NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma (No. 1 ESPN/Coaches, No. 3 Associated Press/No. 3 BCS), returns home for a prime time match-up with Texas Tech. The Sooners prevailed at Kansas last Saturday, 47-17. Tech lost to Kansas State, 41-34.
The Red Raiders counted a win at Kansas among their 4-0 start, but have now dropped two straight, both at home. After this game, OU plays three of its last five on the road. All three are against teams that are or have been ranked.
Saturday's game will kick at 7 p.m. CT and will be televised regionally by ABC.
Oklahoma leads the series, 13-5, including an 8-1 mark in Norman. The Sooners own a seven-game winning streak over the Red Raiders on Owen Field.
This marks the second consecutive season that these two teams are playing in Norman. The Sooners won last year’s game, 45-7. OU brought a No. 16 ranking into that game. Tech was unranked.
Oklahoma: Bob Stoops (Iowa `83) is 135-31 in his 13th season. He is 88-19 vs. the Big 12 including a 7-1 record in the Big 12 title game, 47-12 vs. non-conference opponents, 75-2 at home, 37-16 on the road and 23-13 on neutral fields. He is 8-4 vs. Texas Tech.
Texas Tech: Tommy Tuberville (Southern Arkansas ‘76) is 12-7 in his second season at Tech, 122-67 in 16 years overall, including stints at Ole Miss and Auburn.
Oklahoma’s all-time record stands at 817-304-53 in 117 seasons. Since WWII, OU leads the nation with 578 victories.
The Sooners have captured seven national championships (1950, 1955, 1956, 1974, 1975, 1985, 2000).
OU has 44 bowl appearances (No. 7 nationally) with 26 bowl victories (No. 4 nationally).
OU has 43 conference championships, including seven Big 12 titles overall (no other school has more than three)
OU has 152 All-Americans and five Heisman winners. Sooners have also won the Bednarik (1), Butkus (4), Camp (4), Lombardi (3), Maxwell (2), Nagurski (2), O’Brien (3), Outland (5), Tatupu (1), Thorpe (3) and Unitas (1) Awards.
OU leads the nation with 32 seasons in which the program has won 10 or more games.
OPPONENT: TEXAS TECH
Texas Tech won its first four games, including the Big 12 opener at Kansas, before losing a pair of tight conference decisions in Lubbock. The Red Raiders lost to Texas A&M, 45-40, before dropping a 41-34 verdict to Kansas State.
Oklahoma won at Kansas last Saturday, 47-17:
After the game was tied, 10-10, Oklahoma shut down the Jayhawks and pulled away. In the second half, the Sooners limited KU to six total yards and one first down. Kansas had only nine first downs for the entire game, three via penalty. OU was penalized just three times in the game for a total of 15 yards.
During the game, Ryan Broyles set three records. He became the NCAA career leader in receptions (now 326) and the Big 12’s career leader in touchdown receptions (now 44). He also broke his own OU record for receiving yards in a game with 217. He accumulated those yards on 13 catches, two of which went for touchdowns. His 57-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter was the one that broke both the NCAA and Big 12 records.
Landry Jones completed 29-of-48 passes for 363 yards with three touchdowns and one interception.
Dominique Whaley carried 30 times for a career-high 165 yards and one touchdown.
Oklahoma piled up 610 yards of total offense.
The 30-point win at Kansas was the most-lopsided for the Sooners on the road (not including neutral sites) since a 38-point triumph (66-28) at Texas A&M in 2008.
OU: NCAA RECORD BOOK
Besides Ryan Broyles, here’s a look at other Sooners in the NCAA record book:
TD passes by a freshman: 36, Sam Bradford, 2007
TD passes by a soph.: 50, Sam Bradford, 2008
TD passes, first 2 seasons: 86, Sam Bradford
Career Pass Efficiency: 175.6, Sam Bradford, 2007-09
Comp. % by a Freshman: 69.5, Sam Bradford, 2007
Highest %, of TD passes career: 9.9, S. Bradford, 2007-09
Yards/Play Career: 8.70—Sam Bradford, 2007-09
Rush Att., Freshman: 339, Adrian Peterson, 2005
Rush Yds, Freshman: 1,925, Adrian Peterson, 2005
100 Yd Rush Games, Freshman: 11, A. Peterson, 2005
Consecutive 100 Yd Rush Game, Fr.: 9 A. Peterson, 2005
TD by Freshman in 1st Game: 5, DeMarco Murray, 2007
Punt Ret. Yds, game: 277, Antonio Perkins, 2003 (UCLA)
Punt Ret. TD, game: 3, Antonio Perkins, 2003 UCLA
Punt Ret. TD, career: 8, Antonio Perkins, 2001-04
Punt Ret. Avg., career: 23.6, Jack Mitchell, 1946-48
Out of 360 minutes played this season, Oklahoma has trailed for 23:24 and has been tied for 5:06.
