No. 3 Sooners play first road game of the season in Seattle against Huskies.
NORMAN, Okla. --
After a pair of convincing home victories, Oklahoma
goes on the road for the first time this season when
the Sooners visit Washington. The contest completes
a two-game agreement between the two schools. It is
OU’s first trip to a Pac-10 school since a controversial
loss at Oregon in 2006.
ESPN has the national telecast beginning at 6:45 p.m.
CT (4:45 p.m. Pacific). Mike Patrick will call
the game with analysis from Todd Blackledge and sideline
reports from Holly Rowe.
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The series is tied at 1-1. Washington won the first
meeting in the 1984 Orange Bowl, 28-17, then Oklahoma
prevailed at Norman on Sept. 9, 2006, 37-20.
Oklahoma: Bob Stoops (Iowa ‘83) is 99-22 in his
10th season with the Sooners. He is 65-13 vs. the Big
12, 35-9 vs. the Big 12 South, 28-4 vs. the Big 12
North, 5-1 in the Big 12 title game, 34-9 vs. non-conference
opponents, 56-2 at home, 27-11 on the road, 16-9 on
neutral fields, 28-11 vs. ranked opponents, 4-5 in
bowls, 3-5 in January Bowls and 2-4 in BCS games. He
is 1-0 vs. Washington.
Washington: Tyrone Willingham (Michigan State ‘77)
is 11-27 in his fourth year at Washington, 76-78-1
in 14 seasons as a college head coach. He is 0-1 vs.
record stands at 781-295-53.
The Sooners own seven
national championships (1950, 1955, 1956, 1974, 1975,
has 41 bowl appearances (No. 7 nationally) with 24
victories (No. 4 nationally).
Oklahoma has won 41 conference titles.
WWII, Oklahoma is the most successful college football
program with 547 victories.
Some 144 All-Americans
and four Heisman Trophy winners have come from the
OU leads the nation in 10-win seasons with 30 overall.
Football History & Tradition
This Week's Opponent
Washington is 0-2 after a 44-10 loss at Oregon and
a 28-27 setback to BYU. This is the second of three
straight home games for UW.
• The Huskies dropped a heartbreaker last week. QB
Jake Locker scored a touchdown with two seconds remaining
against No. 15 BYU, but was flagged for excessive celebration.
The ensuing 35-yard extra point was blocked and the
Cougars escaped with the win.
• Locker has accounted for 426 of UW’s 579 total
offense yards. With 119 yards he is the team’s
leading rusher by 86 yards.
Ties With This Week's Opponent
OU head coach Bob Stoops was a safety on the
Iowa team that dropped the 1982 Rose Bowl to Washington,
• Darrell Royal, who went on to a 19 years as head
coach at Texas, coached Washington to a 5-5 mark in
1956. He was an OU letterman from 1946-49. Royal was
succeeded at UW by one of his Oklahoma teammates, Jim
Owens, who led the Huskies to a 99-82-6 mark from 1957-74.
Owens also played at OU from 1949-46.
Conclusion of this Series
This is the conclusion of a two-game series between
these two schools. The first game was played in 2006
when OU posted a 37-20 victory in Norman. Nineteen
of the players that were listed on the depth chart
heading into that game still play for the Sooners.
Six of those are offensive linemen.
• This is Oklahoma’s first game in the state
Oklahoma and the Pac 10
Oklahoma holds an all-time mark of 22-14-1 against
the Pac-10 and has played at least one game against
each of the 10 members. Only Conference USA, with 44
games, exceeds the Pac-10’s 37 for most non-conference
games for Oklahoma. The ACC is next at 32.
• Former OU defensive coordinator (1999-2003) Mike
Stoops, brother of Bob Stoops, is in his fifth season
as head coach at Arizona.
