Oklahoma plays at Iowa State in Ames on Saturday at 11 a.m. (ABC).
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OKLAHOMA AT A GLANCE
Oklahoma had its three-game win streak snapped with a 30-13 loss to No. 5 Notre Dame (10/27), dropping OU's record to 5-2 on the season. The Sooners remain 3-1 in the Big 12.
A balanced offensive attack has been the name of the game for the Sooners in 2012 as they rank seventh nationally in scoring, 20th in passing yards and 50th in rushing yards. Junior running back Damien Williams leads the team and ranks third in the Big 12 with 83.0 rushing yards per game. Senior quarterback Landry Jones has completed 64 percent of his passes with 12 touchdowns and four interceptions. Junior wide receiver Kenny Stills has been his top target, recording 45 catches for 557 yards and four touchdowns through seven games.
Oklahoma boasts the No. 17 defense in the nation through seven games, giving up 316.1 yards of offense per contest. In addition, the 17.4 points per game allowed is 16th in the country. OU's passing defense ranks 11th in the country, yielding just 167.0 yards per game. OU has forced nine turnovers in the past four games, with seven coming of interceptions and two via fumble recoveries.
Sophomore Michael Hunnicutt has made 10-11 field goals in 2012, while senior punter Tress Way is averaging 42.7 yards per kick. Justin Brown is second in the nation averaging 19.0 yards per punt return, while Roy Finch's 35.7 average on kick returns would rank third if he had enough returns to qualify.
IOWA STATE AT A GLANCE
Iowa State halted a two-game losing streak with a 35-21 victory over Baylor (10/27). The win moved the Cyclones to 5-3 on the season and 2-3 within the Big 12.
Iowa State holds the 68th-best passing offense and 81st-best rushing offense in the nation. Combined, they make up the No. 87 total offense, averaging 369.4 yards per game. Quarterback Steele Jantz is completing 67 percent of his passes with 12 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Wide receiver Aaron Horne leads the team with 34 catches for 316 yards, while Josh Lenz and Ernst Brun each have four receiving touchdowns. Shontrelle Johnson and James White have each rushed for over 300 yards.
The Cyclones have been strong against the run in 2012, yielding just 135.1 yards per game to rank 37th in the country. However, the passing defense ranks 101st as ISU gives up 267.4 yards per contest. Linebacker Jake Knott leads the team and is second in the conference with 9.9 tackles per game. He is also tied for the team lead with 6.0 TFLs on the year. Defensive back Jacques Washington has a team-high three interceptions.
Kirby Van Der Kamp is averaging 42.9 yards per punt, while kicker Edwin Arceo has made 5-8 field goals and 23-26 extra points. Aaron Horne averages 17.7 yards per punt return, which would rank fifth in the nation if he had enough returns to qualify. The Cyclones rank 119th of 120 FBS teams with an average of 15.2 yards per kick return.
Oklahoma is coming of a 30-13 loss vs. Notre Dame (10/27), while ISU registered a 35-21 win vs. Baylor (10/27).
Head coach Bob Stoops owns 144 career victories and can tie Bud Wilkinson (145) for second on the all-time Oklahoma victory list behind Barry Switzer (157) with a win vs. Iowa State.
OU's two losses have come against No. 3 Kansas State (8-0) and No. 4 Notre Dame (8-0), a pair of top-three teams in the BCS Standings that are a combined 16-0. ISU's three losses have come against foes that are a combined 19-4.
The Sooners are currently No. 14 in the AP Poll and No. 12 in both the USA Today Coaches' Poll and BCS standings.
Dating back to 2004, the Sooners are 19-0 in games immediately following a regular season loss.
The Sooners have won 13 straight contests vs. ISU, including a 7-0 mark under Stoops. OU posted a 26-6 home win last year (11/26/11). Iowa State's last victory over OU was a 33-31 decision in Norman (10/20/90).
WR Jalen Saunders tied Ryan Broyles for the single-game OU receptions record with a 15-catch, 181-yard performance vs. Notre Dame (10/27). Broyles originally set the mark with a 15 catches in a 51-0 win vs. ISU (10/16/10).
OU'S BIG 12 WINNING STREAK
The Sooners have won three straight Big 12 games, while Iowa State is looking to post consecutive conference wins.
OU has outscored its last three conference opponents by a 156-48 margin (52.0-16.0 ppg).
