Oklahoma Hosts Nebraska in Norman
NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma plays its final home game of the season when Nebraska visits. Twenty-three Sooner seniors will be on Owen Field for the last time.
Any combination of an OU win and a Texas loss would secure the Sooners’ third consecutive Big 12 South Division title.
OU is No. 2 in the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches polls, and in the BCS standings. Nebraska is unranked.
Oklahoma leads the series 40-37-3, including a 21-16 mark in Norman.
Game Notes (PDF)
Oklahoma: Bob Stoops (Iowa 83), now in his sixth season with the Sooners, is 64-11 overall. He is 3-2 in bowls, 3-1 in January bowls, 2-1 in BCS games, 41-8 vs. the Big 12, 24-5 vs. the Big 12 South, 17-3 vs. the Big 12 North, 2-1 in the Big 12 title game, 24-3 vs. non-conference foes, 35-1 at home, 19-6 on the road, 10-4 on neutral fields and 21-4 vs. ranked opponents. Stoops is 1-1 vs. Nebraska.
Nebraska: Bill Callahan (Illinois Benedictine 78) is 5-4 in his first season at Nebraska. He has never coached against Oklahoma.
Pre-Game Fan Fest - NCAA Sport Experience Tour, Autograph Tent - Women's Basketball team and members of the 1994 NCAA Champion OU Baseball team.
FCA Food Drive (All Gates) - Non-perishable items accepted at stadium gates.
Giveaway: Foam "O" and "U" in student section (5,000 of each).
Pre-Game: Senior recognition and Don Key Award presentation. Flyby from F-16 Fighting Falcons to commemorate veterans. The pilots are from the 27th Fighter Wing at Cannon AFB, NM. The formation will be led by OU Alumni Col. Tip Wight, 27th Operations Group Comm., Class of 83' and Lt. Col. Gary Bell, 524th Fighter Squadron Comm., Class of 87'.
OKLAHOMA ... ONE OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL’S ELITE PROGRAMS
Seven national championships (1950, 1955, 1956, 1974, 1975, 1985, 2000), 38 conference titles and 37 bowl appearances, 23 of which resulted in a Sooner victory.
Oklahoma ranks No. 8 in all-time victories (744-284-53), No. 1 in victories since WWII (499) and No. 1 in victories since 2000 (53).
Oklahoma’s all-time winning percentage of .711 ranks No. 4 nationally. The Sooners’ .888 percentage since 2000 ranks No. 2 during that period.
Oklahoma ranks No. 7 in bowl appearances with 37 and No. 3 in bowl victories with 23.
The Sooners have produced 138 All-Americans (average of more than one per season over a 109-year history) and 51 national award winners, including four Heisman Trophy recipients. No school has produced more Butkus Award (four), Thorpe Award (three) or Nagurski Award (two) winners. Only Notre Dame (7) and Ohio State (6) have produced more Heisman winners (OU is tied with USC at four).
TIES WITH THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT
Oklahoma co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach Bo Pelini was Nebraska’s defensive coordinator last season and served as the Cornhuskers’ interim head coach after Frank Solich was released.
NU defensive line coach John Blake was Oklahoma’s head coach from 1996-98. He posted a mark of 12-22 with the Sooners. Blake is a 1986 OU graduate. He played for the Sooners from 1979-82.
Nebraska offensive coordinator Jay Norvell spent less than one month on the OU staff (receivers coach) in 2002 before leaving to join Bill Callahan on the staff of the Oakland Raiders.
Adam Blankenship, a freshman defensive end from Tulsa, is the lone Oklahoman on the Nebraska roster. There are no Nebraskans on the OU roster.
Here are the 23 Oklahoma seniors who will be playing in their final game in Norman: LB Gayron Allen, WR Mark Bradley, OT Jammal Brown, C Vince Carter, WR Mark Clayton, DE Dan Cody, P Blake Ferguson, OL John Flynn, WR Ataleo Ford, DL Grant Hulsey, DE Jonathan Jackson, WR Brandon Jones, DT Lynn McGruder, LB Lance Mitchell, SS Donte Nicholson, WR Will Peoples, CB Antonio Perkins, DB Brandon Shelby, OT Wes Sims, DB Darren Stephens, DL Vershun Sublet, QB Jason White, WR Sadiki Wilson.
OU’s MOST RECENT GAME
Three times Oklahoma overcame 14-point deficits to win at No. 22 Texas A&M, 42-35 ...
