Oklahoma Squares Off With TCU, Sooners Seek Eighth Big 12 Title
• An OU win combined with a Kansas State loss would give Oklahoma sole possession of an eighth Big 12 title.
• OU is seeking its 11th 10-win season under Bob Stoops and an FBS-record 34th 10-win season in school history.
• Oklahoma is 7-4 all-time vs. TCU, including a 4-0 record in Fort Worth. Oklahoma’s most recent visit to TCU resulted in a 10-9 victory (9/12/98). The Sooners are 3-0 in Texas in 2012.
• OU is coming off a 51-48, overtime victory vs. Oklahoma State (11/24), while TCU posted a 20-13 win at Texas (11/22).
• The Sooners are seeking to register eight straight conference wins to finish the season for the first time since 2006.
• OU’s two losses have come vs. AP No. 1 Notre Dame (12-0) and AP No. 7 Kansas State (10-1).
• The Sooners are currently No. 12 in the AP Poll, No. 11 in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll and No. 11 in the BCS.
• Among active FBS coaches with at least 10 years of experience, only Ohio State’s Urban Meyer (116-23, .835) has a better winning percentage than Bob Stoops (148-36, .804) and Gary Patterson (116-34, .773).
• Under Stoops, Oklahoma is 10-3 in regular season finales, including a 6-2 mark on the road.
• Oklahoma is seeking to register a 5-0 mark in road games for the first time since 2008.
• TCU has lost three straight Big 12 home games after winning 28 of its previous 29 home contests.
Opulent OU Offense, More Key Stats on the Oklahoma-TCU Contest
• Oklahoma has registered 101 points, 1,280 yards of total offense and 74 first downs the past two weeks.
• OU is fifth in the FBS in passing (350.2 ypg), eighth in 1st downs (27.6/game) and ninth in total offense (513.6 ypg).
• OU is third in the nation in third-down offense at 52.9%, while TCU is fourth in third-down defense at 28.1%.
• OU ranks seventh in the nation in scoring offense (41.7 ppg). TCU has allowed an average of 38.0 ppg in its four losses.
• OU has won 22 in a row when permitting 20 points or less. TCU has never scored more than 20 points vs. Oklahoma.
• The Sooners lead the Big 12 in pass defense (194.6 ypg) and rank ninth in the FBS in pass defense efficiency (102.3).
• The Sooners have won 32 straight games when leading at half, including a 7-0 mark in 2012.
• Oklahoma (249-116) has outscored its opponents by 133 points in the first half in 2012.
• TCU (108-49) has outscored its opponents by 59 points in the first quarter this season.
• Dating back to 2005, TCU is 48-1 when posting a better turnover margin than its opponent.
Individual Superlatives, OU’s Seven-Game Big 12 Winning Streak, Other Statistical Tidbits
• QB Landry Jones, the Big 12 Player of the Week, owns 12 career 400-yard games and has all three of the 500-yard performances in OU annals. Former OU QB Sam Bradford was the last player to top the 400-yard mark vs. TCU with 411 yards in a 35-10 OU win (9/27/08).
• Jones is 84-122 (68.9%) for 1,054 yards with nine TDs and two INTs (162.5 rating) in back-to-back comeback wins.
• DB Tony Jefferson is second in the Big 12 with an OU-high 105 tackles, trailing Baylor LB Bryce Hager (107). Seeking to become the first OU to player ever lead the Big 12 in tackles, Jefferson is the sixth DB in OU history with a 100-tackle season and needs 16 stops to eclipse the OU single-season DB tackle record of 120 set by Rodney Rideau (1999).
• WR Kenny Stills (195-2,511, 24 TDs) needs five catches and a TD to join WRs Ryan Broyles (349-4,586, 45 TDs) and Mark Clayton (221-3,241, 31 TDs) as the only players in OU history with 200 catches, 2,500 yards and 25 TDs.
• WRs Justin Brown (15-146), Jalen Saunders (10-162) and Stills (9-103) became the first OU trio to ever top the 100- yard receiving mark in a game last week, while Brown and Saunders also became the first duo with a 10-catch game.
• Oklahoma has outscored its last seven conference opponents by a 334-199 margin (47.7 - 28.4 ppg).
