OU-Iowa State Pregame Notes

The Sooners and Cyclones will kickoff at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Oklahoma leads the all-time series 65-5-2 overall and 33-3-1 in Norman. See inside for more news, notes and quotes previewing Saturday's matchup.

The Matchup
The Cyclones (3-3, 0-2) comes into Saturday's game at 3-3 with wins over Toledo (45-43), UNLV (16-10) and Northern Iowa (28-27), and losses at Iowa (27-17), at Texas (37-14) and Nebraska (28-14) in Ames.

11:30 a.m. CST. -- Oklahoma Memorial Stadium (82,112) -- Norman, Okla.

Television and Radio
Saturday's game will be nationally televised by Fox Sports Net. Joel Meyers (play-by-play), Dave Lapham (analyst) and Jim Knox (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. 22 in the USA Today/Coaches Poll and No. 23 in the Assoicated Press Poll. The Cyclones are unranked in both polls.

The Series
The Sooners lead the overall series 65-5-2 overall and 33-3-1 in Norman. The Cyclones haven't beaten Oklahoma since Oct. 20, 1990 when they won 33-31 in Norman. In the last meeting between the two teams in 2003 in Ames, Jason White threw for a career-high 384 yards and a tied a school-record with five touchdown passes in OU's 53-7 win. Then backup quarterback Paul Thompson completed three of his five passes for 30 yards and rushed for 16 on four carries in a backup role.

The Coaches
Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops is 78-18 in his eighth season in Norman. Iowa State head coach Dan McCarney, who was an assistant coach at the University of Iowa during Stoops' playing years as a Hawkeye, is 55-80 in his 12th season in Ames. He is 0-5 overall against Oklahoma and 0-3 head-to-head vs. Stoops.

Peterson Watch
After his 109-yard performance against Texas, junior running back Adrian Peterson needs just 333 yards to pass Billy Sims and reset the Oklahoma career rushing record. He currently sits in the fifth spot on the all-time rushing chart and is 153 yards behind Quentin Griffin for the fourth spot, 256 away from Steve Owens for the third spot and 286 behind Joe Washington for second.

Strength of Schedule
Coming into this weekend, OU's strength of schedule against past opposition is now 15th. They're SOS against future opponents is ranked 50th nationally and their combined SOS (including past and future opponents) is 24th. The Cyclones' SOS is 50th against past opposition.

About Iowa State
Offensively, the Cyclones currently rank 73rd nationally in scoring offense (22.23 ppg) and 59th in total offense (349.67 ypg). They are 28th in passing offense (246.0 ypg) and 89th in rushing offense (103.67 ypg).

Defensively, Iowa State is 73rd in scoring defense (28.67 ppg) and 94th in total defense (378.17 ypg). They are 76th in rushing defense (145.83 ypg) and 97th in passing defense (232.33 ypg).

Senior punter Mike Brandtner ranks 45th nationally with a 40.52 average yards. Kicker Bret Culbertson is 3-for-4 on field goals (long of 39) and 15-for-15 on extra points.

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About Oklahoma
Offensively, the Sooners currently rank 23rd nationally in scoring offense (32.60 ppg) and 26th in total offense (399.8 ypg). They are 37th in passing offense (230.08 ypg) and 31st 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 33rd in passing defense (169.0 ypg).

Punter Michael Cohen ranks 37th nationally with a 41.53 yard average. Kicker Garrett Hartley, who leads the nation in field goals made per game, is 10-for-11 on field goal attempts (long of 44) and a perfect 19-for-19 on extra points.

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Bob Stoops on Iowa State
"Dan McCarney and his staff I've got great, great respect for. We have a long history. He was there (Iowa) when I was recruited, he was there my five years playing. In five years as a young graduate assistant coach, I used to tool around with he and (Barry) Alvarez whether it's recruiting or going to games or coming home from games. They were great friends to me, mentors. Mentors first and then as I got older became friends.