Jason White threw five touchdown passes, which he spread among four different receivers. Mark Bradley caught two, including a 39-yarder that proved to be the game-winner.
Adrian Peterson set an NCAA freshman record by rushing for 100 yards (101) in his ninth straight game. A&M had committed just four turnovers all season, but the Sooners forced three, including just the second interception thrown all season by Reggie McNeal.
The Aggies got two of their touchdowns on faked kicks -- one on a field goal and the other on a punt.
Over the last two games, both against ranked opponents on the road, White fired eight touchdowns with no interceptions.
Sixteen of his 25 TD throws this came over the last four games. He has just one INT during that time and no less than three TD tosses in any of those games. Also during that four-game stretch he has 1,158 passing yards or 54.3% of his yardage for the season. Three of those games were on the road, including two against ranked foes.
His 25 TD passes this season rank No. 3 for a season at OU behind his own mark of 40 last season and Josh Heupel’s 33 in 1999.
QB comparison -- Jason White: 25 TDs, 4 INT, 160.6 pass efficiency, 2,130 passing yards. USC’s Matt Leinart: 20 TDs, 5 INT, 148.1 pass efficiency, 2,068 passing yards.
White now has 71 career TD passes, shattering the previous school record of 53. White owns 10 of the 16 games in school history in which a QB had four or more TD passes.
Heupel, now an OU graduate assistant, holds records in career passing yards and total offense. White ranks No. 2 in passing and No. 3 in total offense.
Heupel started all 25 games in his career. White has played in 35 games with 27 starts (No. 7 in OU history). Heupel is OU’s career leader in completions (654) and attempts (1,025). White ranks No. 2 in completions (530) and attempts (858).
White is 24-3 as an Oklahoma starter. Those 24 victories tie Jack Mildren (1969-71) for No. 4 on the OU career list. Steve Davis (1973-75) leads with 32. White is No. 6 among OU’s quarterbacks with a career winning percentage of .889. One of White’s losses is the 2001 Nebraska game. He started that contest, but left early with a knee injury.
ADRIAN PETERSON ... 2004 A.D.
Adrian Peterson picked up the nickname A.D., from his father for his ability to go “all day” ...
Peterson ranks No. 5 nationally in rushing (152.6) and No. 16 in all purpose yards (159.8). He averaged 191.3 yards against the three ranked opponents OU has faced to date.
He broke NCAA record for most consecutive 100-yard rushing games by a freshman with nine (ongoing). The previous mark of eight was set in 1968 by New Mexico State’s Ron “Po” James.
He tied the NCAA freshman record for reaching 1,000 yards in the fewest games (seven) with Emmitt Smith (Florida, 1987) and Marshall Faulk (San Diego State, 1991).
The NCAA record for most 100-yard games by a freshman is 10 by Wisconsin’s Anthony Davis in 2001. A Badger also has the record for most rushing yards by a freshman. Ron Dayne had 1,863 in 1996.
Peterson has set an OU freshman rushing record with 1,373 yards. The previous mark was 1,184 by De’Mond Parker in 1996. The only other Sooner frosh to crack 1,000 yards were Marcus Dupree (1,144 in 1982) and Spencer Tillman (1,047 in 1983). The only other true frosh over 1,000 was Dupree.
Greg Pruitt reached 1,000 yards quicker than any other OU player when he got there in his sixth game in 1971. Aside from Peterson, the only other player to reach the figure in seven games was Steve Owens, who did it in both 1968 and 1969. He won the Heisman in 69. Joe Washington (1974) and Billy Sims (1978) made it in eight games.
With 1,373 yards, Peterson ranks No. 7 on OU’s single season rushing chart. He trails No. 6 Steve Owens (1969) by 150 yards.
At his current pace of 152.6 rushing yards per game, Peterson would rack up 1,831 for the season. The Sooner single-season record is 1,896 by Billy Sims in 1978.
With nine 100-yard rushing games, he ranks No. 11 on OU’s career list for 100-yard games (No. 4 for a season). The all-time leader is 1969 Heisman winner Steve Owens, who hit the century mark 23 times.
No other Sooner had ever gained 100 yards in even his first four games. Peterson is 9-for-9.
In 2002, Kejuan Jones set a school record for TD by a freshman with 14. Peterson has nine.
Peterson became just the second OU freshman to rush for 100 yards in his debut, and the first RB to do so. True freshman QB Kerry Jackson went for 109 yards on 10 carries against Utah State in 1972. Peterson is the fourth frosh running back to play under Stoops.
