#2 Oklahoma (9-0) vs. Nebraska (5-4)

Kick-off for Saturday's Big Red Showdown is set for 6 p.m. OU leads the all-time series by a 40-37-3 mark. Senior quarterback Jason White (pictured above) will play in his final home game as a Sooner on Saturday. White is undefeated as a starter in Norman and 24-3 overall. (AP Photo/Jerry Laizure)

The Matchup
Nebraska (5-4, 3-3) at #2 Oklahoma (9-0, 6-0)

Kickoff
6 p.m. CST. Owen Field (82,112) Norman, Okla.

Television and Radio
Saturday's game will be broadcast nationally by TBS. 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 Nebraska game.

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The Series
Oklahoma leads the all-time series by a 40-37-3 mark and 21-16 against the Cornhuskers in Norman. The Sooners are the first ranked opponent the Huskers have faced this season and the highest-ranked team since the 2001 matchup against Oklahoma in Lincoln.

The Rankings
The Sooners are No. 2 in both the USA Today Coaches and Associated Press Polls. Nebraska is unranked. This year marks the 40th straight season at least one of the teams has entered the game ranked. And since the beginning of the Associated Press poll in 1936, the OU-Nebraska game has had at least one team ranked in 57 of the 66 games and had at least one team in the top 10 46 times.

The Coaches
Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops is 64-11 in his sixth season in Norman. Nebraska Head Coach Bill Callahan is 5-4 in his first season in Lincoln. Stoops is also 35-1 in Norman.

Senior Day
In all, 23 seniors will be honored before they play the final home game of their careers. The list of seniors is as follows : LB Gayron Allen, WR Mark Bradley, OT Jammal Brown, C Vince Carter, WR Mark Clayton, DE Dan Cody, P Blake Ferguson, OL John Flynn, WR Ataleo Ford, DL Grant Hulsey, DE Jonathan Jackson, WR Brandon Jones, DT Lynn McGruder, LB Lance Mitchell, SS Donte Nicholson, WR Will Peoples, CB Antonio Perkins, DB Brandon Shelby, OT Wes Sims, DB Darren Stephens, DL Vershun Sublet, QB Jason White, WR Sadiki Wilson.

About Nebraska
The Cornhuskers come into Saturday's matchup ranked 62nd nationally in total offense (372 ypg) and 43rd in scoring offense (28 ppg). Nebraska is 27th in rushing offense (185.67 ypg) and 86th in passing offense (186.33 ypg)

Sophomore quarterback Joe Dailey is the trigger man for Callahan's west coast offense. Dailey, who ranks 10th in the Big 12 in passing efficiency, has completed 116 of his 243 pass attempts for 1646 yards, 15 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.

Junior I-Back Cory Ross is the 'Huskers leading rusher with 932 yards on 166 carries. Ross ranks 20th nationally and 5th in the Big 12 with a 104.11 yards per game average. Dailey is also a threat to run, as he has 184 yards on 46 carries this season.

With superstar tight end Matt Herrian out for the season, Nebraska's top pass catching threat is receiver Ross Pilkington. Pilkington has caught 20 passes for 266 yards. Also, watch out for Ross catching passes out of the backfied. Ross is right behind Pilkington with 17 catches for 231 yards.

Defensively, Nebraska ranks 50th nationally in total defense (360.78 ypg) and 72nd in scoring defense (26.89 ppg). The Huskers are 9th in rushing defense (94.22 ypg) and 104th in passing defense (256.56).

While Nebraska's defense has struggled this season, they are certainly not void of talented players. Senior linebacker Barrett Ruud leads the Huskers and ranks 8th nationally with 120 total tackles. Ruud, who became the 'Huskers all-time leading tackler earlier in the season against Texas Tech, is also the team leader in tackles for loss (15).

The 'Huskers secondary may also be down from last season, but they are experienced. Starters Daniel Bullocks, Josh Bullocks, Fabian Washington and Lornell McPherson have a combined 95 starts in 149 career games. Safety Daniel Bullocks is 6th nationally interceptions with five. Senior defensive end Thomas Bernard leads the team with four sacks.

Nebraska punter Sam Koch ranks 54th nationally with a 41.2 average. Sandro DeAngelis has been handling the kicking duties for most of the season, but Nebraska newspapers are reporting this week that sophomore David Dyches will replace him this Saturday. Dyches is 1-for-1 on extra points and 1-for-1 on field goals with a long of 46 yards. DeAngelis was 4-for-9 on field goals.

Roster | Depth Chart | 2004 Schedule/Results | 2004 Statistics

About Oklahoma
The Sooners enter Saturday's showdown ranked 10th in scoring offense (36.22 ppg) and 12th in total offense (458.33 ypg). Oklahoma is 17th nationally in rushing offense (216.11 ypg) and 35th in passing offense (242.22 ypg).

Quarterback Jason White is 1st in the Big 12 and 8th nationally in passing efficiency. White has 161 of his 258 pass attempts for 2130 yards, 25 touchdowns and only four interceptions. What's even more amazing is that 16 of his 25 touchdown passes have come in the last four games.

Freshman running back Adrian Peterson, who has rushed for 1373 yards on 239 carries, is 2nd in the Big 12 and 5th nationally in rushing averaging 152.9 yards per game. At that current rate, Peterson is on pace for 1831 yards this season. The single season record is 1,896 by Billy Sims in 1978. The Palestine, Texas native also broke an NCAA record for freshman with his ninth-straight 100-yard rushing game last week against Texas A&M.

The Sooners' receiver corp is led by senior Mark Clayton. Clayton, who leads the team in catches (46) and yards receiving (653), is 5th in the Big 12 in receiving yards per game (72.56).

Defensively, Oklahoma ranks 19th in scoring defense (17.56 ppg) and 26th in total defense (320.67 ypg). The Sooners are 7th nationally rushing defense (90.4 ypg) and 83rd in passing defense (230.22 ypg).

Safety Brodney Pool leads the Sooners in tackles (65), pass breakups (9) and interceptions (2). Linebackers Lance Mitchell and Rufus Alexander are tied for second on the team in tackles with 61. Senior defensive end Dan Cody leads the team in sacks (8), tackles for loss (13) and quarterback hurries (11).

Thus far this season, the Oklahoma defense has forced 19 takeaways, 16 of which have come in the last six games.

Punter Blake Ferguson ranks 34th nationally with a 42.16 average. Kicker Trey DiCarlo is 41-for-43 on extra points and 7-for-13 on field goal attempts with a long of 35 yards.

Roster | Depth Chart | 2004 Statistics | 2004 Schedule/Results

Callahan on Oklahoma
"They are one of the most dominating teams in college football right now. Over the last four years, they have been dominant in a lot of areas, and they're the most complete team I've witnessed on film as we study them and prepare for the contest. They're very, very sound in everything they do structurally. As you begin to watch them, their athleticism, and their depth, and their playmaking ability just shows up time and time again. This will take a great effort by our team, and I feel we're very capable of doing that. If we play the game we're capable of playing, anything can happen. That's what excites us about going down to Oklahoma and playing in this game on Saturday night."

Stoops on Nebraska
"Nebraska's a good football team going through a transition with a new staff. Offensively, they have a strong running game with (Cory) Ross. I really believe (Joe) Dailey, as you watch them throwing the football, they really work the passing game. They're a very capable football team. They have really played well in a lot of areas, as well defensively at different times. I know some of the games they've had their problems, but overall we recognize it as another step for us and another major step in getting ourselves in position to compete for championships. This will be another big game to do that."


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