Oklahoma has outgained its last three Big 12 foes in total yardage (1,454-958), rushing (557-348) and passing (897-610), while posting a +6 (9 takes/3 gives) turnover differential. OU forced three takeaways in each of those games.
The Sooners have outscored their opponents by a 98-15 margin in the first half of their last three Big 12 games.
The Sooners are averaging 484.7 ypg of total offense over their last three Big 12 outings.
QB Landry Jones is 65-105 for 871 yards with seven TDs and one INT (151.7 rating) in Big 12 play this season.
MORE KEY STATS ON OU-IOWA STATE
Oklahoma is the only FBS team to rank in the top five in both KO return avg (3rd - 29.1) and punt ret. avg. (5th - 17.9). ISU ranks 119th in KO return avg. (15.2) and is 94th in opp. KO return avg. (23.63). The Cyclones are ninth in punt return avg. (16.1) and are 41st in opp. punt ret. avg. (6.0).
The Sooners are tied for third in the NCAA in Red Zone scoring efficiency at 94.6% (35 of 37) and are seventh in scoring offense (40.1 ppg). The Cyclones are 26th in the nation in scoring defense (19.8 ppg).
OU's defense is tied for ninth in the NCAA in first downs allowed per game (16.0).
QB Landry Jones owns a 34-10 (.773) record as a starter, the most victories of any QB in OU history.
Jones is 52-77 for 590 yards, three TDs and two INTs in two career wins vs. ISU. He completed 30 of 34 passes for 334 yards with three TDs and no INTs (199.9 rating) in a 52-0 victory vs. ISU (10/16/10).
Oklahoma is 40-10 in the month of November under Stoops.
OU-IOWA STATE DURING STOOPS ERA
The Sooners are 57-1 under Stoops when allowing 10 points or less, including a 7-0 mark vs. Iowa State. Dating back to a 31-10 OU win vs. ISU (11/13/99) - Stoops' First vs. ISU - the Cyclones are 2-33 overall when held to 10 points or less.
In those seven games under Stoops, OU has outscored ISU 262-42 (37.4 - 6.0 ppg). OU has outgained ISU in total yards (476.9 - 210.4 avg.), passing yards (249.0 - 135.4 avg.) and rushing yards (227.9 - 75.0 avg).
ISU has been held under 100 team rushing yards and under 150 team pass yards in six of its past seven games vs. OU.
Oklahoma has completed 153-243 passes (63.0%) for 1,743 yards with 13 TDs and i ve INTs (136.8 rating) in the last seven OU-ISU meetings, while ISU has completed 90-196 passes for 948 yards with three TDs and 11 INTs (80.4 rating).
THE OU PROGRAM
Oklahoma's all-time record stands at 826-309-53 (.718) in 118 seasons.
The Sooners rank third all-time in winning percentage behind only Michigan (.735) and Notre Dame (.731).
Since World War II, Oklahoma leads the nation with 582 victories.
The Sooners have earned seven national championships (1950, 1955, 1956, 1974, 1975, 1985, 2000).
OU has 45 bowl appearances (No. 7 nationally) with 27 bowl victories (No. 4 nationally) and an all-time record of 27-17-1 (.611).
OU has 43 conference championships, including seven Big 12 titles overall (no other school has more than three).
Oklahoma is the only program in FBS history to have four coaches with 100 or more wins.
OU has 153 All-Americans and 73 consensus All-Americans, including NCAA career receptions leader Ryan Broyles in 2011.
Under Stoops, OU has had 33 All-Americans, including 23 consensus. Of the 33 players, 15 were on offense, 16 on defense and two on special teams representing 14 different positions.
Oklahoma boasts five Heisman winners. Sooners have also won the Bednarik (1), Butkus (4), Camp (4), Lombardi (3), Maxwell (2), Nagurski (2), O'Brien (3), Outland (5), Tatupu (1), Thorpe (3) and Unitas (1).
OU leads the nation with 33 seasons in which the program has won 10 or more games.
Sooner teams have gone undefeated 14 times in program history, the first in 1896 and the latest in 2000.
Oklahoma's 47-game win streak from 1953-57 is still the NCAA D-I record.
Oklahoma has had 102 Academic All-Big 12 honorees under Stoops.
