Oklahoma (No. 1 ESPN/Coaches, No. 3 Associated Press), fresh off a 55-17 thrashing of Texas in the 106th renewal of the AT&T Red River Rivalry at Dallas, plays its first true road Big 12 game of the season at Kansas. The home-standing Jayhawks have dropped three straight since winning their first two.
OU has won both games that it played away from Norman this season, and both were in electric, sold-out venues -- at Florida State (23-13) and last week’s triumph over the Longhorns.
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Oklahoma leads its series with Kansas 68-27-6, including a 32-15-4 mark at Lawrence. The Sooners have won the last six meetings between the two, including two at KU’s Memorial Stadium. The most recent game in the series took place on Oct. 24, 2009, when an unranked OU team won over the No. 25 Jayhawks, 35-13, in Lawrence.
KU won the first eight in this series, which began in 1903.
This is the third-most played series in OU history at 101 games behind Texas (106) and Oklahoma State (105).
Three times an unranked Kansas team has upset a ranked Oklahoma squad: 1946 in Norman (KU 16, No. 16 OU 13), 1975 in Norman (KU 23, No. 2 OU 3) and 1984 in Lawrence (KU 28, No. 2 OU 11). Otherwise, ranked Sooners teams are 30-0-1 when facing an unranked KU team.
Oklahoma: Bob Stoops (Iowa `83) is 134-31 in his 13th season. He is 87-19 vs. the Big 12 including a 7-1 record in the Big 12 title game, 47-12 vs. non-conference opponents, 75-2 at home, 36-16 on the road and 23-13 on neutral fields. He is 6-0 vs. Kansas.
Kansas: Turner Gill (North Texas ‘90) is 5-12 in his second season at Kansas. He is 25-42 in six seasons overall, including a 20-30 mark in four campaigns at Buffalo. He has not coached against Oklahoma.
Oklahoma’s all-time record stands at 816-304-53 in 117 seasons. Since WWII, OU leads the nation with 577 victories.
The Sooners have captured seven national championships (1950, 1955, 1956, 1974, 1975, 1985, 2000).
OU has 44 bowl appearances (No. 7 nationally) with 26 bowl victories (No. 4 nationally).
OU has 43 conference championships, including seven Big 12 titles overall (no other school has more than three)
OU has 152 All-Americans and 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) Awards.
•OU leads the nation with 32 seasons in which the program has won 10 or more games.
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After opening with home wins over McNeese State and Northern Illinois, Kansas has lost three in a row. The most recent came last Saturday at Oklahoma State, 70-28.
The Jayhawks rank last in the FBS in pass efficiency defense (181.58), Total defense (556.0) and scoring defense (49.4), and No. 113 out of 120 in rushing defense (223.2). On the flip side, Kansas’ offense is the No. 18 rushing unit nationally at 219.4 yards per game.
TIES WITH KANSAS
Kansas offensive coordinator Chuck Long was an assistant coach at Oklahoma from 1999-2005. From 2002-05, he was OU’s offensive coordinator in addition to his duties as QB coach. Long was a college teammate at Iowa with current Sooner staffers Bob Stoops, Bruce Kittle (tight ends/Tackles) and Jay Norvell (co-off. coor./receivers).
There are seven Kansans on the OU roster: QB Blake Bell and LB Jaydan Bird (Wichita), DE Geneo Grissom (Hutchinson), DT Jordan Phillips (Towanda), FB Marshall Musil (La Crosse), Justin McCay (Shawnee Mission) and K Patrick O’Hara (Topeka).
KU Head Coach Turner Gill played for Nebraska and was an assistant here for nine seasons. As a player (1980-83), Gill was 3-1 vs. OU, and as a coach (1992-2004), he was 7-2 (both losses vs. Bob Stoops).
The field at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium is Owen Field, named for OU’s first great football coach, Bennie Owen, an 1899 KU graduate. Owen was 122-54-16 from 1905-22. At OU, he is known as one of the four Killer B’s along with fellow coaching legends Bud Wilkinson, Barry Switzer and Bob Stoops.
Oklahoma rolled to a 55-17 win over No. 11 Texas last Saturday at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas in front of 96,009 ...
The 38-point margin was the fourth largest for OU against Texas. The point total of 55 was No. 3.
The Sooners set or tied five school game records: defensive touchdowns (3), tackles-for-loss yardage (113) and sack yardage (84), and matched the records for fumble return touchdowns (2), and total tackles for loss (17).
