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GameDay: Oklahoma vs Baylor

The Oklahoma-Baylor Match-Up

• Oklahoma is coming off a 35-20 victory at Iowa State (11/3), while Baylor posted a 41-14 win vs. Kansas (11/3).

• The victory over Iowa State was the 145th of Bob Stoops’ career, tying Bud Wilkinson for second all-time on the OU victory list behind Barry Switzer (157). Along with Bennie Owen (122), OU is the only school boasting four coaches with 100+ wins.

• OU’s two losses have come against No. 2 (BCS)/No. 3 (AP) Kansas State (9-0) and No. 4 (BCS)/No. 4 (AP) Notre Dame (9-0), a pair of top-four teams who own a combined 18-0 record.

• The Sooners are currently No. 14 in the AP Poll, No. 13 in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll and No. 12 in the BCS standings.

• The Sooners are 20-1 all-time vs. the Bears with that lone blemish coming by a 45-38 margin at Baylor (11/19/11).

• OU ranks 15th in the nation in scoring offense (39.5 ppg), while Baylor ranks 114th in scoring defense (39.1).

• OU’s defense is 12th in the NCAA in pass defense (170.0 ypg) and 17th in the nation in total defense (312.9 ypg). The Sooners will face a BU offense that leads the nation in pass offense (392.1) and total offense (581.5 ypg).

• OU is the only Big 12 team that hasn’t permitted a 300-yard passer in 2012. QB Seth Doege threw for 203 yards at Texas Tech (10/6), the highest total OU has permitted an opposing passer this season. Baylor QB Nick Florence leads the nation in passing (377.4 ypg). His lone non-300-yard game in 2012 was a 289-yard outing vs. TCU (10/13).

Series: . . . . . . . . . . . . . OU leads, 20-1

• OU ranks 14th in the NCAA in total offense (488.8 ypg). BU is 120th of 120 FBS teams in total defense (527.3 ypg).

More Key Stats on Oklahoma vs. Baylor

• The Sooners are 129-9 when leading at the half under Stoops, 11-0 all-time vs. Baylor and 5-0 in 2012.

• OU has won 30 straight games when leading at half. OU owns a 166-58 first-half scoring edge in 2012.

• The Sooners are 45-3 in Big 12 home games under Stoops and are 24-1 in November home games under his tenure, including a streak of 19 consecutive November home victories at Owen Field.

• The Sooners are 79-1 at home under Stoops when scoring 24 points or more. Baylor has permitted 24 points or more in seven of its eight games this season, permitting a season-low 14 points vs. Kansas C11/3).

• OU is 30-0 under Stoops when producing a 100-yard rusher and a 100-yard receiver. RB Brennan Clay registered a career-high 157 rushing yards, while WR Justin Brown posted a career-high 107 receiving yards at ISU (11/3).

• Five different Sooners own a 100-yard receiving game in 2012 (Brown, Kenny Stills, Sterling Shepard, Trey Millard and Sterling Shepard), tying a previous single-season mark set in 2001 and 2008.

• Oklahoma ranks in the FBS top five in both punt return average (4th - 16.8) and kick return average (5th - 28.8).

• Under Stoops, OU is 33-2 with 28 or more first downs. Baylor is 120th in the country, allowing 28.9 first downs a game.

OU Dominance vs. Baylor

• The Sooners are 36-0 at home under Stoops when allowing 10 points or less, including a 7-0 mark vs. Baylor.

• In 13 games under Stoops, OU has outscored Baylor 553-200 (42.5 - 15.4 ppg). OU has outgained Baylor in total yards (493.1 - 281.4 avg.), passing yards (324.8 - 187.8 avg.) and rushing yards (168.3 - 93.6 avg).

• QB Landry Jones is 62-90 for 772 yards with three TDs and two INTs (147.5 rating) in two starts vs. Baylor.

• Jones threw for a season-high 405 yards and four TDs vs. ISU (11/3), his 10th career 400-yard game. He is 126-194 for 1,584 yards with 12 TDs and four INTs (149.8 rating) in Big 12 play in 2012.

Oklahoma bounced back from a loss vs. Notre Dame (10/27) with a 35-20 win at Iowa State (11/3). The Sooners improved to 6-2 on the season and 4-1 in the Big 12 and are now 20-0 since 2004 after a loss.

Offense

A balanced offensive attack has been the name of the game for the Sooners in 2012 as they rank 15th nationally in scoring, 16th in passing yards and 49th in rushing yards. Junior running back Damien Williams leads the team and ranks fifth in the Big 12 with 73.5 rushing yards per game. Senior quarterback Landry Jones has completed 65 percent of his passes with 16 touchdowns and six interceptions. Junior wide receiver Kenny Stills has been his top target, recording 51 catches for 649 yards and six touchdowns through eight games.

Defense

Oklahoma boasts the No. 17 defense in the nation through seven games, giving up 312.9 yards of offense per contest. In addition, the 17.8 points per game allowed also ranks 17th in the country. OU’s passing defense sits 12th in the FBS, yielding just 170.0 yards per game. OU has forced 10 turnovers in the past five games, with eight coming off interceptions and two via fumble recoveries.