• Oklahoma’s last visit to a Pac-10 venue resulted
in a series of officiating mistakes over the waning
minutes that led to the acknowledgement of errors from
the conference office, the suspension of crew members
and extensive national media coverage. The outcome
was a 34-33 loss at Oregon on Sept. 16, 2006. OU finished
The 2006 Oklahoma-Washington Meeting
• OU scored the first 24 points of the second half
to break a 13-13 tie and take a 37-13 lead.
• Adrian Peterson had 32 carries, 165 yards and two
TDs. He also caught two passes for six yards.
• QB Paul Thompson completed 21-of-33 passes for 272
yards with two TDs and one interception.
• Malcolm Kelly caught six passes for a career-high
121 yards and two TDs.
• FS Darien Williams topped the defense with 13 tackles.
LB Rufus Alexander had 11 with one TFL and two PBU.
• Washington rushed for 201 yards, including 54 on
its first scoring drive.
Oklahoma's Most Recent Game
Oklahoma blasted Cincinnati in Norman last Saturday,
52-26. It was a Bearcat squad that went 10-3 in 2007,
was ranked No. 17 in the final 2007 AP poll and trotted
out 16 returning starters, including nine seniors on
• Oklahoma scored on its first two possessions and
• Sam Bradford completed 28-of-39 passes for 395 yards
and five touchdowns with two interceptions. His completions
and yardage figures were career bests, while his touchdown
total tied his best. One of Bradford’s interceptions
first glanced off a Sooner receiver.
• WR Ryan Broyles enjoyed the best debut game ever
for an Oklahoma receiver in both catches and yards.
The redshirt freshman caught seven passes for 141 yards
and one touchdown.
• RS freshman linebacker Travis Lewis, playing in just
his second game, registered a team-high 12 tackles
to go with 2.5 tackles for 16 yards in losses and a
pair of sacks for -14.
• OU’s defense played better than the final score
might indicate. The Bearcats scored one touchdown on
a kickoff return and another on the game’s final
play. UC managed just 87 yards on 29 rushing attempts.
The Sooners Briefly
OU was No. 4 in both of preseason polls. It marked
the 10th straight season that was ranked in the first
• Oklahoma was tabbed for a first-place finish in the
Big 12’s South Division in a preseason polling
of league media. Defensive end Auston English was named
the league's preseason defensive player of the year.
• There are 27 players on this team with previous starting
experience. There were 34 in 2007, 10 in 2006.
• Last season, OU was 11-3 overall, 6-2 in the Big
12. The Sooners won their fifth Big 12 crown, second
straight and 41st league title overall before advancing
to the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.
• Three players from the ‘07 team left early
for the NFL: WR Malcolm Kelly, LB Curtis Lofton and
DB Reggie Smith.
Decade of Dominance
Oklahoma’s best-ever decade, in terms of total
victories, came in the 1970’s when the Sooners
were 102-13-3 (.877). In the 2000’s, OU is 92-17-0
New Video Board in Debut Season
The board measures 113.5 feet wide by 32.5 feet
tall (3,689 square feet). The previous video board
space on the south end board was 36X21 (756 square
feet). It is thought that the new board is the fourth-largest
in the nation.
The board is 16mm High Definition.
Cost of the new board was $4.5 million.
The project included a new sound system, the
extension of the ribbon boards on the upper decks and
a new Sooner Vision high definition control room, which
carried a price tag of $2 million.
Home Field Honchos
Bob Stoops’ teams are 56-2 at Gaylord Family
- Oklahoma Memorial Stadium and have won their last
20 in a row there, and 40 of their last 41. The current
winning streak is the longest under Stoops, who twice
had coached the Sooners to 19 straight wins at home.
The current streak is tied for third-longest in school
history. The top mark was 25, a string that ended in
1953. A streak of 21 ended in 1975 and another of 20
ended in 1957.
Notable Rule Changes
The 40-second play clock begins when the ball
is dead from the previous play.
The first two sideline penalties are five yards.
Subsequent penalties for the offense are 15 yards.
The horse-collar tackle now results in a 15-yard
unnecessary roughness penalty.
