OU-Washington Pregame Notes

The 15th-ranked Sooners (1-0) and Huskies (1-0) will kickoff on Owen Field at 2:35 p.m. (CST) Saturday in Norman. The meeting is only the second all-time between the two schools. OU running back Adrian Peterson (pictured) and Washington quarterback Isaiah Stanback each rushed for over 100 yards last week. (AP Photos)

The Matchup
Oklahoma (1-0) vs. Washington (1-0)

2:30 p.m. CST. -- Oklahoma Memorial Stadium (82,112) -- Norman, Okla.

Television and Radio
Saturday's game game will be televised regionally on ABC. Brad Nessler (play-by-play), Bob Griese (analyst), Paul MaGuire (analyst) and Bonne Bernstein (sideline) will call the game.

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The game can be heard on the radio in Oklahoma on KOKC 1520 AM. It is also available on Sirius Satellite Radio Channel 155. To listen to the OU radio broadcast live on the internet with Bob Barry, Sr., Merv Johnson and Mark Rodgers, click the link below and then click the top photo on the page.

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The Rankings
The Sooners are ranked No. 10 in the USA Today/Coaches Poll and No. 15 in the Assoicated Press Poll. Washington is unranked and did not receive votes in either poll.

The Series
Washington leads the series 1-0 with a win in the 1985 Orange Bowl. The then No. 4-ranked Huskies beat No. 2-ranked Oklahoma 28-17 in the infamous game where the Sooner Schooner was given an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. See the link below for an excellent article recapping the first meeting between the two schools.

Sooners, 21 years later: Seattle Times

The Huskies are 21-18-2 all-time against Big 12 schools.

The Coaches
Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops is 76-16 entering his eighth season in Norman. Husky head coach Tyrone Willingham is 68-60-1 overall in 12 seasons at Stanford, Notre Dame and now Washington. Willingham was 2-9 in his first year in Seattle last season.

Peterson Watch
With his 139-yard performance last week against UAB, junior running back Adrian Peterson moved into 7th-place past Greg Pruitt on the all-time rushing chart at Oklahoma with 3,172 yards.

The Palestine, Texas native, who is now 955 yards away from breaking the all-time mark held by Billy Sims (4,118), can move past Stanley Wilson into 6th-place on the all-time list against Washington with 27 yards.

De'Mond Parker is currently fifth with 3,403 career rushing yards.

About Washington
The Huskies returned nine starters (including special teams) from last year's 2-9 team, but they got off to a good start in 2006 with a 35-29 win over San Jose State last weekend. Washington trailed 3-0 early, but led 21-9 at halftime and extended the lead to 35-22 with 5:02 left in the game before giving up a late touchdown.

Offensively, the Huskies rushed for 300 yards on 41 carries and passed for 168 yards on 25 attempts. Junior running back Louis Rankin ran for 145 yards, while dual-threat quarterback Isaiah Stanback added 102 yards on 17 carries. Defensively, the Huskies gave up 50 yards on the ground on 29 carries and 323 through the air on 28 completions.

After one week, Washington ranks 35th nationally in scoring offense (35.0 ppg) and 19th in total offense (468.0 ypg). The Huskies are ranked 6th nationally in rushing offense (300.0 ypg) and 70th in passing offense (168.0 ypg).

Defensively after week one, Washington is 81st in scoring defense (29.0 ppg) and 80th in total defense (373.0 ypg). The Huskies' defense ranks 15th against the run (50.0 ypg) and 104th against the pass (323.0 ypg).

Senior punter Sean Douglas averaged 45.7 yards (long of 54) on three attempts last week against San Jose State. On field goals, junior Michael Braunstein was 5-for-5 on extra points. In 2005, Braunstein split the field goal duties and was just 3-for-7 on field goal attempts.

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About Oklahoma
With last week's win over UAB, the Sooners improved to 18-1 in non-conference games in Norman under Bob Stoops. Overall, the Sooners are 42-2 at home during Stoops' tenure. And the Sooners are 21-13-1 all-time against Pac-10 foes.

After last week, the Sooners currently rank tied for 58th nationally in scoring offense (24.0 ppg) and 49th in total offense (370.0 ypg). OU is 40th in passing offense (227.0 ypg) and 51st in rushing offense (143.0 ypg).

Defensively, Oklahoma is 56th in scoring defense (17.0 ppg) and 53rd in total defense (304.0 ypg). The Sooners are 72nd in rushing defense (135.0 ypg) and 48th in passing defense (169.0 ypg).

Punter Michael Cohen averaged 40.7 yards on three attempts, while Mike Knall's only kick went 38 yards. Kicker Garrett Hartley hit his only field goal (30 yards) and was a perfect 3-for-3 on extra points.

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Stoops on Washington
"Looking forward to playing a very good and exciting Washington team here this week, a team with a great tradition and history. I talked to our players about the '85 game where they beat us in the Orange Bowl.

"They've been national champions in '91, a prideful, strong program with a strong tradition, and realizing in Tyrone Willingham's second year, a team that's reviving that. They've got an excellent quarterback, a very exciting athlete, one of the best you'll see as far as when you look at his ability to pass and his ability to run, along with a good, solid team on both sides of the ball.

"So we recognize it as another big challenge and need to have ourselves ready to play a really good game here at home this Saturday."

Willingham on Oklahoma
"I don't know if there are many superlatives that someone else can add to Adrian Peterson. I think when you've got a young man that, if I am correct, in his freshman campaign as a collegiate football player finished amazingly high in the Heisman balloting, to me that says a whole lot. That speaks to how good a football player he is.

"Then I think last year he missed, what I consider half the season, and still was the leading rusher in terms of a running back in the Big 12. So, to me, that says that this young man is pretty good. And that's probably an understatement just saying that.

"We're anticipating about 95 degrees and probably about 95 percent humidity. No, we can't duplicate that in Washington. Our guys will just have to go in there and fight and do the best we can."

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