#2 Oklahoma (12-0) vs. #1USC (12-0)
7 p.m. CST. Pro Player Stadium (79,916) Miami, Fla.
Television and Radio
Tuesday'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 USC game.
USC holds a four-game winning streak and a 5-2-1 lead in the all-time series against the Sooners. In every previous match-up, at least one of the teams has been ranked in the AP poll. The two teams have never met in a Bowl game.
USC is ranked first by AP and USA Today/ESPN. Oklahoma is second in both polls.
Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops is 67-11 in his sixth season in Norman. USC Head Coach Pete Carroll is 41-9 in his fourth season.
Orange Bowl History and Game Notes
Tuesday's game marks the 18th trip to the Orange Bowl for the Sooners and the second for the Trojans.The Trojans beat Iowa, 38-17, in the 2003 Orange Bowl, while Oklahoma's last appearance came in 2000 against Florida State. Overall, the Sooners are 12-5 in the Orange Bowl.
OU-USC Game Notes
The Trojans claim 10 national championships (1928, 31, 32, 39, 62, 67, 72, 74, 78, 2000) while the Sooners have earned seven (1950, 55, 56, 74, 75, 85, 2004) ... Oklahoma is 3rd in career winning percentage (.714). The Trojans are 9th (.697) ... In all-time victories, OU is 8th (749) and USC is 10th (719) ... USC has appeared in 42 bowls (27 wins). Oklahoma has played in 37 (23 wins) ... The Trojans have five Heisman Trophy winners, while the Sooners have four ... USC comes into the game with the nation's longest winning-streak at 21 games. Oklahoma has won 12 straight since last year's loss to LSU ... Both the Sooners and Trojans will start a Heisman Trophy winner on Tuesday, which will be the first time two winners have ever played in the same game in the history of college football ... USC is 48-4-2 when ranked No. 1 and are 16-2-1 when ranked when playing another ranked opponent while occupying the top spot. However, one of the losses and the tie came against Oklahoma.
Orange Bowl Notes
Each school received 16,000 tickets to the game ... The Sooners will where their white jerseys as the visiting team and occupy the South bench ... Halftime is set to last 23 minutes with featured performers Ashlee Simpson, Kelly Clarkson and Trace Adkins ... NBA star Shaquille O'Neal, from the Miami Heat, will throw the opening coin toss.
The Trojans come into Tuesday's title tilt ranked ranked 7th in scoring offense (36.75 ppg) and 15th in total offense (442.75 ypg). USC ranks 16th nationally in passing offense (266.67 ypg) and 34th in rushing offense (176.08 ypg)
Defensively, USC ranks 2nd in scoring defense (12.5 ppg) and 7th in total defense (271.58 ypg). The Trojans rank 2nd nationally in rushing defense (75.53 ypg) and 31st in pass defense (196.25 ypg).
USC punter Tom Malone ranks 10th nationally with a 43.78 average. Trojan place-kicker Ryan Killeen is a perfect 57-for-57 on extra points, but is just 14-for-23 on field goals with a long of 42 yards.
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The Sooners enter Tuesday's matchup ranked 8th nationally in total offense (469.58 ypg) and 9th in scoring offense (36.08 ppg). OU is 16th nationally in rushing offense (215.08 ypg) and 25th in passing offense (254.50 ypg)
Defensively, Oklahoma ranks 5th in scoring defense (13.67 ppg) and 9th in total defense (280.17 ypg). The Sooners are 5th nationally rushing defense (86.42 ypg) and 26th in pass defense (193.75 ypg).
Punter Blake Ferguson ranks 42nd in the country with a 41.77 average. OU place-kicker Garrett Hartley is 10-for-10 on extra points, but has yet to attempt a field goal. Backup kicker Trey DiCarlo is 45-for-48 on extra points and 8-for-16 on field goals with a long of 35 yards.
Roster | Depth Chart | 2004 Statistics | 2004 Schedule/Results
Carroll on Oklahoma
"I think the obvious perspective you see in this game is that this is such a great match-up of two teams that have had really successful seasons and have like strengths. We both play defense well and both have big time Heisman quarterbacks and flashy running backs and very exciting teams, so I think it makes a great match-up. We all want to see what's going to happen, myself included."
Stoops on USC
"It's incredible when you look at the tradition and history and all the undefeated teams. It's exciting as a young kid even never being on the west coast, just watching SC and all their traditions just as I did with Oklahoma. As a kid in Ohio, you just always remember the great players that were there and the great plays they would make. It's exciting to be in this situation."
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