Oklahoma-Baylor Pregame Notes

The Sooners (8-2, 5-1) and Bears (4-7, 3-4) will kick-off at 11:10 a.m. on Saturday. Oklahoma leads the all-time series 15-0 and 6-0 in Waco. Juaquin Iglesias (pictured) catches the game-winning touchdown pass in OU's 37-30 overtime win over Baylor last year in Norman. See inside for more pregame notes, including quotes from Bob Stoops, Kevin Wilson, Brent Venables and Guy Morriss on the matchup.

Kickoff
11 a.m. CST. -- Floyd Casey Stadium (50,000) -- Waco, Texas
Saturday's game will be televised nationally by Fox Sports Net. Bill Land (play-by-play), Gary Reasons (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 Matchup
Baylor (4-7, 3-4) comes in Saturday's matchup against Oklahoma (8-2, 5-1) having lost lost three straight and giving up 121 points in their last two losses at Texas Tech and Oklahoma State.

The Bears, who are 3-3 in Waco this year, have wins over Northwestern State (47-10), Kansas State (17-3) at Colorado (34-31) and Kansas (36-35). They have lost home games to TCU (17-7), Army (27-20) and Texas A&M (31-21)

They are also 0-2 and have failed to score more than 24 points since losing starting quarterback Shawn Bell at the end of the Texas A&M game, which could mean trouble Saturday as their defense is 109th nationally in scoring defense and 110th in total defense.

FSN studio analyst Jackie Sherrill on the matchup
"Well, the problem that Baylor has is depth-wise in losing players, and certainly losing their best player in (Quarterback) Shawn Bell and what he has done performance-wise. Trying to hold the offensive line is kinda like using bailing wire. Sometimes that bailing wire pops and they're just not, depth-wise, having the opportunity to bring people in to help them. When you get into games like Oklahoma, it can get out of hand because you can't play as well as you normally do.

"On the Oklahoma side, they've gotten better and better. The player that has really impressed me more than probably any player in the league has been the play of Paul Thompson. If you look at his numbers, Paul Thompson today is better than (Rhett) Bomar. Paul Thompson has given Oklahoma a chance to really exceed and excel in a lot of the things they're doing. Although, the running backs with Patrick has been a big plus.

"Last week, I said if Patrick was healthy they would win. If he didn't play, I thought it would be a toss-up and that's what happened. But Paul Thompson played well enough to win the game.

"In saying that, I think Oklahoma has a lot to play for. There's a lot of excitement. The players are feeling good about themselves and they know if they can control their side, which means they can win out, and if Texas does not beat Texas A&M then they have a chance to play for the (Big 12) Championship. And if they win that, they go to the BCS. So there's a lot to play for.

"A lot more than on Baylor's side, because you have some players on Baylor's side that probably, deep in the back of their mind, they're saying let's just get this season over with."

FSN studio analysts Pat Jones on the matchup
"I'll be surprised if OU doesn't jump 'em pretty good. I got the impression watching Baylor-Oklahoma State, that Baylor's sword got broken a little bit.

"Now when you start turning the ball over, that's a recipe for getting hammered. And if they go out there and turn it over any against OU, they're going to get drilled pretty good.

"But about the time you say that, they're liable to rise up. They played well against OU last year and, really, up until the last couple of weeks played credibly defensively.

"But I just gotta think with the way OU's been playing with their defense — lots of the same packages that they used the previous week and those pass rushers continue to improve, I just think OU's going to win big."

The Rankings
The Sooners are ranked No. 16 in both the Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches Top 25 Polls. Baylor is unranked.

The Coaches
Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops is 83-18 in his eighth season in Norman and 7-0 against the Bears. Baylor head coach Guy Morriss is 12-21 in his sixth season in Waco. Morriss is 0-3 head-to-head vs. Stoops.

The Series
Oklahoma leads the all-time series 15-0 and 6-0 in Waco.

Last Meeting
Oklahoma won 37-30 in overtime last year in Norman. The Sooners jumped out to a 24-13 halftime lead, but the Bears would send the game into overtime on a 55-yard touchdown pass from Shawn Bell to Dominique Zeigler with 1:17 to go.

Garrett Hartley nailed a clutch 39-yarder to answer the Bears' field goal on the first possession, but the Sooners struck first in the second overtime with a 21-yard touchdown pass from Rhett Bomar to Juaquin Iglesias, and then stopped the Bears on their next possession to clinch the win.

