NORMAN, Okla. -- No. 12 Oklahoma plays at West Virginia on Saturday at Milan Puskar Stadium. The Big 12 matchup will air nationally on FOX with kickoff slated for 6 p.m. CT.
• Oklahoma is coming off a 42-34 victory vs. Baylor (11/10), while West Virginia suff ered a 55-34 loss at Oklahoma State (11/10). The Sooners have won five straight Big 12 games, while WVU has lost four consecutive conference contests.
• OU’s win vs. Baylor was the 146th of Bob Stoops’ career, passing Bud Wilkinson for second on the OU victory list behind Barry Switzer (157). Along with Bennie Owen (122), OU is the only school to have four coaches with 100+ wins.
• The Sooners are making their initial trek to Morgantown for the first regular season meeting between the two squads since 1982. The Mountaineers claimed a 48-28 win in the Fiesta Bowl (1/2/08) in their last contest against OU.
• OU’s two losses this year have come against a pair of squads ranked in the top three in the BCS standings and the AP Poll who own a combined 20-0 record - BCS No. 1 (AP No. 2) Kansas State (10-0) and BCS/AP No. 3 Notre Dame (10-0).
• The Sooners are currently No. 13 in the AP Poll, No. 12 in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll and No. 12 in the BCS.
Key Stats on the Oklahoma-West Virginia Match-Up
• OU leads the Big 12 and ranks eighth in the nation in pass defense (170.2 ypg) and holds the No. 24 scoring defense (19.6) in the country. WVU ranks fifth in the nation in passing (347.6 ypg) and 11th in scoring offense (40.0 ppg).
• OU also leads the Big 12 in pass defense effi ciency (92.7) and opp. first downs (17.3 per game).
• OU ranks 13th in the nation in scoring offense (39.8 ppg), while West Virginia ranks 117th in scoring defense (41.4).
• OU leads the Big 12 and is fifth in the NCAA in Red Zone scoring effi ciency at 93.3% (42 of 45) while WVU is tied for 85th in the nation in Red Zone defensive effi ciency at 84.8% (39 of 46).
• OU is the only Big 12 team that hasn’t permitted a 300-yard QB in 2012. WVU QB Geno Smith enters this week’s game ranked third in the nation in passing (337.9 ypg). Last week, Baylor entered its contest vs. OU leading the nation in passing (392.1 ypg) and was held to a season-low 172 passing yards by the Sooners.
• Oklahoma ranks in the FBS top eight in both kickoff return avg. (5th - 28.6) and punt return avg. (8th - 15.4).
• Oklahoma has averaged 46.6 ppg in its seven wins and has won 37 of its last 39 games when scoring 30 points or more. WVU has allowed an average of 51.0 ppg in its first six Big 12 contests in 2012.
• The Sooners have won 30 of their last 32 contests when holding opponents to 30 points or less.
• No player has caught more than six passes in a single contest vs. the OU defense this season. Mountaineers WR Tavon Austin (10.7) leads the NCAA in receptions per game, while WR Stedman Bailey (8.3 per game) ranks fifth.
Oklahoma Seeks to Extend Five-Game Big 12 Winning Streak
• OU is seeking to win six straight Big 12 games in the same season since posting a seven-game streak in 2008.
• OU has outscored its last five conference opponents by a 233-102 margin (46.6 - 19.2 ppg).
• Oklahoma has outgained its last five Big 12 foes in total yardage by an average of 503.2 to 334.4 ypg.
• The Sooners have averaged 197.2 rushing ypg over their last five Big 12 games and have accumulated 24 rushing TDs on the season. WVU has permitted 164.7 rushing ypg and 16 rushing TDs in conference play.
• QB Landry Jones is 151-230 for 1,861 yards with 14 TDs and five INTs (149.4 rating) in Big 12 play in 2012.
• Oklahoma is 29-2 (.935) when Jones throws two or more TDs, including all seven of OU’s wins in 2012.
• OU has won 31 straight games when leading at half, including a 6-0 mark in 2012. The Sooners have outscored their opponents by a 194-75 margin in the first half this season.
• OU is 30-0 in games under Stoops when producing a 100-yard rusher and a 100-yard receiver.
