Nov. 15, 2000
NORMAN, Okla. -
The only undefeated team left in NCAA Division I football, the Oklahoma Sooners return to Memorial Stadium for the final time this season when they host the Texas Tech Red Raiders. The contest, which will be televised by ABC, is slated to kick off at approximately 2:35 p.m. Charlie Jones (play-by-play) and Reggie Rivers (analyst) will announce the game.
For the third 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 season 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 moved to 9-0 on the season with an impressive come-from-behind 35-31 win at Texas A&M last Saturday. The win was OU's first ever at Kyle Field and ninth straight (tied for longest winning streak in Division I-A) overall. It also marked the seventh straight victory for Oklahoma inside Big 12 Conference action. The last time OU won seven straight conference games was 1988.
With the largest crowd to ever witness a football game inside the state of Texas (87,188) on hand at Texas A&M, the Sooners scored 22 fourth-quarter points and held off a late A&M charge for a 35-31 victory.
Offensively, quarterback Josh Heupel proved once again why he's the front-runner for the Heisman Trophy by leading OU on two fourth-quarter scoring drives. While he connected on 67 percent of his passes for 263 yards, he also had several key runs which collected first downs and kept drives alive. Running back Quentin Griffin was OU's top rusher with 70 yards and two touchdowns, including a 21-yarder at the beginning of the fourth quarter.
Defensively, OU was paced by linebackers Rocky Calmus and Torrance Marshall, who combined for 26 tackles, four tackles for loss, one sack and one interception.
Coached by Mike Leach, OU's offensive coordinator last season, Texas Tech is is 7-4 overall and 3-4 in the Big 12 after its 58-0 pounding of Oklahoma State last week in Lubbock.