BARRY SWITZER MUST BE SMILING
Former OU coach Barry Switzer, the architect of one of the most potent rushing attacks in college football history, must be particularly fond of the Sooner ground game this season ...
Oklahoma has rushed for 200 yards in six of eight games this season, and 21 times under Bob Stoops.
This team has 401 rushing attempts. The previous season high for OU under Stoops was 314 in 1999.
This team’s 4.9 yards per carry average is the best since the 1990 team averaged 5.0
This team’s 216.1 rushing yards per game is the best mark by an OU team since 251.1 in 1991.
OU ranks No. 17 in the nation in rushing offense. In 2002, the best rushing season under Bob Stoops to date, the Sooners ranked No. 24 nationally. Their average that year, spearheaded by Quentin Griffin’s 1,884 net yards, was 190.6 yards per game.
Last season OU ranked No. 65 nationally in rushing offense with 146.7 rushing yards per game.
For the 59th time, two Oklahoma players exceeded 100 rushing yards in the same game when both Kejuan Jones and Adrian Peterson did so in the opener against Bowling Green. It was the third time it happened in Bob Stoops’ six seasons.
There have been 17 games under Stoops in which OU had more rushing than passing yards. It has happened five times this season.
Still capable of the quick strike (OU has 11 scoring drives of less than two minutes this season), the Sooners have shown an ability to go on more sustained marches. This season’s team has seven drives of five-plus minutes. Last year’s team had only five drives of that length over 14 games. The 2002 squad, which also played 14 games, had nine, and the 2001 team, which played 13 games, had six. The 2000 team had two and the 1999 squad had three.
This team’s average possession time of 32:22 exceeds last year’s 32:15, which stands as the best of the Stoops era. With the exception of 2002, which fell an average of just six seconds per game shy of the previous campaign, OU’s possession time has increased each year under its current head coach.
DEFENSE CARVING NICHE’ SANS AWARD WINNERS
Oklahoma lost the Bednarik (LB Teddy Lehman), Butkus (Lehman), Lombardi (DT Tommie Harris), Nagurski (CB Derrick Strait) and Thorpe (Strait) award winners from last year, but is performing well ...
Texas Tech, which sandwiched 70-point outings before and after its trip to Norman, and was averaging 38.0 ppg., when it ventured to Owen Field, managed just 13 tallies against OU and did not get its lone TD until the 4:50 mark of the fourth quarter. The Red Raiders did manage 369 passing yards, but that was 67.5 yards under their average.
Texas had scored in an NCAA-best 281 consecutive games until being blanked by Oklahoma, 12-0. UT came into its game with Oklahoma as the No. 6 scoring team in the nation at 41.5 yards per game. Longhorn RB Cedric Benson was the nation’s leading rusher at 186.5 yards per game, but got just 92 against the Sooners.
Kansas State’s Darren Sproles was had just 34 yards on 13 rushing tries and the Wildcats mustered just one net rushing yard as a team.
Against Kansas, the Sooners permitted just 72 rushing yards, while getting three takeaways, including a 28-yard fumble return for a touchdown -- OU’s first defensive score of the year -- by Lance Mitchell.
OU ended the seven-game 100-yard rushing streak of OSU’s Vernand Morency, who was limited to 93 against the Sooners, and held the Cowboys to 8-of-20 passing.
Sixteen of OU’s 19 takeaways (84%) came over the last six games, all of which were against Big 12 foes. Texas A&M had just four turnovers through its first eight games, then had three against the Sooners.
Oklahoma has won its last 23 regular season games.
OU has reeled off eight straight regular season wins over the Big 12 North dating back to a 20-13 loss at Nebraska in 2001.
Oklahoma has won 18 consecutive home games.
CLAYTON ECLIPSES 200, 3000
Mark Clayton used the Oregon game to establish his eighth school record. He moved to 173 career receptions to eclipse the previous mark of 169 held by Quentin Griffin (Clayton is now at 195). At Texas A&M, he recorded both his 200th career reception and 3,000th career receiving yard. Clayton is the only 2003 Biletnikoff finalist returning in 04 ...
Clayton has eight career multi-touchdown reception games.
He averages one touchdown every 7.2 receptions.
This season, 317 of his 653 receiving yards have come after the catch.
The OU leader with 14, 100-yard receiving games, he obliterated the previous mark of four by Eddie Hinton (1966-68).
Twenty-four of Clayton’s 46 receptions this season have resulted in first downs for the Sooners.
