Game Notes: Big 12 Championship

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
DECEMBER 01, 2007
  Oklahoma Game Notes
• With its 38-17 win over Missouri, Oklahoma head coach Oklahoma improved its record against Missouri to 65-23-5 and won its 18th out of the last 19 games Stoops is now 5-0 against the Tigers.

• Oklahoma earned its fifth Big 12 Championship (2000, ‘02, ‘04, ‘06, ‘07) and its 41st conference title overall. OU also became the first team in conference history to win back-to-back Big 12 titles.

• Oklahoma is now 7-12-2 vs. AP’s No. 1-ranked teams and 7-5-2 when the Sooners are also ranked. OU is also 46-29-2 when both the Sooners and their foes are ranked in the AP’s top 10. Oklahoma’s last win over the AP’s No. 1-ranked team was in 2000 when the Sooners defeated Nebraska, 31-14, en route to its seventh national championship.

• With the win Oklahoma advanced to its sixth BCS bowl game. OU is 2-3 in those games, appearing in all four BCS bowls once, including two appearances in the Orange Bowl. In its last BCS appearance, Oklahoma lost 43-42 to Boise State in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl.

• With his two first-half rushing TDs, sophomore RB Chris Brown upped his season total for rushing TDs to eight. It marked the fourth time in Brown’s career to pick up multiple TDs in a game and his second against Missouri as Brown hit pay dirt three times against the Tigers on Oct. 13.

• For the second consecutive week, the OU defense repelled its opponent from the one-yard line. With Missouri within three feet of six points and on second down, the OU “D” stuffed two consecutive runs forcing the Tigers to settle for an 18-yard field goal. OU stopped Oklahoma State on four straight downs from the one-yard line in last week’s game, recovering a fumble on fourth down.

• After picking up 19 yards on the opening kickoff of the second half, junior WR Juaquin Iglesias moved to No. 2 on the OU career kick return yards list with 994 yards. Iglesias passed Antwone Savage (1999-2002) who had 993 yards and now sits behind Buster Rhymes (1980-84) who has 1,237 yards.

• Freshman DE Jeremy Beal recorded his first career sack against the Tigers. As a team, the Sooners sacked Daniel two times on Saturday night and upped their season total to 31.

• Senior RB Allen Patrick continues to close out his Sooner career in style. After picking up a career-high 202 yards and three TDs against Oklahoma State last week, Patrick finished Saturday’s game with 88 yards and a touchdown.

• Sophomore TE Jermaine Gresham caught his 11th TD of the season in the third quarter, equaling Travis Wilson (2004) at No. 2 on the OU TD receptions in a season list. Mark Clayton (2003) is tops with 15.

• Senior TE Joe Jon Finley caught his third TD in two weeks with his four-yard reception in the fourth quarter. Finley also had his hand in on Oklahoma’s three rushing TDs as the Sooners backs ran behind him on their six-point plays.

• The Oklahoma offensive line gave up zero sacks for the fifth time of the season. Coming into the game, OU had only allowed 0.9 sacks per game. The school record for fewest sacks allowed in a season was set last season with 1.1.

  Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford

• RS freshman QB Sam Bradford passed for his 34th TD of the season when he hit senior TE Joe Jon Finley in the fourth quarter, jumping his position coach Josh Heupel (1999) for third on the OU TD passes in a season list.

  Oklahoma LB Curtis Lofton

• Junior LB Curtis Lofton collected his third interception of the year when he picked off Mizzou QB Chase Daniel in the third quarter and returned it 26 yards to the Missouri seven-yard line. Lofton also had interceptions against Utah State and Texas Tech.

• It was also Lofton’s second collection of a Missouri turnover on the season as the junior picked up a fumble and returned it 12 yards for a touchdown against the Tigers on Oct. 13.

  By the Numbers

62,585 - Saturday’s attendance at the Big 12 Championship of 62,585 was the third lowest in Big 12 Championship history

119 - Chris Brown’s first rushing TD marked the 119th consecutive game that Oklahoma has scored a touchdown.

66 - Junior P Mike Knall’s 66-yard punt in the first quarter marked his career long and the Sooners’ long of the season. The previous long for both was a 60-yarder against Texas Tech on Nov. 17.

33 - Sophomore DE Auston English returned to action in the first quarter for the first time since injuring his right ankle against Texas A&M on Nov. 3.

12 - Career touchdowns by sophomore TE Jermaine Gresham who is now just five touchdowns away from setting the OU career record for TD receptions by a TE.

9 - The 2007 season is the ninth straight season that Oklahoma has advanced to a bowl game.

5 - With no points in the first quarter, OU was held scoreless in a quarter for only the fifth time on the season.

5 - Senior TE Joe Jon Finley collected five receptions, a career high. Finley’s previous high was four against UAB in 2006.




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