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Dec. 29 - Sooners Visit Fort Bliss
Dec. 29 - Players on Humvee Simulator
Dec. 29 - Sooners Test Tank Simulators
Dec. 29 - Sooners at Fort Bliss Photos
Dec. 29 - OU Delivers Tickets to Troops
Dec. 28 - Adrian Taylor, GK Bowling
Dec. 28 - Sooners Storm El Paso Lanes
Dec. 28 - Defensive Ends Up Close
Dec. 28 - Franks on Bowl Experience
Dec. 28 - Coach Wright, Defensive Backs
Dec. 28 - O'Hara, Stevens Warming Up
Dec. 28 - DEs Waste No Practice Time
Dec. 28 - Coach Wilson, Defensive Ends
Dec. 28 - OU Sun Bowl Photo Gallery
Dec. 28 - Sooners Bowling in El Paso
Dec. 27 - Trent Williams & Brian Simmons
Dec. 27 - Wide Receivers vs. Secondary
Dec. 27 - Stoops Following 2nd Practice
Dec. 27 - Junior Def. End Jeremy Beal
Dec. 27 - Williams on Playing Center
Dec. 27 - Murray, Calhoun & Brown
Dec. 27 - Coach Patton & Offensive Line
Dec. 27 - Coach Norvell & Receivers
Dec. 27 - Stoops, Bradford at Hospital
Dec. 27 - Gresham With Young Patient
Dec. 27 - Sooners Bring Cheer to Sick
Dec. 27 - OU Sun Bowl Photo Gallery
Dec. 26 - Sooners Practice in El Paso
Dec. 26 - Brian Lepak Sings for Sooners
Dec. 26 - Jaz Reynolds, Demontre Hurst
Dec. 26 - Gerald McCoy Jams on Drums
Dec. 26 - McCoy Dances Down Stanford
Dec. 26 - Coach Stoops on Bowl Practice
Dec. 26 - QB Landry Jones on Sun Bowl
Dec. 26 - OU Sun Bowl Photo Gallery
Official OU Bowl Guide
View the official Oklahoma Football Bowl Guide for the 2009 season. The Sooners will play the Stanford Cardinal in the 76th Brut Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, on December 31. The guide contains a complete review of the 2009 season including updated stats and bios plus complete postseason OU history.
Oklahoma Bowl Guide | Bowl Depth Chart
|| (20) BYU 14, (3) Oklahoma 13
|| (13) Oklahoma 64, Idaho State 0
|| (12) Oklahoma 45, Tulsa 0
|| (17) Miami 21, (8) Oklahoma 20
|| (19) Oklahoma 33, Baylor 7
|| (3) Texas 16, (20) Oklahoma 13
|| (25) Oklahoma 35, (24) Kansas 13
|| (22) Oklahoma 42, Kansas State 30
|| Nebraska 10, (20) Oklahoma 3
|| Oklahoma 65, Texas A&M 10
|| Texas Tech 41, Oklahoma 13
|| Oklahoma 27, (11) Okla. State 0
(#) AP rank at time of game
OU History & Tradition
The Sooners and great college football. For as long
as anyone can remember the two have been one and the
same. Unlike some schools where tradition represents
ancient history, or others where it harkens back only
a few years, OU's tradition is a constant accomplishment
unfettered by eras or time.
Football History & Tradition | Quick
Dominance | Modern
Era | All-Time
National Championships Since 1950
Conference Titles | 24
All-Americans | 443
Heismans | 63
National Award Winners
47-Game Win Streak | Coaches
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in AP | BCS | 334
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SOONERS WIN SUN BOWL
Berry Tramel of the Oklahoman: "Landry Jones' and Ryan Broyles' pitch-and-catch chemistry set records. Stanford tailback Toby Gerhart was so beaten up, his biceps were redder than his Cardinal jersey. A batch of guys who you never thought would play in a pivotal game -- David King and Jaz Reynolds and Eric Mensik..."