• OU ranks fourth in the nation in punt return average (16.5 avg.), while TCU ranks seventh (14.9).
• The Sooners have three kick return TDs (2 PRs, 1 KOR) in 2012, their best total since posting five in 2003.
Oklahoma has won seven straight Big 12 games following a wild 51-48, overtime win over Oklahoma State (11/24). The Sooners now sit 9-2 on the season and are tied for first in the Big 12 at 7-1.
After using a balanced offensive attack for much of the season, Oklahoma’s passing game has taken over in recent weeks, vaulting the Sooners from the No. 20 passing offense (300.8 yards per game on 10/27) to No. 5 (350.2) within the last four weeks. QB Landry Jones is completing over 66 percent of his passes and ranks fourth in the nation with 340.5 yards per game. His top target has been Kenny Stills, who leads the team with 73 receptions, 876 yards and 11 TD receptions.
Oklahoma boasts the No. 44 defense in the nation through 11 games, giving up 381.4 yards of offense per contest. In addition, the 24.8 points per game allowed ranks 48th in the country. OU’s passing defense sits 21st in the FBS, yielding just 186.7 yards per game. OU has forced 13 turnovers in the past eight games, with 11 coming off interceptions and two via fumble recoveries.
Sophomore Michael Hunnicutt has made 1-17 field goals in 2012, while senior punter Tress Way is averaging 42.6 yards per kick. Justin Brown is fourth in the nation averaging 15.3 yards per punt return. Brennan Clay ranks 20th with a 27.7 average on kick returns, while Roy Finch would rank fifth at 32.4 if he had enough returns to qualify.
TCU Horned Frogs
After starting the season 4-0, has posted a 3-4 record over the last seven weeks. The Horned Frogs, who sit 7-4 overall and 4-4 in the Big 12, hope to build momentum off a 20-13 win at then-No. 16 Texas (11/22).
TCU ranks in the middle of the pack in most offensive categories. The Horned Frogs rank No. 53 in scoring offense (30.5 points), No. 55 in passing offense (240.3 yards) and No. 64 in rushing offense (161.0 yards) and total offense (401.3 yards). QB Trevone Boykin has thrown for 1622 yards in 10 games this year with 14 TDs and 9 INTs. WR Josh Boyce has caught a team-best 56 passes for 756 yards and 7 TDs.
TCU ranks No. 1 in total defense in the Big 12 and No. 17 in the country, yielding just 323.9 yards per game. The unit has been strongest against the rush, leading the conference and sitting seventh in the NCAA with an average of 97.3 yards per game allowed. With 20 interceptions on the year, TCU is tied for third in the nation. Two of those 20 INTs were brought back for TDs.
Jaden Oberkrom has connected on 18-25 field goals this year, including 8-11 on kicks from 40 yards or more. Ethan Perry is third in the Big 12 with an average of 44.5 yards per punt. TCU owns the No. 7 punt return unit, averaging 14.9 yards per return. Deante’ Gray leads the team with a 22.4 average and returned one punt for a score this year. As a team, TCU is running back kicks at a 23.0 clip.
Bob Stoops - Oklahoma
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 148 victories (he reached 100 victories faster than any coach in college football history) and has a 46-21 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.
Gary Patterson - TCU
Gary Patterson is in his 12th season as a head coach at the collegiate level (116- 34), all of which have come at TCU. Despite losing 26 seniors to graduation off his Rose Bowl championship team, Patterson led a 2011 TCU squad to a third consecutive Mountain West championship. It was the first time the Horned Frogs won a conference title in three straight seasons. TCU was also the first team in MW history to win the league championship in three consecutive campaigns.
Patterson has 116 career victories to move past Dutch Meyer as TCU’s all-time winningest coach. Meyer led the Frogs to national championships in 1935 and 1938.
In 2011, TCU recorded its fourth straight 11-win season and became the only program nationally to reach 11 victories in six of the last seven years. TCU is also one of just three schools to win six bowl games in the last seven seasons. The Horned Frogs have reached 10 wins eight times in the last 10 campaigns.
In 2010, Patterson guided the Horned Frogs to an undefeated season and Rose Bowl championship. TCU finished second in the final polls with a 13-0 record, its first perfect campaign since winning the national championship in 1938.
