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NORMAN, Okla. -- No. 8 Oklahoma hosts No. 5 Notre Dame Saturday night in Norman in front of a capacity crowd and national television audience courtesy ABC (7 p.m. CT). ESPN's College GameDay will broadcast live from the South Oval on OU's campus (8 a.m. ESPNU, 9 a.m. ESPN).
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OKLAHOMA AT A GLANCE
Oklahoma has won three in a row to improve its record to 5-1 on the season and 3-1 in the Big 12 following a 52-7, blowout win over Kansas (10/20).
A balanced offensive attack continues to be the name of the game for the Sooners so far in 2012 as they rank fifth nationally in scoring, 26th in passing yards and 34th in rushing yards. Junior running back Damien Williams leads the team and ranks third in the Big 12 with 92.0 rushing yards per game. Senior quarterback Landry Jones has completed 63 percent of his passes with 12 touchdowns and three interceptions. Junior wide receiver Kenny Stills has been his top target, recording 38 catches for 471 yards and three touchdowns through six games.
Oklahoma boasts the No. 15 defense in the nation through six games, giving up 301.7 yards of offense per contest. In addition, the 15.3 points per game allowed is 12th in the country. OU's passing defense ranks ninth in the country, yielding just 163.5 yards per game. OU has forced nine turnovers in the past three games, with seven coming off interceptions and two via fumble recoveries.
Sophomore Michael Hunnicutt has made 8-9 field goals in 2012, while senior punter Tress Way is averaging 43.2 yards per kick. Justin Brown is second in the nation averaging 19.0 yards per punt return, while Roy Finch's 35.7 average on kick returns would rank second if he had enough returns to qualify.
NOTRE DAME AT A GLANCE
With a 7-0 record, Notre Dame is off to its best start since opening the 2002 season with an 8-0 mark. Three of the wins this season have come against teams ranked in the AP Top 25. The Fighting Irish most recently defeated BYU, 17-14 (10/20).
The strength of the Notre Dame offense has been its rushing attack. The Irish rank 38th in the country, averaging 193.9 rushing yards per game. Last week against BYU (10/20), Theo Riddick rushed for a career-high 143 yards, while Cierre Wood added 114 yards. All-American TE Tyler Eifert leads ND with 319 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns.
The nation's sixth-ranked defense is anchored by consensus preseason first-team All-American linebacker Manti Te'o. The senior leads Notre Dame with 69 tackles, four interceptions and two fumble recoveries. The Fighting Irish boast the No. 2 scoring defense in the country, surrendering just 9.4 points per game. The most points any foe has scored against ND this year is 17, done by Purdue (9/8).
Senior punter Ben Turk is averaging 40.9 yards per punt. Sophomore kicker Kyle Brindza has made 11-15 field goals, though he is just 1-3 from 40 yards or longer. George Atkinson III has been the leading kick returner, averaging 19.4 yards on eight returns. On punts, Davonte' Neal is only averaging 2.8 yards per return.
Two of the most storied programs in college football lore will square off for the 10th time when Oklahoma hosts Notre Dame in Norman for the first time since 1966.
OU's lone win vs. Notre Dame was a 40-0 victory at South Bend (10/27/56), one of six shutouts pitched by the Sooners that season en route to a third national championship under head coach Bud Wilkinson.
Oklahoma owns seven national titles, trailing only Alabama (9) and Notre Dame (8).
No two teams have spent more weeks at No. 1 in the AP Poll than Oklahoma (101) and Notre Dame (95).
The Sooners are currently No. 8 in the AP Poll, No. 7 in the USA Today Coaches' Poll and No. 8 in the BCS standings, while Notre Dame is No. 5 in the AP Poll, the USA Today Coaches' Poll and the BCS standings.
Under Bob Stoops, the Sooners are 14-1 in Norman against ranked teams, going 3-0 against Top 10 foes.
SETTING THE STAGE
OU is coming off a 52-7 victory vs. Kansas (10/20), while Notre Dame registered a 17-14 win vs. BYU (10/20).
OU has outscored its last three opponents by a 156-48 margin (52.0-16.0 ppg). OU ranks fifth in the NCAA in scoring offense (44.7 ppg), while only Alabama (8.3 ppg) ranks ahead of Notre Dame (9.4 ppg) in scoring defense.
Notre Dame has started the season 7-0 for the first time since doing it in 2002 en route to a 10-3 finish.