Tramel: This Win Was Big for Sooners | Latest Boomer Bytes
|| Thursday, December 31
The combination of Landry Jones and Ryan Broyles was almost unstoppable for the Sooners. And while OU's steely defense couldn't quite stop Toby Gerhart, yards were hard to come by for the Heisman Trophy runner-up. Broyles set a Sun Bowl record with three touchdown receptions, Jones passed for 418 yards and Oklahoma slowed Gerhart just enough to beat No. 19 Stanford 31-27.
Recap | Statistics | Notes | Blog | Photos | Headlines | Bowl Gear
LIVE GAMEDAY BLOG
SoonerSports.com has supplied fans with exclusive coverage of OU's bowl trip leading up to today's game. Once the Sooners kick off against Stanford, we'll jump to our live gameday blog direct from the Sun Bowl in El Paso. Join us for observations from the field, notes from OU staff in the press box and reaction to CBS coverage.
SoonerSports.com Live Sun Bowl Blog
SWITZER, SOONERS WATCH FROM IRAQ
We're receiving emails from Sooner fans around the world excited about watching OU play Stanford in today's Sun Bowl from El Paso. Coach Barry Switzer, Brian Bosworth, Tony Casillas and other former players will watch the game from the OU Club of Baghdad in Iraq today. The OU contingent is there to participate in the "Salute the Troops" bowl on New Years Day. View more info here. Thanks to Becky Switzer for emailing us the details.
SUN BOWL HEADLINES
John Hoover of the Tulsa World: "It's been called the best matchup of the entire bowl season. "There's a lot of dynamics," Harbaugh said, "and that one specifically is going to be quite a challenge for us. Oklahoma is as solid a football team across the board that we've played. There's no weak spots when you start talking..."
Running Battle: OU D vs. Toby Gerhart | Latest Boomer Bytes
|| Wednesday, December 30
Director of Athletics Joe Castiglione and Coach Stoops presented military personnel at Fort Bliss with tickets to Thursday's Sun Bowl game donated by Oklahoma fans through the Athletics Department's "Tickets for Troops" program.
OU's coaching staff joined Sooner fans in purchasing tickets to present to troops stationed at Fort Bliss in a gesture of appreciation for their service to the country.
Oklahoma Delivers Tickets From Sooner Fans to Troops
LONG ROAD TO EL PASO
When the Sooners play away from home, OU's equipment truck arrives at the game destination long before the team. The truck isn't immune however to the same winter road conditions that many Oklahomans experienced last week. El Paso's ABC affiliate aired this interview with assistant equipment manager Blake Kuenzi:
OU Staff Battles Weather to Deliver Equipment for Bowl
THE OU-STANFORD SERIES
It has been 25 years since OU and Stanford have met on a football field, but from 1978-84 the two programs played four times. The fifth game in the series takes place on Dec. 31, in the 76th Brut Sun Bowl in El Paso. View notes on the OU-Stanford series:
Quick Notes on the Oklahoma-Stanford Series
BROWN, JACKSON IN SHRINE GAME
OU running back Chris Brown and corner Brian Jackson have accepted invitations to play in the 85th East-West Shrine Game. The Game will be held Jan. 23, 2010, in Orlando, Fla., kicking off at 3 p.m. EST. View more information on the Shrine Game here.
Coach Stoops attended a Sun Bowl press conference with Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh this morning in El Paso. The players have a team luncheon and then a walk-through at Austin High School's R.E. McKee Stadium later in the afternoon.
BEAL HAS HIGH STANDARDS
From the El Paso Times: "Beal, it seems, impresses everyone but himself. "I haven't reached my expectations," Beal said of a year in which he was All-Big 12 for a second consecutive season. "My goal is to be an All-American, all that. It's been a great season, but my expectations are way higher than what I did. "I can get a lot..."
OU's Jeremy Beal Has High Standards | Latest Boomer Bytes
|| Tuesday, December 29
The Sooners visited neighboring Fort Bliss on Tuesday afternoon
to meet troops and test their skills on tank and humvee simulators.