Patterson was named American Football Monthly’s 2010 Coach of the Year as he led TCU to its second straight BCS game. Other recent honors for Patterson include the Exchange Club of Fort Worth recognizing him as Fort Worth’s Outstanding Citizen for 2010, while the National Football Foundation’s Gridiron Club of Dallas selected him for its 2011 Distinguished Texan Award.
In 2009, Patterson was selected for nine national coaching honors after leading TCU to a 12-1 record, No. 6 ranking and Fiesta Bowl appearance. Patterson amassed 18 years as an assistant coach, including three with the Frogs, before taking the torch from Dennis Franchione prior to the 2000 GMAC Mobile Alabama Bowl.
Prior to his arrival in Fort Worth, Patterson spent two seasons as the defensive coordinator and safeties coach at New Mexico. The Lobos collected 22 total takeaways and three defensive touchdowns in 1996. The next year, in Patterson style, New Mexico improved their total takeaways to 29, including 16 interceptions.
A native of Rozel, Kansas, Patterson is married to the former Kelsey Hayes. He has three sons: Josh, Cade and Blake.
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 over 65 OU school records.
• OU has scored in 186 straight games since 11/7/98.
• Since Stoops’ arrival, OU has scored 6,756 points - an average of 37.3 per game.
• Oklahoma is the highest-scoring team in history. In 1,192 games, the Sooners have 32,388 points. Michigan is next at 31,088 points in 1,263 games.
WR Trio Makes School History
• For the first time in school history, OU had three 100-yard receivers in the same game. Jalen Saunders (162) Justin Brown (146) and Kenny Stills (103) combined to accomplish the feat against Oklahoma State (11/24).
• Also for the first time in school history, OU had two receivers with 10+ receptions in one game. Justin Brown had 15 catches to tie the school record, while Jalen Saunders had 10 receptions. 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 11/24/12 Justin Brown OK State 15/146/0
Lighting Up the Scoreboard
• With the 51-48 win over Oklahoma State (11/24), OU improved to 77-1 under Stoops when scoring 40+ points and 42-0 when eclipsing 50+ points.
• Twice this season OU has scored 50+ points in consecutive Big 12 games. Prior to 2012, the last time OU accomplished the feat came when it scored 50+ in six straight games from Oct. 25, 2008 to Dec. 6, 2008.
• OU has scored 50+ points five times in 2012, the most since it did so nine times in 2008.
• Oklahoma is tied for third in the nation with five 50+ point games this season along with Baylor, Kansas State and Texas A&M. Only Louisiana Tech (8) and Oregon (7) have more 50+ point games than OU.
• 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.
• 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.
We know where Landry Jones ranks in NCAA and Big 12 annals (pages 13-14), but did you also know:
• Jones is now first in Big 12 history and third in NCAA history in career passing yards with 16,124 yards, passing Texas Tech’s Graham Harrell (2005- 08) who had 15,793 yards. Jones passed Harrell on a 17-yard pass to Jalen Saunders with less than five minutes to go in the second quarter vs. Oklahoma State (11/24).
• Also against Oklahoma State, Jones set school records for completions and attempts in a game, going 46 of 71, passing the previous highs of 39 completions (Josh Heupel vs. Ole Miss, 12/31/99) and 62 attempts (Jones vs. OSU, 11/27/10).
• Jones also threw for 500 yards vs. OSU, the third highest total in OU history, and 3 TDs.
• It was his 26th career game with at least 300+ passing yards, his 12th game with 400+ yards and his third with 500+.
• Of Jones’ 500 yards vs. OSU (11/24), 285 came in the first half. OU is 23-1 (.958) all-time when he throws for 200+ yards before the half.
• Before Jones, there had been four 400-yard games in OU program history and no 500-yard games.
• OU is 32-2 (.941) when Jones throws 2+ touchdowns in a game, 21-2 (.913) with 3+, 11-1 (.917) with 4+, 6-1 (.857) with 5+ and 2-0 with 6.
• Now with 3,745 yards and 27 TD passes on the year, Jones has become the first player in FBS history to have 3,000+ passing yards and 26+ touchdown passes in each of his four seasons.
