OU/KU: This and That

A look at some of the news and notes surrounding this week's huge match-up between the 4th ranked Oklahoma Sooners and the 16th ranked Kansas Jayhawks. The winner will still be in the Championship hunt, but the loser will most likely be out of it…

-- Oklahoma leads the all-time series by a 66-27-6 count, including a 35-13-3 advantage in games played at Norman. Oklahoma has won four straight in the series after the Jayhawks claimed three straight from 1995-97. Two of KU's wins in that stretch were in Norman as the Jayhawks posted a 38-17 win in 1995 and followed that with a 52-24 victory in 1996. In 1997 the teams met in Lawrence with the Jayhawks posting a 20-17 victory. KU and OU have split the last four in Norman with the Sooners winning the last two (2000 and 2004).

-- Oklahoma turned two quick Kansas turnovers into 10 points just five minutes into the game en route to a 19-3 victory in a game played at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas on Oct. 15, 2005. KU turned the ball over on each of its first two possessions, but on its fourth possession managed a field goal to cut the margin to 10-3 at the end of the first quarter. Neither team scored in the second or third quarters before OU managed a touchdown and a field goal in the final 10 minutes of the game to secure the victory. OU recorded 306 yards, while Kansas had just 97 yards while turning the ball over four times. The only current Jayhawk who recorded stats in the game was WR Marcus Herford (one reception for three yards). Others who played included Gary Green, James Holt, Mike Rivera, Russell Brorsen and Dexton Fields.

-- Oklahoma ran up 507 yards while holding Kansas to 256 in a 41-10 victory on Oct. 23, 2004. The teams were scoreless in the first quarter and Kansas trailed just 14-10 at halftime before the Sooners outscored KU 27-0 in the second half. The Jayhawks had three turnovers and 12 penalties for 109 yards, while OU did not turn the ball over while gaining 23 first downs to KU's 11.

-- Kansas head coach Mark Mangino was an assistant coach at Oklahoma under Bob Stoops from 1999-2001 before taking over at Kansas ahead of the 2002 season. Mangino was the assistant head coach/run game coordinator/offensive line coach in 1999 before assuming the offensive coordinator title in 2000 and 2001. In the two years with Mangino as coordinator, OU was 24-2, winning the 2000 national championship.

- In addition to KU head coach Mark Mangino working as an assistant to OU head coach Bob Stoops at Oklahoma from 1999-2001, the two were both assistant coaches at Kansas State together from 1991-95. Stoops was born in Youngstown, Ohio, while Mangino graduated from Youngstown State and coached there as well.

-- Kansas has 12 players on its roster from the state of Oklahoma, the state that has produced the third-most Jayhawks on the current KU roster (Texas is number one with 28 and Kansas second with 27). KU players from Oklahoma include (starters marked with an *): *LS Kayl Anderson (Tulsa), *PK Jacob Branstetter (Lawton), *DE Russell Brorsen (Stillwater), CB Anthony Davis (Tulsa), TE Bradley Dedeaux (Midwest City), WR Jack Dowdell (Tulsa), *CB Chris Harris (Bixby), *LB James Holt (Altus), *DE Jake Laptad (Tulsa), LB Dakota Lewis (Sulphur), RB Rell Lewis (Muskogee), and OL John Williams (Tulsa).

-- Several KU football staff members have Oklahoma ties as TE coach and recruiting coordinator Brandon Blaney was a GA at OU in 1999 and 2000... KU strength and conditioning coach Chris Dawson played at Oklahoma from 1992-94 and was an OU graduate assistant in 1995 and an assistant on the strength and conditioning staff at OU from 1996-2000... Oklahoma has two players on its roster from the state of Kansas in DB Sherdeill Breathett (Wichita) and TE Brody Eldridge (La Cygne)... OU defensive coordinator Brent Venables was born in Salina and graduated from Kansas State, where he also coached.