Sooners Test Shooting Skills in Military Simulator
Players Roll Though Hostile Territory in Humvee
Sooners Explore Tank Simulators at Fort Bliss
Dec. 29 - Sooners at Fort Bliss Photo Gallery
FINAL BOWL PRACTICE
The Sooners held their final bowl practice at
Austin High School's R.E. McKee Stadium in El Paso Tuesday afternoon. OU will conduct a walk-through at the stadium on Wednesday. Following practice, Coach Stoops, Brent Venables, Kevin Wilson, Landry Jones, DeMarco Murray, Jeremy Beal and Gerald McCoy met with CBS personnel to tape segments for the game broadcast on Thursday.
COORDINATORS MEET MEDIA
OU offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson and defensive coordinator Brent Venables met with media covering Oklahoma's bowl game Tuesday morning. View quotes supplied by the Sun Bowl online:
Wilson, Venables Quotes from Press Conference
SOONERS IN THE NEWS
John Shinn of the Norman Transcript: "It won't be Gerhart vs. the Sooner defense Thursday, but Gerhart's bruising style is something the Sooners haven't faced in several years. The Cardinal running back is the kind of consistent ball carrier that becomes rarer every year. He averaged 25.2 carries a game this season and topped..."
Strengths of Teams Go Head-To-Head | Latest Boomer Bytes
|| Monday, December 28
The Sooners finished Monday evening at the Oasis Lanes in El Paso bowling against Stanford. Top Sooner bowler? The honor has to go to Carter Whitson. The Shawnee, Okla., native bowled under the pseudonym "Mudd" and rolled an impressive 230. View coverage of the Sooners as they storm the lanes in El Paso:
Adrian Taylor, Gerald McCoy Clean Up Bowling
Lewis, Madu, Alexander, Reynolds & Mensik Bowling
Dec. 28 - Bowl Before the Bowl Photo Gallery
SUN BOWL: DAY THREE
The Oklahoma football team completed its third bowl practice at Austin High School's R.E. McKee Stadium Monday afternoon. Conditions were noticeably colder with increased winds. The area is forecast to receive rain and some snow beginning late tonight and through tomorrow although dry and sunny skies are expected back for the game on Thursday. View video coverage of day three:
Go Inside Drills with Coach Wilson & Defensive Ends
Junior Corner Dominique Franks on Bowl Experience
Coach Wright Warms Up the Defensive Backs
O'Hara, Stevens Warming Up Before Bowl Practice
Coach Wilson, Defensive Ends Drill Monday
Defensive Ends Waste No Time at Bowl Practice
Dec. 28: OU Sun Bowl Photo Gallery
STOOPS, HARBAUGH MEET MEDIA
Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops and Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh
met with the media on Monday morning in El Paso:
Coach Stoops at Press Conference (KVIA Channel 7)
Stoops & Harbaugh Quotes from Monday Morning
BREAKING DOWN THE SUN BOWL
Stewart Mandel of Sports Illustrated: "There's no question Gerhart is an exceptional player, but at least part of his increased production this season was due to the emergence of Luck, a gifted downfield passer. Unless Luck returns early in the game (he's back at practice), the Sooners' defense will feast on a one-dimensional..."
Mandel: Breaking Down the Sun Bowl | Latest Boomer Bytes
TICKETS FOR TROOPS ENDING
University of Oklahoma officials announced today that the Tickets for Troops opportunity will end at 3 p.m., Tuesday. The Tickets for Troops promotion enters this week with more than 700 tickets sold...
Oklahoma's Tickets for Troops Ends Tuesday
|| Sunday, December 27
Oklahoma held its second bowl practice in El Paso on Sunday afternoon. After working in uppers only on Saturday, the Sooners broke out full pads today. View video coverage and interviews:
Senior Offensive Linemen Trent Williams & Brian Simmons
Wide Receivers and Defensive Backs in Bowl Practice
Head Coach Bob Stoops on Preparing for Bowl
Junior Defensive End Jeremy Beal Following Practice
Senior Offensive Lineman Trent Williams on Playing Center
RBs: DeMarco Murray, Jermie Calhoun & Chris Brown
Coach Patton Works Offensive Line at Sunday Practice
Coach Norvell Drills Wide Receivers in Bowl Practice
Junior DT Gerald McCoy
On his Sooner career:
"I loved my experience here. It's been a learning experience, a lot of ups and downs. But something I can learn from. I have lived in every moment, but it's still flown by. It seems like yesterday I was moving in. It went by pretty fast."