• Oklahoma is sixth in the nation in third-down offense at 52.1% (62-119) and will face a WVU defense that ranks 102nd in the FBS in third-down defense at 46.5% (60-129).
Oklahoma has won five straight Big 12 games following a 42-34 home win over Baylor (11/10). The Sooners improve to 7-2 on the season and 5-1 in the Big 12 with the win.
A balanced offensive attack has been the name of the game for the Sooners in 2012 as they rank 13th nationally in scoring, 15th in passing yards and 46th in rushing yards. Junior running back Damien Williams leads the team and ranks third in the Big 12 with 76.3 rushing yards per game. Senior quarterback Landry Jones has completed 66 percent of his passes with 18 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Junior wide receiver Kenny Stills has been his top target, recording 54 catches for 682 yards and six touchdowns through nine games.
Oklahoma boasts the No. 20 defense in the nation through seven games, giving up 325.2 yards of offense per contest. In addition, the 19.6 points per game allowed ranks 24th in the country. OU’s passing defense sits eighth in the FBS, yielding just 170.2 yards per game. OU has forced 10 turnovers in the past six games, with eight coming off 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 fifth in the nation averaging 16.2 yards per punt return. Brennan Clay ranks 18th with a 27.8 average on kick returns, while Roy Finch would rank third at 35.7 if he had enough returns to qualify.
WEST VIRGINIA Mountaineers
After opening the season 5-0 and reaching as high as No. 5 in the AP poll, West Virginia has lost four in a row to sit 5-4 overall and 2-4 in the Big 12. Most recently, WVU fell at Oklahoma State, 55-34 (11/10).
The strength of West Virginia’s No. 18 offense lies in its passing game. The Mountaineers rank fifth in the country with an average of 347.6 passing yards per game. Geno Smith ranks third in the country in passing yards per game (337.8) and sixth in total offense (347.1). The wide receiver duo of Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey rivals any in the nation. Austin leads the country with 10.7 catches per game, while Bailey is third with 117.2 receiving yards per game.
In contrast to its No. 18 offense, West Virginia’s defense ranks 110th in the country. While the run defense is strong with a No. 31 ranking (134.6 yards per game), WVU’s passing defense is last in the country at No. 120 (345.2 yards per game). The Mountaineers rank 117th in scoring defense, as well. They have given up at least 34 points in all but two games this year, and are yielding 49.5 points per game in their current losing streak.
Tyler Bitancurt (41.3) and Corey Smith (42.6) have each punted at least 10 times for WVU this year, while Bitancurt has made only 6-12 field goals. Tavon Austin is the primary return man, ranking ninth in the country with a 30.3 average on kick returns and scoring one touchdown. He averages 8.8 yards per punt.
Last season, Oklahoma registered its 10th 10-win season under Stoops. In 2010 Oklahoma won its seventh Big 12 title, all of which have come under the current head coach. Stoops didn’t arrive at OU until the Big 12 was three years old, but already he has coached the program to more than twice as many championships as any other school in the league.
Stoops won a national crown in 2000, just his second season in Norman, and has led the Sooners to a school-record 13 consecutive bowl games, including eight of the BCS variety.
Along the way, he has picked up 17 coach of the year citations, including eight on the national level (only five coaches nationally have won more conference coach of the year awards), and watched five assistant coaches move into Football Bowl Subdivision head coaching positions.
Stoops can claim 146 victories (he reached 100 victories faster than any coach in college football history) and has a 45-21 mark against opponents ranked among the Associated Press top 25.
Two Heisman winners and five Heisman finalists have been characteristic of the talent Stoops and his staff have attracted. The offenses have been among the best in college football history (the 2008 team was the first to score 60 or more points in five straight games en route to scoring an NCAA record 716 points).
The defense has been stingy and is the only program to produce two players who won the Thorpe and Nagurski Awards in the same season.
Stoops has been characterized as a grounded family man, big-game coach, relentless recruiter, strong leader and a person with uncommon perspective.
The son of a coach, Stoops was a four-year starter at Iowa.