The defensive scores: 55-yard INT return by CB Demontre Hurst, a 19-yard FR by DE David King and a 56-yard FR by CB Jamell Fleming.
Jones and Fleming took Big 12 Players of the Week.
QB Landry Jones hit on 31-of-50 passes for 367 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. Nine of his completions went to Ryan Broyles for 122 yards and one TD. Kenny Stills caught a pair of touchdowns from Jones.
Texas scored one of its two touchdowns on a kickoff return. Otherwise, the Longhorn offense didn’t hit pay dirt until the 2:31 mark of the fourth quarter. UT had just 259 total yards, 161.8 below its average, and 17 points, 17.2 under its average. Texas rushed 45 times for 36 yards.
OU AND NCAA RECORD BOOK
With Ryan Broyles close to the mark for career catches, here’s a look at Sooners who already hold NCAA records:
TD passes by a freshman: 36, Sam Bradford, 2007
TD passes by a soph.: 50, Sam Bradford, 2008
TD passes, first 2 seasons: 86, Sam Bradford
Career Pass Efficiency: 175.6, Sam Bradford, 2007-09
Comp. % by a Freshman: 69.5, Sam Bradford, 2007
Highest %, of TD passes career: 9.9, S. Bradford, 2007-09
Yards/Play Career: 8.70, Sam Bradford, 2007-09
Rush Att., Freshman: 339, Adrian Peterson, 2005
Rush Yds, Freshman: 1,925, Adrian Peterson, 2005
100 Yd Rush Games, Fresh: 11, A. Peterson, 2005
Consec 100 Yd Rush Game, Fr.: 9 A. Peterson, 2005
TD by Freshman in 1st Game: 5, DeMarco Murray, 2007
Punt Ret. Yds, game: 277, Antonio Perkins, 2003 (UCLA)
Punt Ret. TD, game: 3, Antonio Perkins, 2003 UCLA
Punt Ret. TD, career: 8, Antonio Perkins, 2001-04
Punt Ret. Avg., career: 23.6, Jack Mitchell, 1946-48
By defeating Texas, OU overtook UT for No. 4 in all-time winning percentage (.71824). Only Michigan (.736), Notre Dame (.732) and Ohio State (.71828) lead OU.
Bob Stoops’ teams are 12-0 the week after OU-Texas.
The average attendance for all OU games this season is 85,243 and the “smallest crowd” to see the Sooners was Florida State’s sellout gathering of 84,392.
Oklahoma is 5-0 for the 26th time in its history, the eighth under Bob Stoops.
MARQUEE GAMES AWAIT
Future slates include Notre Dame (2012), at Notre Dame (2013), Tennessee (2014), at Tennessee (2015), Ohio State (2016), at Ohio State (2017) and LSU in 2018 and 2019. Under Bob Stoops, Oklahoma has already played Florida State (twice), Cincinnati (twice), Louisville, Notre Dame, North Carolina, Alabama (twice), UCLA (twice), Oregon (twice), Washington (twice), South Florida, BYU and Miami-Fla. (twice) in regular season contests. Seven of those were played on the road and one on a neutral field. The Sooners are 14-5 in those games.
HOME WINNING STREAK
OU has won a school-record 39 consecutive home games, the longest current streak in the nation. It began Sept. 1, 2005, with a 31-15 victory over Tulsa. It’s the 8th-longest streak in NCAA history and No. 5 since WWII. It is the longest since Notre Dame’s 40 from 1907-1918. Miami has the NCAA record of 58 (1985-94).
Oklahoma has drawn 6,282,486 fans for Bob Stoops’ 77 home games (started in 1999) and all have been sold out.
The Sooners are 75-2 on Owen Field under Stoops.
The current string of sellouts is the longest in school history, eclipsing a mark of 69 from 1971-84.
The top 10 seasons for attendance at Oklahoma during Stoops’ tenure as head coach.
The largest OU home crowd was 85,646, for the 2008 Texas Tech game.
The 85,620 on hand for this year’s Tulsa game represented the largest season-opening crowd ever at Oklahoma.
OU has exceeded the seating capacity of 82,112 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in 56 straight games.
Oklahoma has played before sellout crowds in 130 of the 165 games (77 home, 28 away, 16 neutral) since Stoops became the head coach. During that time, a total of 11,907,033 (average of 72,163) have watched the Sooners.
