even close on this day. Led by quarterback Jalen Hurts, the Sooners built up a 28-14 lead at the half. The Sooners blanked the Mountaineers in the second half 24-0 for the 52-14 victory. Hurts accounted for five touchdowns on the day.

Oklahoma vs Texas Tech (2019)

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The margin of victory: 39 points The No. 6 ranked Oklahoma Sooners hosted the alma mater of head coach Lincoln Riley, Texas Tech. The Red Raiders couldn’t match the firepower of the OU offense as they thrashed them 55-16. Through the air or on the ground didn’t matter but it was all about CeeDee Lamb with his seven receptions for 185 yards and three touchdowns.

Oklahoma vs Tulane (2017)

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The margin of victory: 42 points After upsetting the No. 2 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes the week earlier, the Sooners hosted an unranked Tulane squad. Their first meeting in school history and did not go well for the Green Wave. After finishing the first quarter tied at 14, the Sooners rattled off 42 unanswered the rest of the way led by Baker Mayfield, “Hollywood” Brown, and CeeDee Lamb as OU won 56-14.

Oklahoma vs Missouri State (2020)

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The margin of victory: 48 points The No. 5 Oklahoma Sooners opened the 2020 campaign against Missouri State. It was not much of a competition as the game was over by halftime. The Sooners built a 41-0 lead by the half, Spencer Rattler threw for 290 yards and four touchdowns in limited time as the starter.

Oklahoma vs UTEP (2017)

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The margin of victory: 49 points The No. 7 ranked Oklahoma Sooners hosted UTEP to open the 2017 season. They finished off the Miners 56-7 to kick off their campaign. Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray combined for 478 yards and four touchdowns in the game. They combined for two total incompletions as the Sooners rolled to the seven-touchdown victory.

Oklahoma vs Florida Atlantic (2018)

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The margin of victory: 49 points It was smooth sailing for the No. 7 Oklahoma Sooners as they hosted Florida Atlantic to open the 2018 season. In Kyler Murray’s debut as the replacement for Baker Mayfield, he threw for 209 yards on 11 attempts with two touchdowns. The Sooners led by 42 at the half and Rodney Anderson led the way on the ground for the 63-14 victory.

Oklahoma vs Kansas (2020)

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The margin of victory: 53 points This game was over before it even began for the No. 19 ranked Oklahoma Sooners. Defensively, Nik Bonitto and Ronnie Perkins combined for 4.5 sacks as they held Kansas to just nine total points on the afternoon. Oklahoma led 41-3 heading into the final quarter before adding another three touchdowns. OU won 62-9 to capture their fourth-straight victory on the season.

Oklahoma vs South Dakota (2019)

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The margin of victory: 56 points The largest margin of victory came when the No. 4 Oklahoma Sooners hosted South Dakota. The final score ended up at 70-14, as all three quarterbacks got in on the action. Jalen Hurts, Tanner Mordecai, and Spencer Rattler combined for six touchdowns and the score was 56-14 after three quarters. Three running backs combined for 169 yards and another three touchdowns on the day. CeeDee Lamb led the receiving corps with six catches for 144 yards and a score.