He began his coaching career in 1983 as a volunteer in the Hawkeye program under Hayden Fry, working through the ranks until he became co-defensive coordinator at Kansas State (1991-95). There he played a key role in one of the most impressive turnarounds in college football history while serving on Bill Snyder’s staff.
Eventually, he left for Florida and a three-year stint as Steve Spurrier’s defensive coordinator. It was with the Gators, and a national championship team in 1996, that the spotlight found Stoops and made him one of the hottest names in the profession.
Dana Holgorsen is in his second season as a head coach at the collegiate level (15-7), with both coming at the helm of West Virginia.
In his first season in 2011, the Mountaineer program fi nished with an overall record of 10-3, earned its sixth BIG EAST Conference championship since 2003 and seventh overall and was awarded the league’s BCS Bowl bid for the third time.
Holgorsen became the only West Virginia head coach to either win a conference championship or win 10 games in his first season.
The first-year head coach of the year honoree by the Football Writers Association of America was one of seven first-year head coaches to lead his program to a BCS Bowl game, was one of three to win the game and the only first-year WVU head coach to win a BCS Bowl game.
The Mountaineers’ 10 wins in 2011 tied for the fourth-most wins by a first-year head coach among NCAA I-A coaches.
Holgorsen also became the fourth West Virginia head coach to lead his squad to a bowl appearance and earn a win in the game in his first year as a head coach.
WVU finished No. 6 nationally in passing offense, No. 13 in scoring offense and No. 15 in total offense. The Mountaineer offense ranked No. 67 in total offense in 2010, the year before Holgorsen arrived, and he took it to No. 15 in 2011.
Before coming to Morgantown, Holgorsen spent the 2010 season as the offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State. He was a finalist for the 2010 Broyles Award, given to the nation’s top assistant football coach, and also named the rivals.com Offensive Coordinator of the Year.
Prior to OSU, Holgorsen was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Houston. During his two-year tenure with the Cougars, his offenses once again put up explosive numbers, accounting for 563 yards of total offense per game, passing for 433.7 yards per game and totaling more than 42.2 points per game.
Before his two-year stint with the Cougars, Holgorsen was a member of the coaching staff at Texas Tech from 2000-07, serving as the inside receivers coach from 2000-04, before being elevated to co-offensive coordinator in 2005 and offensive coordinator in 2006-07.
About the Offense
• 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’ teams have set 66 offensive school records.
• OU has scored in 184 straight games since 11/7/98.
• Since Stoops’ arrival, OU has scored 6,654 points - an average of 36.6 per game.
• Oklahoma is the highest-scoring team in history. In 1,190 games, the Sooners have 32,287 points. Michigan is next at 31,025 points in 1,261 games.
Lighting Up the Scoreboard
• With the 42-34 win over Baylor (11/10), OU improved to 75-1 under Stoops when scoring 40+ points.
• Prior to its 52-7 win over Kansas (10/20), OU defeated Texas, 63-21 (10/13). It was the first time OU scored more than 50 points in back-to-back Big 12 games since scoring 50-plus in six straight games from Oct. 25, 2008 to Dec. 6, 2008.
• With wins of 69-13 over Florida A&M (9/8) and 63-21 defeat of Texas (10/13), it marks the first time since the 2009 season that OU has 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 7 teams to score 60+ points twice this year, joining North Carolina, Oklahoma State, West Virginia, Oregon, Texas A&M and Louisiana Tech.
One doesn’t need to look far to see where Landry Jones ranks in NCAA and Big 12 annals (pages 12-13), but there are other notes to know about OU’s QB:
• With the victory over Texas (10/13), Landry Jones surpassed QB Steve Davis (32 wins, 1973-75) for the most wins in school history. Jones is now 36-10 (.782) as a starter at OU.
• Jones is one of two players in Big 12 history and one of five in NCAA history with over 100 TDs (111) and over 15,000 passing yards (15,069) in his career.
• Of Jones’ 277 yards against Baylor (11/10), 212 came in the first half. OU is 21-1 all-time when he throws for 200+ yards before halftime.
• OU is 29-2 (.933) when Jones throws two or more touchdowns in a game.
