Oklahoma-UCLA Pregame Notes

Kick-off for Saturday's matchup between the Sooners and Bruins is set for 2:30 p.m. CST and will be broadcast regionally on ABC by Keith Jackson and Dan Fouts. OU is 2-0 in games played at the Rose Bowl (pictured above). See inside for more news and notes. (Photo/Getty Images)

The Matchup
#17 Oklahoma (1-1) vs. UCLA (2-0)

2:30 CST. -- The Rose Bowl -- Pasadena, Calif.

Television and Radio
Saturday's game will be broadcast regionally by ABC. Keith Jackson (play-by-play), Dan Fouts (analyst) and Todd Harris (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. UCLA'.

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The Series
Oklahoma leads the all-time series 3-0. The Sooners won the last meeting in Norman 59-24, in 2003. Antonio Perkins set two NCAA records in the win with three punt returns for touchdowns and 277 punt return yards. OU is 2-0 in games played at the Rose Bowl. They beat UCLA 34-24 in a 1990 non-conference game and Washington State, in the Rose Bowl, 34-14 in 2003.

The Rankings
The Sooners are ranked 17th in the USA Today Coaches Poll and No. 21 by the Associated Press. UCLA is not ranked.

The Coaches
Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops is 68-13 in his seventh year in Norman. UCLA head coach Karl Dorrell is 14-13 in his third season and 0-1 head-to-head against Stoops.

About UCLA
The Bruins jumped out to a 2-0 record for the first time under Dorrell with wins over San Diego State (44-21) and Rice (63-21) to begin the season.

UCLA come into Saturday's matchup ranked 6th nationally in scoring (53.5 ppg) and 23rd in total offense (463.50 ypg). The Bruins' rushing attack ranks 21st nationally (222 ypg), while their passing attack is currently 53rd (241.5 ypg).

Defensively, the Bruins rank 57th in scoring defense (21.0 ppg) and 42nd in total defense (328.5 ypg). UCLA's defense ranks 81st against the run (174 ypg) and 20th against the pass (154.5 ypg).

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About Oklahoma
The Sooners, who return just 12 players who were on the roster when OU beat the Bruins in 2003, come into Saturday's game 20-1 in the month of September under Stoops.

Oklahoma's offense ranks 84th nationally in scoring (20.5 ppg) and 109th in total offense (247 ypg). OU's rushing attack ranks 47th nationally (162 ypg), while their passing attack is currently 113th (85 ypg).

Defensively, the Sooners rank 32nd in scoring defense (16 ppg) and 34th in total defense (314 ypg). OU's defense ranks 25th against the run (78 ypg) and 71st against the pass (236 ypg).

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Dorrell on Oklahoma
"I respect this team. I respect that coach. They're a fast football team. They're having a new starter at quarterback, and it's been a little difficult for him to get started. I think that's the difference right now. I think he'll come along at some point in this season, and hopefully not this Saturday. They're more than capable of being explosive, in all the things they've done in the past."

"They just haven't had a consistency yet. We hope that consistency doesn't start until after our week. They're talented. This team has great team speed, both on defense and on offense. They're maybe just struggling a little here and there, and we're hoping that's still the case come Saturday.

"We're playing well and we want to continue to play well. They're playing with a new quarterback, and a few guys that are first-time starters. They're just finding their niche."

Stoops on UCLA
"They have a lot of talent and ability when you look at them across the board with Maurice Drew, an excellent running back, a fifth-year senior quarterback who's throwing it well, Mercedes Lewis and a number of excellent receivers that they spread the ball around to.

"They're a very talented team defensively as well. Structurally, they're similar to what we do defensively, but they also have a lot of good people running around on defense and their special teams. They have the No. 1 return man in the country right now in two games — their punt returner Maurice Drew.

"It is a big game. There's no question. Just in building through the year, putting yourself in position to build momentum and confidence as you go and what you're doing. It's a huge game for us."

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