Game Primer: OU vs. Iowa State

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13/12 Oklahoma

Oklahoma

Iowa State

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Saturday, Nov. 20 / 11 a.m. CT / Owen Field

OPENING KICK

• No. 13/12/11 Oklahoma (9-1, 6-1 Big 12) looks to rebound from its first loss of the season when it hosts Iowa State (6-4, 4-3) on Saturday at 11 a.m. CT in Norman. The game will be televised by FOX with Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt and Jenny Taft announcing.

• Oklahoma owns a 77-7-2 all-time record against Iowa State and is 16-2 in the series in the Big 12 era. The Sooners’ .907 series winning percentage against ISU is the best by one Power Five program against another (minimum of 50 games played).

• Saturday’s contest will be a rematch of last year’s Big 12 Championship game, a 27-21 Oklahoma win in Arlington, Texas, on Dec. 19. The Cyclones had beaten the Sooners on Oct. 3 in Ames, 37-30.

• Thirteen of OU’s last 15 wins in the series have been by at least 10 points.

• A win Saturday would be the 55th for Lincoln Riley as Oklahoma’s head coach, which would tie the record for victories by an OU head coach in his first five seasons. Bob Stoops had 55 wins in his first five years (1999-2003) with the Sooners.

• Oklahoma is 28-2 (.933) in home games under Riley and the average score in those contests has been 47-22. OU’s 184 scrimmage TDs at home since the start of the 2017 season rank second nationally (Alabama has 189 in two more games) and the Sooners rank first among Power Five programs with their 6.0 yards per rush. OU has won nine straight home games and 25 of its last 26.

• Come Saturday, Oklahoma will have been Big 12 champion for 2,185 consecutive days.

• An OU win Saturday coupled with a Kansas State home victory over Baylor would clinch the Sooners a spot in the Big 12 Championship game.

• OU is 152-32 (.826) in regular season Big 12 play since the start of the 2000 season. That’s 30 more wins than the program with the next most victories during that period (Texas; 122-62) and 46 more than the program with the third most (Oklahoma State; 106-79).

• The Sooners’ 17-game winning streak that was snapped Saturday was the seventh longest in program history and OU’s longest since winning 20 straight over the 2000 and ’01 seasons. It was also the longest active streak in the country. Prior to this past Saturday, OU’s last loss had came on Oct. 3, 2020, at Iowa State.

KEY STORYLINES

• Iowa State only has seven wins in 86 all-time meetings against Oklahoma, but two of the victories have come over the last four seasons. In 2017, the Cyclones beat No. 3 OU 38-31 in Norman, and on Oct. 3 last season they posted a 37-30 home win over the No. 18 Sooners. ISU was unranked in both contests.

• On only one occasion since Oct. 2 and 9, 1999, has Oklahoma lost back-to-back regular season games. That was last year when OU fell 38-35 at home to Kansas State and 37-30 at Iowa State. The Sooners have won 41 of their last 42 regular season contests following a regular season loss.

• Oklahoma has won 23 of its last 24 November games (11 wins against AP Top 25 teams) and 27 of its last 29. Since the start of the 2000 season, OU is 68-12 (.850) in the month. Riley is 15-1 in November as head coach (6-1 against AP-ranked teams). Prior to this past Saturday, OU’s last November loss was in 2014 against Baylor in Norman.

• Saturday’s game will feature an Oklahoma offense that leads the Big 12 (ranks 17th nationally) with its 455.3 yards per game against an Iowa State defense that ranks second in the league (10th nationally) by allowing just 306.8 yards per contest.

• Since taking over quarterback responsibilities with 6:41 left in the second quarter vs. Texas five games ago, freshman Caleb Williams has completed 82 of 117 pass attempts (70.0%) for 1,233 yards and 14 touchdowns against three interceptions (193.0 pass efficiency rating is the nation’s best since Oct. 9). He has also rushed 36 times for 244 yards (6.8 average) and TDs of 66, 41, 40 and 2 yards in the five games. Williams is a semifinalist for the Walter Camp Player of the Year and Davey O’Brien QB of the Year awards.

• During a three-game stretch against Texas (Oct. 9), TCU (Oct. 16) and Kansas (Oct. 23), OU averaged 263.0 rushing yards per contest and 7.2 yards per carry and scored 10 rushing touchdowns. Over the last two games, however, the Sooners have been held to an average of 77.0 rushing yards and 3.1 yards per carry while running for two scores. Iowa State ranks second in the Big 12 by allowing just 112.6 rushing yards per game.