• With 405 yards on 32-45 passing at Iowa State (11/3), Jones recorded his 10th career game of 400+ passing yards and first of the season. Before Jones, there had only been four 400-yard games in OU program history.
• It was also his fourth 300-yard passing game of the season and 25th of his career, adding to his OU record.
• Jones is among 16 semifinalists for the Davey O’Brien Award, given to the nation’s top quarterback. He joins Matt Barkley (USC), Tajh Boyd (Clemson), Teddy Bridgewater (Louisville), Colby Cameron (Louisiana Tech), Seth Doege (Texas Tech), Nick Florence (Baylor), Collin Klein (Kansas State), EJ Manuel (Florida State), Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M), Marcus Mariota (Oregon), AJ McCarron (Alabama), Braxton Miller (Ohio State), Aaron Murray (Georgia), Denard Robinson (Michigan) and Geno Smith (West Virginia).
• Along with Barkley, Boyd, Doege and Robinson, Jones was a semifinalist for the award last season.
• Jones currently ranks fourth in the Big 12 and 13th in the country with 299.0 passing yards per game. He is also fourth in the conference and 25th in the NCAA with 288.2 yards of total offense per game.
Stills Has Been Sensational
• Junior WR Kenny Stills has had an impressive 2012 campaign, leading the team with 682 receiving yards and six touchdowns on 54 catches.
• His 75.8 receiving yards per game rank seventh in the Big 12 and 46th in the NCAA, while his 6.0 receptions per game is 39th in the country and seventh in the conference.
• Going over the 100-yard mark in his first two games of the year, Stills now has five career 100- yard receiving games, moving him 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 the longest pass play for OU 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. 12 in receiving yards per game (68.1; min. 25 games), tied for No. 16 in TD receptions (19), tied for No. 18 in receptions (176) and No. 19 in receiving yards (2,317).
Saunders Making Quick Impact
• Playing in just five of nine games this season after transferring from Fresno State, junior wide receiver Jalen Saunders already ranks third on the team in receptions (29) and fourth in receiving yards (373). His 74.6 yards per game are second behind Stills.
• Against Notre Dame (10/27), Saunders tied an OU record with 15 catches and had 181 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 was 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 OU after two seasons at Fresno State. He was a first-team All-WAC pick 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.
Clay Comes Through
• Junior RB Brennan Clay ran for a TD and had his first career TD reception against Baylor (11/10). It was the second multi-TD game of his career, as he rushed for two TDs against Florida A&M (9/8).
• With an injury to starting RB Damien Williams, Clay got his first start of the season at Iowa State (11/3). He responded by setting career highs in both rushes (24) and rushing yards (157). It was the first 100-yard game of his career as he broke marks of 15 rushes against Missouri (9/24/11) and 64 rushing yards against Tulsa (9/3/11).
• After 13 rushing TDs last year, sophomore QB Blake Bell and the Belldozer package has returned in 2012 with 10 rushing scores.
• Against Baylor (11/10), Bell scored on a 55-yard TD run. It was the longest by an OU QB since Patrick Fletcher’s 58-yard rush vs. TCU (9/12/98) and the longest TD run by an OU QB since an 80-yarder by Eric Moore vs. Baylor (10/18/97).
• Bell surpassed his previous career high of 51 rushing yards in a game (Iowa, 12/31/11) with his 55-yard touchdown run. He finished the game with five carries for 74 yards.
• Bell scored four rushing touchdowns against Texas (10/13) and now has six multi-rushing touchdown games in his career.
• He is the third player in OU history to score four touchdowns or more in a game twice in his career, joining Steve Owens (5) and Billy Sims (4). Bell also accomplished the feat at Baylor (11/19/11).
Williams Continues to Wow
• A transfer from Arizona Western, junior running back Damien Williams has made his presence felt in his brief time at Oklahoma.
• Averaging 76.3 rushing yards per game, Williams is third in the Big 12.
• Against Baylor (11/10), Williams scored twice, bringing his total to nine touchdowns this year.
• It was his second multi-TD game of his career after scoring four against Florida A&M (9/8).
• He rushed for 167 yards on 22 carries against Texas (10/13), his third career 100-yard game.