If a coach's challenge is upheld, the
coach retains the challenge.
Kickoffs that go out of bounds are penalized
30 yards from the spot of the kick.
Grasping or twisting of the facemask is a 15-yard
penalty. Incidental contact is no longer penalized.
Stoops Era Yielding Record Attendance
Oklahoma has drawn 4,668,225 fans for Bob Stops’ 58
home games (started in 1999)...
All 58 have been sold out and the Sooners have prevailed
Last year's average home attendance of
84,858 was the largest in school history. The top eight
seasons for OU home attendance have come on Stoops'
The crowd of 85,357 for the `07 Miami
game was the largest to see a sporting event in the
state of Oklahoma.
OU has exceeded its listed capacity of 82,112
in 32 consecutive games.
Oklahoma has played before sellout crowds in 102
of Stoops’ 121 games. A total of 8,953,033, or
an average of 73,992, has seen those games.
Oklahoma Sets Attendance Records at Memorial Stadium
|| About the Offense |
• Under Stoops, Oklahoma has produced its career leader
in passing and receiving, while turning out the No.
3- and No. 4-ranked rusher in school history and the
school record holder for single-season rushing, passing
and receiving yards.
• OU has scored at least one touchdown in every game
dating back to Nov. 7, 1998.
• Under Stoops, OU has rushed for 200 yards 36 times,
including 30 over the last five seasons.
• Also under Stoops, OU has 125 touchdowns of 25-plus
yards and 254 scoring drives that took less than two
Oklahoma has played 16 games since Sam Bradford was
named the starting quarterback. He missed nearly all
of the Texas Tech game last season due to injury (out
after first series). Here is a look at OU’s offensive
production in those other 15 games, in which the team
has a record of 13-2, a Big 12 title and BCS Bowl appearance
• The Sooners averaged 37.7 points per game and
eclipsed 50 points seven times.
• Bradford averaged 2.9 touchdown passes per game,
while completing 283-of-401 passes (.706) with 43 TDs
and 10 interceptions.
• Oklahoma averaged 391.8 yards total yards per game.
• Bradford threw for more than 300 yards three times
while piloting an offense that was averaging 196.2
yards per game during that same period.
• Threw multiple TD passes in 13 games including five
each against Miami (Fla.), Texas A&M and Cincinnati.
Iglesias Piles Up Yards
WR Juaquin Iglesias is one of the top all-around performers
ever to wear a Sooner uniform ...
• He led the Sooners in receptions and receiving yards
last season with 41 for 514, respectively.
• With 1,883 all purpose yards last season, he posted
the seventh-best figure in school history.
• His career total of 3,235 all purpose yards is 20th
on the career list at Oklahoma.
• He ranked No. 16 nationally last season with 28.48
yards per kickoff return.
• Iglesias has the nation’s fifth-longest streak
for receptions in consecutive games with 34. He trails
Rice’s Jarrett Dillard (38), UNLV’s Casey
Flair (37), Ball State’s Dante Ball (35) and
South Carolina’s Kenny McKinley (35).
To date, Oklahoma receivers have 264 of 700 passing
yards after the catch. Four receptions contributing
to that total yardage were credited with no running
yards because they were caught in the end zone for
• vs. UTC, OU’s receivers gained 127 yards
after the catch. Manuel Johnson had 56 of his 120 yards
on the run.
• vs. Cincinnati, OU’s receivers gained
137 yards after the catch. Ryan Broyles had 38 of 141
on the run.
Three-Headed Running Game
Aside from Allen Patrick’s 1,009 rushing yards
last season, reserves Chris Brown (611 yards) and DeMarco
Murray (764 yards) combined for 1,375. Murray scored
13 TDs, Brown nine. Thus far in ‘08, starter
DeMarco Murray has 30 carries for 212 yards and three
touchdowns. Back-ups Brown and Moses Madu have combined
for 49 attempts for 206 yards and four touchdowns.
