Oklahoma-Tulsa Pregame Notes

See inside for more news and notes previewing Saturday's OU-Tulsa matchup. Kick-off is set for 11:30 a.m. CST. Sooner sophomore running back Adrian Peterson (pictured above) needs just 12 yards against Tulsa to reach the 2,000 mark for his career.

The Matchup
#5 Oklahoma (0-1) vs. Tulsa (0-1)

Kickoff
11:30 a.m. CST. Owen Field (82,112) Norman, Okla.

Television and Radio
Saturday's game will be broadcast by Fox Sports Net. Bill Land (play-by-play), Dave Lapham (analyst) and Jim Knox (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 for 'Oklahoma vs. Tulsa'.

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The Series
Oklahoma leads the all-time series 13-7-1, and by an 8-3-1 mark in Norman. Oklahoma won the last meeting, 37-0, in the 2002 season-opener at Skelly Stadium in Tulsa The Sooners only led 3-0 at halftime, but got the running game going in the second half behind Quentin Griffin, who finished with 237 rushing yards on 17 carries overall.

The Rankings
The Sooners are ranked 16th in the USA Today Coaches Poll and No. 18 by the Associated Press. Tulsa is not ranked.

The Coaches
Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops is 67-13 in his seventh year in Norman. Tulsa head coach Steve Kragthorpe is 12-14 in his third season.

Oklahoma Notes
In all, 13 freshmen played in the Sooners' season opener against TCU. Eight were true freshman, five were redshirt freshmen ... Oklahoma has not dropped back-to-back regular season games since 1999 (Notre Dame and Texas), and they haven't been lost consecutive games in Norman since 1988 (California and Colorado) ... Under Bob Stoops, the Sooners are 19-1 during the month of September and 23-5 in non-conference games ... Sophomore running back Adrian Peterson needs just 12 yards against the Golden Hurricane to reach the 2,000 mark for his career. When Peterson hits the mark, he will join senior Kejuan Jones as Sooners in the 2,000-yard club. The last time Oklahoma had two 2,000-yard rushers on the same roster was in 1987 (Lydell Carr and Jamelle Holieway) ... When Rhett Bomar starts on Saturday against Tulsa, it will be the first time a freshman signal-caller has started for the Sooners since Jake Sills in 1998 ... Last season, the Oklahoma defense recorded just 59 pass break-ups. Last Saturday against TCU, they recorded seven. Senior cornerback Chijioke Onyenegecha, who broke up just six passes a year ago, recorded a career-high four against the Horned Frogs ... Middle linebacker Zach Latimer recorded a team and career-high 15 tackles against TCU. Last season, the Colorado native recorded just 12 tackles.

About Tulsa
Like the Sooners, Tulsa is coming off a disappointing opening week loss. The Golden Hurricane, who are in their first season as members of Conference USA, dropped a 41-10 loss to Minnesota at Skelly Stadium last Thursday (9/1). Overall, Tulsa returns 14 starters from last year's 4-8 team.

Click the link below for OUInsider.com's OU-Tulsa Scouting Report.

OU-Tulsa Scouting Report

More info on the Golden Hurricane...

Roster | 2005 Stats | 2005 Schedule/Results | Tulsa Game Notes (PDF)

Kragthorpe on Oklahoma
"There's never a good time to catch Oklahoma. They're a very good football team, there's no doubt about it. I thought they played very good football the other day.

"They're talented and I knew that going into the TCU game. They're a very talented offense. They have probably the best tailback in the country.

"I don't know if you can stop Adrian Peterson, you can just try to minimize the impact he has on the game. He is a tremendous athlete, he runs the ball really well between the tackles, he's got the speed to get outside and you know they are going to throw the ball to him. They are trying to continue to evolve and put the ball in his hands because he is such a threat.

"Rhett's (Bomar) a very, very good football player, and I think he's going to have a great career there.

"He's a guy that wherever he's been, whenever he's played, whether it was in his high school career or now at OU, he's been very, very successful. There's no question that when he came out he was very deserving of the ranking that he had in terms of being the No. 1 quarterback in the country. He's a coaches' son so he thinks like a coach and manages the game well and knows how to play the game."

Stoops on Tulsa
"Steve Kragthorpe does an excellent job. Watching them and their schemes, their plan is always very solid, very good. They've got good players running around making plays. They've had good, solid years. Last year they were middle of the road, but the year before they won nine or 10 games I believe.

"Watching them against Minnesota, they had a good number of plays and series where they're playing well and executing on both sides of the ball. (Ashlan) Davis is an excellent return man. He led the nation a year ago in kick-off returns. They have athletes and speed at different spots. Those guys get your attention.

"They've got a great tight end (Garrett Mills) who catches well and runs great routes. I saw both quarterbacks really do well. When you look at what they did both quarterbacks, as you watch them, performed well.


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