"They always work hard and do a really good job of coaching. Their players are always playing hard and play well, so we need to improve this week and eliminate some of the things that have hurt ourself and keep pushing for improvement.

"As you watch him (ISU QB Bret Meyer), he's got the ability like so many guys any more to run around and make some things happen when maybe not much is there. So the ability to run and scramble is always there with him, but he's efficient throwing the football.

"He's got three big receivers that he uses in a really good way. If guys are covered he'll throw it on their back shoulder giving them an opportunity to come back and get the football, so he's smart in the way he plays."

Kevin Wilson on Iowa State's Defense
"Stat-wise they've given up some pass yards, but their defensive coordinator has been there forever. I think they lost about seven or eight players from last year and I think he's playing a little bit more conservative.

"They've not blitzed a lot and I wouldn't be surprised if we saw a little bit of what we saw from Texas in the second half, where they're deal was just soften up, play cover four, keep everything in front, don't give up the big play and rally up and tackle.

"I think we're going to see a lot of cover four. They're two leading tacklers are their three linebackers. They've got over 200 hits combined in six games. They just had a linebacker get injured, but they moved their second-leading tackler from safety to linebacker. They're a little bit more inexperienced in the back end now.

"Nebraska ran the ball well on them with 250 yards where most guys have thrown the ball more on them. They shut Iowa's running game down. They have a very good three-technique inside in a kid by the name of Kirby."

Brent Venables on Iowa State's Offense
"He (ISU QB Bret Meyer) does it all really well. He makes good decisions, he's completing 60 percent of his balls and he's averaging about 10-12 clips a game running the football effectively. They've got a designed quarterback run game.

"Obviously, he's got great weapons around him and a senior-dominated offensive line that does a great job protecting him. They have three good receivers that all have a lot of the same qualities and traits. They're big and physical and all go up and catch the ball well.

"Stevie Hicks is a good, powerful back that takes a little bit of pressure off the quarterback. I know they throw it more than run it, statistically speaking like most people, but I know they push for balance in what they do.

"But he (Meyer) makes a lot of decisions and very few poor decisions. He's got a lot poise, he's got a big arm, can throw the ball down the field. He's buys time with his legs, he's got good vision. Sometimes a running quarterback that's also a thrower at times, when things break down, they're looking just to run. And that's not the case with him unfortunately. He's got good vision down the field and receivers with good awareness that know how to get open and find a whole.

"They present a big-time challenge for us so we'll have to work hard and play well to defend him and have a chance to win."

Dan McCarney on Oklahoma
"It's another great matchup against another nationally-ranked team. Oklahoma is a excellent football team. They're record of 3-2 is not indicative of the kind of the kind of team that they have. They've lost to two great football teams in Texas and Oregon, and they're really, really an excellent team.

"Adrian Peterson — I don't know that I've coached against one better. We've seen some pretty good one's through the years, but he is an amazing football player. No one plays harder. I don't know that any running back around has more talent than he has. He is really a sensational football player.

"So it's a great challenge is ahead going down to Norman this week. For the most part, we're pretty healthy coming out of last Saturday's game and we're looking forward to a great matchup this week. "Paul Thompson's completing 61 percent and we were kinda hoping it was going to be the Adrian Peterson show and not much of the Paul Thompson show, but it's a big Paul Thompson show when you turn on the tape. He made some great throws against a really outstanding Texas defense Saturday too. Really some great throws.

"So they're not one-dimensional. They do have tall, athletic receivers as we do and a lot of speed on their football team. But they've done a great job. Kevin Wilson, Bobby Stoops and all those guys have done a great job in tough circumstances when you lose your quarterback as they did — to bring Paul back over and bring him into the quarterback position, and they don't seem to be missing a beat right now. They're really a quality offense.

"We know firsthand how good and how talented Texas is and was playing them as we did a few weeks ago, and Oklahoma's defense at times really, really did some great things against their offense. They're very talented and a typical Oklahoma defense. The speed is the first thing that you really notice when you watch them play."

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