Under Stoops, the Sooners are 3-0 against teams entering Owen Field with a 5-0 record or better, defeating 7-0 Nebraska (31-14 on 10/28/00), 5-0 Missouri (43-31 on 10/13/07) and 10-0 Texas Tech (65-21 on 11/22/08).
Oklahoma is 34-1 at home under Stoops against non-conference foes, including 17 straight wins.
Over the last three games, OU has outgained its foes in total yardage (1,454-958), rushing (557-348) and passing (897-610), while posting a +6 (9 takes/3 gives) turnover differential.
The Sooners have outscored their opponents by a 98-15 margin in the first half of their last three games. ND has outscored its foes 37-3 in the first quarter and haven't allowed a first-quarter TD this season.
The Sooners are averaging 484.7 ypg of total offense over their last three outings. ND is sixth in the nation in total defense (280.7 ypg) and has held six straight foes under 300 yards of total offense, limiting BYU to 243 yards (10/20).
The Sooners are tied for the NCAA lead in Red Zone scoring efficiency at 97.2% (32 of 33), while Notre Dame is second in the nation in defensive Red Zone efficiency at 52.6% (10 of 19).
The Sooners are 57-2 (.966) under Stoops in Norman when holding foes to less than 20 points, including a string of 27 straight victories. Notre Dame is 20-1 (.952) under Brian Kelly when allowing less than 20 points.
OU (20/5) joins Florida State (26/4), Kansas State (26/5) and Wisconsin (20/5) as the only teams with 20 or more rushing TDs and five or fewer rushing TDs allowed. ND is the only FBS team that has not allowed a rushing TD in 2012.
QB Landry Jones is 65-105 (61.9%) for 871 yards with seven TDs and one INT during OU's three-game win streak (151.7 rating). OU is 27-2 (.931) in games when Jones throws two or more TDs, including an18-2 mark at home.
Oklahoma is the only FBS team to rank in the top six in both KO return avg (3rd - 31.2) and punt ret. avg. (6th - 17.9).
Last week, OU returned a punt (Justin Brown - 90 yds) and a KO (Roy FInch - 100 yds) for a TD in the same game for the first time in school history. ND ranks 93rd in punt return avg. (2.8) and 111th in KO return avg. (19.2).
The Sooners are 19-1 (.950) in October home games under Stoops.
Oklahoma is third in the nation averaging 52.0 ppg this October. Conversely, Notre Dame has the third-best scoring defense in the nation this month at 8.0 ppg.
RED ZONE PRODUCTION
Oklahoma is tied for first in the nation with a Red Zone scoring percentage of 97.0 percent. The Sooners and Clemson Tigers have each scored on 32 of 33 trips inside the Red Zone.
On defense, Oklahoma has allowed teams to score on 8 of 11 trips inside the Red Zone (72.7 percent), tying for 24th in the nation. In addition, those 11 trips are the fewest allowed in the nation.
HALF AND HALF
OU is yielding just 6.0 points in the first half and 8.3 points in the second half of games in 2012.
Teams have scored a total of 9 points against the Sooners in the 3rd quarter this season.
Oklahoma has outscored its last three opponents, 98-15, in first halves and 146-42 overall this season in the first two quarters. The OU defense has allowed just two touchdowns this season in the first half.
Oklahoma's 38-point halftime lead (38-0) against Kansas (10/20) was its largest since leading by 41 vs. Idaho State (41-0 on 9/12/09).
THE OU PROGRAM
Oklahoma's all-time record stands at 826-307-53 (.718) in 118 seasons.
The Sooners rank third all-time in winning percentage behind only Michigan (.735) and Notre Dame (.731).
Since World War II, Oklahoma leads the nation with 582 victories.
The Sooners have earned 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.
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 representing 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).
OU leads the nation with 33 seasons in which the program has won 10 or more games.
Sooner teams have gone undefeated 14 times in program history, the first in 1896 and the latest 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 79-4 at home in Stoops' 13 seasons. In all, Oklahoma has won 81 percent of its home games since Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium opened in 1923.
Oklahoma has played in front of 83 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.
10 double-digit win seasons in his first 13 as a head coach are unmatched among active FBS coaches. He joins Richt and BYU's Mendenhall as the only active coaches with five such seasons in their first seven years.
The Sooners were picked to finish first in the Big 12 preseason media poll.
