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The primary things Mike Bellotti revealed in his Tuesday media telephone conference is that no one, including cornerback Justin Phinisee is ruled out of Saturday's game against Oklahoma at Norman. Bellotti also pointed out what the offense and defense will have to do to play the Sooners. Even though Bellotti has never been to Norman, he expects a loud and ruckus place – just like Autzen Stadium.

"You have to block out the crowd," Bellotti told the assembled beat reporters in a conference that was streamed live on oregonlive.com. "And assume it is for you and not against you."

Oregon's psyche is also a matter of concern although Bellotti feels his team has bounced back and is excited about playing Oklahoma, even though they are very disappointed with last week's loss.

"We seem to be in good spirits, not very happy about our game against Indiana but looking forward to the opportunity against Oklahoma," said Bellotti.

The Ducks are recovering from one of the most disappointing losses in Bellotti's tenure at Oregon, when they dropped a 30-24 game to Indiana last Saturday. Headed into the season, there was plenty of confidence that the 2004 season would be a very special one, with national championship aspirations. However, due to sloppy special teams play and opening day jitters, the Ducks found themselves down at halftime to a team that odds makers had given 19.5 points to. Not only did the Hoosiers cover the point spread, it took a Herculean effort in the second half on the Ducks part to even make the game competitive.

This week, the tables are turned as Oregon now finds itself as the heavy underdog to a team that some think that is the best team Oregon has ever faced. The Sooners have great team speed on both offense and defense, and the Ducks will have to figure out how to neutralize that speed and quarterback Jason White. White, 6-3, 226, is last year's Heisman Trophy Winner, along with being named Associated Press, Sporting News and CNNSI.com College Player of the Year ... consensus All-American ... consensus Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year ... Davey O'Brien Award Winner.... Sports Illustrated and Sporting News Player of the Year.... Jim Thorpe Courage Award winner...and was Academic All Big-12 second team last year. White threw for 40 touchdowns last year, and this year he's right back on track. So far in two games, he's 39-for-49, 495 yards, five touchdowns and one interception, averaging a cool 247.5 yards per game. White is an elusive scrambler, and creates many plays with his ability to use his feet to get away from the pass rush and throw on the run.

"He's a great player on the run," Sooners coach Bob Stoops told soonersports.com. "You can see he's more difficult to get a hold of now than a year ago."

Senior Mark Clayton, 5-11, 187, is the leading receiver with 12 catches for 196 yards and two touchdowns. Senior Brandon Jones, 6-3, 214 is next on the list with six catches for 103 yards and a touchdown. Two others have scoring grabs so far this season – senior Will Peoples, 6-1, 200 has six catches for 82 yards and a touchdown. Junior Travis Wilson has two touchdown receptions from three catches for 33 yards. Probably the most impressive thing about the Oklahoma air attack statistics is that a total of 14 players have recorded catches in just two games.

Oklahoma has always been known for running the ball and in 2004 nothing has changed in that department. Former all-prep everything running back Adrian Peterson, 6-2, 210 is starting off fast in his freshman season. In his first two collegiate appearances, he is averaging 108.5 yards per game. He's carried the ball 41 times, netting 217 yards and has crossed the goal line three times. If that wasn't bad enough of a nightmare for Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti's Duck defenders, junior Kejuan Jones, 5-9, 200 is just a bit behind with a 92.0 yard per game average, on 41 carries, 184 yards and three touch downs. By the way, Jones is the starter.

"College is a different level of play," Peterson said to soonersports.com. "It's not like the way I used to be able to run over everybody. I had to put some moves on them."

Oklahoma, 2-0 for the season with wins over Bowling Green (40-24) and Houston (63-13), has a combined rushing total average of 267 yards per game and 272.5 yards per game passing. That is a total of 539.5 yards per game of total offense! They start out fast, scoring 73 of 103 points in the first half.

"As a whole, our offense is getting on track," White said in an obvious understatement to soonersports.com. "We're starting to click a little bit."