On this trip being business as usual:
"It's always business with us, nothing is light-hearted, it's still a game that needs to be played and we want to win. Of course we are taking it seriously and it's not light hearted. It's a business trip and that is what we are focused on. We are having fun after practice, but when we get up in the morning we know we have meetings and practice coming up, that is our focus."
Senior LB Ryan Reynolds
On facing Toby Gerhart:
"Personally, lining up across from him, it's going to be exciting. I am looking forward to the challenge."
On time flying by at OU:
"It feels like just yesterday I got to the dorms. Now all of a sudden I am about to leave for good. That part of it (the rehab) was slow, that was a grind. Looking back at it now, I guess it's easy at the end to say it went by quick, but there were some times that it was going by slow."
Senior OL Trent Williams
On potentially playing center:
"I've never played center before in my life, so it's a work in progress. I have the great help of my teammates and coaches, I'll be able to get through it. I haven't played center since two-a-days, and now it's all coming back to me. Having Ben (Habern), (Brian) Lepak, and even Brody, Brody played some center, so they are all in my ear every practice helping me out."
OU BOWL NOTES FROM EL PASO
Stoops has been so impressed with the playing surface on the Panthers' home field that he has asked OU officials to learn more about it as a possible practice surface in Norman. The rubber-based artificial surface is the same as that in Sun Bowl Stadium....
OU Bowl Notes from El Paso
SOONERS VISIT CHILDREN IN HOSPITAL
Coach Stoops, Sam Bradford, Jermaine Gresham and members of the Oklahoma team visited the University Medical Center of El Paso Sunday morning. Stoops and the players spent time on the seventh floor in the children's pediatric center greeting wide-eyed young patients, their appreciative parents and the hospital staff. The Sun Bowl organizes the hospital visits for both OU and Stanford:
Coach Stoops, Sam Bradford with Young Patient
Jermaine Gresham Offers OU Hat, Gets Doll in Exchange
Stoops, Players Greet Children, Parents & Staff Sunday
December 27: OU Sun Bowl Photo Gallery
Oklahoma players visiting the hospital Sunday: Sam Bradford, Jermaine Gresham, Brody Eldridge, Auston English, Jimmy Stevens, Derek Shaw, Ben Hampton, Sean Morrison, Carter Whitson, Tress Way, Bryce Easley, Gabe Ikard, James Winchester, Lamar Harris, Brian Lepak, Matt Moreland and
BROYLES A BRIGHT SPOT
John Hoover of the Tulsa World: "With just 36 yards against Stanford in the Sun Bowl on Thursday, Oklahoma sophomore Ryan Broyles would be just the fourth Sooner to surpass 1,000 receiving yards in a season. "That really is one of the accomplishments I set for this year," Broyles said, "and I'm not too far off..."
Ryan Broyles a Bright Spot for Sooners | Latest Boomer Bytes
|| Saturday, December 26
Oklahoma held its first practice in El Paso on Saturday afternoon and then joined Stanford at a welcome dinner hosted by the Sun Bowl Saturday night complete with BBQ and a talent competition between the teams. View video coverage and photos from the day:
Sooners Open Sun Bowl Practice in El Paso
Brian Lepak Sings for Sooners in Talent Competition
Jaz Reynolds & Demontre Hurst at Team Welcome Dinner
Gerald McCoy on the Drums | GK Dances Down Stanford
Head Coach Bob Stoops on Saturday's Bowl Practice
Redshirt Freshman Quarterback Landry Jones on Bowl
December 26: OU Sun Bowl Photo Gallery
Freshman P Tress Way
On receiving some of the honors after a stellar season:
"I was so thankful. I was calling my dad because the second team All-Big 12 and everything like that was really awesome. I just really wanted that freshman All-American. That was just something a lot of my friends, I was competing with Quinn Sharp from Oklahoma State and Jeff Lock at UCLA, we were all kind of competing against each other and it was definitely an honor and I was really excited about it."
