Nov. 20, 2000
NORMAN, Okla. -
The only undefeated team left in NCAA Division I football, the Oklahoma Sooners finish off the 2000 regular season this weekend by visiting the Oklahoma State Cowboys. The contest, which will be televised by FOX SportsNet, is slated to kick off at 2:30 p.m. at OSU's Lewis Field. Ron Thulin (play-by-play), James Lofton (analyst) and Eric Clemons (sidelines) will call the action.
The Sooners captured their first-ever Big 12 Conference Southern Division title last Saturday with a 28-13 win over Texas Tech. With the title comes the opportunity to play Kansas State in the Big 12 Conference championship game on Saturday, Dec. 2 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City.
The Sooners' win moved them to a perfect 10-0 overall and 7-0 inside league action. The victory also increased OU's winning streak to 10 games (the longest winning streak in NCAA Division I) overall and seven inside Big 12 Conference action. The last time OU won all eight conference games was in the 1987 season.
For the fourth 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 have a stronghold on the No. 1 position in the Bowl Championship Series standings.
Last weekend, the Sooners beat Texas Tech 28-13 in the final home game for 22 OU seniors. While it may not have been the Sooners' best performance of the year, it was highlighted by an 85-yard interception return for a TD by OU free safety J.T. Thatcher (his seventh interception of the year), quarterback Josh Heupel becoming OU's all-time leader in total offense, and Antwone Savage becoming just the 10th OU receiver to ever top 1,000 yards for a career. Savage is just a sophomore.