Among active FBS coaches with at least 100 victories, Bob Stoops has the best winning percentage at .813.
By defeating Texas, OU overtook the UT for No. 4 for all-time winning percentage (.71824). Only Michigan (.736), Notre Dame (.732) and Ohio State (.71828) lead OU.
MARQUEE GAMES AWAIT
Future slates include Notre Dame (2012), at Notre Dame (2013), Tennessee (2014), at Tennessee (2015), Ohio State (2016), at Ohio State (2017) and LSU in 2018 and 2019. Under Bob Stoops, Oklahoma has already played Florida State (twice), Cincinnati (twice), Louisville, Notre Dame, North Carolina, Alabama (twice), UCLA (twice), Oregon (twice), Washington (twice), South Florida, BYU and Miami-Fla. (twice) in regular season contests. Seven of those were played on the road and one on a neutral field. OU is 14-5 in those games.
HOME WINNING STREAK
OU has won a school record 39 consecutive home games, the longest current streak in the nation. It began Sept. 1, 2005, with a 31-15 victory over Tulsa. It’s the 8th-longest streak in NCAA history, No. 5 since WWII and the longest since Notre Dame’s 40 from 1907-1918. Miami has the NCAA record of 58 (1985-94).
During the streak, OU has out-scored foes by 1,128 points, 1,744 to 570, an average of 44.7 to 14.6.
Oklahoma has drawn 6,282,486 fans for Bob Stoops’ 77 home games (started in 1999) and all have been sold out.
The Sooners are 75-2 on Owen Field under Stoops.
The current string of sellouts is the longest in school history, eclipsing a mark of 69 from 1971-84.
The top 10 seasons for attendance at Oklahoma during Stoops’ tenure as head coach.
The largest OU home crowd was 85,646, for the 2008 Texas Tech game.
The 85,620 on hand for this year’s Tulsa game represented the largest season-opening crowd ever at Oklahoma.
OU has exceeded the seating capacity of 82,112 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in 56 straight games.
Oklahoma has played before sellout crowds in 130 of the 166 games (77 home, 28 away, 16 neutral) since Stoops became the head coach. During that time, a total of 11,949,613 (average of 71,985) have watched the Sooners.
REMEMBERING AUSTIN BOX
LB Austin Box passed away in May. The Enid native would have been a senior on this team. To honor his memory, the Sooners keep his locker intact, leave a space for him during stretching drills and wear a helmet decal. In addition, a designated defensive player wears Box's No. 12 in each game. That assignment is made each Friday. Landry Jones wears No. 12 on offense. Wearing No. 12 on defense:
Under Bob Stoops, OU has produced career leaders in passing, receiving and all-purpose yards, four top 10 career rushers and season record holders in rushing, passing and receiving yards.
Stoops-led Sooner teams have set 47 offensive school records. Those offenses have 169 touchdowns of 25 or more yards and 329 scoring drives of two minutes or less.
OU has scored in 168 consecutive games since 11/7/98.
OU rushed for 200 yards 48 times under Stoops.
Oklahoma is the highest scoring college program in history. In 1,219 games, the Sooners have scored 31,570 points. Michigan is next at 30,528 points in 1,250 games.
KEEPING UP WITH JONES
QB Landry Jones has moved from No. 3 to No. 1 on the school’s career passing yards list. He jumped over a pair of Heisman winners to claim the spot.
In the Missouri game, he set the OU record with his 15th career 300-yard passing game (now 18). He also holds the school mark with six, 400-yard games.
