Game Week: This and That

Did you know that Oklahoma is the highest scoring program in the history of college football, or nearly 4.5 million fans have been on hand to watch OU at home since Bob Stoops took over the reigns as the head coach?

Oklahoma kicks off its 114th season of football on Saturday when the square off against Tennessee-Chattanooga.

OU's all-time record stands at 779-295-53. This will be the fifth consecutive home opener.

The 2007 OU team was the second highest scoring team in team history (592 points)

This is the first ever meeting between OU and Tennessee-Chattanooga. 1999 was the last time that OU faced a D1-AA opponent.

This is the first time that UTC has ever faced a Big 12 opponent. Last year they faced Arkansas and were defeated 34-15.

Chattanooga head coach Rodney Allison hired seven new assistant coaches for the 2008 season. The defensive coordinator, the linebackers coach, the running backs coach, the tight ends coach, and the offensive line coach, and the defensive back coaches are all new.

Everyone has been talking about last years Appalachian State upset over Michigan. Well, UTC also played Appy State in 2007 and they were defeated by a score of 37-17.

Allison, a former Texas Tech stand out, has an overall 16-40 record at UTC.

OU Head Coach Bob Stoops has an overall record of 97-22.

Jon Cooper has 29 career starts at OU.

Bob Stoops is 33-9 when playing outside of the Big 12 and 23-1 in non-conference home games.

In the Bob Stoops era OU has sold out all 56 (now 57) home games and has won 54 of those games. Almost 4.5 million fans have watched the games.

Chattanooga returns three players to a defense that allowed 210 rushing yards per game and 182 passing yards per game.

Oklahoma returns virtually everybody to an offense that averaged 190 yards rushing and 258 yards passing.

As a freshman Sam Bradford led the nation in pass efficiency (176.53) and threw 36 touchdown passes. Twice as many as the entire Chattanooga team.

The OU starting offensive line checks in with a 6-foot-5, 302-pound average and combined they have started a total of 128 college games.

Stoops' Sooners have won 18 straight home games. Their longest home wining streak in his tenure is 19 games.

11 Sooners have been nominated for post-season awards: Sam Bradford, DeMarco Murray, Ryan Reynolds, Duke Robinson, Jon Cooper, Auston English, DeMarcus Granger, Jermaine Gresham, Nic Harris, Juaquin Iglesias, and Gerald McCoy.

There are a few new rule changes this season, most notably that the 40 second clock will start once the previous play is blown dead, the first and second sideline flags will no longer be a warning, but will result in a five yard penalty, there is no longer a 5-yard incidental face-mask penalty, and if the coach's challenge is upheld then that coach will retain his challenge to be used again.

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