Clayton, in his first career game as OU’s full-time punt returner, ran 50 yards for a touchdown at Oklahoma State. The play came on just his fourth career punt return attempt. He’s averaging 14.4 ypr.
PLENTY OF FOOTBALLS TO GO AROUND
A look at OU’s receiving corps ...
Sixteen different Sooners have a reception this season and eight have at least one TD grab.
Nine Sooners have a reception of at least 20 yards and four average at least 20 yards per game.
Three players -- Mark Bradley, Clayton and Wilson -- have led OU in receiving yards this season.
Clayton tops OU with 46 receptions, but had the outright lead in catches in just five of nine games.
Will Peoples crossed over the 1,000-yard mark for career receiving yards in the game against Kansas. He now has 1,043. Earlier this season, Brandon Jones hit 1,000-yards. Jones now has 1,154 yards. There have been 19, 1,000-yard receivers at OU, eight on Bob Stoops’ watch.
Including Mark Clayton’s career total of 3,018 receiving yards, OU now has three 1,000-yard receivers on this team. In 2002, the Sooners had four 1,000-yard receivers on the same team (WR Antwone Savage, WR Curtis Fagan, TE Trent Smith and RB Quentin Griffin). This, however, does represent the first time that OU has had three 1,000-yard pass catchers that all line up at receiver positions. A fourth could join the group if Travis Wilson can put together a strong finish. He’s currently at 701.
Mark Clayton gets a lot of the receiving attention, but another Mark, Mark Bradley, is getting plenty of notice too ...
All six of his touchdown receptions have come over the last three games as have 201 of his 287 yards.
The holder for placements, he also covers punts and kicks and has four special teams tackles.
Bradley scored a touchdown on his first career rushing attempt (51-yard reverse) in the win over Houston this season. Earlier in his career, he scored a TD on his first career KOR (100 yards at Iowa State, 2003) and on his first career passing attempt (17 yards to Mark Clayton vs. Oklahoma State, 2003). Bradley did not score a TD on his first career reception, but did on his fifth (39 yards at Iowa State, 2003). The senior is the son of former Sooner QB Danny Bradley, who lettered at from 1981-84.
Over his career, Bradley has one touchdown every 3.8 times he touches the ball (38 touches and 10 TDs, not including holds for placements). Travis Wilson is next at one touchdown every 4.8 times he touches the ball (12 TDs in 58 touches). Others who have a high scoring ratio are Brandon Jones with 75 touches and 13 TD (5.8), then Mark Clayton with 219 touches and 29 scores (7.6).
Oklahoma had 214 rushing yards and 213 passing yards against Oregon. That’s fairly typical of the season. OU has 1,888 (51%) passing yards and 1,804 (49%) rushing yards. Those figures are somewhat mindful of the 2002 season when the Sooners finished the 14-game slate with 2,828 passing yards and 2,668 rushing yards.
This team has flip-flopped a couple times in having more passing or more rushing yards. The last time OU had more rushing yards than passing for a season was in 1998, the year before Bob Stoops arrived.
Despite the improved rushing game, Oklahoma still averages 29.1 passing attempts per game.
THIRD DOWN THUNDER
Oklahoma has converted 54% (73-of-140) on third down this season due in large part to the passing of Jason White. The Sooner quarterback is 47-of-80 on third down this season. His third-down throws by game look like this ...
Bowling Green -- 7-12, 99 yds., 2 TDs, 1 Int.; Houston -- 7-7-0, 140 yds., 0 TD.; Oregon -- 7-9-0, 119 yards, 0 TD; Texas Tech -- 5-9-0, 54 yds., 2 TD; Texas -- 5-10-1, 30 yds., 0 TD; Kansas State -- 4-9-0, 77 yds., 1 TD; Kansas -- 8-15-0, 95 yds., 1 TD; OSU -- 4-9, 107 yds., 2 TD; A&M 5-10, 72 yds., 1 TD.
On third-and-5 or less, White is 15-of-25 for 169 yards with 3 TD and 1 Int.
On third-and-6 or more, White is 32-of-55 for 625 yards with 2 TD and 0 Int.
THIS FERGIE GETTING PHAT
Oklahoma P Blake Ferguson has a 42.2-yard punting average, but those figures fail to tell his story completely ...
Eighteen of his 38 punts have been downed inside the 20.
All but 13 traveled 40+ yards, and of the 13 that did not, 10 were caught or downed inside the 20.
He has 10 boots that covered at least 50 yards including one of 54, four of 55 and three of 58.
