GAMEDAY: OU vs. North Texas

See inside for news and notes on Saturday's matchup between the Sooners and Mean Green. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. (CST) and will be broadcast nationally by Fox Sports Net.

The Matchup
Oklahoma (0-0) vs. North Texas (0-0)

6:05 p.m. CST. Owen Field/Norman, Okla.

Television and Radio
Fox Sports Net (Channel 37 in OKC). The game can also be heard on the radio locally on KOMA 1520 AM. To listen the OU radio broadcast live on the internet, click the link below and then click the 'audio' link next on the right hand column of the North Texas game.

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About North Texas
North Texas returns 14 starters (four on offense, eight on defense and two specialists) from last season's 8-5 team that won the Sun Belt Conference Championship and finished the season with a 24-19 win over Cincinnati in the New Orleans Bowl. The Mean Green's strength is their defense, where they return eight starters from a unit that only allowed 14.8 points per game.

The Series
Oklahoma leads 5-0. The Sooners last defeated the Mean Green, 37-10, on Sept. 8, 2001 in Norman. Oklahoma's largest margin of victory over North Texas came in a 69-14 win in 1987.

The Rankings
Oklahoma is No. 1 in both the ESPN/USA Today and Associated Press polls. North Texas is unranked, but did receive three votes in the latest ESPN/USA Today poll.

The Coaches
Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops, who is entering his fifth season in Norman, is 43-9 overall and 1-0 against North Texas. Darrell Dickey, in his sixth season at North Texas, is 21-37 overall and 0-2 against Oklahoma. Dickey, who is the son of former Kansas State Head Coach Jim Dickey, spent a stint in Norman as an assistant coach under Chuck Fairbanks from 1969-1972.

North Texas
2003 Schedule
2002 Results
2002 Stats

2003 Schedule
2002 Results
2002 Stats

Gameday Information:
Accessing the Stadium
·Students and suite and club seat holders may enter the stadium two hours prior to kickoff. All others may enter 90 minutes before kickoff.

·Gates for general public entry are 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 and 12.

·The OU student entry gates are 8 and 12.

·Gate 4 is limited to Santee Lounge and patrons with disabilities, who may also enter through any of the other gates.

·East side suite and club seat holders may enter through gate 10 or any other gate. An interior entrance for club and suite holders also exists inside the stadium at gate 10 for patrons who may have entered the stadium at another location.

·Pedestrians coming to the stadium from the north can walk south down Asp Avenue., then follow sidewalks to the east of Oklahoma Memorial Union. Fans can also go west on sidewalks south of the Union that run through an area between the Library and the College of Business to a sidewalk on the north end of Van Fleet Oval. Asp is not open all the way to the stadium due to construction on the Price College of Business. Also available are the sidewalks down Jenkins Avenue., which is one block east of Asp.

Restricted Items/Searches
Except for items pertaining to medical conditions or child care, all bags, backpacks, video cameras, large cases for binoculars or other items, fanny packs and large purses (larger than 10" by 10") are prohibited and banned. Only those items required for medical or family needs plus empty, clear personal-sized containers suitable for drinking water will be permitted. All carried items and entrants are subject to search. Prohibited items include coolers, ice chests, cans, bottles, banners, umbrellas and noisemakers. Fans who leave the stadium after entry will not be allowed to re-enter unless they departed for an emergency. There is no re-entry to the stadium permitted once fans are in the stadium.

·Most lots near the Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium are reserved and require a pass.

·Some lots are available to the general public for a $10 per game fee. It is recommended that fans utilize one of the three shuttle systems available. Limited parking that once existed on Brooks Street(north of the stadium) is no longer available, and that street has been closed.

·Patrons are reminded to avoid parking in yellow-curbed areas, fire lanes and grass areas. Vehicles parked in those areas may be towed.

·Asp Avenue Parking Facility: Patrons parking in the new Asp Avenue Parking facility may be subject to vehicle searches. Photo identification matching the name of the person to whom the parking pass is issued is required.

Shuttle Services
Three shuttle services are planned ...

·Lloyd Noble Center: This shuttle begins three hours before kickoff and is available at a cost of $2 per round trip rider.

·Lift-equipped vans also operate in a shuttle to and from the stadium. Those leave from the northeast corner of the LNC parking lot. The price for that round trip shuttle also is $2.

·The shuttles run continuously from three hours before the game until one hour after the game. All patrons at the shuttle stop one hour after the game ends will be transported. For information, call 405/325-2278.

·Max Westheimer Airpark: The shuttle operates between the terminal and University Place and Boyd Avenue. It begins three hours before kickoff and is available for $5. Information on that shuttle also can be obtained by calling 405/325-2278.

·Crossroads Mall: Metro Transit operates a shuttle from the southwest parking lot at Crossroads Mall at I-35 and I-240. The first shuttle bus departs three hours before the game and the last bus leaves at two hours before game time. Buses will leave the stadium 30 minutes after the game concludes. The cost is $5. For more information, call 405/235-RIDE (7433).

Sooner Fan Fest
Sooner Fan Fest is an interactive area located on the grounds directly north of the stadium. It includes food vendors, games for children, autograph opportunities presented by AT&T, live entertainment, radio pre-game shows and Go Vision, a large screen that will display Bob Stoops' Show from that week and other college football related programming. Sooner Fan Fest opens three hours prior to kickoff and closes when the Pride of Oklahoma Marching Band enters the stadium.

Band Parade and Pre-Game
The Pride of Oklahoma's pre-game parade across campus and concert on the lawn north of the Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium will be modified from previous seasons. The Pride will present a brief pre-game concert 90 minutes before each home game in front of Jacobsen Hall, immediately south of Boyd Street between University and Asp Avenues. Following the concert, the new Pride parade route will march down Asp to Felgar to Jenkins with a brief stop at Sooner Fan Fest before proceeding into the stadium at Gate 7.

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