Oklahoma-Kansas Pregame Notes

The Sooners and Jayhawks will kickoff at 6 p.m. (CST) in a game that will be nationally televised on TBS. OU head coach Bob Stoops is 3-0 overall against KU, 1-0 against former assistant and current KU head coach Mark Mangino and 2-1 at Arrowhead Stadium. See inside for more news and notes previewing Saturday's matchup. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

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

Kickoff
6 p.m. CST. -- Arrowhead Statdium (79,451) -- Kansas City, Mo.

Television and Radio
Saturday's game will be televised nationally by TBS. Ron Thulin (play-by-play), Charles Davis (analyst) and Craig Sager (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'.

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The Series
Oklahoma leads the series 65-27-6 and have won the last three times the teams have played. The Sooners beat the Jayhawks last season in Norman 41-10. Adrian Peterson rushed for 122 yards and one touchdown on 22 carries, while quarterback Jason White threw for 389 yards and four touchdown passes.

The Coaches
Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops is 69-15 in his seventh year in Norman. Kansas head coach Mark Mangino is 15-26 in his fourth season at Kansas. Mangino is 0-1 head-to-head against Stoops. Stoops is 3-0 overall versus Kansas.

School Ties
Kansas head coach Mark Mangino spent three seasons on the Oklahoma coaching staff under Stoops. Among his duties in Norman were as the offensive line coach (1999) and offensive coordinator and assistant head coach (2000-01)...Kansas defensive coordinator Bill Young was Oklahoma's defensive coordinator from 1995-96...Former OU fullback Seth Littrell, who played on the Sooners' 2000 national championship team, is a graduate assistant for Kansas...Chris Dawson, the Jayhawk strength and conditioning coordinator, was a linebacker for the Sooners from 1992-94...In all, there are seven Oklahomans on the Kansas roster, while redshirt freshman Brody Eldridge is the lone Kansan on the Sooner roster.

About Kansas
The Jayhawks come into Saturday's matchup ranked 76th nationally in scoring offense (24 ppg) and 94th in total offense (319.4 ypg). KU ranks 71st in rushing offense (135 ypg) and 90th in passing offense (184.4 ypg).

Defensively, the Jayhawks rank 20th in scoring defense (16.60 ppg) and 27th in total defense (307.4 ypg). KU's defense ranks 3rd against the run (64.6 ypg) and 79th against the pass (242.8 ypg).

Punter Kyle Tucker averages 43.6 yards per punt with a long of 77, while kicker Scott Webb is 7-for-8 on field goals (long of 47) and 11-for-12 on extra points.

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About Oklahoma
The Sooners come into Saturday's game ranked 76th nationally in scoring offense (24 ppg), tied with Kansas and five other teams, and 104th in total offense (286.8 ypg). OU's rushing attack ranks 50th nationally (158 ypg), while their passing attack is currently 112th (128 ypg).

Defensively, the Sooners rank 79th in scoring defense (27.8 ppg) and 39th in total defense (343.4 ypg). OU's defense ranks 14th nationally against the run (92.8 ypg) and 89th against the pass (250.6 ypg).

Punter Cody Freeby averages 41.7 yards per punt with a long of 70, while kicker Garrett Hartley is 7-for-10 five on field goals (long of 52) and 13-for-13 on extra points.

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Mangino on Stoops and Oklahoma
"No football game ever will come between the friendship that Bob and I have developed over the years."

"For three hours or so Saturday we're going to get at it, and then we'll have a chuckle again and talk on the phone again, crack jokes and be our old selves. But what goes on the field has absolutely nothing to do with friendship."

"We're going to play a good Oklahoma football team. Their record is not indicative of the type of team they are.

"If you look at them on defense, they are fast and athletic. They stop the run. They're ranked in the top 15 in the country in stopping the run. They have some young kids that you can see are very talented and are learning.

"On the offensive side of the ball, they have one of, if not the best running backs in the country in Adrian Peterson. They're developing their quarterback who is a very talented young guy. You can see he is really coming around. They like to run the football and they do a lot of running with the quarterback. They're developing him in the passing game.

"Oklahoma will be a good challenge for us."

Stoops on Mangino and Kansas
"Mark's a very close friend. It goes back a long time too, not just our years here at Oklahoma. We were together a long time at Kansas State. And being assistants together, you usually have a closer relationship as well."

"Defensively, they have been great against the run, which they were the last year out here against us. They've got eight seniors on their defense, I believe.

"They're really structurally very sound, a lot of cover four quarters coverages across the board. They're very sound in what they do, run to the football really well.

"Offensively, they mix up their formations. They give you a lot of one- and two-back and do their best to remain balanced with the run and pass.

"They've been going back and forth with two different quarterbacks, but they are very similar. You don't get different plays with whoever's in there. They run their offense with whoever it is and they're very similar in how they play, so we don't look at that as much of a difference in that the offense doesn't change depending on who's in there."


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