Oklahoma-Texas Pregame Notes

The Sooners and Longhorns will meet for the 101st time at 2:30 p.m. Saturday inside the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. Texas has a 56-39-5 lead in the all-time series, but the Sooners are 6-4 against the Longhorns since the Big 12 was formed in 1998. See inside for more news, notes and quotes.

The Matchup
Texas (4-1, 1-0) vs. Oklahoma (3-1, 0-0)

Kickoff
2:30 p.m. CST. -- The Cotton Bowl (72,260) -- Dallas, Texas

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

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. 13 in the USA Today/Coaches Poll and No. 14 in the Assoicated Press Poll. The Longhorns are ranked 7th in both polls.

The Series
Saturday's contest marks 101st game in the history of the series, which began in 1900, and it's the 78th straight year the game has been played in Dallas. Texas leads the all-time series 56-39-5, but the Sooners have a 6-4 edge since the Big 12 was formed in 1996.

The Coaches
Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops is 78-17 in his eighth season in Norman. Texas head coach Mack Brown, who was Oklahoma's offensive coordinator in 1984, is 87-20 in his ninth season in Texas and 172-94-1 overall. Stoops is 5-2 head-to-head vs. Brown.

Peterson Watch
After his 128-yard performance against Middle Tennessee State, junior running back Adrian Peterson needs just 442 yards to pass Billy Sims and set the Oklahoma career rushing record. He currently sits in the fifth spot on the all-time rushing chart and is 362 yards behind Quentin Griffin. The Palestine, Texas native has carried the ball 117 times for 643 yards so far this season, which 62.7 percent (403) of which have come in the second half.

Strength of Schedule
Through four games, Oklahoma's strength of schedule against past opposition ranks 5th in the country, while Texas' is currently 50th through five games. The Sooners' first four opponents are 10-4 so far this season. OU's schedule based upon their future opponents is ranked 45th. The cumulative strength of schedule, which includes opponents already and played and future opponents, is 11th.


All eyes on the QBs
A lot of the talk previewing Saturday's battle will without a doubt be focused on quarterbacks Paul Thompson and Colt McCoy. So far this season, McCoy is 8th nationally in passing efficiency while Thompson checks in at 13th.

McCoy has completed 71.1 percent of his passes to the tune of 846 yards, 10 touchdowns and just two interceptions in five games, while Thompson has completed 62.2 percent of his passes for 930 yards, eight touchdowns and three interceptions in four games.

Streaks will end
Oklahoma comes into Saturday's matchup 9-0 under Bob Stoops in regular season games followed by an off week, while the Longhorns enter the showdown riding a 16-game winning streak against Big 12 competition, which is the longest in the conference's history.

Misc. Notes
This marks eighth straight year at least one of the teams has entered the game ranked in the top 25 and the 58th time in 70 games since the poll began in 1936. It is also the 46th time one of the two teams has entered the game ranked among the top 10...The Sooners, who will be the home team this year, haven't lost when wearing their crimson jerseys since 1998...This year marks the eighth straight season Oklahoma has had at least one player from Austin, Texas play in the game. Holder Hayes McEachern and receiver Fred Strong are the only two players from Austin on the roster this year...Saturday's battle is not only a battle of two of this year's top 15 teams, it's a matchup between two of the historical giants in the sport as the Longhorns and Sooners are third and fourth respectively all-time in the NCAA in winning percentage...In the Stoops era, Oklahoma has outscored the Longhorns 229-137...According to Mapquest.com, Dallas is 189.9 miles from Norman and 196.7 miles from Austin...The Sooners, who have 36 scholarship players on the roster from the state of Texas, have won 24 of their last 28 games against schools from the Lone Star State.

About Texas
Offensively, the Longhorns currently rank 4th nationally in scoring offense (41.6 ppg) and 20th in total offense (417.4 ypg). Texas is 47th in passing offense (212.2 ypg) and 14th in rushing offense (205.0 ypg).

Defensively, Texas is 10th in scoring defense (11.0 ppg) and 4th in total defense (225.2 ypg). The Longhorns are 2nd in rushing defense (36.6 ypg) and 55th in passing defense (188.6 ypg).

Senior punter Greg Johnson is averaging 43.2 yards (long of 52) this season. Johnson also doubles as the field goal kicker, where he is 1-for-2 this season with a long of 46. He is also 28-for-28 on extra points.

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About Oklahoma
Offensively, the Sooners currently rank 9th nationally in scoring offense (38.25 ppg) and 23rd in total offense (416.5 ypg). OU is 32nd in passing offense (236.25 ypg) and 24th in rushing offense (180.25 ypg).