The Sooners have gone 79-5 at home in Stoops' 13 seasons. In all, Oklahoma has won 81 percent of its home games since Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial opened in 1923.
Oklahoma has played in front of 84 consecutive home sellouts - every game of Stoops' tenure.
Including the seven Sooners picked in the 2012 NFL Draft, OU has had 357 players picked all-time in the draft.
Oklahoma has 42 first-round picks, including three No. 1 overall selections.
In 2010, Sooners were chosen with three of the first four picks in the draft, with QB Sam Bradford at No. 1, DT Gerald McCoy at No. 3 and OT Trent Williams at No. 4.
Bob Stoops' career average of 10.7 wins per year is tops among active FBS head coaches with at least 10 years of experience.
Stoops is the only active head coach on the FBS level to have reached a bowl game in each of his first 13 seasons. Georgia's Mark Richt (11) comes in second.
Of the 13 bowls, eight have been BCS bowl games and four have been for the BCS title.
10 double-digit win seasons in his first 13 as a head coach are unmatched among active FBS coaches. He joins Richt and BYU's Mendenhall as the only active coaches with five such seasons in their first seven years.
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TIES TO THE TEAM
There are no players from Iowa on the OU roster.
Cyclones from Oklahoma: OL Daniel Burton (Oklahoma City, Putnam City North HS); OL Bob Graham (Jenks, Jenks HS); DB Jacques Washington (Owasso, Owasso HS)
RED ZONE PRODUCTION
Oklahoma is fourth in the nation with a Red Zone scoring percentage of 94.6 percent. The Sooners have each scored on 35 of 37 trips inside the Red Zone to trail only Alabama, Louisville and Clemson.
On defense, Oklahoma has allowed teams to score on 11 of 15 trips inside the Red Zone (73.3 percent). However, those 15 trips are tied with Alabama for fewest allowed in the nation.
RED RIVER ROUT
Oklahoma beat Texas for the third year in a row and the ninth time in the last 13 years with a 63-21 win (10/13). In their last three wins, the Sooners have outscored the Longhorns, 146-58.
Oklahoma's 36 first-half points were the most against Texas since 2003 while the 34-point halftime lead was the largest since leading 42-7 at halftime of the 2000 contest.
The Sooners had four players with 100 or more all-purpose yards, including Damien Williams (177), Trey Millard (164), Brennan Clay (155) and Justin Brown (140).
Jaydan Bird's tackle for loss in the second half was the first safety caused by Oklahoma since a forced fumble exited the back of Baylor's end zone (11/20/10). It was the first defensive safety since Ronnell Lewis sacked the Idaho State QB for two points (9/12/09).
The Sooners were picked to finish first in the Big 12 preseason media poll.
Oklahoma has won seven Big 12 Conference titles (2000, 02, 04, 06, 07, 08, 10), twice as many as the next closest program in the league (Texas).
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2012 TEAM CAPTAINS
This season's team captains as elected by their teammates are:
Junior OL Gabe Ikard - Oklahoma City, Okla.
Senior QB Landry Jones - Artesia, N.M.
Senior DE David King - Houston, Texas
Junior FB Trey Millard -Columbia, Mo.
Senior P Tress Way - Tulsa, Okla.
OKLAHOMA COACHING STAFF
In Bob Stoops' 13 seasons at OU, six of his assistant coaches have gone on to become head coaches at other FBS programs.
Four former Stoops' assistants are now head coaches: Mike Leach (Washington State), Bo Pelini (Nebraska), Kevin Sumlin (Texas A&M) and Kevin Wilson (Indiana).
This season, Mike Stoops returns to Oklahoma as the defensive coordinator, while Tim Kish joins the program as assistant defensive coordinator.
Three current assistants played for Oklahoma, including Jackie Shipp (1980-83), Cale Gundy (1990-93) and Josh Heupel (1999-00).
OU's coaches have a cumulative 63 years on the sidelines in Norman and 192 years experience total.
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HOME DOMINANCE UNDER STOOPS
The Sooners are 79-5 on Owen Field under Stoops.
OU is 68-5 when ranked and 11-0 when unranked at home.
Oklahoma is 34-2 in non-conference games at home under Stoops and 45-3 in Big 12 games.
OU is 48-0 under Stoops when scoring 40 points or more at home and 36-0 at home when allowing 10 points or fewer.