Senior RB Chris Brown
On the importance of the running game giving Landry Jones confidence:
"Most definitely. Playing against Stanford, they're a great opponent and we've watched a lot of film on these guys. We have to help rally around him (Landry) and help boost his confidence."
On playing opposite Toby Gerhart:
"I think it's a personal little challenge, our running backs going up against those guys. He (Gerhart)is a great player, a runner-up in the Heisman (race). We have our work cut out for us. We are going to come out and try to execute things that we have to, to make us successful in this game."
Senior RB DeMarco Murray
On playing in his first bowl game:
"It feels good. I think it's my first bowl game. Everybody is happy to be here. We are doing good (today), a good first day of practice just getting use to the altitude up here and getting use to El Paso. It's very exciting. I feel like this could be a huge game for me. I am honored to be here playing for the Sooners."
WILSON REMEMBERS SUN BOWL
With the strains of Marty Robbins' hit "El Paso" blaring over the loudspeaker, Oklahoma offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson walked out to the Sooners' first practice for the 2009 Brut Sun Bowl, Friday, and remembered his last visit to the game...
Kevin Wilson Remembers 1982 Sun Bowl
SOONERS ARRIVE IN EL PASO
The Oklahoma football teams arrived in El Paso Saturday morning in advance of Thursday's Sun Bowl. OU gets right to work with a practice scheduled for later in the afternoon. SoonerSports.com will provide official bowl week coverage of the Sooners from team headquarters in Texas including photos, video, interviews and more.
O-LINE HOLDS KEY
John Hoover of the Tulsa World: "How soon Oklahoma will again compete for championships likely will depend on how soon things shape up on the offensive line. The real question, then, is whether the Sooners will get better up front on their own, or whether they'll need an immediate injection of talent from the 2010 recruiting..."
Improved Line Holds Key for OU Future | Latest Boomer Bytes
|| Friday, December 25
Guerin Emig of the Tulsa World: "Oklahoma isn't just preparing for Stanford during Sun Bowl practices. It is preparing for Florida State. And Cincinnati. And everyone else on the Sooners' 2010 schedule. The extra month of work gives coaches a peek at transitions that will be taking place at several key positions. "I'm really..."
Talent Waiting in the Wings for OU | Latest Boomer Bytes
|| Thursday, December 24
From the Palo Alto Daily News: "All in all, Harbaugh doesn't sound thrilled with having the Sooners as a bowl opponent. "I wouldn't say I like the matchup," Harbaugh said. "You get a little sick to your stomach with this matchup. It gives you a little nausea watching them on tape. We have to be tougher and rougher on defense..."
Bowl More Than a Trip to Stanford | Latest Boomer Bytes
|| Wednesday, December 23
Tickets to Oklahoma's matchup with Stanford on December 31 in the Sun Bowl have proven to be quite popular in El Paso. The Sun Bowl is reporting that tickets are sold out for the first time ever prior to the game.
Sooner fans can still purchase tickets to sit in the OU sections direct from the OU Athletics Ticket office or donate to send members of the military to the game:
Buy OU Bowl Tickets from OU | Tickets for Troops
David Ubben of the Oklahoman: "Stoops declined to name any of the young players who had impressed him in late-season practices. "I'm not going to just pull out names, because then someone uses it against you in recruiting, and recruiting is going too well right now for me to throw that out there," Stoops said. "But in the end..."
Young Players Hyped Too Much? | Latest Boomer Bytes
|| Tuesday, December 22
John Hoover of the Tulsa World: "All-American Trent Williams will get to play in the Sun Bowl. Just not where he expected. Oklahoma's senior left tackle will likely move to center for next week's Sun Bowl showdown with Stanford, head coach Bob Stoops said on Monday. So far, that's Brody Eldridge, Ben Habern..."