• In the opener, Brown became the 66th player in school
history to rush for 1,000 yards in a career. Murray
is 24 yards away from becoming No. 67.
The Line on the Line
With an average height of just over 6-5 (77.1 inches)
and 302.8 pounds on the two-deep this is one of the
biggest offensive lines in OU history. During the Stoops
era this is the third-heaviest line, down by an average
of 13.8 pounds from last year despite the fact that
it’s mostly the same group. Last year’s
was the heaviest line at 316.6. By height, this is
the third-tallest line of the Stoops era. The 2002
and 2003 lines both measured 77.2 inches.
• This veteran line (two-deep) has combined for 138
starts and 196 games played.
• Oklahoma ranks No. 15 in sacks allowed at 0.5/game.
Several of the schools ahead of OU in that category
employ quick-throwing, spread formations.
Nearing 30,000 Points
By points, Oklahoma is the highest scoring program
in the history of college football. In 1,129 games,
the Sooners have scored 29,886 points, an average of
26.5 per game. Chasing the Sooners are Michigan with
29,363 points in 1,196 games and Nebraska with 29,163
in 1,192. OU’s opponents have scored 13,947 tallies
for an average of 12.4 per game.
|| About the Defense |
OU forced at least one turnover in 107 of Bob Stoops’ 121
games and has at least one interception in 79 of the
last 105; multiple picks in 33 of the last 76 outings.
• Oklahoma has nine shutouts under its current head
coach. Opponents failed to score more than seven points
30 times and scored less than 14 in 57 games.
Sack Exchange Rate Good
Over the last two seasons, Oklahoma’s defense
has 39 (2.4) sacks while allowing only 15 (0.9). This
season, that ratio is 8:1.
DE Auston English is 10th in the nation with 1.25 sacks
per game picking up right where he left off in 2007
• With 9.5 sacks, English tied with Torrance Marshall
(1999) for the 14th-best single season total in school
history. It was the second-best total in the Stoops
era behind the 10 by Calvin Thibodeaux (2005) and Dan
Cody (2004, 2003).
• English broke a non-weight-bearing bone in his right
leg in the Texas A&M game. A rod was inserted and
he missed the next three contests. He returned for
the Big 12 Championship game and the Fiesta Bowl with
the rod still in place.
A lot of attention was focused on the weakside linebacker
spot during the preseason, but Travis Lewis has answered
some of those questions in the early going. The redshirt
freshman leads the team with 18 tackles, 12 of which
came against Cincinnati. He had 2.5 tackles for loss
and 2.0 sacks in that game.
He's New, Sorta
First-year Sooner Mike Balogun was born Sept. 28, 1983,
and is 24 years old. Former OU players C.J. Ah You
(2006) and Billy Sims (1979) were 24 during their senior
seasons. Players of that age were typical after WWII.
Since that time, the oldest Sooner football player
was DL Dick Passo, who was 26 when he played in 1968.
Push 'em Back
With 76 tackles for loss this season, the Sooners have
exceeded their opponents in that category by 50 yards.
The foes have thrown OU players for just 26 negative
Rip and Run
Bob Stoops’ teams have been notorious for their
interception return yardage. The 2007 team was among
OU’s best in that department ....
had 19 interceptions for 346 interception return yards
and three touchdowns. That yardage total ranked No.
3 since Stoops became the head coach. The 2002 team
put up a ridiculous 516 return yards on 24 interceptions.
The 2000 National Champions notched 369 return yards,
also on 24 picks.
• The 2007 OU defenders touched the ball 70 times (5.4
times per game) with 42 PBUs, 19 interceptions and
nine fumble recoveries. To put that in perspective,
opposing teams have just 46 touches in 27 break-ups,
11 fumble recoveries and eight interceptions.
• OU averaged 18.0 yards on INT/FUM returns with five
TDs to tie the school record set in 1956, 2000 and
More Than Run Stoppers
Defensive ends and blitzers tend to be associated with
the sack, but the Sooner interior has played a role
in that statistic too. OU’s four-man defensive
tackle has a combined total of 11.0 career sacks.
