Oklahoma-KSU Pregame Notes

Bob Stoops and Bill Snyder will clash for the sixth time at 6 p.m. (CST) Saturday night at Owen Field. Stoops is 4-1 head-to-head against his former mentor.

The Matchup
Oklahoma (1-2) vs. Kansas State (3-0)

Kickoff
6:10 CST. -- Memorial Stadium (82,112) Norman, Okla.

Television and Radio
Saturday's game will be televised nationally by Fox Sports Net. Bill Land (play-by-play), Gary Reasons (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. Kansas State'.

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The Series
The Sooners lead the all-time series 67-17-4 and are 36-6-3 against the Wildcats in Norman.

Oklahoma won 31-21 last season in Manhattan. Jason White threw four touchdown passes, two to current Sooner Travis Wilson, and Adrian Peterson rushed for 130 yards on 36 carries.

OU has won four of the last five meetings, but the Wildcats have won six of the last 10. Since the inception of the Big 12, OU is 4-3 vs. the Wildcats with five of those games having been decided by 10 points or less.

The Rankings
Neither team is ranked.

The Coaches
Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops is 68-14 in his seventh year in Norman. Wildcat head coach Bill Snyder is 134-62-1 in his 17th season at Kansas State. Stoops is 4-1 vs. Snyder head-to-head.

About Kansas State
The Wildcats jumped out to a 3-0 start with wins over Florida International (35-21), Marshall (21-19) and North Texas (54-7).

Kansas State comes into Saturday's matchup ranked 18th nationally in scoring offense (36.67 ppg) and 19th in total offense (466.33 ypg). The Wildcats' rushing attack ranks 12th nationally (253 ypg) while their passing attack is currently 66th (213.33 ypg).

Defensively, the Wildcats rank 25th in scoring defense (15.67 ppg) and 9th in total defense (244.33 ypg). KSU's defense ranks 13th against the run (81 ypg) and 21st against the pass (163.33 ypg).

Punter Tim Reyer averages 41.3 yards per punt, while kicker Jeff Snodgrass is 4-for-6 on field goals (long of 57) and 11-for-11 on extra points.

Roster | Depth Chart | 2005 Stats | 2005 Schedule/Results

About Oklahoma
The Sooners come into Saturday's Big 12 opener unranked for the first time since 1999 after 1-2 a start.

Oklahoma's offense ranks 83rd nationally in scoring offense (21.67 ppg) and 100th in total offense (297.33 ypg). OU's rushing attack ranks 48th nationally (160.33 ypg) while their passing attack is currently 106th (137 ypg).

Defensively, the Sooners rank 61st in scoring defense (21.67 ppg) and 42nd in total defense (341.67 ypg). OU's defense ranks 11th against the run (79.67 ypg) and 90th against the pass (262 ypg).

Punter Cody Freeby averages 43.6 yards per punt, while kicker Garrett Hartley is 3-for-5 five on field goals (long of 37) and 8-for-8 on extra points.

Roster | Depth Chart | 2005 Stats | 2005 Schedule/Results

Snyder on Oklahoma
"They're just growing on offense every day. I'm fearful of them having two weeks to grow, that's my concern.

"I don't understand the term ‘rebuilding' or the things that seem to accompany that. You are what you are. Some days you're good and some days you're not so good. Some years you're good and some years you're not so good. It's day by day and week by week, you sum up a year and say if it was a good year or wasn't a good year and move on.

"What Oklahoma, like any program in our conference, is playing for is all in front of us. You have to wait until it's all over. If you fight 15 rounds, it's not over until it's over. We've got a lot of time left."

"He's (Adrian Peterson) just a fantastic running back. He's got all of it. He's got size, he's got speed, he's got athletic ability, and he's a tough young guy. He runs laterally very well and runs down hill extremely well. He's one of those guys that they get him the ball out on the edge going wide and kind of stretches your defense and then when he turns it up you don't have the angles that you'd like to have on him.

Stoops on Kansas State
"They're team year in and year out that's always very, very competitive and a very physical and tough football team. They're always really good running the football offensively, and they're doing that again this year.

"They're always very creative using wide receivers, changing up blocking schemes trying to create and out-number you in different ways, as well as using their quarterback — Allen Webb — to create a running attack as well.

"That's where it begins with them. We've got to be really good defensively, first and foremost, being great against the run game, which we always try and do. That's what our first objective is and will be important again this week.

"Defensively, their structure is very similar to what they've traditionally done with four-deep and man-free coverage, probably play a little more man-free coverage this year than they have in the past. Usually, they're strong and good defending the run game and then just try to mix up their pressures and coverage in the passing game.


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