Only 16 of his 38 punts have been returned, and those 13 averaged just 4.5 yards.
PERK TIES NCAA RECORD
Antonio Perkins tied the NCAA record for punt returns for TD when he registered No. 8 against Houston. Perkins already is the NCAA record holder for punt returns for touchdowns in a game (3 vs. UCLA in 2003) and season (4 in 2003), and he set the punt return yardage record with 277 vs. UCLA last season. The Lawton, Okla., native shares the career mark former Texas Tech player Wes Welker. Perkins also tied another NCAA record for combined kicks (kickoffs and punts) returned for touchdowns even though all of his are of the punting variety.
DiCARLO’S GOT YOUR “BACK”
To date, Trey DiCarlo has boomed 32 of 60 kickoffs for touchbacks. Over the last two seasons, the junior has 78 touchbacks after logging only nine as a freshman.
Oklahoma is 60-12 when carrying the No. 2 ranking, including a 23-3 mark at home.
Oklahoma has the third-longest active streak in the Associated Press’ rankings. Michigan tops that list at 103 weeks followed by Miami at 81 and Oklahoma at 79. OU is No. 4 all-time in total weeks in the poll with 616. Michigan leads with 705, followed by Notre Dame 686, then Ohio State 669.
The AP poll debuted in 1936. OU and Notre Dame are tied for the most weeks spent at No. 1 with 95 each. Ohio State is next at 74 followed by Miami at 69 and Florida State at 61.
Oklahoma has been ranked among the AP’s top 10 in every week but one since Oct. 6, 2000. That one exception saw the Sooners dip to No. 11 prior to defeating Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl at the end of the 2001 season. That win vaulted them back into the top 10.
HOME FIELD HONCHOS
Oklahoma is 35-1 at home under Bob Stoops. The Sooners have won their last 18 home games, including five over ranked opponents. That’s the longest home streak under Stoops exceeding the previous best of 17. During the current streak, OU has ...
averaged 46.0 points per game to just 11.8 for the opponents.
won every game by double digits.
eclipsed 50 points seven times, 60 points four times and 70 points once.
notched two shutouts and another three games in which the opponent did not score a TD.
SOONERS CONCLUDE ANOTHER PERFECT NON-CONFERENCE SEASON
Since Bob Stoops arrived in 1999, no Big 12 team has had a better winning percentage in regular season non-conference games than Oklahoma. The Sooners are 21-1. That number of victories and winning percentage (.955) are tops during that stretch in the Big 12.
OU has won its last 18 regular season games vs. non-league foes.
Including post-season games, Stoops is 24-3 vs. non-league foes, 17-0 at home.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL’S MOST PROLIFIC SCORING PROGRAM
No college program has scored more points than Oklahoma’s 28,357. In addition, OU’s margin of victory, 15,262, ranks No. 2 behind Michigan. Oklahoma is 102nd (out of 117) in points surrendered at 13,061. Not bad for a team that ranks No. 26 in games played at 1,083.
HEAD COACH BOB STOOPS
History is one tough customer at Oklahoma. The tradition, so rich and so long-standing, is as daunting as it is impressive. To be among the best at Oklahoma is to be among the best in college football. Such dramatics are lost on Bob Stoops. The Sooner head coach befriended the would-be albatross of OU’s successful past from his first day on campus and remains steadfastly focused on tomorrow and the championship it holds.
It falls then to long-time observers and experts of the game to define Stoops’ impact. Rarely have the pundits had it so easy.
Under Stoops, Oklahoma has won 64 games, spent 64 consecutive weeks in the national rankings, played in five bowl games, three of the BCS variety, and captured two Big 12 crowns. On a playing field leveled by scholarship limits and parity, this era stares down the Oklahoma standard and does not blink.
The achievement is so brilliant that it dulls the memory of what Stoops inherited. When he arrived in Norman, the proud Sooner program was five years removed from a winning record; four from bowl play. Those atypical days of angst are so forgotten now that they might as well be categorized with the land rush and dust bowl.
Stoops has been characterized as a grounded family man, brilliant big-game coach, relentless recruiter, disciplined leader and a person with uncommon perspective. His success emanates from a disciplined style true to his roots in the Steel Valley of Ohio, but he is far from inflexible. The principles to which he holds are the tried and true axioms of the sport ... mixed with cutting edge strategy and an appreciation for the calculated risk.