REMEMBERING AUSTIN BOX
LB Austin Box passed away in May. The Enid native would have been a senior on this team. To honor his memory, the Sooners keep his locker intact, leave a space for him during stretching drills and wear a helmet decal. In addition, a designated defensive player wears Box's No. 12 in each game. Tom Wort wore it vs. Tulsa, Frank Alexander vs. Florida State, Javon Harris vs. Missouri and Corey Nelson vs. Ball State. That assignment is made each Friday. Landry Jones wears No. 12 on offense.
OU has scored in 167 consecutive games since 11/7/98.
OU rushed for 200 yards 47 times under Stoops.
Oklahoma is the highest scoring college program in history. In 1,218 games, the Sooners have scored 31,523 points. Michigan is next at 30,514 points in 1,249 games.
KEEPING UP WITH JONES
Already this season, QB Landry Jones has moved from No. 3 to No. 1 on the school’s career passing yards list (see chart). He jumped over a pair of Heisman winners to claim the spot.
In the Missouri game, he set the OU record with his 15th career 300-yard passing game (No 17). He also holds the school mark with six, 400-yard games.
Among active players, Jones is No. 2 in career passing yards per game (313.9), No. 3 in completions (808), No. 5 in yards (9,730), No. 4 in touchdown passes (77), No. 6 in total offense (9,491) and No. 6 in touchdowns responsible for (80).
Has completed at least 62% of his passes in every game this season and has been over 350 yards in all but one.
He has Eleven TD throws over the last three games.
THE RECORD BOOK BROYLES
Ryan Broyles, a consensus All-American and one of three finalists for the 2010 Biletnikoff Award, is now the Big 12’s all-time leader in career receptions ...
Broyles is the career leader among the NCAA’s active players in receptions (313), touchdown receptions (42), receiving yards (4,027) and punt return yards (1,042). He’s No. 2 on the active touchdowns list at 45.
He is just four receptions shy of the NCAA career record. Taylor Stubblefield of Purdue set that mark (316) from 2001-04. Broyles is currently No. 2 on that list.
With 42 career TD receptions, he is tied for No. 5 on the all-time NCAA list.
Broyles is No. 1 in Big 12 career receptions, eclipsing the previous mark of 303 by Texas Tech’s Taurean Henderson (2002-05). He’s also No. 2 in yards with 3,905, 387 away from No. 1. His TD total of 42 is tied for the Big 12 mark with Rashaun Woods.
Has 100+ yards receiving in 17 of the last 22 games and a TD grab in 15 of the last 21.
Has at least one catch in 44 straight games, the second-longest string nationally (Houston’s Tyron Carrier, 45).
He already has 47 catches for 598 yards this season. That average of 9.4 catches per game equals his NCAA-leading average 9.4 last season.
NOW THAT'S A RECEIVING CORPS
Oklahoma is one of only two schools (New Mexico is the other) that boasts eight different players with at least five receptions and an average of more than 10.0 yards per catch ...
Fourteen different Sooners have a reception this season. That’s the total number that had catches over last year’s 14-game schedule. Eleven have at least five grabs.
Kenny Stills missed the Tulsa (coaches’ decision) and Missouri (injury) games. In the other three games, he amassed 19 grabs for 256 yards and four touchdowns. At Florida State, his seven catches went for a career-high 125 yards, and his acrobatic TD catch with 7:00 left broke a 13-13 tie and gave OU a lead it did not relinquish. He went over 1,000 career receiving yards in the Texas game and now has 1,042.
Over the last three games, Jaz Reynolds has 16 catches for 326 yards and one TD. He had no grabs in the first two games. His 20.4 yards per catch leads the team.
ONE WHALEY OF A RUNNING GAME
Oklahoma’s leading rusher is walk-on junior Dominique Whaley, a transfer from Langston (Okla.) University.
In the opener against Tulsa, he rushed 18 times for 131 yards and four touchdowns. He fell just one TD shy of tying the NCAA mark for most in a debut game. That record is held by former Sooner DeMarco Murray at five.
At Florida State, he led OU with 21 tries for 71 yards. He gained all 29 yards in the Sooners’ final scoring drive to set up a 31-yard FG that gave the team a 10-point lead.
Whaley attended Lawton (Okla.) MacArthur High School, but as an Army “brat” lived in several places, including Germany, before that time.
Oklahoma has given up only three sacks and just 21 tackles for loss. The Sooners have absorbed 55 negative yards for an average of just 11.0 per game. OU opponents average 41.8 negative yards per game.