• Over the last five games, redshirt junior Kennedy Brooks is averaging 107.8 rushing yards and has run for six touchdowns. Brooks ran for over 1,000 yards each of his first two seasons and with 857 rushing yards this year needs 143 to become just the fourth Sooner to ever record three 1,000-yard rushing seasons. The others were De’Mond Parker (1996-98), Adrian Peterson (2004-06) and Samaje Perine (2014-16).

• Among teams with at least 35 red zone trips this season, OU ranks first nationally with its 98% score rate (49 scores on 50 trips). Thirty-nine of its 49 red zone scores 80.0%) have been touchdowns. The 49 red zone scores and 39 red zone TDs are most in the country. The Sooners have scored on each of their last 44 red zone trips. Iowa State has scored on 39 of its 41 red zone trips this season (95.1%; 28 TDs).

• OU ranks third nationally this season with its 15 forced fumbles and is tied for fourth with 12 fumble recoveries. The Sooners had three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries all of last season. Iowa State has lost just four fumbles this year.

• Since the start of the 2020 season, redshirt senior defensive lineman Isaiah Thomas (22.5 and 14.5) and redshirt junior outside linebacker Nik Bonitto (21.0 and 13.0) have combined for 43.5 tackles for loss and 27.5 sacks. The 27.5 combined sacks are the second most by any duo nationally over the last two seasons (Iowa State’s Will McDonald [20.5] and Eyioma Uwazurike [10.5] have 31.0), while the 43.5 combined TFLs are third most nationally (tied with McDonald and Uwazurike).

Kennedy Brooks

LAST YEAR VS. IOWA STATE

• Oklahoma and Iowa State split a pair of one-possession outcomes last season, with the Cyclones taking a 37-30 home decision on Oct. 3 and the Sooners prevailing 27-21 in the Big 12 Championship to earn their sixth straight league title.

• In the meeting in Ames, Oklahoma led 17-13 and didn’t trail until Xavier Hutchinson’s 65-yard touchdown reception gave the Cyclones a 23-20 advantage with 1:18 left in the third quarter. OU responded with 10 straight points to go up 30-23 before ISU scored TDs with 7:26 and 4:06 remaining for the seven-point victory. The loss for OU snapped its 24-game winning streak in Ames (it hadn’t lost there since 1960) and resulted in its first 0-2 start in league play since 1998.

• Quarterback Spencer Rattler was 25 for 36 for 300 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, and scored the first rushing TD of his career on a five-yard plunge in the first quarter. His touchdown throws went to tight end/H-back Jeremiah Hall on plays of four and three yards. The second one put the Sooners up 30-23 with 8:17 remaining in the fourth quarter and came just four plays after Isaiah Thomas registered a strip sack on ISU quarterback Brock Purdy that OU’s Josh Ellison recovered.

• Sophomore tight end/H-back Austin Stogner caught a career-high-tying five passes for the second straight week for a team-high 74 yards while Hall’s career-high five catches totaled 37 yards.

• Linebackers DaShaun White and Brian Asamoah led the team with seven tackles each. White had 2.0 of the team’s four tackles for loss.

• Redshirt sophomore kicker Gabe Brkic missed a kick for the first time of his career, a 54-yard field goal try at the end of the first half. He converted attempts of 18, 33 and 51 yards to improve to 20 for 21 in his career. His 51-yarder in the fourth quarter tied the game at 23 with 12:48 to go and was OU’s longest since 2017.

• In the Big 12 Championship, the No. 10/12/10 Sooners jumped to a 24-7 halftime lead against No. 6/8/8 ISU and hung on for a 27-21 win for their 14th league title in the last 21 years and nation-leading 50th overall.

• Brkic kicked a 32-yard field goal with 2:01 remaining in the fourth quarter to give the Sooners a 27-21 lead. With ISU driving for a potential game-winning score, senior cornerback Tre Brown intercepted quarterback Brock Purdy at the OU 7-yard line with 1:05 to go.

• Rattler completed 22 of 34 passes for 272 yards en route to Most Outstanding Player honors. He threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to freshman Marvin Mims on the first play of the second quarter to give OU a 14-0 lead and ran for a 9-yard score with 37 seconds left in the first half (just 57 seconds after Iowa State scored its first touchdown).

