Oklahoma-Texas Pregame Notes

Oklahoma (2-2, 1-0) and #2 Texas (4-0, 1-0) will meet for the 100th time at 12 p.m. (CST) Saturday inside the Cotton Bowl. Texas leads the all-time series 55-39-5, but Oklahoma has won the last five. See inside for more news, notes and stats previewing the 2005 Red River Shootout.

The Matchup
Oklahoma (2-2, 1-0) vs. #2 Texas (4-0, 1-0)

12 p.m. CST. -- The Cotton Bowl -- Dallas, Texas

Television and Radio
Saturday's game will be televised 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. Texas'.

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The Series
Saturday's game marks the 100th meeting between Texas and Oklahoma and the 83rd game in Dallas. Texas leads the all-time series 55-39-5, but the Sooners have won the last five meetings dating back to their 63-14 win in 2000. The game has been played in Dallas since 1912 and at the Cotton Bowl since 1929. OU-Texas is the 23rd most-played rivalry in NCAA history.

Last Meeting
Both teams entered the 2004 game ranked in the top five — Oklahoma No. 2 and Texas No. 5. The Sooners shutout the Longhorns 12-0, which snapped the their NCAA-best consecutive game scoring streak at 281 straight games. Adrian Peterson rushed for 225 yards on 32 carries in front of the largest crowd in series history (79,587).

The Rankings
Texas is ranked No. 2 in both the Associated Press and Coaches Top 25 Polls. The No. 2 ranking is the highest for Texas since they were 2nd during the 2002 season. Oklahoma is unranked.

The Coaches
Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops is 69-14 in his seventh year in Norman. Texas head coach Mack Brown is 74-19 in his eighth year in Austin. Brown, who was Oklahoma's offensive coordinator in 1984, is 2-5 against Oklahoma and 1-5 head-to-head vs. Stoops.

Clash of the Titans
Over the last five years, Oklahoma leads the nation in wins (49) while the Longhorns check in at No. 3 (47)...And on the all-time NCAA winning percentage list, Oklahoma is 3rd (751-287-53) at 71.26 percent while the Longhorns are 4th (79-310-33) at 71.21 percent.

More Game Notes
With a win, the Sooners can match a school record in consecutive wins in the series at six. The previous feat was accomplished in 1952-57 under Bud Wilkinson. Texas has the series record with eight straight wins, twice...During OU's current streak, Texas has turned the ball over 19 times to just 10 by Oklahoma...Senior running back Kejuan Jones has scored a touchdown against the Longhorns in each of the last three seasons...No current Sooner on the roster has ever lost to Texas...Texas' No. 2 ranking is their highest entering the Red River Rivalry since 1984 when they were No. 1...Combined, Oklahoma and Texas have come to Dallas ranked second five times and have won all five games...Texas is 13-5 in the Red River Shootout when entering the game as the higher ranked team...In the history of the series, at least one of the teams has entered the game ranked for the seventh straight year 57 times in the 69 games since the polls were created. It is also the fifth straight year that one of the teams has entered the game ranked in the top five...The game will be televised on ABC, which marks the 53rd time in series history the game has been on television...Texas will wear their home orange jerseys and use the home bench on the press box side, while the Sooners will be in their road white jerseys.

About Texas
Texas, who enters the Red River Shootout unbeaten for the fourth time in the last five years and currently riding an 11-game winning streak, come into Saturday's matchup ranked 3rd nationally in scoring offense (46.75 ppg) and 8th in total offense (510.25 ypg). The Longhorns' rushing attack ranks 1st nationally (310 ypg), while their passing attack is currently 82nd (200.25 ypg).

Defensively, the Longhorns rank 14th in scoring defense (13.75 ppg) and 10th in total defense (258 ypg). UT's defense ranks 30th against the run (108 ypg) and 7th against the pass (150 ypg).

Punter Richmond McGee averages 42.1 yards per punt, while kicker David Pino is 5-for-5 on field goals (long of 42) and 16-for-18 on extra points.

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

About Oklahoma
The Sooners, unranked for the first time in the series since 1998, come into Saturday's game ranked 58th nationally in scoring offense (27 ppg) and 95th in total offense (315.75 ypg). OU's rushing attack ranks 36th nationally (178.25 ypg), while their passing attack is currently 110th (137.5 ypg).

Defensively, the Sooners rank 50th in scoring defense (23.50 ppg) and 32nd in total defense (318.25 ypg). OU's defense ranks 3rd nationally against the run (95.25 ypg) and 87th against the pass (253 ypg).

Punter Cody Freeby averages 42.3 yards per punt, while kicker Garrett Hartley is 5-for-7 five on field goals (long of 40) and 13-for-13 on extra points.

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

Brown on Oklahoma
"OU is the same team they have always been, they played great Saturday night against Kansas State and we will work on our focus.

"What I know is Saturday night against Kansas State it looked like the same OU team we have been playing since we have been here. So I think whatever struggles they had early, those are out of the way and they have a really good football team right now.

"I think they have a lot of new faces and it took the new faces a game or two to get coached and to get settled and Bob as done a great job with them. I think they have already replaced a lot of those guys last year, just by the experience of the first four weeks. You have to give them a lot of credit to come off of a loss to UCLA and rebound like they did in two weeks at Kansas State. I think they did a great coaching job. The difference in the team at Kansas State and UCLA, they are not the same team, so give Bob and that staff credit for doing a great job.

"I don't think in a game like this favorites matter. History doesn't matter. The last five years, the last twenty years doesn't matter. It's the best team on that Saturday."

Stoops on Texas
"They're a good football team, but I don't recall them having a bad one. I believe they're a very good football team, but I don't recall being up here and truly thinking that any other time either. Maybe they are, maybe they're not. Again, I've always felt they were good."

"I don't much care one way or the other whether they've got pressure that they have to win. Hey, so do we. We've got to win too. I like having the pressure.

"We're going to go in there and go after it like we always do very aggressively. I like the plan that we're putting together and I feel like we do really matchup better than maybe everybody gives us credit for."

"I really believe that we matchup in really a good way with them in what we're doing and what we like to do, and how they're playing. I feel that our guys will matchup well and compete hard. We're looking forward to the challenge of it like we always do.

"Our guys have an excellent feeling and confidence knowing that if we do things the right way, have a big week in preparing, that we've got the opportunity to go down and there and win like we have.

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