• This group of tackles includes a fine tradition at
the position. A pair of former Sooners, Tommie Harris
and Dusty Dvoracek, started at defensive tackle for
the Chicago Bears at Indianapolis last Sunday night.
Stoops Era Staple: Run Defense
Last season, six opponents rushed for 66 or fewer yards.
Eighteen times, Bob Stoops-coached Oklahoma teams have
held opponents under 40 rushing yards in a game. Four
times the total has resulted in negative yards.
|| About the Special Teams |
Oklahoma’s special teams under Bob Stoops ...
• There have been 25 special teams TDs, including 19
in the last 66 regular season games. Those 19 came
via five different kinds of plays -- 10 punt returns,
two faked field goals, two blocked punts, four kickoff
returns and a faked punt. Special teams also own one
safety in that span.
• In total, OU has returned eight kickoffs and 14 punts
for touchdowns on Stoops’ watch (since 1999).
• The Sooners have blocked 21 kicks.
Many Happy Returns
Information on returns during the Stoops era ...
• Kickoff Returns --78 returns of 25 yards or more
with eight TD.
• Punt Returns -- 48 returns of 15 or more yards with
• Interception Returns -- 69 returns of 10 or more
yards with 20 TD.
• Fumble Returns -- four returns of 15 or more yards
with five TD.
Oklahoma Led Nation in Kickoff Returns
Oklahoma is No. 6 in kickoff return average (33.0)
and DeMarco Murray is No. 23 (28.0) in that category.
OU led the nation for 2007 with an average of 28.27
yards per return ...
• The Sooners had 19 kickoff returns that covered at
least 30 yards.
• Four different players had a return of more than
• All five players who returned kicks last season averaged
at least 24 yards.
• DeMarco Murray ran 81 yards for a touchdown against
Tulsa on the second kickoff return of his college career.
His first came earlier in that same game. He then went
for 91 yards and a touchdown against Baylor.
Knall Emerges at Punter
Mike Knall won the starting job in the 10th game (vs.
Baylor) of the 2007 season and held it for the remainder
of the season. Prior to that time he had been used
mostly in short-yardage situations as the pooch punter
• Finished the season with 24 punts for an average
of 43.7. He unleashed a 66-yarder, the longest of the
season for OU, against Missouri in the Big 12 Championship
• In his five starting assignments, he averaged 42.2
yards per punt and was under 40 yards in just one game
(39.5 vs. Baylor).
• His best game was the Missouri tilt with four punts
for a 49.5-yard average.
Redshirt freshman Jimmy Stevens is the team’s
placekicker. He is the first freshman to tackle that
chore since Garrett Hartley did so in the Baylor game
of 2004 (Nov. 20).
WR Carter Whitson, a walk-on, takes over as the team’s
holder. The sophomore played most of his high school
career at Shawnee, Okla., before spending his senior
season at Broken Arrow HS. He was a quarterback during
his prep days. Whitson was the holder at Shawnee during
his sophomore season.
• With redshirt freshman Jimmy Stevens at kicker, Whitson
at holder and Ben Hampton as the long snapper, all
three ball-handlers on placements are new this season.
Hampton held at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M junior
college for two seasons before transferring to Oklahoma.
Derek Shaw, the holder the last two seasons, is recovering
from an off-season injury.
• Long snapper James Winchester, a freshman, is the
son of former Sooner Mike Winchester, who lettered
as a punter from 1984-86. Carolyn Winchester, a senior
member of the OU women’s basketball team, is
|| Oklahoma 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 falls then to the observers and experts of the
game to define Stoops’ impact. Rarely have the
pundits had it so easy.
Under Stoops, Oklahoma has won 99 games (99-22),
nine bowl games, six of the BCS variety, had one string
of 88 consecutive appearances in the AP poll and captured
five Big 12 crowns (the next highest total in the league
is two). His 2000 team won the national championship.
