Oklahoma (12-0, 8-0) vs. Kansas State (10-3, 6-2)
7 p.m. CST. Arrowhead Stadium (79,451) - Kansas City, Mo.
The game will be broadcast nationally on ABC. Brent Musberger (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (color) and Jack Arute (sideline) will call the game.
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The Sooners lead the all-time series 66-16-4 and have won the last three meetings. Oklahoma won the last meeting, 38-37, during the 2001 season in Norman.
Oklahoma is No. 1 in the ESPN/USA Today, Associated Press and BCS Polls. The Wildcats are No. 14 in the AP and No. 15 in the coaches poll.
Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops is 55-9 overall in his fifth season at OU. Kansas State Head Coach Bill Snyder is 126-54-1 during his 15 seasons in Manhattan. Stoops is 3-0 head-to-head vs. Snyder.
About the Big 12 Championship
Saturday marks the second time the Big 12 title game is in Kansas City and is the eighth Big 12 title game in the history of the conference ... The Sooners beat the Wildcats, 27-24, in the first Big 12 game at Arrowhead in 2000 ... Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas State and Nebraska are the only schools to play make three appearances in the title game ... Oklahoma is the fourth team to play in the game in back-to-back seasons ... The South division teams hold a 4-3 series lead over the North.
About the Wildcats
The Wildcats, who have only lost by a combined 15 points in their three losses, come into Saturday's championship game riding a six-game winning streak. KSU started the season with four straight wins (California, Troy State, McNeese State and Massachusetts) before dropping a home game on September 20 to Marshall, 27-20, while playing without quarterback Ell Roberson. Roberson returned after the Marshall game, but the Wildcats (24-20) dropped their next two games at Texas and Oklahoma State (38-34). But from that point on, KSU has won their last six games by an average of 30.17 points per game.
Leading the way for Kansas State's offense is running back Darren Sproles. Sproles, who has rushed for 1,713 yards this season and is already KSU's single season and career rushing leader as a junior, will present the toughest challenge yet for OU's 10th-ranked run defense. Sproles ranks fifth nationally in rushing with a 131.7 yards per game average, while OU's run defense only gives up 94 yards a game on the ground. Joining Sproles as threats in KSU's offense (ranks eighth nationally in scoring) is senior quarterback Ell Roberson and senior receiver James Terry. Roberson, who has rushed for 881 yards this season, averages 80 yards a game on the ground and 184 through the air. Roberson also has 20 touchdown passes and 11 interceptions. Terry is KSU's best big play threat after Sproles. Terry, who is 27th nationally in receiving yards per game (85.46), has caught 58 passes for 1,111 yards and 12 touchdown catches. KSU's offensive line starts three seniors, two juniors and one sophomore.
Defensively, KSU is a senior-laden team with eight seniors starters. The 'Cats rank fifth nationally in total defense and seventh in scoring defense. Senior linebackers Josh Buhl and Bryan Hickman lead a defense that has allowed just three touchdowns in the last 20 quarters. Buhl leads the Wildcats with amazing 161 total tackles this season, while Hickman has totaled 98. KSU's defensive front four have recorded 18 sacks in the last four games and rank first nationally as a unit averaging 4.4 sacks per game. Junior Jermaine Berry leads the way with seven sacks, while senior Andrew Shull and junior Kevin Huntley each have six. The Wildcats aren't too shabby either in the secondary. KSU's pass defense ranks sixth nationally and the 'Cats have intercepted 16 passes this season. Senior safety James McGill leads the 'Cats with five picks. Since the 1999 season, the Wildcats rank second nationally in interceptions with 95 during that five-year span. Oklahoma is first with 101 interceptions since 1999.
On special teams junior kicker Joe Rheem is 58-for-59 extra point on attempts and 12-of-16 on field goal attempts with a long of 44 yards. And of his 12 makes, seven of them have come from 40 yards or further. Senior Jared Brite handles the punting duties and averages 41 yards a boot for the 'Cats.
See below for links to Kansas State's stats and a statistical comparison of where the Sooners and Wildcats rank nationally in several offensive and defensive categories.
Team Comparison (National Rankings):
Oklahoma #1 (48.33)
Kansas State #8 (37.38)
Oklahoma #10 (466.67)
Kansas State #20 (439.85)
Kansas State #9 (234.85)
Oklahoma #53 (159.92)
Oklahoma #9 (306.8)
Kansas State #74 (205)
Oklahoma #3 (13.2)
Kansas State #7 (15.5)
Oklahoma #1 (233.67)
Kansas State #5 (270.08)
Oklahoma #10 (94.5)
Kansas State #18 (107.4)
Oklahoma #1 (139.17)
Kansas State #6 (162.69)
OU (12-0, 8-0) vs. Kansas State (10-3, 6-2)
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