During his time, OU has produced recordsetting passers and receivers, a 1,000-yard rusher, suffocating defense and special teams units that rank among the most dynamic in the land. The Sooners have been nothing if not versatile.
The son of a coach, Stoops was a four-year starter at Iowa. He began his coaching career in 1983 as a volunteer in the Hawkeye program under Hayden Fry. He worked through the ranks until he became co-defensive coordinator at Kansas State (1991-95).
With the Wildcats, he played a key role in their impressive turnaround. During his final four seasons there, K-State was 35-12 with three bowl appearances.
Eventually, he left for Florida and a three-year stint as Steve Spurrier’s defensive coordinator. In 1996, he was part of a national championship team. It was with the Gators that the spotlight found Stoops and made him one of the hottest names in the profession. His hiring at Oklahoma was one for the ages.
THE STOOPS ERA IN BRIEF
A look at Bob Stoops’ first five seasons ...
OU won the 2000 national championship, three Big 12 South crowns and two Big 12 titles.
Oklahoma has spent 22 weeks at No. 1.
Two of the longest winning streaks in OU history - a 20-game streak from 2000-01 and a 14-game streak from 2002-03.
OU has set or tied 63 school records.
Oklahoma has played in five bowls. Never had an OU coach taken even his first three teams to bowls. Prior to Stoops' arrival, OU had gone four straight years without a bowl, and had not played in one of what is now a BCS game since the 1988 Orange Bowl (1987 season). Stoops, in his second season, led OU to the 2001 Orange Bowl (2000 season).
OU has had a double-digit lead in 64 of 75 games.
OU has 41 of its 49 Big 12 victories under Stoops and just seven of its 23 losses.
An OU player has finished among the top seven in the Heisman voting three times -- Jason White No. 1 in 2003, Roy Williams No. 7 in 2001 and Josh Heupel No. 2 in 2000.
Sixteen All-Americans, two AP Players of the Year (Heupel, White), two Nagurski Award winners (Williams, Derrick Strait), two Thorpe Award winners (Williams, Strait), two Butkus Award winners (Rocky Calmus, Teddy Lehman), one Bednarik Award winner (Lehman), one Lombardi Award winner (Tommie Harris) and one Tatupu Award winner (J.T. Thatcher). OU has had a Butkus finalist in each of the last four years and a Lombardi finalist in the last three.
THE OFFENSE IN BRIEF
Oklahoma scored a school record 601 points last season. It also accomplished an OU first by exceeding 50 points in four straight games. School bests also were established in passing yards (4,109), first downs (314), interception avoidance (0.22), turnovers (17/tied), turnovers per game (1.2/tied) and touchdown passes (43).
Other spots claimed by the 2003 team on school record lists ... No. 2 in completions (349), No. 2 in plays (1,018), No. 9 in yards/play (6.0), No. 2 in total yards (6,152), No. 8 in yards per game (439.4), No. 4 in points/game (42.9), No. 4 in completions/game (21.3), No. 4 in passing attempts (480), No. 4 in pass attempts/game (34.3), No. 4 in passing yards/game (293.5) and No. 3 in comp., percentage (62.3).
Under Stoops, OU has produced its career leader in passing and receiving, while also turning out the fourth-leading rusher in school history.
OU has scored at least one TD in 77 consecutive games dating back to Nov. 7, 1998.
Under Stoops, OU has rushed for 200 yards 21 times, including 16 over the last four years.
Under Stoops, Oklahoma has 84 touchdowns of 25 yards or longer and 194 scoring drives that lasted less than two minutes.
THE DEFENSE IN BRIEF
Oklahoma has forced at least one turnover in 67 of the last 75 games (Stoops’ tenure) and has at least one interception in 49 of the last 63 contests. OU has had multiple interceptions in 17 of the last 35 games.
Opponents have a 50% completion rate just 34 times in the last 75 tilts.
Foes have scored less than 14 points in 44 of Stoops’ 75 games.
Under Stoops, the Sooners have seven shutouts. Opponents failed to score more than seven points in 22 of the 75 games.
The NCAA charts five major defensive categories -- scoring defense, total defense, rushing defense, passing defense and pass efficiency defense. OU has been top 25 in all five for four consecutive years.
Oklahoma had at least 20 interceptions in four straight years (2000-03). Never before had OU strung together three seasons with 20 picks.
THE SPECIAL TEAMS IN BRIEF
A look at special teams notes from Bob Stoops’ era as OU’s head coach ...