• The 167 rushing yards were the most by an OU player since Demarco Murray ran for 208 yardsagainst Utah State (9/4/10).
• Williams’ 95-yard touchdown rush against UT was the third 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, the second longest in the FBS this season and the fourth longest offensive play in OU history.
• Williams has scored on runs of 65, 89 and 95-yards this year. The only other FBS player with 3 or more rushing TDs of 65+ yards is Northern Illinois’ Jordan Lynch, also with three.
• 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 yards rushing were the most in a home debut in OU history, passing 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).
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 Season
• 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 tied 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.
• Shepard is tied for second on the team with three touchdown receptions, is third with 387 receiving yards and fourth with 28 receptions.
About the Defense
• 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 156 of 182 games over the last 14 seasons - 86% of games played in that span.
• The Sooner defense has at least one interception in 73% of its games (133 of 182) under Stoops.
• Oklahoma has 13 shutouts under Bob Stoops.
• Under Stoops, the OU defense has given up an average of just 18.4 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 coaching staff after guiding the OU ‘D’ from 1999-03.
• In his first stint at OU, four of Stoops’ five defenses fi nished No. 7 or better nationally in scoring defense and top 10 for total defense.
• From 2000-03, Stoops’ defenses also fi nished in the top 25 in pass defense and rush defense every season and in pass effi ciency 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 Fly Zone
• Oklahoma leads the Big 12 and is eighth in the nation in passing defense, yielding just 170.2 yards per game.
• Only two of OU’s nine opponents have passed for 200+ yards this season. The other seven have each thrown for 191 yards or less.
• The OU defense held Baylor (11/10) to season lows in total offense (424 yards) and passing yards (172 yards) and tied the Bears’ season low in pass completions (12). Baylor averaged 581.5 yards of total offense, 392.1 passing yards and 25.9 completions per game entering the game.
• OU held Baylor QB Nick Florence to 172 passing yards, a season low (previously 289 vs. TCU). Florence averaged 377.4 ypg coming into the game, the top mark in the nation.
• 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).
• Under Bob Stoops, the Sooners are 83-8 when limiting teams to 200 yards passing or less.
• OU is the only Big 12 school to not allow an opponent or an individual to throw for over 300 yards in a game this year.
Interceptions in Bunches
• OU went to Texas Tech (10/6) with 1 interception in 2012, but has eight picks in the last six games: 3 vs. TTU, 2 vs. Texas (10/13), 2 vs. Kansas (10/20) and 1 at Iowa State (11/3).
• The 3 picks against TTU were the most by OU since it had 3 vs. Texas A&M (11/5/2011).
• In that stretch, Javon Harris has three interceptions, Tony Jefferson and Aaron Colvin each have two and Jamarkus McFarland has one.
Harris the Ball-Hawk
• Javon Harris has three of the eight Oklahoma interceptions over the last five 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 10th in the NCAA with four interceptions and has seven career interceptions.
• Harris finished with a team high and career-high 14 tackles for his third career double-digit tackle game (second of the season).
Jefferson Strong in the Secondary
• With a team-high 79 tackles through nine games, junior safety Tony Jefferson is on pace for the second-most tackles by a defensive back in OU history. With an average of 8.8 stops per game, Jefferson is on pace to finish with 114.
• Jefferson totaled 11 tackles against Baylor (11/10), his fifth double-digit tackle game of the season and sixth of his career.
• Jefferson tallied 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 fifth in the Big 12 with 8.8 tackles per game.
Defensive TDs at 43 in Stoops Era
• 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.
About the Special Teams
Oklahoma’s special teams under Bob Stoops ...
• There have been 29 special teams touchdowns.
• Those 29 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 eight kickoff s and 17 punts for touchdowns and has blocked 28 kicks.
Many Happy Returns
Information on returns during the Stoops era ...
• Kickoff Returns --115 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.
Very Special Teams
• Oklahoma ranks fifth in the NCAA in kick returns (28.6) and eighth in punt returns (15.4), one of two schools in the top eight of both categories:
Rank Team KR Avg.
