Oct. 23, 2000
NORMAN, Okla. -
The Oklahoma Sooners return home for the first time in a month to face the top-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers this Saturday. It will mark the first meeting between the two Big 12 programs since 1997.
The contest, which will be nationally televised by ABC, is slated to kick off at 11:09 a.m. inside Memorial Stadium. Brad Nessler and Bob Griese will call the action with Lynn Swann serving as the sideline reporter. Additonally, ESPN Gameday will be on hand Friday and Saturday, broadcasting from the southwest corner inside the stadium. Chris Fowler, Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit will host the show.
The Sooners moved to 6-0 on the season with an impressive 41-31 win over second-ranked Kansas State in Manhattan earlier this month. The win snapped K-State's 25-game home winning streak and gave the Sooners their first back-to-back wins over top-10 squads since 1986.
The Huskers are coming off a 59-0 home pounding of Baylor Saturday. Nebraska led 52-0 at halftime and ended the day with 459 rushing yards.
OU, one of just five undefeated teams remaining in division I-A, is 6-0 to start a season for the first time since 1987 and moved to third in both national polls. It's the highest regular season ranking for the Sooners since standing third after the fourth weekend of the 1988 season.
Against the Wildcats, Sooner quarterback Josh Heupel had the performance of his career by completing 29-of-37 pass attempts for 374 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for one touchdown and threw no interceptions for the third straight contest.
The biggest recipient of Heupel's big day was wide receiver Antwone Savage, who posted career highs for catches (7) and yards (116). His 74-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter was also the longest of his career.
Defensively, the Sooners were outstanding by holding K-State, which entered the game averaging nearly 500 yards of offense and 50 points a game, 150 yards under its average for offense and 19 points under its average for scoring.
The defensive effort was highlighted by allowing KSU just two third-down conversions on 15 tries, and by recording three sacks and two interceptions.