Sooners Forced to Shift OL Yet Again | Latest Boomer Bytes
|| Monday, December 21
Coach Stoops met with the media Monday afternoon to preview OU's Sun Bowl matchup with Stanford: "It's really a big challenge. You look at Stanford, and Jim Harbaugh and his staff, they have done an amazing job. You are looking at the four losses, they are 8-4, and they are all tight games..."
Coach Stoops Discusses Sun Bowl Matchup with Stanford
WEATHER IN EL PASO?
The OU football team departs for the Sun Bowl on Saturday and the weather
in El Paso is expected to be sunny with a high in the 50s. Showers are forecast for Dec. 28-29 but sunny skies return on the 30th with a high nearing 60 degrees. Keep an eye on the Weather Channel's 10-day forecast to get an idea of what to pack for El Paso:
10-Day Forecast for El Paso | El Paso Times: Weather
Jake Trotter of the Oklahoman: "End Frank Alexander and tackle Adrian Taylor, combined with Beal, Lewis and a trio of up-and-coming linebackers in Joe Ibiloye, Ronnell Lewis and Tom Wort figure to pose a formidable crew. Yet any defense breaking in a pair of new cornerbacks is flirting with calamity. And that would..."
Dom Frank's Decision Big Boost to OU | Latest Boomer Bytes
|| Friday, December 18
Tim Griffin of ESPN: "The Sooners are intent on turning around after losing five of their last six bowl games. Oklahoma gets a break because of Andrew Luck's iffy status for the Cardinal. Look for the Sooners' run defense to clamp down on Toby Gerhart and Ryan Broyles and Landry Jones to make enough big plays to win..."
Griffin: OU Over Stanford in Sun | Latest Boomer Bytes
|| Thursday, December 17
Stewart Mandel of Sports Illustrated selected an All-Decade team which reflected OU's dominance during the 2000s. Four Sooners made the team which gave OU more selections than any other school (in fact, no other school had more than two). The rest of the Big 12 Conference accounted for five more players for a total of nine (the next closest conference, the SEC, had six).
Four Sooners on All-Decade Team - Sports Illustrated
DT Gerald McCoy and OT Trent Williams were named consensus All-Americans by the NCAA on Thursday. In the modern era of college football (since World War II), Oklahoma has produced more consensus All-Americans than any other school.
72 Consensus | 31 Unanimous | 150 Total OU All-Americans
SOONER BOWL GUIDE ONLINE
View the official Oklahoma Football Bowl Guide for the 2009 season. The guide contains a complete review of the 2009 season including updated stats and bios plus complete postseason OU history.
2009 Oklahoma Football Bowl Guide Now Online
LATEST SOONER NEWS
Guerin Emig of the Tulsa World: "Don't count on DeMarco Murray's return to Oklahoma just yet. The junior running back, who previously said he was "pretty sure" he would return for his senior season, said Wednesday he hadn't made up his mind. "I feel like I've got to take the opportunity to at least think about it..."
Murray Still Thinking About Leaving | Latest Boomer Bytes
|| Wednesday, December 16
Oklahoma players met with the media in the Red Room following practice Wednesday afternoon. The Sooners fielded questions on El Paso, bowl practice, Stanford, finals and more during the session:
Wednesday Post-Practice: RB Chris Brown
Wednesday Post-Practice: CB Brian Jackson
Wednesday Post-Practice: RB DeMarco Murray
Wednesday Post-Practice: OL Eric Mensik
Wednesday Post-Practice: OL Trent Williams
VOTE FOR BEST PLAYS OF 2009
Vote for your favorite plays from the 2009 Oklahoma football season. SoonerSports.com has selected 20 of the best plays from throughout the year. Now, we want your opinion. View each clip by clicking the links below and then cast your vote. Pick as many plays as you wish and vote often. Then view the results to see how other Sooners...
Watch 20 Plays from OU's 2009 Season & Vote
SCOUTING OU VS. STANFORD
From Sooners Illustrated: "OU's line you've got the best defensive tackle this side of Ndamukong Suh in Gerald McCoy, a very good counterpart in Adrian Taylor, an All-American caliber defensive end in Jeremy Beal and a really good end in Frank Alexander. In Gerhart, Stanford has the guy who almost won the Heisman Trophy..."
