Gameday: Oklahoma-Oregon Pregame Notes

Oklahoma (7-4) and fifth-ranked Oregon (10-1) will kickoff at 7 p.m. CST tonight at Qualcomm Stadium (pictured above) in San Diego. The Sooners lead the all-time series 5-0. See inside for more OU-Oregon pregame notes. (Photo/Getty Images)

The Matchup
Oklahoma (7-4, 6-2) vs. Oregon (10-1, 7-1)

Kickoff
7 p.m. CST. -- Qualcomm Stadium (71,561) -- San Diego, Calif.

Television and Radio
Tonight's game game will be televised nationally on ESPN. Keith Jackson (play-by-play), Dan Fouts (analyst) and Todd Harris (sideline) will call the game.

To listen to the OU radio broadcast live on the internet with Bob Barry, Sr., Merv Johnson and Mark Rogers, click the link below and then click the 'Listen Online' line below and then click the top photo on the page.

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The Rankings
The Ducks are No. 5 in the BCS and USA Today Coaches Polls, and No. 6 in the Associated Press Poll. Oklahoma finished No. 23 in the final BCS rankings.

The Series
The Sooners currently lead the series with the Ducks 5-0, with all five games having been played in Norman. OU and Oregon will play in Eugene next season on Sept. 16.

Last Meeting
Oklahoma beat Oregon 31-7 on Sept. 18 last season in Norman. Adrian Peterson rushed for 183 yards and scored two second half touchdowns. The Sooners led 10-0 at halftime, but pulled away in the second half with a 25-yard touchdown run by Donta Hickson and TD runs of 40 and 18 yards by Peterson. Jason White completed 17 of his 23 passes for 213 yards and one touchdown. Oklahoma's defense held Oregon to 321 yards of total offense.

2004 OU-Oregon Box Score

The Coaches
Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops is 73-16 in his seventh year in Norman. Oregon head coach Mike Bellotti is 90-41 in his 11th season in Eugene. Stoops is 1-0 against Bellotti and 3-3 in bowl games.

Oklahoma Bowl History
The Sooners are playing in their seventh straight bowl game and their 39th bowl game overall, which is the seventh-most bowl appearances by one school in NCAA history...OU's record in bowl games is 23-14-1, which is the fourth-most bowl wins in NCAA history...This year marks Oklahoma's first trip to the Holiday Bowl, but it will be the fourth appearance for OU head coach Bob Stoops, who is 3-0 in his three previous trips to San Diego...Stoops played in the game twice as an assistant coach at Iowa (1986, 1987) and once as an assistant at Kansas State (1995).

Oregon Bowl History
This year marks the 19th bowl appearance in school history for Oregon. The Ducks, who are making their second trip to the Holiday Bowl, have been to a bowl game 13 of the last 17 years and 10 of head coach Mike Bellotti's 11 seasons in Eugene. The Ducks are 4-5 under Bellotti in bowl games and 1-0 in the Holiday Bowl with a 35-30 win over Texas in the 2000 game.

About Oregon
The Ducks, who return 13 players that started in their loss to the Sooners last year in Norman, will enter the Holiday bowl ranked 9th nationally in scoring offense (36.36 ppg) and 15th in total offense (449.0 ypg). Oregon ranks 69th in rushing offense (138.91 ypg) and 7th in passing offense (310.09 ypg).

Defensively, the Ducks rank 47th in scoring defense (23.73 ppg) and 48th in total defense (357.36 ypg). Oregon's defense ranks 41st against the run (134.09 ypg) and 71st against the pass (223.27 ypg).

Kicker Paul Martinez is 19-for-24 on field goals (long of 51) and 24-for-28 on extra points. Matt Dragich averaged 36.9 yards per punt on 24 attempts.

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

About Oklahoma
The Sooners, winners in five of their last six games, come into Thursday's Holiday Bowl ranked 53rd nationally in scoring offense (27.82 ppg) and 72nd in total offense (354.55 ypg). OU's rushing attack ranks 33rd nationally (181.64 ypg), while their passing attack is currently 97th (172.91 ypg).

Defensively, the Sooners rank 49th in scoring defense (23.91 ppg) and 17th in total defense (304.82 ypg). OU's defense ranks 5th nationally against the run (91.18 ypg) and 55th against the pass (213.64 ypg).

Punter Cody Freeby ranks 18th nationally with a 42.8 yard per punt average, while kicker Garrett Hartley is 13-for-21 on field goals (long of 52) and 35-for-36 on extra points.

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

Stoops on Oregon
Oregon is an excellent football team who has played well throughout the year. When everybody asks me what stands out about Oregon, to me it is their seniors.

If you look at their two cornerbacks, they have 11 interceptions. Both are really solid seniors. (Anthony) Trucks, their safety, is their leading tackler and sack guy on defense, and he's a senior.

They have two great defensive ends who are seniors, who have a great number of pressures and sacks. And they have a great interior lineman in (Haloti) Ngata.

I always start defensively when I evaluate a team, but I see a lot of great experienced guys over there who have played well.

Offense, the same thing, I look at the skill positions. They have a great receiver in (Demetrius) Williams, a tight end in (Tim) Day, and (Terrence) Whitehead, their running back.

You see a good number of seniors who are making plays who are really good football players. We understand it's a big challenge, but it is also an exciting one to play in front of national television against an excellent football team — a top five team in the country.

Our players are excited about the challenge of it. We feel like we've done great work over the last couple of weeks getting prepared and ready for the game.

Bellotti on Oklahoma
Oklahoma has done a great job this year. I say that because you judge teams not if they win or lose, but what happens when you start off and have some bumps in the road and how you finish. And they have won five of six.

They are a year removed from the national championship game, so obviously you don't lose that in one year. Coaches, as I've said many times, don't change that much. I have great respect for Bob and what he and his staff have accomplished.

They've done it this year through a challenge of injuries, and they have a healthy Adrian Peterson. He's had a couple more weeks now, and that is a scary proposition. As a freshman, he gained 1,900 yards. And this year, with one ankle for half the season, he gained over 1,000.

His coming out party was against us last year. He had 183 yards for half the game and we recognized he was a talented athlete.

The other thing I noticed about Oklahoma, more than anything else, is their speed on defense. It is amazing. They are very well coached and present a lot of problems for your defense because of the myriad of zone and man blitzes they run.

Our ability and how we handle the speed and zone blitzes at the line of scrimmages will be the key.


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