Oklahoma has won seven Big 12 Conference titles (2000, 02, 04, 06, 07, 08, 10), twice as many as the next closest program in the league (Texas).
2012 TEAM CAPTAINS
This season's team captains as elected by their teammates are:
Junior OL Gabe Ikard - Oklahoma City, Okla.
Senior QB Landry Jones - Artesia, N.M.
Senior DE David King - Houston, Texas
Junior FB Trey Millard -Columbia, Mo.
Senior P Tress Way - Tulsa, Okla.
With wins over UTEP (9/1) and Florida A&M (9/8), Oklahoma has now won 12 straight non-conference games dating back to the 2009 season and is 50-12 all-time under Bob Stoops against teams outside of the Big 12.
OKLAHOMA COACHING STAFF
In Bob Stoops' 13 seasons at OU, six of his assistant coaches have gone on to become head coaches at other FBS programs.
OU's coaches have a cumulative 63 years on the sidelines in Norman and 192 years experience total.
HOME DOMINANCE UNDER STOOPS
The Sooners are 79-4 on Owen Field under Stoops.
OU is 68-4 when ranked and 11-0 when unranked at home.
Oklahoma is 34-1 in non-conference games at home under Stoops and 45-3 in Big 12 games.
OU is 48-0 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 Stoops 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 four losses at home in the last 14 seasons have come by a combined 18 points.
Only one game has gone into overtime, a 37-30 OU win vs. Baylor (10/22/05).
In 2011, Oklahoma ranked No. 13 nationally in average attendance at 85,161.
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, OU's win over Texas A&M drew the highest attendance in stadium history at 85,709.
Oklahoma has drawn 6,282,300 fans for Bob Stoops' 82 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.
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 50 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 .952, holding a record of 79-4 over that span.
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 181 straight games since 11/7/98.
Since Stoops' arrival, OU has scored 6,564 points - an average of 37.0 per game.
Oklahoma is the highest-scoring college program in history. In 1,187 games, the Sooners have scored 32,200 points. Michigan is next at 30,952 points in 1,250 games.
LIGHTING UP THE SCOREBOARD
Oklahoma ranks fifth in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 44.7 points per game.
Most recently, the Sooners beat Kansas, 52-7 (10/20). Under Stoops, OU is 74-1 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 4 schools to score 60+ points twice this season, joining North Carolina, Oklahoma State and West Virginia.
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 34-9 (.791) 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 (105) and over 14,000 passing yards (14,023) in his career.
Jones is the third QB in Sooner history to start and play the majority of the game in three wins over Texas, joining Jimmy Harris (1954-56) and Davis.
Jones threw for with 321 yards and two scores on 21-37 passing against Texas (10/13), his first 300-yard passing game of the season and 22nd of his career, adding to his OU record.
OU is 27-2 (.931) when Jones throws two or more touchdowns in a game.
Jones currently ranks fourth in the Big 12 and 17th in the country with 274.0 passing yards per game. He is also sixth in the conference and 40th in the NCAA with 261.3 yards of total offense per game.
STILLS HAS BEEN SENSATIONAL
Junior WR Kenny Stills has had an impressive 2012 campaign, leading the team with 471 receiving yards and four touchdowns on 38 catches.
His 78.5 receiving yards per game rank fifth in the Big 12 and 38th in the NCAA, while his 6.3 receptions per game is 29th 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 Stills 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. 9 in receiving yards per game (67.9), No. 16 in receptions (160), No. 18 in receiving yards (2,106).and tied for No. 18 in TD receptions (17).
WILLIAMS CONTINUES TO WOW
A transfer from Arizona Western, junior running back Damien Williams made his presence felt in his brief time at Oklahoma.
Averaging 92.0 rushing yards per game, Williams is third in the Big 12 and 40th in the nation.
Williams rushed for 167 yards on 22 carries against Texas (10/13), his third 100-yard game of the year.
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 longest 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 season. The only other FBS player with three or more rushing touchdowns of 65+ yards is Northern Illinois' Jordan Lynch, who also has 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 total yards rushing were the most in home debut in Oklahoma history, surpassing 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).
After 13 rushing touchdowns last year, Blake Bell and the Belldozer package has returned in 2012 with eight rushing scores.
Bell scored four rushing touchdowns against Texas (10/13). Bell 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).