There have been 22 special teams TDs, including 15 in the last 41 regular season games. Those 14 came via five different kinds of plays -- nine punt returns, two faked field goals, a blocked punt, a kickoff return and a faked punt. The special teams also own one safety.
OU has returned five kickoffs and 13 punts for touchdowns.
The Sooners have blocked 18 kicks.
MANY HAPPY RETURNS
During the Stoops era ...
Kickoff Returns -- There have been 30 returns of 25 yards or more with five touchdowns.
Punt Returns -- There have been 37 returns of 15 or more yards with 13 touchdowns.
Interceptions -- There have been 47 returns of 10 or more yards with 11 touchdowns.
Fumbles -- Three returns of 15 or more yards with three touchdowns.
Phase II was completed in the off-season. The $7 million project has centered in three areas -- fan amenities on the upper levels of the west side, remodeling of the Santee Lounge and bricking the north, south and center portions of the west side. Also, the facing of the press box was re-designed with new images and a listing of the program’s accomplishments.
The capacity of the stadium is up from 81,207 last season to 82,112 this season.
The stadium seats 2.3% of the state’s population. Of the 27 states with at least 3 million residents, none houses a greater percentage of the state’s population for college football.
The playing surface was replaced over the off-season ... grass type: Tiff-Sport (Bermuda sod grown in San Antonio, Texas), square footage: 79,000, quantity of sand: 2,500 tons.
TEXAS VICTORY PUTS STOOPS AT 60
Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops picked up his 60th victory with the Sooners’ win over Texas. That win came in his 71st game at OU. Bud Wilkinson also reached his 60th Sooner triumph in his 71st game. The only Oklahoma coach to reach that milestone faster was Barry Switzer, who got his 60th win in his 67th outing.
Stoops had his team at 5-0 for a fifth consecutive season. No other coach in OU history has managed that feat. Wilkinson reached that record in four straight years.
Stoops dislikes the comparison due to the disparity in total games played, but it is worth mentioning that his .851 winning percentage is tops at OU. Switzer won at an .837 clip (190 games), while Wilkinson’s rate was .826 (178 games).
DID YOU KNOW?
Oklahoma had the highest graduation rate among the eight schools that played in last year’s BCS games (65%).
INDIVIDUAL PLAYER NOTES
LB Rufus Alexander: No. 2 on the team with 61 tackles ... career-high 10 stops vs. Texas ... nine tackles at Kansas State ... six stops, all solo, at OSU ... team-high eight tackles at A&M.
DT Remi Ayodele: Got his first OU start vs. Kansas.
CB Eric Bassey: Started as the team’s SS in 2002, then was a back-up corner last season ... one of the team’s fastest players, he had a 34-yard interception for touchdown against UCLA last season and a 45-yard fumble return for TD vs. Alabama in 2002.
DE Larry Birdine: Second on the team with 19 QB hurries ... career-high three sacks at Texas A&M ... playing extensively as the third defensive end.
WR Mark Bradley: Big, dangerous athlete, who is in his first year as the holder for placements ... son of former OU QB Danny Bradley, he threw a touchdown pass last season ... ran 51 yards for a touchdown on a reverse against Houston ... three TD grabs, one shy of school record, for 128 yards at Oklahoma State.
OT Jammal Brown: The right tackle had the top grade on the line last season ... a bright pro prospect ... ranks fourth on the team with 37 career starts.
OL Chris Bush: One of the team’s most versatile linemen, he could see significant snaps at
center and guard ... has seven career starts, including five this season, one at right guard and the other four at left.
C Vince Carter: Was a finalist for the Rimington Award last season.
WR Mark Clayton: Of the three finalists for last year’s Biletnikoff Award, he is the only one returning (other two were Larry Fitzgerald and Mike Williams) ... has 28 career touchdown catches and 31 career starts ... 61-yard TD grab vs. Kansas.
DE Dan Cody: Was one of six finalists for last season’s Hendricks Award ... said Bowling Green QB Omar Jacobs, “That No. 80 is a monster” ... leads the team in sacks with nine and in hurries with 11 ... three sacks at Kansas State ... eight of his sacks came over the last five games.
DT Lawrence Dampeer: Recovered a fumble at Kansas State ... picked off a pass and returned it 31 yards against Kansas.
K Trey DiCarlo: Set NCAA record with 74 PAT last season ... had a string of 59 consecutive PAT makes snapped in win over Bowling Green ... made 7-of-13 field goals this season ... made 42-of-57 in his career ... one of three finalists for last year’s Groza Award.