Defensively, Oklahoma is only allowing 56.0 yards of rushing per game and 219.5 yards passing. The Sooner defense has only allowed 37 points total in the first two games and only 17 points in the first half. Junior safety Bodney Pool, 6-3, 208 is the leading tackler for Oklahoma with 15 tackles. Senior defensive end Jonathan Jackson, 6-3, 250 is the leading sacker with two. Oklahoma has not recorded an interception yet this season, but has forced three fumbles and recovered two.

While the Duck loss to Indiana has greatly disappointed Oregon fans, Oklahoma's Head Coach Bob Stoops is not taking the Ducks lightly.

"I'm really looking forward to our last non-conference game with Oregon who is a really good football team regardless of what anyone wants to say about last week." Stoops told a Tuesday media conference that was released on Oklahoma's official web site, soonersports.com. "We watched all their game film from a year ago and you have to look at their point production. They lead the Pac-10 virtually every year in scoring and in total offense. They are very solid defensively and they are structured. You look at their track record since Coach Bellotti has been there and they are very good football team. They will make corrections off last week's game, so we know they are very capable and a very strong team with a great number of starters back."

Oregon did have some bright spots that emerged from the Indiana game. Senior Kenny Washington demonstrated hard running and was the leading ground gainer with 78 yards on nine carries. Washington also had a 102-yard kickoff return for touchdown called back on the first play of the game last week. Bellotti indicated that the Ducks plan to use both Washington and Terrence Whitehead at running back this week. Whitehead, had his troubles last week on special teams with a punt reception fumble, and also fumbled deep in Oregon territory while carrying the ball on offense. However, the proven letterman had nine carries for 47 yards. One player that did not see any touches in the rushing game was sophomore Dante Rosario. While Bellotti indicated that Rosario did good things last week, the flow of the game did not present Rosario the chance to carry the ball. The big fullback did score twice on pass receptions but Bellotti would like to get the ball to Rosario in running situations too.

"Dante continues to impress and improve," remarked Bellotti.

Quarterback Kellen Clemens had some great moments last week along with some moments he'd like to take back. The junior was 24-for-44, 317 yards, three touchdowns but also gave up three interceptions. Demetrius Williams was the leading receiver with five catches for 129 yards and one touchdown.

Defensively, the Ducks want to disrupt the timing of White and the Oklahoma offense. Bellotti believes that Oklahoma wants to spread the defense out so that the Sooners can take advantage of White's ability to scramble and find receivers. The Ducks will want to keep White in the pocket and not let him use his feet to get out of trouble. The Ducks will also have to use proper pursuit angles and be able to stay alive after blocks to make plays.

"His improved mobility has added an aspect to their offense that they didn't have last year," said Bellotti said of White.

No decision has been made on a punter. Sophomore Paul Martinez has better hang time, while junior David Dittman is better in the direction of the punt. Consistency is still the issue Bellotti wants resolved with the punters. Effort and execution on coverage was very poor last week, and Bellotti blames himself for not being able to emphasis to the players to play with speed last week, and in that regard Indiana outplayed Oregon on special teams. As for the punt returners, a sore subject for many follower of Oregon football, Bellotti thought success in punt returning is a matter of catching and securing the ball and having courage after making the catch.

Health-wise, Bellotti indicated that everyone on the Oregon roster should be available including junior corner back Justin Phinisee, who left last week's contest with a hamstring problem. According to Bellotti, Phinisee is receiving treatment and is probable for the Oklahoma game.

The Ducks state-of-mind can be greatly improved by a win in Norman. To do so, Oregon must execute and put out a tremendous effort in a hostile environment that will be hot and humid. The Ducks have plenty of reasons to be play hard if they are serious about having aspirations of going to the Rose Bowl. Beating Oklahoma in Norman would be a tremendous boost to their confidence. Whether there is a real chance of that happening will be determine on Saturday. The game will be carried live on ABC with a scheduled kickoff time of 12:30 p.m. (PT).

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