Oklahoma has wins over top 10 teams including No. 1 Nebraska (2000), No. 2 Texas Tech (2008) and No. 9 Iowa State (2002) during that time.
From 2005-11, Oklahoma won 39 straight home games, a stadium record.
The streak was the fifth-longest home win streak in the modern football era. OU has been sold out at home for every game of the Stoops era, a school-record of 82 consecutive games.
Under Stoops, OU won its first 17 home games stretching almost over his first three seasons from 1999-01.
The Sooners also had a 19-game streak under Stoops from 2002-04.
Margin of Victory
The Sooners have posted 10 shutouts against incoming opponents, including three against Big 12 foes.
Oklahoma's biggest wins are a 77-0 defeat of Texas A&M (11/8/03) and a 68-0 win over UTEP (9/14/02).
OU's average margin of victory at home has been 22 points or higher each of the past six seasons and 11 of 13 seasons under Stoops.
OU's four losses at home in the last 14 seasons have come by a combined 18 points.
Only one game has gone into overtime, a 37-30 OU win vs. Baylor (10/22/05).
In 2011, Oklahoma ranked No. 13 nationally in average attendance at 85,161.
OU's average attendance last season was 103.7% of Memorial Stadium's official capacity.
Only Oregon, TCU, Nebraska and Texas A&M had higher percentages over capacity.
In 2011, OU's win over Texas A&M drew the highest attendance in stadium history at 85,709.
Oklahoma has drawn 6,368,331 fans for Bob Stoops' 84 home games (started in 1999) and all have been sold out.
The current string of sellouts is the longest in school history, eclipsing a mark of 69 from 1971-84.
A school-record 86,031 fans witnessed Oklahoma's home game against Notre Dame (10/27), the largest crowd ever to witness a sporting event in the state of Oklahoma.
In 2011, Oklahoma fans set a record for average season attendance at 85,161.
OU has exceeded the seating capacity of 82,112 at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in 50 straight games.
The top nine seasons for home attendance at Oklahoma have been during Stoops' tenure as head coach.
Of the top 10 crowds at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, all have come in the past six years.
Home Winning Percentage
Since the start of the 1999 season, Bob Stoops' first season at OU, Oklahoma is second nationally in home winning percentage at .951, holding a record of 78-4 over that span.
Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
Under Bob Stoops, OU has produced career leaders in passing, receiving, total offense and all-purpose yards, four top-10 career rushers and season record holders in rushing, passing, total offense and receiving yards.
Stoops' OU teams have set 66 offensive school records.
OU has scored in 182 straight games since 11/7/98.
Since Stoops' arrival, OU has scored 6,564 points - an average of 36.9 per game.
Oklahoma is the highest scoring college program in history. In 1,188 games, the Sooners have scored 32,213 points. Michigan is next at 30,952 points in 1,259 games.
With a 69-13 win over Florida A&M (9/8) and a 63-21 defeat of Texas (10/13), it marks the first time since the 2009 season that OU scored 60+ points twice in the same season. In 2009, OU beat Idaho State 64-0 (9/12/09) and Texas A&M 65-10 (11/14/09).
OU is 1 of 6 schools to score 60+ points twice this season, joining North Carolina, Oklahoma State, West Virginia, Oregon and Texas A&M.
With the victory over Texas (10/13), surpassed QB Steve Davis (1973-75) for the most wins in school history. Landry Jones now owns a 34-10 (.786) record as a starter.
Jones is one of two players in Big 12 history and one of seven in NCAA history with over 100 TDs (105) and over 14,000 passing yards (14,387) in his career.
Jones threw for with 356 yards on 35-51 passing against Notre Dame (10/27), his third 300-yard passing game of the season and 24th of his career, adding to his OU record.
Jones is the third QB in Sooner history to start and play the majority of the game in three wins over Texas, joining Jimmy Harris (1954-56) and Davis.
Jones finished with 321 yards and two touchdowns on 21 of 37 passing against Texas, his first 300-yard passing game of the season and 22nd of his career, continuing his OU record.
OU is 27-2 (.929) when Jones throws two or more touchdowns in a game.
Jones' two touchdown passes against Texas Tech (10/6) makes him 1 of 3 players in Big 12 history and 1 of 23 in NCAA history to have 100 TD passes and 13,000 passing yards in his career.