Oklahoma, somewhat a victim of its own efficiency, ranks No. 66 nationally in time of possession. With quick strikes and three defensive TDs, the Sooners had a season-low 22:06 against Texas, a deficit of 13:48. Only twice in five games has OU exceeded its opponent in possession time.
OU has forced at least one turnover in 146 of Stoops’ 165 games and has at least one interception in 108 of the last 144 with multiple picks in 67 of the last 116 outings.
Oklahoma has 13 shutouts under its current head coach. Opponents failed to score more than seven points in 35 games and scored less than 14 in 65 games.
LEWIS ASCENDS OU TACKLE LIST
With his 393 career tackles (the second-highest total by a Bob Stoops player at OU), senior WLB Travis Lewis has cracked the career top 10 tackle list at OU. The record is held by the late Daryl Hunt at 530. Lewis, now at No. 7, trails No. 6 Brian Bosworth by 20. He needs 39 tackles to move ahead of Rocky Calmus in the Stoops era.
Has 393 career stops, the third-best total among active players nationally.
Lewis, who suffered a broken bone in the big toe of his left foot in preseason drills, missed the opener vs. Tulsa.
Lewis has led Oklahoma in tackles in each of his first three seasons and has become only the sixth player in school history to lead the team in three consecutive years. The last to do it was Rocky Calmus, the Butkus Award winner in his senior campaign, from 1999-01. No player has had the lead in four seasons. Lewis is currently one tackle out of the team lead for ‘11.
As a freshman in 2007, Lewis had 144 tackles to break Brian Bosworth’s OU freshman record of 133.
Lewis has double-digit tackle totals in 15 of his 45 career games.
He registered his eighth career interception against Nebraska in last season’s Big 12 Championship Game. That equals the most by a linebacker in Sooner history. He has 156 career return yards on those picks, an average of 19.5 per return. Lewis had three takeaways in that game against the Cornhuskers including two fumble recoveries.
DE Frank Alexander is having a dominant season. The senior has 7.5 tackles for loss including 5.5 sacks thus far. He has been credited with at least half a sack in four of the first five games. In addition, Alexander has four break-ups, an interception and, a forced fumble, a recovered fumble and five hurries.
In the opener against Tulsa, Alexander had two passes broken up and an interception, which he returned 27 yards. For the season, he has three break-ups, including one against Ball State that was picked off by Tony Jefferson.
Against Texas, he had six tackles, three sacks for -26 yards, four tackles for 30 yards in losses, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a break-up. He was named the Walter Camp Foundation’s Defensive Player of the Week.
42 DEFENSIVE TDS IN STOOPS ERA
With a school-record three defensive touchdowns against Texas, Oklahoma now has 42 in Bob Stoops 12+ seasons.
Thirteen of those touchdowns came via a fumble return.
The defense has scored a touchdown in each of Stoops’ 13 seasons, and in nearly one-fourth of the games he has coached at OU (39 of 165 games for 24%). That’s an average of one every 3.9 games.
RIP AND RUN
Oklahoma has 276 return yards this season on nine interceptions (179) and six fumbles (97). That’s an average of 18.4 yards per return.
Oklahoma has nine interceptions this season for a whopping 179 yards in returns. That’s an average of 19.9 yards per return. The top interception return average of the Bob Stoops era was 21.1 n 2002 when the Sooners logged 516 yards on 24 picks.
PAPER OR PLASTIC?
Oklahoma has 19 sacks, including eight against Texas, through five games ...
Eleven players have been credited with at least half a sack this season.
The 19 sacks have gone for 144 yards in losses , or an average of 7.8 per sack. The lowest total in a game so far this season was two against Missouri.
The Sooners have 24 over their last four games away from Norman (seven vs. Nebraska in 2010 Big 12 Championship game, three vs. UConn in Fiesta Bowl, six at Florida State and eight vs. Texas.).
The Sooners are averaging 8.0 tackles for loss per game.
THE END(S) OF THE LINE
During part of the game with Texas, Oklahoma played a front four comprised entirely of defensive ends. Frank Alexander lined up at a tackle, David King at noseguard and Ronnell Lewis and R.J. Washington at the end spots.
OU IMPROVES IN PASS-HAPPY ERA
Despite this pass-happy era of college football, only once under Bob Stoops has an Oklahoma team allowed a season completion rate of 60% or higher. The 2010 finished at just 54.6%, which was the third-lowest figure in the Big 12 Conference for the season.
This season, Sooner opponents are completing just 51.2% of their passes (88-of-172).