• Mims finished with a career-high seven catches and with a team-high 101 receiving yards while senior running back Rhamondre Stevenson rushed for a game-high 97 yards on 18 carries (5.4 average).

• Brown’s interception was one of three on the day for the Sooners, their most in five seasons. Junior defensive back Tre Norwood picked off Purdy in the end zone in the second quarter and junior safety Pat Fields notched his first career interception in the third quarter. OU did not commit a turnover on the day.

• Oklahoma held All-America candidate Breece Hall to a season-low 79 yards on 23 carries (3.4 average). Hall was the only opponent running back to rush for 100 yards against OU last season (139 in first meeting in Ames). 

• The Sooners recorded three sacks (1.5 by Ronnie Perkins, 1.0 by Nik Bonitto and 0.5 by Brian Asamoah), five tackles for loss, six quarterback hurries and three pass breakups. Junior safety Delarrin Turner-Yell led the team with six tackles, all solo.

HOME IS WHERE THE “W” IS

• Oklahoma has won three more Big 12 championships over the last 22 years (14) than it has lost home games. OU is 129-11 (.921) at Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium since the start of the 1999 season. It is the best home winning percentage nationally over the last 23 seasons (Boise State is next at .915 and Ohio State third at .892). OU has outscored its opponents by an average of 43-17 in those games.

• The Sooners have posted 139 straight sellouts of originally scheduled home games dating back to the start of the 1999 season (Bob Stoops’ first as head coach). Only Nebraska (FBS-record 381) has a longer current streak nationally.

BONITTO, BRKIC MIDSEASON ALL-AMERICANS

• Outside linebacker Nik Bonitto and placekicker Gabe Brkic each earned midseason All-America honors from Sporting News and The Athletic. They were first-team selections by Sporting News and second-team picks by The Athletic.

• Bonitto, a redshirt junior, has racked up 30 tackles, a team-high 10.5 tackles for loss and 5.0 sacks. His eight quarterback hurries are four more than the Sooner with the next-highest total and his three fumble recoveries are tied for second most in the country. Bonitto set a school record with his 70-yard fumble return at Kansas State.

• Also a redshirt junior, Brkic is tied for eighth nationally with his 17 field goals and 1.7 field goals per game. He is 17 for 22 on the year (.773) and leads the country with his five makes from 50 yards or farther (on seven attempts). Brkic, who is also 44 for 44 on PAT tries, ranks third in the Big 12 and 16th nationally among all players with his 95 points.


Nik Bonitto

DEFENSE PLAYS BIG HAND IN 17-1 STRETCH

• Oklahoma’s defense has figured prominently in the program’s 17-1 stretch that started on Oct. 10, 2020, against Texas. Here are some notes pertaining to the period:

• The Sooners have held 15 of their last 18 opponents below a 50% third-down conversion rate and 10 of their last 15 opponents have failed to convert more than 33% of third downs. Oklahoma ranks 16th nationally since Oct. 10, 2020, with its 34.6% opponent third-down conversion rate. In fact, OU ranks eighth nationally in the category since the start of the 2019 season (defensive coordinator Alex Grinch‘s first year in Norman) with its 33.0% figure.

• OU has totaled 52 sacks over its last 18 games to rank 17th nationally since Oct. 10, 2020. In the same time frame, the Sooners have recorded 133 tackles for loss (average of 7.4 per game) for a total of 534 lost yards.

• Oklahoma has registered at least one takeaway in 16 straight games and in 17 of the last 18. It is plus-16 in turnover margin (34 takeaways to 18 turnovers) over the last 18 contests.

• The Sooners have 21 interceptions over their last 18 games to rank ninth nationally since Oct. 10, 2020.

NOTING THE OFFENSE

• Oklahoma ranks eighth nationally with its 40.0 points per game and 17th with its 455.3 yards per outing.

• OU’s 2.1 punts per game are the fewest in the country. The Sooners did not punt against Tulane or Kansas State and punted just once vs. Western Carolina, Kansas and Texas Tech.

• The Sooners have committed only 10 turnovers through 10 games and one of those was by the defense (fumble on a fumble return vs. TCU).

• Freshman quarterback Caleb Williams has completed 71.6% of his passes (87 of 127) for 1,331 yards and 14 touchdowns with three interceptions and ranks second nationally with his 188.2 efficiency rating. He has also been highly effective with his feet, running for 305 yards and five scores on only 41 carries (7.4 yards per rush). He has four of OU’s seven longest rushes of the season (66 yards for a TD vs. Texas is tied for team’s longest, 59 vs. Western Carolina is fourth longest, 41 vs. TCU is sixth longest and 40 vs. Kansas is seventh longest).