Jones currently ranks fourth in the Big 12 and 15th in the country with 287.0 passing yards per game and sixth in the conference with 272.6 yards of total offense per game.
STILLS HAS BEEN SENSATIONAL
Junior WR Kenny Stills has had an impressive 2012 campaign, leading the team with 557 receiving yards and four touchdowns on 45 catches.
His 79.6 receiving yards per game rank sixth in the Big 12 and 43rd in the NCAA, while his 6.3 receptions per game is 29th in the country and fifth in the conference.
Stills finished with three catches for 37 yards against Texas (10/13). He now has 2,016 career yards to move past Antwone Savage (2,009, 1999-02) for fifth in school history and become the sixth player in OU history with 2,000 receiving yards.
Going over the 100-yard mark in his first two games of the year, Stills now has five career 100-yard receiving games, moving Stills ahead of Eddie Hinton for fifth all-time at OU.
Stills' 68-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter against UTEP (9/1) was the longest of his career, surpassing the 58-yarder he had vs. Texas Tech (11/13/2010), and it was the longest pass play for OU since since Jones hit Cameron Kenney for an 86-yard touchdown at Oklahoma State (11/27/10).
Among active players in the NCAA, Stills ranks No. 10 in receiving yards per game (68.5), No. 15 in receptions (167), No. 18 in receiving yards (2,192).and tied for No. 19 in TD receptions (17).
SAUNDERS MAKING QUICK IMPACT
Playing in just three games so far this season after transferring from Fresno State, junior wide receiver Jalen Saunders already ranks third on the team in receptions (20) and receiving yards (269).
Against Notre Dame, Saunders tied Ryan Broyles' school record with 15 receptions and tallied 181 receiving yards.
He also broke the OU record for most receptions in a quarter with eight in the first quarter. The
previous record was seven shared by Eddie Hinton (once) and Ryan Broyles (three times).
Saunders 181 yards is the eighth-highest total by an OU player in school history and the most since
Ryan Broyles' school record of 217 yards against Kansas in 2011.
Saunders transferred to Oklahoma after two seasons at Fresno State where he was a first-team
All-WAC selection in 2011 after finishing with 1,065 yards and a conference-best 12 TD receptions on 50 catches. His 21.4 yards per catch was second nationally as he caught 10 passes that were
44 yards or longer and recorded 6 TDs of 50 yards or longer.
After rushing for 13 touchdowns last season, Blake Bell and the Belldozer package has returned in 2012 with nine rushing scores.
Bell scored four rushing touchdowns against Texas (10/13), giving him seven on the season and 20 in his career. Bell has six multi-rushing touchdown games in his career.
Bell is the third player in Sooner history to score four touchdowns or more in a game twice in his career, joining Steve Owens (5) and Billy Sims (4). The sophomore also accomplished the feat at Baylor (11/19/11).
WILLIAMS CONTINUES TO WOW
A transfer from Arizona Western, junior running back Damien Williams made his presence felt in his brief time at Oklahoma.
Averaging 83.0 rushing yards per game, Williams is third in the Big 12 and ranks 54th in the nation.
Williams rushed for 167 yards on 22 carries against Texas (10/13), his third 100-yard game of the season after previous games rushing for 156 and 103 yards. It was the 33rd 100-yard rushing performance by a Sooner against Texas in the series' history.
The 167 rushing yards were the most by an OU player since Demarco Murray ran for 208 yards against Utah State (9/4/10).
Williams had 96 rushing yards in the first quarter and 145 yards by halftime against the Longhorns. The halftime mark was the third-most yards in a half by an OU player against Texas.
Williams' 95-yard touchdown rush against UT was the third longest run in school history, trailing only Jeff Frazier (North Texas, 11/23/95) and Buck McPhail (Kansas State, 11/3/51) who each recorded 96-yard rushes. It was also the longest rush in Red River Rivalry history and the fourth-longest offensive play in OU history.
Williams showed an added element to his game against Texas Tech (10/6), catching a career-high 6 passes for 82 yards, including a 38-yard reception, in his first career start.
After finishing with 10 carries for 103 yards and a touchdown at UTEP (9/1) in his OU debut, Williams gained 156 rushing yards and four touchdowns against Florida A&M (9/8).
Williams' 156 total yards rushing were the most in home debut in Oklahoma history, surpassing Dominique Whaley's 131 yards vs. Tulsa (9/3/11).