None of Oklahoma’s first five foes passed for 300 yards.
Last season, six Sooner opponents failed to complete 50 percent of their passes, including three of the last five foes (Texas Tech, Nebraska and Connecticut). With 71 break-ups, the Sooners had one of their best seasons in that category. Over the previous seven seasons, the best total at Oklahoma had been 61 (twice). The school record was set in 2000 with an incredible 110. The 2009 team had just 45. This team is running ahead of last year’s paces with 27 or 5.4 per game.
Oklahoma’s special teams under Bob Stoops:
There have been 27 special teams touchdowns, including 21 in the last 81 regular season games. Those 21 came via five different kinds of plays -- 12 punt returns, two faked field goals, two blocked punts, four kickoff returns and a faked punt. Special teams also own one safety in that span.
Oklahoma has returned eight kickoffs and 16 punts for touchdowns.
The Sooners have blocked 24 kicks.
MANY HAPPY RETURNS
Information on returns during the Stoops era ...
Kickoff Returns --95 returns of 25 yards or more with eight touchdowns.
Punt Returns -- 61 returns of 15 or more yards with 16 touchdowns.
Interception Returns -- 87 returns of 10 or more yards with 24 touchdowns.
Fumble Returns -- eight returns of 15 or more yards with 12 touchdowns.
Oklahoma has used two kickers this season for placements with both Jimmy Stevens and Michael Hunnicutt handling the role. Hunnicutt seems to have settled into the duty for now. Combined, the two are 10-of-11 on field goal attempts.
Over the last two seasons, Oklahoma has made 33-of-40 field goals (83%).
With Stevens nursing a muscle pull, Hunnicutt moved into the starting role in the win over Missouri. He made his lone field goal try (26 yards) and all five PATs. Hunnicutt had previously made a 27-yard FG against Tulsa.
Hunnicutt remained in the kicking role for the Ball State game and scored 14 points. He was perfect on 8 PAT tries and made 2-of-3 field goals with makes from 44 and 39 yards and a miss from 30.
Against Texas, Hunnicutt made both field goal attempts (26, 24) and all seven PATs.
Stevens has made 16 of his last 17 field goals, all over his last five games played.
At Oklahoma, Stevens ranks No. 6 all-time with 42 field goals made and No. 2 with 180 points after touchdown. He’s No. 6 in kick scoring at 306.
Patrick O’Hara has settled into the kickoff role for the Sooners. He has 39 thus far with six touchbacks. He averages 66.0 yards per kickoff (average kickoff reaches nearly the three yard line) and opponents are averaging 21.5 yards per return.
WAY GOOD AT PUNTER
In 2010, P Tress Way had 19 boots of 50+ yards with 18 inside the 20 and an average of 44.0 yards on 73 kicks. His average ranked No. 20 nationally, but he had more attempts than anyone ahead of him on that list.
Way has 45 punts of 50+ yards in his career. Jeff Ferguson (1998-01), set that OU record with 52
Way is No. 9 among active NCAA punters with a career average of 44.2. He maintains that average on more kicks than any of the players ahead of him. He has 155.
This season, Way has played a central role in field position with 14 of 20 punts downed inside the 20. He is the only punter in the nation with that many inside the 20 and yet no touchbacks.
COVERAGE TEAMS STRONG
With one 28-yard return late in the Ball State game, OU fell from its lofty perch among the nation’s elite in punt coverage, but remains very stout. Prior to that return, foes were averaging just 3.0 yards per return. Six foes finished the game with negative punt return yards.
OU was No. 2 nationally in 2010 in punt return defense at 3.04 yards/return. It was the second straight season that the Sooners held that position.
Oklahoma ranked No. 5 nationally in net punting last season at 40.5 yards. The 2009 team ranked No. 7.
The bugaboo has been kickoffs. The Sooners gave up four for TDs last season, one this season and 10 over the last three years. Before Texas got a 100-yard TD return this season, the longest against OU had been 27 yards.
OU blocked two punts last season and both resulted in safeties (vs. Colorado and Texas A&M).
BROYLES CAN BE LETHAL
PR Ryan Broyles has more punt returns (91), more average returns per game (2.2) and more total punt return yards (1,016) than any other active players in NCAA FBS play.
He ranks No. 7 among active NCAA punt returners with an average of 10.92 yards per return.
•The trend is to kick away from the Sooner standout. He has had two or fewer returns in nine of the last 17 games.