Among active players, Jones is No. 2 in career passing yards per game (315.4), No. 3 in completions (837), No. 5 in yards (10,093), No. 4 in touchdown passes (80), No. 7 in total offense (9,863) and No. 6 in touchdowns responsible for (83).
Has completed at least 60% of his passes in every game this season and has been over 350 yards in all but one.
He has 14 TD throws over the last four games.
Jones went over 10,000 career passing yards and tossed his 80th career touchdown pass in the win at Kansas.
THE RECORD BOOK BROYLES
This season, Ryan Broyles has become the NCAA’s career leader in receptions and has taken the Big 12 records for career receptions and career touchdown receptions ...
Broyles set the NCAA receptions record during the second quarter of the game at Kansas on a 57-yard touchdown catch. On that same play, he set the Big 12 record for career TD catches. He now has 326 receptions during his career and 44 touchdown grabs.
He also is the career leader among the NCAA’s active players in TD receptions (44), receiving yards (4,244) and punt return yards (1,126). He’s No. 2 on the active TDs list at 47 (one behind Oregon’s LeMichael James).
With 44 career TD catches, he is tied for No. 4 on the NCAA list behind Rice’s Jarrett Dillard (60), La. Tech’s Troy Edwards (50) and Marshall’s Darius Watts (47). He is already has the highest total by any player at a BCS school.
Broyles is No. 1 in Big 12 career receptions, eclipsing the previous mark of 303 by Texas Tech’s Taurean Henderson (2002-05). He’s also No. 2 in yards with 4,244, 170 away from No. 1, a spot currently held by Rashaun Woods.
Has 100+ yards receiving in 18 of the last 23 games and a TD grab in 16 of the last 22.
Has at least one catch in 45 straight games, the second-longest string nationally (Houston’s Tyron Carrier, 46).
NOW THAT'S A RECEIVING CORPS
Oklahoma is the only school that boasts eight different players with at least five receptions and an average of more than 10.0 yards per catch ...
Fourteen different Sooners have a reception this season. That’s the total number that had catches over last year’s 14-game schedule. Eleven have at least five grabs.
Kenny Stills missed the Tulsa (coaches’ decision) and Missouri (injury) games. In the other four games, he amassed 27 grabs for 330 yards and five touchdowns. At Florida State, his seven catches went for a career-high 125 yards, and his acrobatic TD catch with 7:00 left broke a 13-13 tie and gave OU a lead it did not relinquish. He went over 1,000 career receiving yards in the Texas game and now has 1,042.
After posting no catches in the first two games, Jaz Reynolds, who is up 30 pounds since his arrival on campus, now has 19 for 363 yards and one TD. His 19.1 yards per catch average leads the team.
ONE WHALEY OF A RUNNING GAME
Oklahoma’s leading rusher is walk-on junior Dominique Whaley, a transfer from Langston (Okla.) University.
In the opener against Tulsa, he rushed 18 times for 131 yards and four touchdowns. He fell just one TD shy of tying the NCAA mark for most in a debut game. That record is held by former Sooner DeMarco Murray at five.
It is believed the previous record by a walk-on at OU was 423 yards Jim Culbreath in 1975. Whaley enters this week’s game with 627.
Whaley attended Lawton (Okla.) MacArthur High School, but as an Army “brat” lived in several places, including Germany, before that time.
Oklahoma has given up only three sacks and just 25 tackles for loss. The Sooners have absorbed 65 negative yards for an average of just 10.8 per game. OU opponents average 41.0 negative yards per game.
Oklahoma, somewhat a victim of its own efficiency, ranks No. 66 nationally in time of possession. With quick strikes and three defensive TDs, the Sooners had a season-low 22:06 against Texas, a deficit of 13:48. Only three times in six games has OU exceeded its opponent in possession time.
OU has forced at least one turnover in 146 of Stoops’ 166 games and has at least one interception in 108 of the last 145 with multiple picks in 67 of the last 117 outings.
Oklahoma has 13 shutouts under its current head coach. Opponents failed to score more than seven points in 35 games and scored less than 14 in 65 games.