Special Teams

Sophomore Michael Hunnicutt has made 10-11 field goals in 2012, while senior punter Tress Way is averaging 42.5 yards per kick. Justin Brown is third in the nation averaging 17.8 yards per punt return, while Roy Finch’s 35.7 average on kick returns would rank third if he had enough returns to qualify.

Baylor

Baylor halted a four-game losing streak with a 41-24 victory over Kansas (11/3). It was the first Big 12 win of the year for the Bears, who are now 4-4 on the season and 1-4 in the conference.

Offense

No offense is putting up better numbers than Baylor, which is averaging a nation’s best 581.5 yards per game. Quarterback Nick Florence leads the country with 377.4 passing yards per game, and he’s thrown 25 touchdown passes with 11 interceptions. His top target has been Terrance Williams, who leads the country with 167.5 receiving yards per game.

Defense

Baylor has the No. 1 offense in the country, but it’s defense ranks last in the nation at No. 120. The Bears give up 527.3 yards per game, while no other team is yielding more than 498.4 yards. Baylor ranks 97th in rush defense, 114th in scoring defense and 118th in passing defense. Six of BU’s eight opponents this year gained over 500 yards, including West Virginia, which gained 807 yards (9/29).

Special Teams

Spencer Roth ranks fourth in the Big 12 with an average of 43.8 yards per punt, though he only kicks it away 2.75 times per game. Aaron Jones has made 10-16 field goals this year, though he is 7-10 from less than 40 yards and 3-6 from beyond 40 yards. Baylor ranks 82nd in the nation in kickoff return yards

The Head Coaches

Bob Stoops

Last season, Oklahoma registered its10th 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 145 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.

Art Briles

Art Briles is in his fifth season as the head coach at Baylor (29-29) and is in his 10th season overall (63-57).

During a historic record-breaking 2011 season, Briles led Baylor to a school record 10 wins and its highest final ranking (12th) since 1986, earned the school’s first bowl victory in 19 years and coached the first Heisman Trophy winner in program history - quarterback Robert Griffin III.

Briles’ accomplishments were recognized when he was named a 2011 Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year Award finalist. The Bears finished the 2011 season with a 10-3 record, including a memorable 67-56 Alamo Bowl win over Washington, and ranked 12th (coaches) and 13th (AP) nationally.

Briles’ transformation of the Baylor football program took a major step in 2010, when he led the Bears to a 7-6 record and the school’s first bowl game in 16 years. Baylor’s accomplishments earned Briles the 2010 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Region 4 Coach of the Year award.

Briles came to Baylor after reviving the University of Houston football program in a five-year stretch from 2003 to 2007.

After inheriting a Houston program that was just two years removed from an 0-11 season, Briles won eight total games from 2000 to 2003, posted a 34-28 record with the Cougars and guided them to four bowl games. He ranks as the program’s third-winningest head coach behind College Football Hall of Famer Bill Yeoman (160 wins in 26 seasons) and Clyde Lee (37 victories in seven seasons).

Briles arrived at Houston from Texas Tech, where he spent three years (2000-02) as the Red Raiders’ running backs coach. Prior to moving into the collegiate coaching ranks at Texas Tech, Briles spent 12 seasons (1988-99) as head coach and athletic director at Stephenville [Texas] High School. His Yellowjacket teams won four state championships, capturing back-to-back crowns in 1993 and 1994 and repeating that feat in 1998 and 1999.

Briles and his wife, Jan, have three children: Jancy, a UH graduate who works in the Dallas Cowboys Public Relations office; Kendal, a Cougar letterman and UH graduate who serves as an assistant coach on his father’s Baylor staff ; and Staley Lebby, a UH graduate. Briles was inducted into the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame in April 2008.

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 183 straight games since 11/7/98.

• Since Stoops’ arrival, OU has scored 6,612 points - an average of 36.5 per game.

• Oklahoma is the highest-scoring college program in history. In 1,189 games, the Sooners have scored 32,245 points. Michigan is next at 30,987 points in 1,260 games.

Lighting Up the Scoreboard

• When the Sooners beat Kansas, 52-7 (10/20), OU improved to 74-1 under Stoops when scoring 40+ points and 40-0 when scoring 50+ points.

• Prior to its win over Kansas, OU defeated Texas, 63-21 (10/13). OU has now scored more than 50 points in back-to-back Big 12 games for the first time 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 6 schools to score 60+ points twice this season, joining North Carolina, Oklahoma State West Virginia, Oregon and Texas A&M.

Prolific Passer

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 35-10 (.778) as a starter at OU.

• Jones is one of two players in Big 12 history and one of seven in NCAA history with over 100 TDs (109) and over 14,000 passing yards (14,792) in his career.

• Jones threw for with 405 yards on 32-45 passing at Iowa State (11/3), 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.

• Of Jones’ 405 yards against Iowa State, 239 came in the first half. OU is 20-1 all-time when he throws for more than 200 yards before halftime.

• OU is 28-2 (.933) when Jones throws two or more touchdowns in a game.

• 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 14th in the country with 301.8 passing yards per game. He is also fourth in the conference and 23rd in the NCAA with 290.9 yards of total offense per game.