On a playing field leveled by scholarship limits and
parity, this era stares down the Oklahoma standard
and does not blink.
The achievement 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 mentioned
with the land rush and dust bowl.
Stoop, born Sept. 9, 1960, 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 record–setting
passers and receivers, five 1,000-yard rushers, suffocating
defense and special teams units that rank among the
most dynamic in the land. Every facet has been impacted.
His players have snagged 16 national awards, including
the 2003 Heisman Trophy won by Jason White. There have
been more than 60 academic honorees, 62 All-Big 12
players, 24 All-Americans and 36 NFL draft choices.
Stoops has won a total of 10 national coach of the
year awards and has been Big 12 Coach of the year three
This is one of the finest coaches in the history
of one of college football’s most storied traditions.
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) during Bill Snyder’s
With the Wildcats, he played a key role in an 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.
Stoops, who is widely known for countless hours
of charitable work, most of which is directed towards
children, graduated from Iowa in 1983 with a degree
in marketing. He and his wife, Carol, have three children:
daughter, Mackenzie, and twin sons, Drake and Isaac.
Coach Bob Stoops | OU
|| Notes on the Sooners |
DT Cory Bennett: Leads the defensive tackles in
games played with 40.
LB Austin Box: Missed opener with arthroscopic surgery
on left knee, then played vs. UC.
QB Sam Bradford: See notes on offense’s page.
OT Branndon Braxton: Used primarily at right tackle,
but also spent part of the preseason working at guard..
RB Chris Brown: Three touchdowns in the opener ...
nearly one-third (30%) of his career rushes have resulted
in a touchdown or first down -- 245 carries with 58
first downs, 16 touchdowns.
WR Quentin Chaney: Over the last two bowl games,
he combined for eight receptions for 166 yards and
FB Matt Clapp: A player to watch after a very good
redshirt season ... in the best condition of his playing
LB Keenan Clayton: Has converted from strong safety
to strong side linebacker.
C Jon Cooper: His 31 career starts lead the team
... anchors a veteran offensive line.
TE Brody Eldridge: All-Big 12 fullback last season
despite the fact that he had no carries.
DE Auston English: Had 4.0 tackles for loss and
2.5 sacks in the opener.
CB Dominique Franks: Knocked down three passes in
the opener, the second start of his career ... INT
DT DeMarcus Granger: Led OU’s defensive tackles
with 3.5 sacks last season.
TE Jermaine Gresham: His 11 TD receptions last season
were the most ever by a Sooner TE.
QB Joey Halzle: Hit 21-of-41 for 291 yards in a
back-up role at Texas Tech last season, 14-of-16 in ‘08
DB Nic Harris: Six career interceptions and 15 deflections.
DB Lendy Holmes: Worked at both secondary position
in August before settling at safety ... INT vs. Cincy.
WR Juaquin Iglesias: See notes on offense and special
WR Manuel Johnson: Only current Sooner receiver
who has a career reception, rush and pass completion.
P Mike Knall: Was one punt shy of the 25 points
necessary to count officially, but had it counted,
his 43.7-yard average would have rated as the second-best
in school history.
OT Phil Loadholt: Thirteen pounds lighter than last
season -- 350 to 337.
LB Travis Lewis: Tied for or had the outright lead
in tackles in each of the first two games.
RB Mossis Madu: Will play more this season, but
impressed in 2007 with 5.8-yard rushing average.
DT Gerald McCoy: Quick tackle looking to parlay
Freshman All-America status into more national honors.
RB DeMarco Murray: Carried 15 times for 124 yards
(8.3/carry) and two touchdowns in opener.
LB Ryan Reynolds: Only Sooner who had started an
OU game at linebacker prior to the season opener ...
eight tackles vs. Cincinnati.
OG Duke Robinson: Consensus All-American last season.
OG Brandon Walker: Had the highest overall grade
of all OU offensive lineman last season (80%).
OT Trent Williams: Started opener at left tackle,
second game at right tackle.