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The throw was short, but CeeDee Lamb had plenty of time to break stride and let Jalen Hurts’ pass fall gently into his arms.

No Bruin was near him.

Lamb’s 39-yard touchdown reception the second drive of Oklahoma's 48-14 win over UCLA was one of several instances Saturday night in which Sooner receivers ran wide open on the lush Rose Bowl grass.

Lamb lined up in the slot on the far side of the field and lightly jogged to begin his route. The afterburners ignited once he got to the second level of UCLA’s defense. Lamb found a soft spot in the secondary and the ball was delivered.

Three other Sooners — Charleston Rambo, Lee Morris and Grant Calcaterra — had receptions of 20 yards or more.

Rambo led the receiving corps with five catches for a career-high 116 yards and two touchdowns. His two scores went for 48 and 39 yards.

Lamb found the end zone again just before halftime on his first career rushing attempt. The junior jetted in motion from the right side of the offensive line. The line blocked as it would for a halfback toss to the right, but Hurts flipped the ball to Lamb on a misdirection play.

Lamb now has a Rose Bowl trifecta with a passing touchdown, rushing touchdown and receiving touchdown in the historic venue.

His passing touchdown came on a trick play to Baker Mayfield in the 2017 Rose Bowl against Georgia.

Hurts sets record

Hurts rushed for 103 yards in the first quarter Saturday night against UCLA. He became the first Oklahoma quarterback to rush for 100 yards in a first quarter.

Jamelle Holieway held the previous record. Holieway rushed for 98 yards in the first quarter against Missouri in 1985.

Hurts had runs of 52 and 30 yards on OU's first drive. The latter went for a score.

The Sooners averaged 16.1 yards per play in the first quarter against the Bruins.

OU invasion

The Sooners played 1,300 miles from Norman, but Oklahoma might have had the home-field advantage.

Crimson-clad fans occupied one side of the Rose Bowl.

Vivid Seats estimated earlier in the week that Sooner fans would make up 48 percent of the Rose Bowl crowd. It might have been higher than that.

The announced attendance was 52,578.

UCLA only drew 36,951 fans last weekend against San Diego State. The Rose Bowl has a capacity of 91,136.

It’s good

OU kicker Calum Sutherland made his first career field goals Saturday night.

The first was a 22-yard chip shot on OU’s second drive. He followed that with a 32-yard make in the second quarter.

The sophomore walk-on from Keller, Texas was 0 for 2 on field goals against Houston. He did not attempt a field goal against South Dakota.

OU’s punting unit didn’t debut until the 6:20 mark in the third quarter as the offense scored on its first six drives.

Injury report

Marquis Hayes started at left guard for the Sooners. Hayes didn’t play last weekend against South Dakota due to an undisclosed injury.

Defensive end Kenneth Mann didn’t play against the Bruins. The fifth-year senior, who was a defensive captain last season for the Sooners, has yet to play this year due to an undisclosed injury.

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<strong>Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the first half of the Sooners' 48-14 win over UCLA on Saturday in Pasadena, Calif. [AP Photo]</strong>

Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the first half of the Sooners' 48-14 win over UCLA on Saturday in Pasadena, Calif. [AP Photo]

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Joe Mussatto

Joe Mussatto joined The Oklahoman in August 2018 to cover OU football, men’s basketball and softball. He previously covered University of Kentucky football and basketball for SEC Country. Mussatto is from Oklahoma City and lives in Norman. Read more ›

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