Stills Has Been Sensational

• Junior WR Kenny Stills has had an impressive 2012 campaign, leading the team with 649 receiving yards and six touchdowns on 51 catches.

• His 81.1 receiving yards per game rank sixth in the Big 12 and 35th in the NCAA, while his 6.4 receptions per game is 28th in the country and fifth 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 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. 10 in receiving yards per game (69.2; min. 25 games), tied for No. 15 in TD receptions (19), tied for No. 16 in receptions (173) and No. 19 in receiving yards (2,284).

Saunders Making Quick Impact

• Playing in just four games so far this season after transferring from Fresno State, junior wide receiver Jalen Saunders already ranks fourth on the team in receptions (24) and receiving yards (323). Though his 80.8 yards per game are second behind Stills.

• Against Notre Dame (10/27), Saunders tied an OU record with 15 catches and had 181 yards. 15-Reception Games in OU History Date Player Opp. Rec./Yds./TD 10/16/10 Ryan Broyles Iowa State 15/182/1 10/27/12 Jalen Saunders Notre Dame 15/181/0

• 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

• With an injury to starting running back Damien Williams, junior running back Brennan Clay got his first start of the season at Iowa State (11/3).

• Clay 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).

• It was the fifth start of Clay’s career and his first since last season against Missouri (9/24/11).

Belldozer Returns

• After 13 rushing TDs last year, sophomore QB Blake Bell and the Belldozer package has returned in 2012 with nine rushing scores.

• 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 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. 10 in receiving yards per game (69.2; min. 25 games), tied for No. 15 in TD receptions (19), tied for No. 16 in receptions (173) and No. 19 in receiving yards (2,284).

• Bell scored four rushing touchdowns against Texas (10/13) and now has six multi-rushing touchdown games in his career.

• Bell 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 73.5 rushing yards per game, Williams is fifth in the Big 12.

• 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 yards against 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 secondlongest 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 and is tied for third with 25 catches and 344 receiving yards.

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 181 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 181) 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 finished in the top 25 in pass defense and rush defense every season and in pass efficiency 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 12th in the nation in passing defense, yielding just 170.0 yards per game.

• Only two of OU’s eight opponents have passed for 200+ yards this season. The other six have each thrown for 191 yards or less.

• 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).

• OU held Iowa State (11/3) to an 85.11 pass efficiency rating. The Sooners were fifth in the nation entering the game in pass efficiency defense with a 96.18 average.

• Under Bob Stoops, the Sooners are 26-1 when limiting teams to 100 yards passing or less and 10-1 when teams pass for 50 yards 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 five 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).

• Defensive tackle Jamarkus McFarland got the hot-streak started by intercepting the first pass of his career in the first quarter against TTU.

Aaron Colvin intercepted the first pass of his career in the second quarter against the Red Raiders and picked off another pass against UT.

Tony Jefferson added his first interception of the season against the Longhorns at the end of the first half and then picked up another in the fourth quarter at Iowa State. He now has eight for his career.

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 ninth in the NCAA with four interceptions and has seven career interceptions.

Jefferson Strong in the Secondary

• With a team-high 68 tackles through eight games, junior safety Tony Jefferson is on pace for the second-most tackles by a defensive back in OU history. With an average of 8.5 stops per game, Jefferson is on pace to finish with 111.

• Jefferson totaled 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 sixth in the Big 12 with 8.5 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.

• Oklahoma has blocked 28 kicks.

Many Happy Returns

Information on returns during the Stoops era ...

• Kickoff Returns --114 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 fourth in the NCAA in punt returns (16.8) and fifth in kick returns (28.8).

• OU is one of two schools to rank in the top five of both categories:

Rank Team PR Avg.

1. Boston College 25.00

2. Kansas State 24.90

3. Northwestern 21.00

4. Oklahoma 16.83

5. TCU 16.42

Rank Team KR Avg.

1. Utah 35.33

2. Rutgers 30.56

3. Kansas State 30.04

4. Middle Tenn. St. 29.59

5. Oklahoma 28.84

• The 28.8 average on kick returns would sit second all-time at OU, behind the single-season record of 31.6 average set in 1980.

• The 16.8 average on punt returns is currently fourth best in school history behind the 20.6 average in 1948, 19.2 average in 1966 and 16.9 mark in 1952.

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.

Justin Brown returned a punt 90 yards for a score, while 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 interception 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 230 career punts and 10,049 yards.

• Way also ranks No. 9 among active punters in the NCAA 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.

• This season, Way ranks 29th in the NCAA with an average of 42.5 yards per punt.

• 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. Way now has four career punts of 70+ yards.

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 ranks 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 third in the NCAA, averaging 17.8 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.

• As a receiver, Brown set career highs with seven receptions for 107 yards at Iowa State (11/3). Previously, he had six receptions three times and 106 yards vs. Michigan State (11/27/10).

The Program

• Oklahoma’s all-time record stands at 827-309- 53 (.718) in 117 seasons.

• Since WWII, OU leads the nation with 583 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 diff erent 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 79-5 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 84 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.

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