P Blake Ferguson: Enjoying his best season as a Sooner... brother of former OU punter Jeff Ferguson.
RB Donta Hickson: Posted a 25-yard touchdown run against Oregon ... missed the Texas Tech game with an injury.
LB Clint Ingram: One of the team’s most physical players, something he proved on special teams over the last couple seasons ... made his first career start against Bowling Green ... recovered two fumbles and forced one against Texas ... four or more tackles in four straight games.
DE Jonathan Jackson: Has seven sacks, including two each against Houston and Oklahoma State.
WR Brandon Jones: Eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for career receiving yards in the win over Texas Tech ... 69-yard TD grab vs. Kansas ... at least one catch in every game this season ... three special teams tackles over the last two games.
RB Kejuan Jones: Led OU with 925 rushing yards last season ... played behind Quentin Griffin in 02 and was the team’s short yardage back ... set career highs with 32 carries and 148 yards in the opener ... string of eight straight games with at least one TD ended against Oregon ... missed the Texas Tech game with an injury ... 49 yards vs. OSU was his best in the last four weeks.
OG Davin Joseph: Gifted and experienced lineman who was one of the nation’s top wrestlers back in his high school days ... missed the Houston game with an injury ... played a few snaps at right tackle at Kansas State.
DT Lynn McGruder: Co-Big 12 Sportsman of the Year with Mark Clayton for his role in assisting victims in a serious automobile accident in the summer of 03 ... season-high four tackles, including two for loss, against Texas.
MLB Lance Mitchell: Played in three games last season before going down with a season-ending knee injury ... was the team’s top tackler in 2002 with 124 ... led the Sooners in the opener with nine tackles ... two sacks against Houston ... knocked down a pair of passes against Texas Tech ... 28-yard fumble return for TD and game-high 11 tackles vs. Kansas ... three TFL at A&M, including a nine-yard sack.
TE Bubba Moses: TD receptions vs Oregon and A&M ... career-long grab of 40 yards at A&M.
SS Donte Nicholson: Top returning tackler after posting 90 last season as the Big 12’s Defensive Newcomer of the Year ... season-high 11 tackles vs. Oregon ... his two sacks have resulted in 19 yards in losses ... picked off just the second interception yielded by A&M’s Reggie McNeal and returned it 32 yards.
CB Chijioke Onyenegecha: Career-high seven tackles and a key forced fumble at A&M.
DT Carl Pendleton: Started four of the last five games -- missed the Kansas game with an injury ... season-high four tackles vs. Texas.
WR Will Peoples: Has 15 career starts at receiver ... became the 19th 1,000-yard career receiver at OU when he crossed that mark against Kansas.
CB/RS: Antonio Perkins: Has eight career punt returns for touchdowns ... has 12 punt returns of 40 yards or longer in his career ... graduated in May with a degree in criminology/sociology and is presently attending graduate school ... missed the last four games with an injury.
RB Adrian Peterson: Rushed for 100 yards in every game this season ... a workhorse, he’s averaging 26.5 rushing attempts per game.
FS Brodney Pool: Led the team in interceptions last year with seven ... currently the team’s leading tackler with 65 ... broke up two passes against Kansas and has a team-high nine for the season ... two interceptions against Texas Tech.
WR Jejuan Rankins: Reminds many of teammate Mark Clayton ... caught 33 balls last season in his first year on the field for OU ... 56-yard KOR set up OU’s first touchdown vs. Houston.
LS Jacob Rice: No errant snaps in 385 career tries.
FB J.D. Runnels: Rock steady player who is assignment strong ... also a good receiver as evidenced by the fact that he has at least one reception in five straight games ... touchdown grab against Texas Tech ... career-long 28-yard reception at Kansas State.
DB Brandon Shelby: Per snaps played, he is one of the most effective players on the team ... Made All-Big 12 HM in 2002 with no starts ... has three career blocked kicks ... had an interception and a career-high nine tackles in the win over Texas Tech, his lone start of the season.
OT Wes Sims: A fixture on the left side with 44 career starts.
QB Paul Thompson: Ran a 4.4 40 in fall testing and brings multiplicity to the quarterback position.
CB Marcus Walker: Came out of his redshirt at A&M.
QB Jason White: 2003 winner of the Heisman and O’Brien Awards ... will graduate in December with a degree in sociology.
WR Travis Wilson: Leads the team in touchdown receptions with eight, which ties for third in OU history ... had two scoring grabs against Texas Tech and Kansas State ... streak of 12 straight games with a reception ended at OSU.