It was the only game of the 2005 season that Adrian Peterson did not suit up, but he wasn't missed as Jacob Gutierrez rushed for a career-high 173 yards on 30 carries. Allen Patrick also carried the ball 15 times for 49 yards.

About Baylor
Offensively, the Bears currently rank 54th nationally in scoring offense (24.82 ppg) and 68th in total offense (331.09 ypg). They are 7th nationally in passing offense (282.91 ypg) and 119th out of 119 teams in rushing offense (48.18 ypg). However, they are only averaging 229.5 passing yards per game since starting quarterback Shawn Bell was knocked out for the season three games ago.

Defensively, the Bears are 109th in scoring defense (32.27 ppg) and 110th in total defense (407.64 ypg). They are 109th in rushing defense (187.0 ypg) and 86th in passing defense (220.64 ypg).

Punter Daniel Supelveda leads the nation with his 46.47 average (long of 78). Kicker Ryan Havens is 10-for-13 on field goals (long of 47) and 31-for-32 on extra points.

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About Oklahoma
Offensively, the Sooners currently rank 23rd nationally in scoring offense (29.8 ppg) and 38th in total offense (371.9 ypg). They are 66th in passing offense (192.0 ypg) and 22nd in rushing offense (179.0 ypg).

Defensively, Oklahoma is 23rd in scoring defense (16.10 ppg) and 14th nationally and tops in the Big 12 in total defense (277.50 ypg). The Sooners are 30th in rushing defense (111.70 ypg) and 21st in passing defense (165.8 ypg).

Punter Michael Cohen averages 41.2 yards per punt, while Mike Knall averages 33.1. Kicker Garrett Hartley is 17-for-18 on field goal attempts (long of 46) and a perfect 35-for-35 on extra points.

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Bob Stoops on Baylor
"They've had some difficulty the last couple of games on the road but their games at home they've played in a really good way. Look at all their scores, they've won a few games at home and lost in overtime at home to Army. They're a team that's very capable and early in the year was really moving the ball well and doing a lot really good things, and still are very capable of it.

"I think they're a really good team. You watch what they've done a large part of the year, particularly at home. They've made a lot of progress and have looked good a good part of the year. We focus on all those areas and make sure we're as prepared as we can be."

Kevin Wilson on Baylor's Defense
"The last couple of weeks their numbers have gotten skewed, but I think that's do to some turnovers and things.

"They've played well at home and they've played well against us the last couple of years, as far as just being an attack (defense). 'We're going to blitz and come at you.' I think coach (Guy) Morriss really looks forward to the challenge and challenges his team to come out and play aggressive and go after it.

"You look the last couple of years the way we've played them, they've brought a lot of pressure at us, a lot of blitz. They haven't blitzed a lot (this year) but I think their M.O. against us is let's go attack. Their track record against us is to bring some pressure and to be an aggressor on defense.

"Hopefully, we'll have a good plan ready. We expect that (Baylor to blitz aggressively) and if it happens we'll be ready for it."

Brent Venables on Baylor's Offense
"Hopefully there's carryover and you're not having to re-teach a new scheme to them (on Baylor running a similar spread passing attack as Texas Tech). We hope and expect to be better this week than we were last week.

"They have tremendous skill and have got behind everybody. They can go up and catch the football. They've got good speed, good size. That's the strength of their team. They've got a big, bruising tailback. A 6-3, 240-pound tailback that's a really solid player. So they present a very strong challenge.

"Probably his strength is his athletic ability (on Baylor QB Blake Szymanski). He's got a big arm and really can escape pressure well. He really likes to pull it down and make plays with his legs and find guys down the field. When a guy can move around and has that type of mobility, that's always a concern for you to keep him bottled up and latch on to receivers down the field once he does scramble."

Guy Morriss on Oklahoma
"I think we're playing for a lot of pride. If we can get a win this game, obviously it would be our fourth conference win which would be a first. To me, that's what these kids came here to do, to play football.

If I'm a player I'm going to be excited about playing Oklahoma. And I'm going to give it my best shot because it may be my last shot. I would be excited, if for no other reason, just because it's a chance to play Oklahoma. That's what I'm here for, to play and try to win football games.

"They've (Oklahoma) kind of hit their stride, I guess. They're loaded with great athletes and they are playing really well, I think."

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