Scouting the OU-Stanford Matchup | Latest Boomer Bytes
|| Tuesday, December 15
Of Oklahoma's 150 All-Americans, 31 were accorded the highest honor -- unanimous -- as designated by the NCAA. Oklahoma has produced more unanimous All-Americans than any other school in the nation. OU also leads the nation in consensus All-Americans during the modern era of college football. Learn more:
150 OU All-Americans | 70 Consensus | 31 Unanimous
WILLIAMS AP ALL-AMERICAN
Oklahoma offensive tackle Trent Williams earned first-team All-America honors from the Associated Press on Tuesday. The AP honor marks the third All-American team for Williams for the 2009 season. The senior from Longview, Texas, had earlier been named to the American Football Coaches Association and Walter Camp Football Foundation teams...
Trent Williams Named AP All-American
SPORTING NEWS SELECTS MCCOY
The Sporting News slotted OU's Gerald McCoy next to Nebraska's Suh as defensive tackles on their 2009 All-America team. It's McCoy's third All-America honor after earlier being named to the Walter Camp and Football Writers teams. McCoy is the 37th Sooner player to earn All-America honors in more than one season...
Sporting News Selects McCoy as All-American
From the El Paso Times: "At first glance, the drive into the town that built Landry Jones doesn't reveal the type of place that would produce a starting freshman quarterback for the University of Oklahoma. Artesia is 3 1/2 hours from El Paso, 3 1/2 hours from Odessa, three hours from Lubbock and four hours from..."
A Town's Hero: OU QB Landry Jones | Latest Boomer Bytes
|| Monday, December 14
Stanford's headliner is Heisman runner-up Toby Gerhart. The senior running back led the nation in rushing yards (1,736), rushing TDs (26) and runs over 10 yards (50). The Cardinal also boast one of college football's most dangerous return men in Chris Owusu, who averaged 32.5 yards per kickoff return and ran three back for...
Sooner Scouting Report: Stanford Cardinal
QUESTIONS ON STANFORD
Jake Trotter of the Oklahoman: "It should be a close game since Stanford's strength is its offense and Oklahoma's its defense. We're very interested to see if the Sooners can keep Gerhart from ripping off those 10-15-yard runs that are Stanford's lifeblood. Stanford is anxious to defend the much-maligned Pac-10 against..."
Answering Questions About Stanford | Latest Boomer Bytes
|| Saturday, December 12
The FWAA (Football Writers Association of America) provided another honor to Gerald McCoy
when it named the OU junior defensive tackle to its All-America team Saturday. McCoy has already been named to the Walter Camp All-America Team along with Trent Williams.
McCoy FWAA All-American | 150 OU All-Americans
FEW TICKETS REMAIN
From the El Paso Times: "A 75-year-old Brut Sun Bowl tradition may not make it to a 76th birthday: the ability to walk up and buy a ticket on game day. All but 9,000 of the 50,426 tickets have been sold for the New Year's Eve game between Oklahoma and Stanford..."
Buy OU Bowl Tickets | Tickets for Troops
|| Friday, December 11
View video courtesy the El Paso Times from the Sun Bowl press conference featuring Coach Stoops and Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh. Coach Stoops talks about the Stanford team and a bit about Sam Bradford's continued leadership:
Coach Stoops, Coach Harbaugh from El Paso
TRAVEL PACKAGE UPDATE
Sooner Sports Travel, OU's official fan travel provider, now has hotel-only packages for the 2009 Brut Sun Bowl available at a reduced cost. Two-night accommodations at the official OU Alumni/fan hotel in
El Paso are $399 per room for up to four people.
Hotel-Only Packages Now Available for Sun Bowl
STOOPS, HARBAUGH MEET
From the El Paso Times: "Oklahoma head football coach Bob Stoops and Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh never really got a chance to meet each other before they boarded an El Paso-bound airplane in Houston for their Brut Sun Bowl press conference on Thursday morning. Once they sat down together, they had plenty..."
