Nov. 6, 2000
NORMAN, Okla. -
The only undefeated team left in NCAA Division I football, the top-ranked Oklahoma Sooners hit the road for the second consecutive weekend as they face the 23rd-ranked Texas A&M Aggies. The contest, which will be televised to a split national audience by ABC, is slated to kick off at noon at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas. Brent Musburger, Gary Danielson and Jack Arute will call the game.
The Sooners moved to 8-0 on the season with a solid 56-7 win over Baylor last Saturday. The win was OU's eighth straight (tied for longest winning streak in division I-A) overall and sixth straight inside Big 12 Conference action. The last time OU won six straight conference games was in 1988.
Texas A&M is coming off a 21-16 win at Oklahoma State and stands at 7-2 overall and 5-1 in the Big 12.
For the second straight week, the Sooners sit on top of the college football world with the top ranking in both the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll and the AP poll. This is the first time OU has held the No. 1 national ranking in both polls since the end of the 1987 regular season. That year, OU faced second-ranked Miami for the national championship in the Orange Bowl. The Sooners also appear at the top of the Bowl Championship Series standings.
Oklahoma's 56-7 win at Baylor was secured by halftime, allowing almost every starter to sit on the bench the last 30 minutes. OU jumped out to a 42-0 halftime lead which began with a 60-yard punt return for a touchdown by J.T. Thatcher. It was his second return for a score this year and earned him Big 12 Conference Player of the Week (special teams) for the fourth time in 2000.
Offensively, quarterback Josh Heupel was a machine in the first half with 313 yards and three passing touchdowns. Heupel, who did not play after halftime, also ran for one touchdown. On the receiving end were sophomores Andre Woolfolk, who posted his second 100-yard receiving day (110), and Curtis Fagan, who tied a 50-year old school record with three touchdown catches.
Defensively, the Sooners allowed Baylor just one play in OU territory, just 94 total yards, seven first downs and no points. The Bears' lone score came on an interception return in the second half. Oklahoma's defense has now gone more than seven quarters without allowing a single point.