It's Gametime! OU vs. BYU

BYU has won the only previous meeting against OU, a 31-6 triumph in the 1994 (Dec. 29) Copper Bowl at Tuscon, Ariz. It was the final game in Gary Gibbs' coaching tenure with the Sooners...

THE GAME

Oklahoma opens the 2009 season on a neutral field, Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, against the Brigham Young Cougars. This is the 115th season of football competition for OU, which played its first game 12 years before the territory of Oklahoma achieved statehood. For only the third time in Bob Stoops' 11 seasons, the Sooners are opening away from Norman.

THE SERIES

BYU won the only previous meeting, a 31-6 triumph in the 1994 (Dec. 29) Copper Bowl at Tuscon, Ariz. It was the final game in Gary Gibbs' coaching tenure with the Sooners, who were unranked going into the contest. Gibbs had announced his resignation prior to the game. OU was missing starting quarterback Garrick McGee, who had contracted spinal meningitis.

THE COACHES

• Oklahoma: Bob Stoops (Iowa ‘83) is 109-24 in his 11th season. He is 72-14 vs. the Big 12, 39-10 vs. the Big 12 South, 33-4 vs. the Big 12 North, 6-1 in the Big 12 title game, 37-10 vs. non-conference opponents, 60-2 at home, 32-11 on the road, 17-11 on neutral fields, 33-12 vs. ranked opponents, 4-6 in bowls. He is 0-0 vs. BYU.

• BYU: Bronco Mendenhall (Oregon State ‘88) is 38-13 in his fifth season at BYU. He is 0-0 vs. Oklahoma.

THE PROGRAM

• Oklahoma's all-time record stands at 791-296-53 in 115 seasons. Since WWII, OU leads the nation with 555 victories.

• The Sooners have captured seven national championships (1950, 1955, 1956, 1974, 1975, 1985, 2000).

• OU has 42 bowl appearances (No. 7 nationally) with 24 bowl victories (No. 4 nationally).

• Oklahoma has 42 conference championships, including the last three Big 12 Conference crowns and six Big 12 titles overall (no other league member has more than two)

• OU has produced 148 All-Americans and five Heisman Trophy winners. Sooners have also won the Bednarik (1), Butkus (4), Walter Camp (4), Lombardi(3), Maxwell (2), Nagurski(2), O'Brien (3), (Outland (5), Tatupu (1), Thorpe (3) and Unitas (1) Awards.

• With 31, 10-win seasons, OU leads the nation in total number of years in which the team achieved double-digit victories.

• Oklahoma's best decade for of total victories came in the 1970's when the Sooners were 102-13-3 (.877). In the 2000's, OU is 102-19-0 (.843).

THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT

• BYU is under fifth-year head coach Bronco Mendenhall. The Alpine, Utah, native is in his first head coaching job.

• BYU was 10-3 last season, including a 6-2 mark and third-place finish in the Mountain West Conference. The 2006 and 2007 teams both finished with 11-2 marks, 8-0 first-place finishes in the MWC and Las Vegas Bowl victories.

TIES WITH THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT

• Oklahoma quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel, a native of Aberdeen, SD, played two years of junior college football at Snow JC in Ephraim, Utah. He transferred to Oklahoma prior to the 1999 season then quarterbacked OU to the national title in 2000.

• BYU offensive coordinator Robert Anae was a Big 12 foe from 2000-04, when he was the offensive line coach at Texas Tech.

• BYU offensive line coach Mark Weber was on the UCLA staff when the Bruins played in Norman during the 2003 season. The Sooners won that game, 59-24, as Antonio Perkins set an NCAA game record with three punt returns for touchdowns.

• Oklahoma has not had a player from Utah since C.J. Ah You, who lettered in 2005-06. The Highland, Utah, defensive end began his college career at BYU in 2001. He transferred to Snow JC in 2004 before transferring to Oklahoma. He was the defensive MVP in the Sooners' 17-14 victory over Oregon in the 2005 Holiday Bowl.

OU AND THE MOUNTAIN WEST

• Oklahoma is 14-5 against teams from the Mountain West Conference. The most recent of those games took place last season when OU topped TCU in Norman, 35-10. Oklahoma also will host a Mountain West opponent next season when Air Force visits Owen Field.

SOONERS TRAIL FEW SERIES

• The fact that Oklahoma trails this series is an oddity. The Sooners have played 129 opponents and have a winning record against 98 of them, a losing mark against 18 and fl at-footed .500 standards against 13.

• Of the 18 that hold an advantage over OU, 11 lead the series by a 1-0 count, including BYU.

• Eight of the 18 schools with series leads over OU have not played the Sooners since 1934.

NEUTRALITY

• With its annual AT&T Red River Rivalry game with Texas in Dallas each year, Oklahoma plays far more neutral field games than most programs ...

• Oklahoma has played 114 regular season games on neutral fields. The Sooners are 53-56-5 in those contest. Under Bob Stoops, OU is 8-3 in regular season, neutral field games. All of those were against Texas except for a 19-3 win over Kansas at Kansas City in 2005.

FOR OPENERS

• Oklahoma is 87-21-6 in season openers including a 43- 12-1 mark when playing away from Norman.

• Bob Stoops is 9-1 in openers at Oklahoma. The only one not at home was the 2002 game at Tulsa, a 37-0 OU win.

• This is the ninth time that Oklahoma has opened a season in the state of Texas, the first since 1993 when the Sooners played at TCU in Fort Worth. That season-opener is one of only two that OU previously played in the Metroplex. The other was 1970 at SMU in Dallas.

• This is the 10th time that OU has opened versus a ranked foe, the first since a 34-14 win at No. 19 UCLA in 1990. Oklahoma is 5-4 in openers vs. ranked opponents.


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