Oklahoma (5-0, 2-0) at Kansas State (2-3, 0-2)
11:00 a.m. CST. KSU Stadium (50,000) Manhattan, Kan.
Television and Radio
Saturday's game will be broadcast to most of the nation by ABC. Gary Thorne (play-by-play), Ed Cunningham (analyst) and Jim Gray (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 Kansas State game.
Saturday's game will be the 88th meeting between the schools in a series that dates back to 1908. The Sooners lead the all-time series by a 66-17-4 mark and are 32-10-1 in Manhattan. Since 1993, OU is 1-3 in Manhattan with the only win coming in 2000 (41-31). The two schools are also 3-3 vs. each other since the inception of the Big 12 with four of the six games having been decided by 10 points or less, including each of OU's three wins.
The Sooners are No. 2 in both the USA Today Coaches and Associated Press Polls. Kansas State is unranked.
Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops is 60-11 in his sixth season in Norman. Kansas State Head Coach Bill Snyder is 129-58-1 in his 16th season in Manhattan. Snyder is 1-3 vs. Stoops and 6-7 overall against Oklahoma during his tenure at Kansas State.
About Kansas State
Of the 22 players who started in last season's Big 12 championship game in Kansas City, just nine (5 offense/4 defense) are listed as starters for Saturday's game against Oklahoma.
The Wildcats, who are 83-11-1 at Wagner field since 1990, come into Saturday's game ranked 37th in scoring offense (29.2 ppg) and 60th in total offense (372.2). KSU's rushing offense ranks 29th nationally (188.0 ypg) while their passing offense checks in at No. 80 (184.4 ypg). KSU also leads the league in time of possession.
Senior running back Darren Sproles ranks 9th in rushing averaging 136.8 yards per game and is No. 1 nationally in all-purpose yards. However, despite his rushing stats, Sproles has had severe fumble problems this season which have cost him his spot as KSU's punt returner. Sproles, who is one touchdown away from tying Ell Roberson for the school record, has rushed for 684 yards and two touchdowns on 135 carries. He is also the Wildcats' second-leading receiver in receptions with 13.
Sophomore quarterback Dylan Meier is tied with Jason White in total offense at No. 64 (193.8 ypg). Meier got off to a slow start but rebounded with with 246 passing yards at Texas A&M and 249 yards last week against Kansas. For the season, Meier has completed 67 of his 107 passes for 821 yards, seven touchdowns and only three interceptions. Meier's top passing targets is junior college transfer Yamon Figurs, who leads the Wildcats in catches (15) and receiving yards (256). Tight End Brian Casey is third on the team in receptions (12) and second in receiving yardage (153). Wideouts Davin Dennis (10-127), Jermaine Moreira (10-104), Tony Madison (7-144) and Antoine Polite (5-38) are also threats on one the deepest receiver corps in the Snyder era.
Defensively, the Wildcats are down from year's past. KSU ranks 37th in scoring defense (29.2) and 30th in total defense giving up 309.6 yards per game. The Wildcats are are 66th nationally against the run (145.6 ypg) and 18th against the pass (164.0 ypg)
Senior defensive tackle Jermaine Berry and junior defensive back Jesse Tetuan lead KSU with 28 total tackles. Linebackers Brandon Archer and Marvin Simmons are third and fourth with 25 and 24 tackles respectively. Defensive end Scott Edmonds is the Wildcats top pass rushing threat. The junior from famed Rockhurst High School leads the 'Cats in sacks (3), tackles for loss (4) and forced fumbles (2).
Senior placekicker Joe Rheem is 9-for-10 on field goal attemps this season with a long of 49 yards. Junior college reciever Jesse Martinez has taking over the punting duties and is averaging 35.4 yards per boot.
The Sooners enter Saturday's game 17th nationally in scoring offense averaging 34.8 points per game and 14th in total offense (458.4 ypg). Oklahoma ranks 8th nationally in rushing offense (254.0 ypg) and 63rd in passing offense (204.4 ypg).
Freshman running back Adrian Peterson ranks 4th nationally in rushing averaging 154.2 yards per game. Last year through five games, OU had rushed the ball 183 times for 701 yards. But this year, the Sooners have ran the ball 237 times for 1,260 yards.
Quarterback Jason White ranks 11th in efficiency rating and 64th in total offense. Last year at this time White had thrown 16 touchdown passes and for 1,475 yards. This year, White has only nine touchdown passes for 972 yards. However, even though Peterson's production has knocked White's down, the Sooners have racked up 13 more yards of total offense through the first five games this season compared to last year. Also, give credit to OU's offensive line, who has only only two sacks this season.
Defensively, Oklahoma ranks 6h in scoring defense (11.4 ppg) and 26th in total defense (307.4 ypg). The Sooners also rank 15th nationally in rushing defense (92.4 ypg) and 67th in pass defense (215.0 ypg). What's even more amazing than the national rankings, is the fact that the Sooners have held every opponent this season under their season averages in points and total offense.
Safeties Brodney Pool and Donte Nicholson lead the team in tackles with 42and 35 respectively. The pair is followed by linebackers Rufus Alexander (34) and Lance Mitchell (29). Pool also leads the Sooners in interceptions (3). Alexander, Clint Ingram and Carl Pendleton are tied for the team high with two forced fumbles.
Senior defensive end Jonathan Jackson leads the team in tackles for loss with five, and is tied with junior college transfer Remi Ayodele for the team lead with three sacks. Senior end Dan Cody has only one sack on the season, but leads the team with five quarterback hurries.
Junior placekicker Trey DiCarlo is 5-for-7 this season with a long of 36 yards. Punter Blake Ferguson averages 42.8 yards per kick.
Snyder on Oklahoma
"I think they are every bit as good, and in many cases better than they were a year ago or at the end of the season. I think Adrian Peterson is really a tremendous dimension for their football team. It's not that their other running backs are not adept. I think there running game has been enhanced a great deal by Adrian, but also by the maturity of their offensive line. I think they have grown and it's the same people from last year and a year of experience has certainly benefited them as well. They still have the same receivers and the same quarterback, so their ability to throw the ball is enhanced even more, because they have become even more adept at the running game. I think they've gotten better."
Stoops on Kansas State
"Really looking forward to great competition going up to Kansas State. Kansas State won the Big 12 Championship last year and beat us handily. We're fully aware of that. They've got excellent potential — Darren Sproles and their offense. Coach (Bill) Snyder always does an excellent job in scheming and game planning and creating space for him (Sproles). Their defense really held us down (last year). We only had a touchdown last year. We had some yards, but only produced a touchdown. So, that's a big challenge offensively as well. We recognize it as another big game. A game that we really feel we've got to play a lot better than we did a year ago and keep building on this season if we're going to have a chance to win up there this week."
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