Williams is the first Sooner to score at least one touchdown in each of the first two games of his career since Ryan Broyles did so against Chattanooga (9/6/08) and Cincinnati (9/13/08).
Williams is the first Sooner to register 100-yard rushing games in each of the first two games of his OU career since Adrian Peterson rushed for 100 yards against Bowling Green (9/4/04) and 117 against Houston (9/11/04).
Williams had the first back-to-back 100-yard rushing games for OU since DeMarco Murray did so against Texas (115 yards, 10/2/10) and Iowa State (112 yards, 10/16/10).
His 89-yard TD run was the longest since DeMarco Murray's 92-yarder against Utah State in (9/14/07) and ties for the seventh-longest run play in school history.
MILLARD IS THE MAN
Against Texas (10/13), junior fullback Trey Millard had five receptions for 119 yards and a touchdown, easily surpassing his previous career highs of three receptions and 39 receiving yards.
Millard had a 73-yard reception, the longest pass play by an OU player in Red River Rivalry history, surpassing Buddy Leake's 65-yarder in 1953. It was also the seventh-longest pass play by a Sooner running back in OU history.
SHEPARD SHINES IN FIRST START
Sterling Shepard started for the first time in his Sooner career against Kansas State (9/22) and set career highs with seven receptions for 108 yards, leading all receivers.
Shepard became the seventh freshman in OU history to go over 100 yards receiving. OU freshmen have accomplished the feat eight times overall. Ryan Broyles was the previous freshman to do so, gaining 141 yards at Cincinnati (9/6/08).
Shepard's 108 receiving yards ties him with Mark Clayton (vs. Baylor, 10/20/01) and Tinker Owens (vs. Nebraska, 11/23/72) for fourth-most receiving yards by a freshman.
Oklahoma has ranked in the top 16 in the nation in total defense eight of the last 11 years.
OU has forced at least one turnover in 155 of 180 games over the last 14 seasons - 87% of games played in that span.
The Sooner defense has at least one interception in 73% of its games (132 of 180) over the last 14 years.
Oklahoma has 13 shutouts under Bob Stoops.
Under Stoops, the OU defense has given up an average of just 18.3 points per game.
The defense has allowed less than 100 rushing yards per game in five of the last 11 seasons.
BACK TO THE FUTURE
OU associate head coach and defensive coordinator Mike Stoops is back on the Sooner coaching staff after guiding the OU defense from 1999-03.
In his first stint in Norman, four of Stoops' five defenses finished No. 7 or better nationally in scoring defense and in the top 10 for total defense.
From 2000-03, Stoops' defenses also finished in the top 25 in pass defense and rush defense every season and in pass efficiency defense and turnovers forced twice.
In addition, Stoops is the only coach to have an athlete win both the Nagurski and Thorpe awards in the same season, doing so twice with Roy Williams in 2001 and Derrick Strait in 2003.
NO PASSING ZONE
Oklahoma leads the Big 12 and ranks 11th in the nation in passing defense, yielding just 167.0 yards per game.
Only two of OU's seven opponents have passed for 200+ yards this season. The other four have each thrown for 188 yards or less.
The OU defense held UTEP to just 48 yards passing in the season opener (9/1), the fewest passing yards allowed by the Sooners since Oklahoma State had 47 (11/28/2009).
The 48 passing yards allowed were the second-fewest in the FBS' opening week and the best for a team facing a fellow FBS opponent.
Under Bob Stoops, the Sooners are 26-1 when limiting teams to 100 yards passing or less and 10-1 when teams pass for 50 yards or less.
OU is the only Big 12 school to not allow an opponent to throw for over 300 yards in a game this year. In face, the other nine schools have combined to allow 25 such games.
INTERCEPTIONS IN BUNCHES
OU went into the Texas Tech game (10/6) with 1 interception this year, but has picked of seven
passes in the last four games: 3 vs. Texas Tech, 2 vs. Texas (10/13) and 2 vs. Kansas (10/20).
The 3 picks against TTU were the most by OU since it had 3 vs. Texas A&M (11/5/2011). It was just the second time in the career of Texas Tech's Seth Doege that he threw three picks in a game.
Defensive tackle Jamarkus McFarland got it started by intercepting the first pass of his career in the first quarter against TTU.