• At West Virginia (11/17), Jones broke the school record with 554 passing yards on 38-51 passing. He previously held the record of 505, which he set against Kansas State (10/29/11).
• Jones also threw 6 touchdown passes at WVU (11/17), tying the school record he set against Tulsa (9/19/09).
• 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 38-10 (.792) as a starter at OU.
• Among 16 semifinalists for the Davey O’Brien Award which is given to the nation’s top QB, Jones currently ranks second in the Big 12 and fourth in the country with 340.5 passing yards per game
• He is also third in the conference and ninth in the NCAA with 331.1 yards of total offense per game
Stills Has Been Sensational
• Junior WR Kenny Stills has had an impressive 2012 campaign, leading the team with 876 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns on 73 catches.
• His 79.6 receiving yards per game rank eighth in the Big 12 and 40th in the NCAA, while his 6.6 receptions per game is 24th in the country and seventh in the conference.
• At West Virginia (11/17), Stills tied an OU record with four TD receptions, a record shared by Jermaine Gresham (Texas A&M, 11/3/07) and Trent Smith (Kansas, 10/13/01).
• Stills matched a career high against WVU (11/17) with 10 receptions and tallied 91 receiving yards.
• He has gone over the 100-yard mark three times this year, giving him six career 100-yard receiving games, which puts him 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 (11/13/10).
• Among active players in the FBS, Stills is No. 8 in TD receptions (24), No. 13 in receiving yards per game (69.8; min. 25 games), No. 13 in catches (195) and 20th in receiving yards (2,511).
Saunders Making Quick Impact
• Despite missing four games after transferring from Fresno State, junior wide receiver Jalen Saunders ranks third on the team in receptions (46) and receiving yards (658). His 94.0 receiving yards per game also lead the team.
• With 10 catches for 162 yards and a TD against Oklahoma St. (11/24), Saunders recorded the eighth career 100-yard game and third this year.
• Saunders added 89 punt returns yards to go with 162 receiving yards, giving him 251 all-purpose yards, the sixth-most by an OU wide receiver.
• Saunders had an 81-yard punt return for a score vs. OSU (11/24), his first-career punt return TD, earning himself Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week honors.
• At West Virginia (11/17), Saunders caught seven passes for 123 yards, including a 76-yard TD reception, his first as a Sooner.
• The 76-yard TD pass was the longest by OU since Landry Jones to Cameron Kenney covered 86 yards against Oklahoma State (11/27/10).
• Against Notre Dame (10/27), Saunders tied an OU record with 15 catches and had a career-high 181 yards.
• Also against ND, he 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.
• After 13 rushing TDs last year, sophomore QB Blake Bell and the Belldozer package has returned in 2012 with 11 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 (Iowa, 12/31/11) as he finished the Baylor 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).
Clay Comes Through
• Junior RB Brennan Clay scored the game-winning touchdown in overtime on an 18-yard run to give OU a 51-48 victory over Oklahoma State (11/24).
• 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.
Williams Wows in First Year at OU
• A transfer from Arizona Western, junior running back Damien Williams has made his presence felt in his brief time at Oklahoma.
• Averaging 71.8 rushing yards per game, Williams is fourth in the Big 12 and he is third on the team with 10 touchdowns on the year.
• Williams’ two rushing TDs against Baylor (11/10) marked 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 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 had recorded 96-yard rushes.
• It was the longest rush in Red River Rivalry history and the fourth-longest offensive play in OU history. It stands as the third-longest rush in the FBS this year.
• 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).
About the Defense
• OU has forced at least one turnover in 160 of 184 games over the last 14 seasons - 87.0% of games played in that span.
• The Sooner defense has at least one interception in 73.3% of its games (135 of 184) under Stoops.
• Oklahoma has 13 shutouts under Bob Stoops.
• Under Stoops, the OU defense has given up an average of just 18.7 points per game.
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.
No Fly Zone
• Oklahoma leads the Big 12 and is 21st in the nation in passing defense, yielding just 194.6 yards per game.
• Only four of OU’s 11 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.