Defensively, Oklahoma is 41st in scoring defense (17.75 ppg) and 56th in total defense (321.0 ypg). The Sooners are 66th in rushing defense (129.75 ypg) and 60th in passing defense (191.25 ypg).

Punter Michael Cohen ranks 13th nationally with his 43.91 yard average. Kicker Garrett Hartley, who leads the nation in field goals made per game, is 9-for-10 on field goal attempts (long of 44) and a perfect 18-for-18 on extra points.

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Brown on Oklahoma
"Like the Ohio State game, this game is fun because it gets so much national attention. It's not just about the two states or the Big 12. It is a game that people talk about each year across the country. It always means so much.

"You look over the years that we've been here, both teams are usually rated, and both teams are usually rated in the top 15 for sure, and in more years than not the top 10. It changes the scope of not only the Big 12, but usually something else in college football as you go through.

"OU has great players. They're very well-coached. It will always be that way. Bob [Stoops] has done an outstanding job. Every time you put on their film, they look the same every year. They're big, they're athletic, they're physical, they play really hard and they're well-coached.

"You start looking at the national scene for us. You don't get re-dos in college football. Ohio State came down and beat us, so we can't get that one back. Oklahoma, on the other hand, had a controversial game with Oregon that came down to a call or two that was very difficult for them in the end. Both teams are coming in with one loss. Theirs was much closer than ours was.

"We do feel the experience we had at Ohio State will help us Saturday, because guys in the younger spots with less experience, they've been through a week like this on the national scene with the media and the buildup for the game.

"We feel like it will help them. Our guys know this is our second national game as such, and the last time we left disappointed.

"You start looking at the respect that's grown over the years for these two teams. Most of the players know each other. So the coaching respect has grown and the players, it makes it fun for them as well because they talk about each other throughout the year.

"Paul Thompson has done an outstanding job for them at quarterback. He's really smart. He can make the plays with his feet. He's got super players around him. Their young offensive line is getting better. They've got great receivers.

"Adrian Peterson is one of the best runners in the history of college football. That's been obvious since the day he got there. I think he gained 238 yards against us two years ago. He's a guy that gets them every week.

"The most amazing thing about him is his toughness. He doesn't fumble. He's better in the fourth quarter than he is the first. That's the way great backs are. The great backs that we've had here are the same. The longer the game goes, the more plays they make. It seems like he always has the ability to break the long play."

Stoops on Texas
"Excited about the progress I feel we've made in the last four or five weeks. And we sure need it against a very good Texas team, which year in and year out they are. We always recognize that. It's a big challenge, a big step in the Big 12 South division and in our conference race. Everybody recognizes it as a big game. Our players are working that way and preparing for it.

"It's just a great environment to compete in, to be a part of, to participate in. When you walk into a crazy atmosphere of a state fair and then everybody yelling at you the whole way in.

"You walk in and it's half and half, north side-south side. No matter what's happening in the game somebody's loud. So it's constantly loud. It's just a great environment.

"It gets your competitive juices going. I guess you say it gets the hair up on the back of your neck. It's exciting. It's as good as it gets.

"And what's exciting to is the challenge of it. There's two really good football teams that have been competing, and that makes it exciting as well where so many years we've been in races for Big 12 and National Championships it makes a difference. It makes it even more exciting.

"There's no question we're a much different team coming into the game than we were a year ago. I don't even know that you can compare the two.

"And one of the biggest reasons too is Adrian Peterson's health. That changes everything in regards to our play-calling and regards to the passing game. But you're right, overall our line's playing better, our receivers are much improved, our quarterback's playing better.

"We're different defensively, though we've had our moments where we've given up some plays. Overall, I still believe we're further along than where we were at that time a year ago.

"That's last year, so you have to go out and earn you're way right now. All that matters is how they play in this game. But coming into it, there's no question we're a much different team.

"He's (Texas QB Colt McCoy) doing a great job for them. As you watch him, he's very efficient and has been productive doing just what they're asking him to do. He's made a lot of nice throws and good plays for him. What I've seen is he's been awfully efficient for a young guy. "There's no denying with Vince Young back there it's just different.

"Now they run a lot of similar plays, and again Colt McCoy's doing an excellent job, but you're just talking about a guy who was picked second or third in the NFL draft, who can make plays happen when they weren't there.

"So, obviously, that's a big difference. And how you attack what they do is different because he was back there. So it is different, although there are a lot of similarities in plays and style and what they're doing.

"But that guy (Young) makes a difference."


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