Oklahoma-Nebraska Pregame Notes

Kickoff for Saturday's 82nd Big Red Showdown between the Sooners and Cornhuskers is set for 11 a.m. (CST) Oklahoma hasn't won at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln (pictured above) since 1987.

The Matchup
Oklahoma (4-3, 3-1) at Nebraska (5-2, 2-2)

Kickoff
11 a.m. CST. -- Memorial Stadium (73,918) -- Lincoln, Nebraska

Television and Radio
Saturday's game will be televised regionally by ABC. Gary Thorne (play-by-play), Ed Cunningham (analyst) and Mark Morgan (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. Nebraska'.

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The Series
The Sooners lead the series over the Cornhuskers by a 41-37-3 mark. Nebraska leads the series in Lincoln 19-16-2.

Last Meeting
Oklahoma won last year's matchup 30-3 in Norman. Jason White broke a school-record with 18 straight completions en route to finishing 29-of-35 for 383 yards and three touchdown passes. The game also marked the first sub-100 rushing yard game for freshman Adrian Peterson, who didn't start but finished with 58 yards on 15 carries. As for the Huskers, it took a 39-yard field goal as time expired to avoid their first shutout since 1996.

More OU-NU Notes
Nebraska and Oklahoma both enter Saturday's matchup unranked, which ends a 40-game streak of having at least one of the two teams in the Top 25...Saturday's game will also mark the first time in the last eight meetings that neither the Sooners or Huskers have been ranked fifth or higher in the Associated Press Poll...And since the start of the Associated Press Poll in 1936, the Oklahoma-Nebraska game has had at least one team ranked in 57 of 67 games...The Sooners have lost six straight in Lincoln with their last win coming in 1987...The Huskers have four players from Oklahoma on their roster (Adam Blankenship, Phillip Dillard, Craig Roark and Zac Taylor). The Sooners do not have a player from Nebraska on the roster...Former Oklahoma head coach John Blake is Nebraska's defensive line coach...Nebraska is 4-1 at Memorial Stadium in 2005 and 109-9 in the last 17 years.

The Coaches
Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops is 71-15 in his seventh year in Norman. Nebraska head coach Bill Callahan is 10-8 in his second season and 0-1 head-to-head against Stoops. Prior to taking over for Frank Solich, Callahan spent two seasons as the head coach of the Oakland Raiders. In 2002, Callahan led the Raiders to the Super Bowl where they eventually lost to Tampa Bay after going 11-5, and then went 4-12 in 2003. Stoops is 0-1 in Lincoln.

About Nebraska
The Cornhuskers come into Saturday's matchup ranked 77th nationally in scoring offense (24 ppg) and 91st in total offense (324.86 ypg). Nebraska ranks 96th in rushing offense (109.43 ypg) and 68th in passing offense (215.43 ypg).

Defensively, the Huskers rank 17th in scoring defense (17.86 ppg) and 25th in total defense (322.57 ypg). Nebraska's defense ranks 9th against the run (95.29 ypg) and 64th against the pass (227.29 ypg).

Punter Sam Koch ranks ninth nationally with a 44.6 yards per punt average, while kicker Jordan Congdon is 12-for-15 on field goals (long of 41) and 18-for-19 on extra points.

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About Oklahoma
The Sooners come into Saturday's game ranked 71st nationally in scoring offense (25.14 ppg) and 97th in total offense (316.29 ypg). OU's rushing attack ranks 45th nationally (155.86 ypg), while their passing attack is currently 98th (160.43 ypg).

Defensively, the Sooners rank 52nd in scoring defense (24.57 ppg) and 17th in total defense (300.71 ypg). OU's defense ranks 3rd nationally against the run (76.86 ypg) and 66th against the pass (223.86 ypg).

Punter Cody Freeby averages 41.7 yards per punt with a long of 70, while kicker Garrett Hartley is 12-for-17 on field goals (long of 52) and 18-for-19 on extra points.

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Callahan on Oklahoma
"I think it's a special rivalry and we're looking forward to it. There's a lot of history involved in this particular rivalry and our kids are educated in that sense, and we'll continue to educate them throughout the week of our preparation. It's a great contest.

"They're a good football team; talented football team. Good in every respect. You don't see any holes. I don't. We don't as a staff. They're very talented. They're a young talented team, but they're awfully talented.

They've stacked numerous national recruiting classes together and that talent still shows up particularly on offense where they're starting to generate a rhythm. You can see they're quarterback beginning to get confidence especially with what he accomplished on Saturday night. So I see them getting better.

"I see their defense as one of the stingiest defenses in the country. They're physical, quick, explosive. They're range and closure is as good as I've seen in college football. I think they're the most talented defensive team we've seen so far to date. They're awfully talented."

Stoops on Nebraska
"It's a big game with Nebraska this week. We need to be sharper, and we need to continue to develop in the areas we have made improvements in. I really feel that the team is gaining and has more confidence and excitement in what they're doing."

"I thought (Cory) Ross a year ago, and this year, is one of the better running backs in the league. Zac Taylor, the quarterback, is doing a great job.

"I think he's an excellent player and has done a great job. Just watching him play, I don't think there's any question there's a major difference in their operation from a year ago to what they're able to do now.

"He's gutsy guy, hangs in there and makes some tough throws. He's accurate. He's got good feet to find his way out of some trouble. He's a good competitor.

"Defensively, they are very sound and are big on tackles for loss and making sacks up front. Overall, they are a very solid football team, and we recognize that."


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