SAUNDERS MAKES OU DEBUT
Junior wide receiver Jalen Saunders played for the first time as a Sooner against Texas (10/13) and caught his first reception on a 32-yarder with 3:24 left in the third quarter. Saunders finished that game with two receptions for 54 yards and now has five catches for 88 yards this year.
Saunders transferred to Oklahoma after two seasons at Fresno State where he was a first-team All-WAC selection 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.
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 START
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 ties 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.
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 155 of 179 games over the last 14 seasons - 87% of games played in that span.
The Sooner defense has at least one interception in 74% of its games (132 of 179) under Stoops.
Oklahoma has 13 shutouts under Bob Stoops.
Under Stoops, the OU defense has given up an average of just 18.2 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 finished 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.
Under Bob Stoops' tenure, no program has been better at stopping foes on third down than OU, limiting teams to an FBS-best 30.8 percent success rate since the start of the 1999 season.
The Oklahoma defense posted the No. 5 third down defense in the nation in 2011, allowing just 60 conversions in 196 attempts (30.6%).
In home games, no team was better in the category than OU's 20.2% mark in 2011.
The Sooners have consistently been at the top of the rankings in third-down defense, ranking No. 11 two seasons ago and No. 3 in 2009.
Oklahoma ranks ninth in the nation in passing defense, yielding just 164.3 yards per game.
Only two of OU's six opponents have passed for 200+ yards this season. The other four have each thrown for 174 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).
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.
INTERCEPTIONS IN BUNCHES
OU entered the Texas Tech game (10/6) with 1 interception on the year, but have since picked off seven passes in the last three games: 3 vs. Texas Tech, 2 vs. Texas (10/13) and 2 vs. Kansas (10/20).
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. He now has seven for his career.
HARRIS THE BALL-HAWK
Javon Harris has three of the seven Oklahoma interceptions over the last three 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 fourth in the NCAA with four interceptions on the season and
He has seven career interceptions.
SUPPORT IN THE SECONDARY
Tony 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 tied for sixth in the Big 12 with 8.0 tackles per game, while Harris is in 25th place with 5.7 stops per game.
Aaron Colvin is 28th in the nation with 1.3 passes broken up per game.
DEFENSIVE TDS AT 43
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.
There have been 30 special teams touchdowns under Coach Stoops.
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 seven kickoffs and 17 punts for touchdowns.
Oklahoma has blocked 28 kicks.
VERY SPECIAL TEAMS
Oklahoma currently ranks third in the nation in kickoff return average (31.2) and sixth in punt return average (17.9).
No other school is in the top six of both categories.
The 31.2 average on kick returns would sit second all-time at OU, just behind the single-season record of 31.6 average set in 1980.
The 17.9 average on punt returns is currently third-best in school history behind the 20.6 average in 1948 and 19.2 average in 1966.
MANY HAPPY RETURNS
Kickoff Returns --112 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.
Against Kansas (10/20), OU recorded a punt return touchdown and a kickoff return touchdown in the same game for the first time in school history.
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 in OU history 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 kickoff returns, one interception return).
The returns mark 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 221 career punts and 9,685 yards.
Way also ranks No. 8 among active punters in the NCAA with a 43.8 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 20th in the NCAA with an average of 43.2 yards per punt.
Tress Way kicked 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
Returning kicker Michael Hunnicutt is in his second season as the Sooners' field goal kicker.
This season he has made 8-of-9 field goal tries with a long of 42 against Texas Tech (10/6). His conversion rate of 88.9 percent is third in the Big 12.
After missing a 44-yarder to start the year, he has made his last seven successfully.
Hunnicutt has made two field goals in three of his last four games, giving him seven multi-field goal games in his career. He is now 29-of-33 in his career.
With 9.33 points per game this year, Hunnicutt ranks 29th overall and 13th among kickers in the NCAA in scoring.
WHAT CAN BROWN DO FOR YOU?
Senior wide receiver Justin Brown ranks second in the NCAA, averaging 19.0 yards per punt return.
Brown set a career-high with 108 punt return yards against Kansas (10/20), including the first punt return for a touchdown in his career. It's the seventh-highest total in the FBS this season, but the second-highest against a BCS team.
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 became the 11th player in OU history to have three separate plays of 40 yards or more (46-yard reception, 43-yard punt return, 62-yard punt return) and the first since Ryan Broyles had two punt returns and a reception of over 40 yards against Oklahoma State (11/28/09).
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