#2 Oklahoma (4-0) vs. #5 Texas (4-0)

Kick-off for the 99th edition of the Red River Shootout is set for 11 a.m. Saturday at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. The game will be broadcast nationally by ABC. Texas holds a 55-38-8 lead in the all-time series against the Sooners. See inside for more game notes and links.

The Matchup
Texas (4-0, 1-0) vs. Oklahoma (4-0, 1-0)

Kickoff
11:00 a.m. CST. The Cotton Bowl (75,587 ) Dallas, Texas

Television and Radio
Saturday's game will be broadcast nationally by ABC. Brad Nessler (play-by-play), Bob Griese (analyst) and Lynn Swann (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 Texas game.

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The Series
Even though the Sooners have won the last four meetings, the Longhorns hold the all-time series edge by a 55-38-5 mark. The longest streak in the series came in 1958-64 and 1940-47 when Texas reeled off eight straight wins in both spans. Oklahoma's longest streak in the series is six (1952-57). The Sooners haven't won five straight over the Longhorns since their 1971-75 run

The Rankings
The Sooners are No. 2 in both the USA Today Coaches and Associated Press Polls. Texas is ranked fifth in both polls. Saturday's matchup marks the third time in the last four years and the 30th time overall the schools have met while both ranked in the top five.

The Coaches
Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops is 59-11 in his sixth season in Norman. Texas Head Coach Mack Brown is 63-17 in his seventh year in Austin and 2-4 against the Sooners. Brown, who is 1-4 vs. Stoops, is 149-92-1 in 20 seasons as a Division 1 coach.

About Texas
The Longhorns come into Saturday's Red River Shootout with the 6th best scoring offense (41.5 ppg) and the top rushing offense in the country averaging 353.5 yards per game. Texas is 3rd in total offense (528.5 ypg) and are 87th in passing offense (175.0 ypg)

Senior running back Cedric Benson leads the Texas rushing and currently ranks first in the nation in rushing yards per game (186.5). For the season, Benson has rushed for seven touchdowns and 746 yards on 98 carries. Quarterback Vincent Young is the 'Horns second-best threat on the run. Young has rushed for 224 yards on 35 carries.

Young isn't considered a great passer, but the sophomore has a had a solid season thus far completing 63 percent of his passes and throwing eight touchdown passes and only two interceptions. Young has completed 51 of his 81 attempts for 653 yards. His top targets are senior receiver Tony Jeffery and tight end David Thomas. Jeffery has recorded 15 catches for 164 yards while Thomas leads the team with 223 receiving yards on nine catches.

Defensively, the Longhorns are tops in the Big 12 in scoring defense and 8th nationally giving up just 11.8 points per game. Texas is 17th nationally in total defense (270.5 ypg), 13th in pass defense (156.75 ypg) and 36th in rushing defense (113.8 ypg) and

Senior linebacker and Butkus Award candidate Derrick Johnson leads the team in tackles (48), forced fumbles (6) and is tied for the team high in tackles for losses (6). Fellow linebacker Aaron Harris is second on the team in tackles with 36. The Longhorns have only recorded three sacks, all coming from backups. However, sophomore defensive end Tim Crowder may be UT's top pass rushing threat off the edge. Crowder leads the team with eight quarterback pressures through the first four games..

Kicker Dusty Mangum is perfect on extra points (19-for-19) but is only 3-for-6 on field goal attempts. Richmond McGee is averaing 39.5 yards per punt this season.

About Oklahoma
The Sooners enter Saturday's game 8th nationally in scoring offense averaging 40.5 points per game and 11th in total offense (469.50 ypg). The Sooners are 12th nationally in rushing offense (242.25 ypg) and 38th in passing offense (227.3 ypg).

Freshman running back Adrian Peterson ranks 8th nationally in rushing averaging 136.5 yards per game. Quarterback Jason White ranks 7th in efficiency rating and 44th in total offense. Receiver Mark Clayton ranks 31st in receiving yards per game (80.0) and is 36th in receptions per game (5.5).

Defensively, Oklahoma ranks 18th in scoring defense (14.3 ppg) and 39th in total defense (324.25 ypg). The Sooners also rank 6th nationally in rushing defense (77.0 ypg) and 94th in pass defense (247.5 ypg).

During its four-game win streak over Texas, the Sooners have outscored the Longhorns 177-54. Oklahoma has also won 10 straight and 20 of their last 21 games against teams from Texas.

Brown on Oklahoma
"The last four years, you talk about the streak and why we've lost; it's really on me. The players change, I'm the constant. I have been at every game and I just haven't done my job. You have to give OU credit for being great. Two of the four games we were in it in the fourth quarter and they made plays to win, and the other two years we played poorly. It usually comes down to turnovers and kicking game, and we haven't run the ball well. If you talk to our players it's not about them, it's me, I'm the one who hasn't done well in this game. We've done well in all the other games, so this is obviously something that I need to do a better job of this week.

"Our team has been physical; they've played really consistent. They've gotten after the teams, and they are a team that expects to win. If you look at this game, it's two good teams, who are running the ball well. They've got a Heisman trophy winner at quarterback who's Chris Simms age. He's seen a lot of different looks. They are still great on defense. We are improving on defense. We are not there yet. We've still got question marks on trying to get to the passer. We've got to do a better job with our pass protection. I like the fact that we are running the ball and improving the passing game. I think the most important thing is that this is a great challenge for us this week, but what a great opportunity, and our guys and coaches know that."

Stoops on Texas
"Everyone understands what a great rivalry it is, what a great venue to play down there in the Cotton Bowl. Great competition every year. As always, we're excited about the challenge of it and looking forward to competing against a very good Texas team. Anyone ranked in the top five is awfully good.

"Their running game with Cedric Benson is where it all begins really. And then complimented with Vincent Young and his ability to pull it down and run as well is going to be the strongest part of our concentration — being physical up front, being where we should be in our gaps and tackling well when we're there. That will be the biggest factor defensively.

"Offensively, being able to maintain the balance — being able to run and throw. Hopefully we'll do our best to keep them off balance and execute is always a big factor. And the kicking game, like always, is a factor as well. We've played well in the kicking game, so hopefully we can keep that up. We're looking forward to the challenge of it. It will be another exciting event."

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