1. Rutgers 30.40
2. Middle Tenn. St. 29.59
3. Kansas State 29.04
4. Tulsa 28.77
5. Oklahoma 28.59
6. Utah 28.52
7. Oklahoma State 28.48
8. Miami (FL) 28.05
Rank Team PR Avg.
1. Boston College 25.00
2. Kansas State 23.77
3. Northwestern 19.06
4. Nevada 18.92
5. Missouri 16.17
6. Iowa State 16.14
7. Oregon 15.47
8. Oklahoma 15.40
• The 28.6 average on kick returns would sit second all-time at OU, behind the single-season record of 31.6 average set in 1980.
Historic Night for Special Teams
• Against Kansas (10/20), OU scored on a punt return and a kickoff return in the same game for the first time in school history as Justin Brown returned a punt 90 yards for a score and Roy Finch had a 100-yard kickoff return TD.
• Brown’s 90-yard punt return was the fifth-longest in OU history and the longest since Antonio Perkins’ 91-yard return vs. Tulsa (8/30/02).
• It also marks the third-longest in the FBS this year.
• The last Sooner to return a punt for a touchdown was Ryan Broyles vs. Oklahoma State (11/28/09), who went 87 yards.
• Finch’s kickoff return touchdown was the 15th in school history and tied for the longest with Buster Rhymes (vs. Kansas State, 1980) and (Mark Bradley vs. Iowa State, 2003).
• The last kickoff return for a touchdown before Finch’s was DeMarco Murray, who had a 91-yarder against Baylor (11/10/07).
• Finch’s return was the fourth 100-yard play in school history (three kick returns, one INT return).
• The returns marked the first time the Sooners registered two plays of 90+ yards in the same game in team history.
• With 108 kickoff return yards and 112 punt return yards, OU recorded 100 or more yards in both return categories for the second time in school history. The only other time was vs. Pittsburgh (10/4/52) when the Sooners had 115 punt return yards and 102 kickoff return yards.
Way Good at Punter
• Tress Way is third among active punters in the FBS with 233 career punts and 10,186 yards. Way also ranks No. 8 among active punters with a 43.7 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.
• Way had 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.
Hunnicutt Through the Uprights
• Michael Hunnicutt has made 10-of-11 field goals in 2012 with a long of 42 against Texas Tech (10/6).
• His 90.9 conversion percentage leads the Big 12 and is tied for sixth in the nation.
• After missing a 44-yarder to start the year, he has made his last 10 successfully.
• Hunnicutt has made two field goals in four games this year, giving him seven multi-field goal games in his career. He is now 31-of-35 in his career overall.
What Can Brown Do For You?
• Senior wide receiver Justin Brown ranks fifth in the NCAA, averaging 16.2 yards per punt return.
• Brown set a career-high with 108 punt return yards against Kansas (10/20), including the first touchdown in his career. It still stands as the ninth highest total in the FBS this season.
• 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 is the only player in the NCAA this year with multiple 100+ yard punt return games.
• Oklahoma’s all-time record stands at 828-309-53 (.718) in 117 seasons.
• Since WWII, OU leads the nation with 584 victories.
• The Sooners have captured 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.
• With a 69-13 win over Florida A&M (9/8/12), Oklahoma became the first program in college football history to break the 32,000-mark in all-time points scored. No program has scored more points than OU.
• 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 spanning 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).
• Sooner teams have gone undefeated 14 times in program history, the latest being 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 80-5 at home in Stoops’ 14 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 85 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.
Home Dominance Under Stoops
• The Sooners are 80-5 on Owen Field under Stoops.
• OU is 69-5 when ranked and 11-0 when unranked at home.
• Oklahoma is 34-2 in non-conference games at home under Stoops and 46-3 in Big 12 games.
• OU is 49-0 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 Stooops era, a school-record of 84 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 five losses at home in the last 14 seasons have come by a combined 35 points, an average of 7.0 points per game.
• Only one game has gone into overtime, a 37-30 OU win vs. Baylor (10/22/05).
• 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, Oklahoma ranked No. 13 nationally in average attendance at 85,161.
• Oklahoma has drawn 6,453,276 fans for Bob Stoops’ 85 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 52 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 .941, holding a record of 80-5 over that span.