Aaron Colvin intercepted the first pass of his career in the second quarter against the Red Raiders and picked off another pass against UT.
Tony Jefferson added his first interception of the season against the Longhorns at the end of the first half. He now has seven for his career.
SUPPORT IN THE SECONDARY
Tony Jefferson totaled 14 tackles against Kansas State (9/22), the most tackles by a Sooner since defensive back Quinton Carter had 17 tackles vs. Texas Tech (11/13/10).
Jefferson (14) and Javon Harris (career-high 12) became the first OU DBs to both have double-digit tackle totals in the same game since Jemell Fleming and Jonathan Nelson accomplished the feat against Texas A&M (11/6/10).
Jefferson is 11th in the Big 12 with an average of 7.5 tackles per game, while Harris is not far behind in 18th place with 6.5 stops per game.
HARRIS THE BALL-HAWK
Javon Harris has three of the seven Oklahoma interceptions over the last three games.
After returning a pick 46 yards for his first defensive touchdown against Texas Tech (10/6), Harris matched a career high with two interceptions against Kansas (10/20). Harris also had two INTs against Florida State (9/17/11).
Harris is tied for fourth in the NCAA with four interceptions on the season and he has seven career interceptions.
DEFENSIVE TDS AT 43
With a defensive touchdown at Texas Tech (10/6/12), Oklahoma now has 43 in Bob Stoops' 13+ seasons.
Thirteen of those TDs came via a fumble return.
The defense has scored at least one touchdown in all of Stoops' 14 seasons.
|| SPECIAL TEAMS|
There have been 30 special teams touchdowns in the Bob Stoops era.
Those 30 have come via five different kinds of plays -- punt returns, fake field goals, blocked punts, kickoff returns and a fake punt. Special teams also owns four safeties in that span.
Oklahoma has returned seven kickoffs and 17 punts for touchdowns.
Oklahoma has blocked 28 kicks.
MANY HAPPY RETURNS
Kickoff Returns --113 returns of 25 yards or more with eight touchdowns.
Punt Returns -- 73 returns of 15 or more yards with 17 touchdowns.
Interception Returns -- 94 returns of 10 or more yards with 25 touchdowns.
Fumble Returns -- 9 returns of 15 or more yards with 12 touchdowns.
WAY GOOD AT PUNTER
Tress Way is third among active punters in the FBS with 221 career punts and 9,685 yards.
Way also ranks No. 8 among active punters in the NCAA with a 43.8 yards per punt average.
His career average currently ranks No. 1 in OU history with a season left to play, just ahead of Jeff Ferguson (1998-01) at 42.5 ypp.
This season, Way is tied for 20th in the NCAA with an average of 43.2 yards per punt.
Tress Way kicked a 71-yard punt in the first quarter at Texas Tech (10/6). It was a season long and ties as the third-longest of his career. Way now has four career punts of 70+ yards.
HUNNICUTT THROUGH THE UPRIGHTS
Returning kicker Michael Hunnicutt is in his second season as the Sooners' field goal kicker.
This season he has made 8-of-9 field goal tries with a long of 42 against Texas Tech (10/6). After missing a 44-yarder to start the year, he has made his last eight successfully.
Hunnicutt has made two field goals in three of his last four games. That gives him seven multi-field goal games in his career. He is now 29-of-33 in his career.
WHAT CAN BROWN DO FOR YOU?
Senior wide receiver Justin Brown ranks second in the NCAA, averaging 19.0 yards per punt return.
Brown set a career-high with 108 punt return yards against Kansas (10/20), including the first punt return for a touchdown in his career. It's the seventh-highest total in the FBS this season, but the second-highest against a BCS team.
Brown set a career-high with 108 punt return yards against Kansas (10/20), including the first punt return for a touchdown in his career. It's the seventh-highest total in the FBS this season, but the second-highest against a BCS team.
It's the second time Brown eclipsed the 100-yard mark this year. He also returned three punts for a
102 yards against Florida A&M (9/8), which made him the first player since Ryan Broyles had 209
yards vs. Oklahoma State (11/28/09) to go over the 100-yard mark.
Brown became the 11th player in OU history to have three separate plays of 40 yards or more (46-yard reception, 43-yard punt return, 62-yard punt return) and the first since Ryan Broyles had two punt returns and a reception of over 40 yards against Oklahoma State (11/28/09).