Gameday: Oklahoma-Oregon Pregame Notes

See inside for news and notes on Saturday's matchup. Senior receiver Mark Clayton (pictured above) needs only three receptions to break Oklahoma's career reception record. Kick-off for Saturday's game is set for 2:30 p.m. and will be broadcast regionally by ABC.<br>

The Matchup
Oregon (1-0) at Oklahoma (2-0)

2:30 p.m. CST. Owen Field (82,112) Norman, Okla.

Television and Radio
Saturday's game will be televised regionally by ABC. Terry Gannon (play-by-play), Tim Brandt (analyst), Terry Bowden (analyst) and Same Ryan (sideline) will call the game. 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 Oregon game.

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The Series
Oklahoma leads the all-time series against Oregon 4-0 with all four games having been played in Norman. The Sooners won the last meeting, 62-7, in 1975. Oklahoma running backs James Culbreath and Horace Ivory each scored two touchdowns and rushed for 117, and 104 yards respectively in the win.

The Rankings
The Sooners are No. 2 in both the USA Today Coaches and Associated Press Polls. Oregon started the season at No. 25 but fell out of the polls after last week's loss.

The Coaches
Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops is 57-11 in his sixth season in Norman. Oregon Head Coach Mike Bellotti is 96-60-2 in his 16 seasons as a head coach and 75-35 in his 11th season in Eugene. During his 10-year span at Oregon, Bellotti's Ducks have won more games than any other program in the Pac-10 Conference.

Scouting Oregon
Oregon got off to a disappointing start in 2004 with a shocking 30-24 loss to Indiana last Saturday in Eugene. The Ducks, who surprisingly racked up 495 yards of total offense while holding the Hoosiers to just 198, were doomed by seven turnovers (four fumbles, three interceptions) and a 98-yard kickoff return. Indiana capitilized on the turnovers early, jumping out to a quick 20-0 lead while only racking up 61 yards on 15 plays.

However, that's not the Oregon team that Oklahoma expects to face on Saturday. The Sooners expect the Ducks to fly into Norman a much better football team than last week and more like their 8-5 team that lost, 31-30, to Minnesota in the Sun Bowl.

On offense, the Ducks return eight starters from a year ago and are led by junior quarterback Kellen Clemens. Clemens completed 182 of his 304 attempts last season for 2,400 yards with 18 touchdown passes and nine interceptions. He completed 24 of his 44 attempts for 344 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions last week against the Hoosiers. Kenny Washington and Terrence Whitehead lead the way in the backfield for the Ducks and each got nine carries last week for 78 and 47 yards respectively. Whitehead led the team in rushing last season with 737 yards on 192 carries. When the Ducks go the air look for Clemens to hook up with receiver Demetrius Williams and tight end Tim Day. Williams, who is Oregon's top receiver from a year ago, caught five passes for 129 yards against Indiana. Day, who was banged up last week against Indiana, is expected to be back this week. The junior caught 23 passes for 318 yards a year ago. Also, look out for receiver Marcus Maxwell and fullback Dante Rosario catching the ball out of the backfield. The Ducks are also strong on the offensive line, where they return four starters from a year ago. Senior tackle Adam Snyder was first team all-conference last year and is on the Outland Trophy watch list this season.

Defensively, Oregon returns six starters from a defense that 26.7 points per game a year ago and 30 or more points five times last season. The Ducks' defense is anchored by 6-foot-5, 345 pound defensive tackle Haloti Ngata. Ngata, who was the Ducks' most dominant linemen as a true freshman two years ago before suffering a torn knee ligament in the 2003 opener, made six tackles in the opener against Indiana. Also back are defensive end Devan Long and middle linebacker Jerry Matson, but it was free safety Darrin Nelson and weakside linebacker Ramone Reed who led the Ducks in tackles against Indiana with 10 and 9 tackles respectively.

On special teams, Jared Siegel returns to do the kicking duties, while returning starter Paul Martinez is in a battle with David Dittman for the punting spot. But Dittman may have the edge after averaging 36.5 yards per punt against Indiana to Martinez's 20.5 two-punt average. Siegel, who extended his school record for consecutive point after touchdown kicks to 91 last year, was 3-for-3 three on extra points and 1-for-2 in field goals last week against Indiana. His career long was a 51-yarder last season against UCLA.

Oklahoma Notes
The Sooners come into Saturday's matchup with Oregon 18-0 in the month of September under Bob Stoops. Oklahoma is 32-1 overall at home under Stoops, and currently hold a 15-game home winning streak. With just three receptions this weekend, senior receiver Mark Clayton will become the Sooners' all-time leading pass catcher. Quentin Griffin currently holds the record with 169 catches. Senior quarterback Jason White passed the 5,000 yard mark last week with his effort against Houston. White, who currently sits at 5,212 yards, is third behind Cale Gundy (6,686) and Josh Heupel (7,522) on the all-time list. And with three touchdown passes this weekend, White can set the all-time mark which is currently held by Heupel (53). The Sooners set a school record last season with 601 points. Oklahoma will play in one less regular season this season, but that hasn't stopped them as they have scored 103 points through their first two games this season to 57 after last year's first two games. Oregon committed seven turnovers last weekend against Indiana, and that might spell trouble for them coming into Norman. Under Stoops, the Sooners have forced at least one turnover in 61 of the last 68 games. Through two games, Oklahoma's defense ranks 42nd nationally in scoring defense (18.5) and 26th in total defense (275.5). The Sooner offense ranks 4th nationally in scoring offense (51.5) and 9th in total offense (539.5)

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2004 Schedule/Results
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