Despite last weekends 20-10 loss to Nebraska in Lincoln, the Sooners still control their own destiny.
Oklahoma (7-1) looks to get back on track on what was supposed to be an off-week when they host Tulsa (1-6), in a game that was supposed to have been played on Sept 15, but was re-scheduled for this Saturday after the terrorist attacks on the United States just four days prior to the game.
Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops says he's glad to be playing this weekend the loss to Nebraska, rather than what would have been a schedule off-week.
"I think it's good coming off of last week," said Stoops. "We want to go out and play, and play well and continue to build on this year. I think regardless of who you're playing there's always carryover. If we can make improvement this week it will help us in the coming weeks."
The Sooners hope to click on all cylinders this week against an overmatched Tulsa squad that was blasted last week by San Jose State, 63-27.
"We recognize they've had their difficulties this year," said Stoops on Tulsa. "But we still recognize it's an in-state school. It's a school that the last they were here beat us. None of that sits well with us right now and we want to make sure we come out and play to our potential and as strong as we can possibly play."
Junior quarterback Nate Hybl is back in a starting role for the Sooners after sophomore Jason White suffered a torn ACL in his left knee last Saturday against the Huskers.
"I thought Nate played very well Saturday," said Stoops about his junior quarterback. "Comes in in a middle of a drive. Completes the drive. Puts it in the end zone. Has a great two-minute drive at the end of the half. He's done a lot of good already this year and we felt that when he got in there he'd do well."
Kick-off is set for 2 p.m. at Memorial Stadium.
Oklahoma leads the all-time series 11-7-1, including a 7-3-1 mark in Norman. Tulsa won the last meeting, 38-24, between the two teams on Sept. 28 1996. Oklahoma is 6-0 against the Hurricane when entering the game with a national ranking. Oklahoma also holds a 112-21-1 series edge against state universities.
Oklahoma's 20-game winning streak ended Saturday in Lincoln, but the Sooners still boast the nations' second-longest home winning-streak which currently stands at 17 games. Oklahoma is 15-0 at Memorial Stadium under Head Coach Bob Stoops.
47-game streak participants to return
Speaking of streaks, members of Oklahoma's team that set the NCAA record 47-game winning streak from 1953-1957 will be honored at halftime of Saturday's game.
Sooners hope to get back on track against Tulsa
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