LEWIS ASCENDS OU TACKLE LIST
With his 402 career tackles (the second-highest total by a Bob Stoops player at OU), senior WLB Travis Lewis has cracked the career top 10 tackle list at OU. The record is held by the late Daryl Hunt at 530. Lewis, now at No. 7, trails No. 6 Brian Bosworth by 11. He needs 30 tackles to move ahead of Rocky Calmus in the Stoops era.
Has 402 career stops is the third-best total among active players nationally.
Lewis, who suffered a broken bone in the big toe of his left foot in preseason drills, missed the opener vs. Tulsa.
Lewis has led Oklahoma in tackles in each of his first three seasons and has become only the sixth player in school history to lead the team in three consecutive years. The last to do it was Rocky Calmus, the Butkus Award winner in his senior campaign, from 1999-01. No player has had the lead in four seasons. With 40 tackles, Lewis is the 2011 team leader by three.
As a freshman in 2007, Lewis had 144 tackles to break Brian Bosworth’s OU freshman record of 133.
Lewis has double-digit tackle totals in 15 of his 46 career games.
He registered his eighth career interception against Nebraska in last season’s Big 12 Championship Game. That equals the most by a linebacker in Sooner history. He has 156 career return yards on those picks, an average of 19.5 per return. Lewis had three takeaways in that game against the Cornhuskers including two fumble recoveries.
DE Frank Alexander is having a dominant season. The senior has 9.5 tackles for loss including 5.5 sacks thus far. He has been credited with at least half a sack in four of the first six games. In addition, Alexander has four break-ups, an interception, a forced fumble, a recovered fumble and five hurries.
In the opener against Tulsa, Alexander had two passes broken up and an interception, which he returned 27 yards. For the season, he has four break-ups, including one against Ball State that was picked off by Tony Jefferson.
Against Texas, he had six tackles, three sacks for -26 yards, four tackles for 30 yards in losses, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a break-up. He was named the Walter Camp Foundation’s Defensive Player of the Week.
42 DEFENSIVE TDS IN STOOPS ERA
With a school-record three defensive touchdowns against Texas, Oklahoma now has 42 in Bob Stoops 12+ seasons.
Thirteen of those touchdowns came via a fumble return.
The defense has scored a touchdown in each of Stoops’ 13 seasons, and in nearly one-fourth of the games he has coached at OU (39 of 166 games for 23%). That’s an average of one every 4.3 games.
RIP AND RUN
Oklahoma has 276 return yards this season on nine interceptions (179) and six fumbles (97). That’s an average of 18.4 yards per return.
Oklahoma has nine interceptions this season for a whopping 179 yards in returns. That’s an average of 19.9 yards per return. The top interception return average of the Bob Stoops era was 21.1 n 2002 when the Sooners logged 516 yards on 24 picks.
PAPER OR PLASTIC?
Oklahoma has 24 sacks, including eight against Texas, through six games ...
Eleven players have been credited with at least half a sack this season.
The 24 sacks have gone for 175 yards in losses , or an average of 7.3 per sack. The lowest total in a game so far this season was two against Missouri.
The Sooners have 29 over their last five games away from Norman (seven vs. Nebraska in 2010 Big 12 Championship game, three vs. UConn in Fiesta Bowl, six at Florida State, eight vs. Texas and five at Kansas.).
The Sooners are averaging 8.0 tackles for loss per game.
THE END(S) OF THE LINE
During portions of this season, Oklahoma played a front four comprised entirely of defensive ends. Frank Alexander lined up at a tackle, David King at noseguard and Ronnell Lewis and R.J. Washington at the end spots.
OU IMPROVES IN PASS-HAPPY ERA
Despite this pass-happy era of college football, only once under Bob Stoops has an Oklahoma team allowed a season completion rate of 60% or higher. The 2010 finished at just 54.6%, which was the third-lowest figure in the Big 12 Conference for the season.
This season, Sooner opponents are completing just 51.3% of their passes (101-of-197).
None of Oklahoma’s first six foes passed for 300 yards.
Last season, six Sooner opponents failed to complete 50 percent of their passes, including three of the last five foes (Texas Tech, Nebraska and Connecticut). With 71 break-ups, the Sooners had one of their best seasons in that category. Over the previous seven seasons, the best total at Oklahoma had been 61 (twice). The school record was set in 2000 with an incredible 110. The 2009 team had just 45. This team is running ahead of last year’s pace with 30 or 5.0 per game.