OU, Stanford Coaches Tour El Paso | Latest Boomer Bytes
|| Thursday, December 10
Oklahoma's total of football All-Americans moved up to 150 when it was announced that junior DT Gerald McCoy and senior OL Trent Williams were named to the 120th Walter Camp Foundation team released Thursday night.
McCoy, Williams Named Camp All-Americans
TICKETS FOR TROOPS
The University of Oklahoma announced today a Tickets for Troops program that will allow fans to purchase tickets for the Sooners' Brut Sun Bowl matchup with Stanford and then donate them to men and women serving in the United State Armed Forces.
Tickets for Troops | Purchase Tickets Online
Jake Trotter of the Oklahoman: "That's the biggest challenge, coming with a game plan, being detailed. Players will know you're a fraud in a heartbeat if you come in there on a whim. You got to bring it every day as a coach. It's easy for me, because I love what I do. I love to be around the guys. To me, you have to be..."
Getting to Know DC Brent Venables | Latest Boomer Bytes
|| Wednesday, December 9
Coach Venables and OU defensive players met with the media following practice Wednesday evening to discuss the challenge of facing Heisman candidate Toby Gerhart and the Stanford offense. Click the following links to view video:
Wednesday Post-Practice: Coach Venables
Wednesday Post-Practice: Junior DE Jeremy Beal
Wednesday Post-Practice: Junior DB Dom Franks
Wednesday Post-Practice: Soph. LB Travis Lewis
MURRAY READY FOR BOWL
From the Associated Press: "Running back DeMarco Murray has been a key contributor for the Sooners for three seasons, but has yet to play in a bowl game for Oklahoma. A dislocated kneecap kept Murray out of the Fiesta Bowl after his freshman season and he missed last season's BCS championship game with a ruptured..."
OU: Bowl Another Opportunity to Win | Latest Boomer Bytes
|| Tuesday, December 8
John Shinn of the Norman Transcript: "The preparations, although not extensive yet, have started. Monday, OU held its first practice since Sunday's bowl announcement and the first since having a week off following its regular-season ending victory over Oklahoma State. Players figured there would be assumptions they aren't..."
Sooners Excited About Sun Bowl | Latest Boomer Bytes
|| Monday, December 7
Four offensive players met with the media following practice on Monday evening in the Red Room: receiver Ryan Broyles, running back DeMarco Murray, quarterback Landry Jones and offensive lineman Brian Simmons.
The players discussed Oklahoma's matchup with Stanford in the Brut Sun Bowl on December 31:
Monday Post-Practice: Junior RB DeMarco Murray
Monday Post-Practice: Sophomore WR Ryan Broyles
Monday Post-Practice: Senior OL Brian Simmons
Monday Post-Practice: R Freshman QB Landry Jones
BOWL TICKETS & TRAVEL
Tickets for the Oklahoma's Brut Sun Bowl matchup versus Stanford are on sale now. The cost of the tickets is $40 each. Orders will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis and tickets are subject to availability. The OU Athletics Department is also offering official travel packages through SoonerSportsTravel.com.
OU Bowl Tickets Online | Official Bowl Travel Packages
STANFORD, OU REACT TO BOWL
From the San Jose Mercury-News: "Stanford (8-4) has more victories; Stanford is the ranked team; Stanford has the high-powered offense; and Stanford has the Heisman Trophy candidate. But even in a down year (by their standards), the Sooners (7-5) remain one of college football's marquee names. "It gives us..."
Stanford Gets Big-Name Opponent | Latest Boomer Bytes
|| Sunday, December 6
Oklahoma will play Stanford in the 2009 Brut Sun Bowl on December 31 in El Paso, Texas. The invitation marks the 43rd overall bowl game for the program, the Sooners' 11th consecutive bowl (every season under Stoops) and OU's third trip to the Sun Bowl:
OU vs. Stanford in Sun Bowl | Tickets | OU Bowl History
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OU's bowl experience with Sooner fans across the nation
and around the world.
The Oklahoma Sooners will play the Stanford Cardinal in the 76th Brut Sun Bowl in El Paso on December 31. The game is live nationally on CBS at 1 p.m. Central.