Interceptions in Bunches
• OU went to Texas Tech (10/6) with 1 interception in 2012, but has 11 picks in the last eight games: 3 vs. TTU, 2 vs. Texas (10/13), 2 vs. Kansas (10/20), 1 at Iowa State (11/3), 2 at West Virginia (11/17) and 1 vs. Oklahoma St. (11/24).
• In that span, Javon Harris and Aaron Colvin each have four interceptions, while Tony Jefferson has two and Jamarkus McFarland has one.
• The 3 picks against TTU were the most by OU since it had 3 vs. Texas A&M (11/5/2011).
Harris the Ball-Hawk
• Javon Harris has four of the 11 Oklahoma interceptions over the last eight 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 eighth in the NCAA with five interceptions and now has eight in his career.
• Harris finished with a team high and career-high 14 tackles vs. Baylor (11/10), his third career double-digit tackle game (second this season). Jefferson Strong in the Secondary
• With a team-high 105 tackles through 11 games, junior safety Tony Jefferson is on pace for the most tackles by a defensive back in OU history. With an average of 9.5 stops per game, Jefferson is on pace to finish with 124.
• Jefferson matched a career high with 14 tackles vs. Oklahoma State (11/24), his seventh double digit tackle game of the season and the eighth of his career.
• Jefferson set his career best with 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 second in the Big 12 and 29th in the NCAA with 9.5 tackles per game. He is fourth among defensive backs in tackles per game. Defensive TDs at 43 in Stoops Era
• With a defensive TD at Texas Tech (10/6/12), Oklahoma now has 43 under Bob Stoops.
• 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 30 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 18 punts for touchdowns and has blocked 28 kicks.
Many Happy Returns
Information on returns during the Stoops era ...
• Kickoff Returns --119 returns of 25 yards or more with eight touchdowns.
• Punt Returns -- 74 returns of 15 or more yards with 18 touchdowns.
• Interception Returns -- 95 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 both kick returns (27.5) and punt returns (16.5), one of two schools in the top five of both categories:
Rank Team KR Avg.
1. Kansas State 29.54
2. Middle Tenn. St. 27.95
3. Tulsa 27.55
4. Oklahoma 27.47
5. Miami (FL) 27.44
Rank Team PR Avg.
1. Kansas State 22.87
2. Boston College 21.69
3. Northwestern 17.53
4. Oklahoma 16.46
5. Nevada 16.36
• The 27.5 average on kick returns would sit third all-time at OU, behind the single-season record of 31.6 average set in 1980 and 28.3 in 2007.
• The 16.5 punt return average ranks fourth in OU annals. The record of 20.6 was set in 1948.
Historic Season for Special Teams
• With Jalen Saunders’ 81-yard punt return for a TD against Oklahoma State (11/24) and Justin Brown’s 90-yard score against Kansas (10/12), OU has multiple punt return touchdowns in a season for the first time since 2004.
• OU also has two punt returns of 80+ yards in a season for the second time in school history. Antonio Perkins had two such returns in 2002.
• Oklahoma is the only Big 12 team with two punt return TDs in 2012. Only Florida State (3) and Missouri (3) have more in the country this year.
• Against Kansas (10/20), OU scored on a punt return and kickoff return in the same game for the first time in school history as Brown (PR) and Roy Finch (KR) accomplished the feat.
• 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).
• Finch’s 100-yard 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 was DeMarco Murray who had a 91-yarder against Baylor (11/10/07).
• 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 players in the FBS with 10,396 punt yards and is fourth with 238 career punts. Way also ranks No. 9 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.
Hunnicutt through the uprights
• Michael Hunnicutt has made 14-of-17 field goals in 2012 with a long of 45 vs. Oklahoma State (11/24). His 82.4 conversion percentage is second in the Big 12.
• Hunnicutt has made 2+ field goals in five games this year, giving him eight multi-field goal games in his career. He is now 35-of-39 all-time on FG.
What Can Brown Do For You?
• Senior wide receiver Justin Brown ranks fourth in the NCAA, averaging 15.3 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’s the second time Brown eclipsed the 100-yard mark this year. He 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.
• In addition to tying the school record with 15 receptions, Brown set a career high with 146 yards vs. Oklahoma State (11/24). It was the fourth 100- yard game of his career and third this year.
• Brown ranks second on the team with 62 catches, 795 receiving yards and four TD receptions.
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