Oklahoma’s special teams under Bob Stoops ...
There have been 27 special teams touchdowns, including 21 in the last 82 regular season games. Those 21 came via five different kinds of plays -- 12 punt returns, two faked field goals, two blocked punts, four kickoff returns and a faked punt. Special teams also own one safety in that span.
Oklahoma has returned eight kickoffs and 16 punts for touchdowns.
The Sooners have blocked 24 kicks.
MANY HAPPY RETURNS
Information on returns during the Stoops era ...
Kickoff Returns --96 returns of 25 yards or more with eight touchdowns.
Punt Returns -- 64 returns of 15 or more yards with 16 touchdowns.
Interception Returns -- 87 returns of 10 or more yards with 24 touchdowns.
Fumble Returns -- eight returns of 15 or more yards with 12 touchdowns.
Oklahoma has used two kickers this season for placements with both Jimmy Stevens and Michael Hunnicutt handling the role. Hunnicutt seems to have settled into the duty for now. Combined, the two are 14-of-15 on field goal attempts...
Over the last two seasons, Oklahoma has made 37-of-44 field goals (84%).
With Stevens nursing a muscle pull, Hunnicutt moved into the starting role in the win over Missouri. He made his lone field goal try (26 yards) and all five PATs. Hunnicutt had previously made a 27-yard FG against Tulsa.
Hunnicutt remained in the kicking role for the Ball State game and scored 14 points. He was perfect on 8 PAT tries and made 2-of-3 field goals with makes from 44 and 39 yards and a miss from 30.
Against Texas, Hunnicutt made both field goal attempts (26, 24) and all seven PATs. He also tied the OU kick scoring record at 17 (4 FGs, 5 PATs).
At Kansas, Hunnicutt tied the school record for field goals in a game by making all four attempts.
Stevens has made 16 of his last 17 field goals, all over his last five games played.
At Oklahoma, Stevens ranks No. 6 all-time with 42 field goals made and No. 2 with 180 points after touchdown. He’s No. 6 in kick scoring at 306.
Patrick O’Hara has settled into the kickoff role for the Sooners. He has 49 thus far with seven touchbacks. He averages 65.6 yards per kickoff (average kickoff reaches nearly the three yardline) and opponents are averaging 21.2 yards per return.
WAY GOOD AT PUNTER
In 2010, P Tress Way had 19 boots of 50+ yards with 18 inside the 20 and an average of 44.0 yards on 73 kicks. His average ranked No. 20 nationally, but he had more attempts than anyone ahead of him on that list.
Way has 47 punts of 50+ yards in his career. Jeff Ferguson (1998-01), set that OU record with 52
Way is No. 9 among active NCAA punters with a career average of 44.2. He maintains that average on more kicks than any of the players ahead of him. He has 158.
This season, Way has played a central role in field position with 17 of 203 punts downed inside the 20. He is the only punter in the nation with more than 10 inside the 20 and yet no touchbacks.
COVERAGE TEAMS STRONG
With one 28-yard return late in the Ball State game, OU fell from its lofty perch among the nation’s elite in punt coverage, but remains very stout. Prior to that return, foes were averaging just 3.0 yards per return. Six foes finished the game with negative punt return yards.
OU was No. 2 nationally in 2010 in punt return defense at 3.04 yards/return. It was the second straight season that the Sooners held that position.
Oklahoma ranked No. 5 nationally in net punting last season at 40.5 yards. The 2009 team ranked No. 7.
The bugaboo has been kickoffs. The Sooners gave up four for TDs last season, one this season and 10 over the last three years. Before Texas got a 100-yard TD return this season, the longest against OU had been 27 yards.
OU blocked two punts last season and both resulted in safeties (vs. Colorado and Texas A&M).
BROYLES CAN BE LETHAL
PR Ryan Broyles has more punt returns (91), more average returns per game (2.2) and more total punt return yards (1,016) than any other active players in NCAA FBS play.
He ranks No. 7 among active NCAA punt returners with an average of 10.92 yards per return.
The trend is to kick away from Broyles. He has had two or fewer returns in nine of the last 17 games.