-- Kansas is listed in the Associated Press poll for the 18th consecutive week, a school record (previous mark was 14 straight polls between 1995 and 1996). The Jayhawks' current streak ranks as the ninth longest active streak in the nation.

-- In its last 11 road games, Kansas is 6-5 with four of the five losses by one score. In its last road outing at Iowa State on Oct. 4, the Jayhawks rallied from a 20-0 halftime deficit to win 35-33, matching the third biggest comeback in school history.

- Under Stoops, OU produced its career leader in passing and receiving, while turning out the No. 3 and No. 4 career rushers and the school record holder for single-season rushing, passing and receiving yards.

- Of 81 basic offensive records at Oklahoma, 50 have been set under Stoops.

- Oklahoma scored at least one touchdown in every game dating to Nov. 7, 1998.

- Oklahoma rushed for 200 yards 37 times under Stoops, 31 in the last fi ve years.

- Also under Stoops, OU has 130 TDs of 25+ yards and 258 scoring drives that took less than two minutes.

- OU is the highest scoring program in college football history. In 1,133 games, the Sooners scored 30,060 points, or 26.5 per game. Michigan has 29,437 points in 1,199 games and Nebraska 29,279 in 1,195.

- Sam Bradford set an NCAA mark for most touchdown passes thrown during the freshman and sophomore seasons with 59. Florida's Rex Grossman previously held the mark with 55.

- This season, Bradford averages one touchdown pass every eight attempts, while tossing just one interception every 37 attempts. With just 31 attempts per game, that's less than on per outing.

- Bradford has seven completions that exceeded 50 yards. All seven went for touchdowns.

- The OU QB threw two picks each against Cincinnati and Texas. He also threw five TDs in each of those games.

- OU has played 20 games since Sam Bradford was named the starting QB. He missed nearly all of the ‘07 Texas Tech game due to injury (out during second series). Here is a look at OU's production in the other 19 games, in which the team has a record of 16-3, a Big 12 title and BCS Bowl appearance ...

- The Sooners averaged 39.0 points per game and eclipsed 50 points eight times.

- He averaged 3.3 touchdown passes/game, while completing 371-of-526 passes (.705) with 59 TDs and 13 INT.

- Oklahoma averaged 417.7 yards total yards per game.

- He threw for 300+ yards seven times and 400+ once in an offense that also averaged 182.61 rushing yards. - Threw multiple TDs in 17 games with five each vs. Miami (Fla.), Texas A&M, Cincinnati, Washington and Texas.

- Manuel Johnson has seven touchdown receptions over the last three games and at least one TD grab in all three. The only other time in school history that a player had that many over a three-game stretch was last season when Malcolm Kelly had seven against North Texas, Miami and Utah State.

- Juaquin Iglesias has a career total of 3,629 all purpose yards, which ranks No. 11 on the career list at Oklahoma.

- Iglesias has the nation's third-longest streak for receptions in consecutive games with 38. He trails Rice's Jarrett Dillard (42) and UNLV's Casey Flair (41).

- String of six straight games with TD catch snapped vs. Texas. Fell two games shy of Mark Clayton's OU record.

-Jermaine Gresham has more TD catches than any tight end in OU history. He has 17, including five in ‘08.

- Gresham is striking from longer distance in 2008. Last season, he averaged 13.8 yards per touchdown catch, but that figure has ballooned to 34.0 this season.

- OU is No. 1 in the nation in Red Zone Scoring (28-28) with 27 TD.

- Oklahoma has scored a touchdown on its first drive in each game.

- Oklahoma's 24 touchdown passes have gone to six different receivers.

- OU has completed passes to 16 receivers, which ranks No. 3 nationally.

- With four rushing attempts this season, Matt Clapp has equalled the most by a Sooner fullback since 2003 when Dan Townsend also had four.

- DeMarco Murray, the starter at running back, has 92 carries for 437 yards and five touchdowns, while Back-ups Chris Brown and Mossis Madu have a combined 128 tries for 549 yards and nine TDs.


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