• Despite playing just four series the last four-and-a-half games (also didn’t play in the second half against Western Carolina), redshirt sophomore quarterback Spencer Rattler ranks first in the Big 12 and second nationally in completion percentage (74.7) and sixth in the league in completions (139). He tied a school record for TD passes in a half with five vs. Western Carolina and has thrown at least one TD pass in 16 of his 17 career starts (OU is 15-2).

• Rattler has completed 54 of his last 67 pass attempts (81%).

• Five Sooners have caught at least 24 passes. Receiver Marvin Mims ranks fourth on the squad in receptions (28) but leads the team with 622 receiving yards (next most is 367). Mims ranks fifth nationally and first in the Big 12 with his 22.2 yards per catch. All four of his touchdowns this season have come in the last four games (two vs. Texas and two vs. Texas Tech).

• Receiver Jadon Haselwood paces OU with 35 catches (for 367 yards; 10.5 average) and six receiving touchdowns. He had one career receiving TD entering the season but has four over the last four games (three vs. TCU).

• Receivers Mario Williams (29; three TDs) and Michael Woods II (29; two TDs) are tied for third on the team in receptions. Tight end/H-back Jeremiah Hall is tied for second with four TD grabs.

• Haselwood, who missed all but three games last season due to injury, has made his first 10 career starts this year. He was the consensus No. 1 national receiver in the 2019 recruiting class, while Williams was ESPN’s No. 1 receiver in the 2021 class. Woods and Williams started the first seven contests this season but did not play in the Oct. 23 win at Kansas. Woods also missed the Oct. 30 Texas Tech game.

• Redshirt junior Kennedy Brooks and junior Eric Gray have shared the vast majority of the rushing workload this season. Brooks leads the team in carries (144), rushing yards (857), rushing yards per game (85.7) and rushing touchdowns (10). He has 539 rushing yards over the last five contests (107.8 per game). Gray, a transfer from Tennessee, started OU’s first five games and has rushed 65 times for 307 yards (4.7 per carry; 30.7 yards per game; one TD) and has 17 catches for 204 yards and a touchdown.

OU FOOT NOTES

• Redshirt junior and Lou Groza Award semifinalist Gabe Brkic is tied for eighth nationally this season with 17 field goals (on 22 attempts; .773) and has a nation-leading five makes (on seven tries) from over 50 yards (next most is three). he ranked third in the country last year by averaging 2.0 field goals per game and this season ranks 10th (1.7).

• Nationally, only eight field goals have been made from at least 56 yards this season and Brkic has two of the makes (both 56-yarders). He is tied with LSU’s Cade York for the national lead with nine makes from 50-plus yards since the start of the 2020 season, while no other player has made more than six 50-yarders. Brkic’s 10 career makes from 50 or farther are the most in OU history (next highest total is four). He also sits atop the Sooners’ career chart with 19 makes from at least 40 yards.

• Brkic, who was a 2020 first-team All-Big 12 selection (coaches and AP) and Groza Award semifinalist, is 54 for 65 (.831) on career field goal attempts. The OU career record for field goal percentage is .833 (75 for 90) by Michael Hunnicutt (2011-14). Brkic has also made all 144 of his PAT tries. Only Austin Seibert (162) has a longer streak of makes in school history. 

• During Lincoln Riley‘s five-year head coaching career, Oklahoma ranks first in the Big 12 and fifth nationally with its 83.0% success rate on field goal attempts (93 for 112). TCU is the next best Big 12 school in the category during the span, ranking 22nd at 78.8%.

• During the same period, the Sooners rank first nationally in kicking points (628; next most is 581), second in PAT conversion percentage among teams with at least 175 attempts, converting 349 of 350 tries (99.7%). Only Virginia Tech (200 of 200) has a higher success rate.

• Redshirt senior punter Michael Turk transferred to OU from Arizona State in August and earned the starting job. The 2019 and ’20 first-team All-Pac-12 selection averaged 46.2 yards per punt over the last two seasons and totaled 28 boots that went at least 50 yards. He has only punted 21 times this year (2.1 per game) and is averaging 52.0 yards per punt (has 12 punts over 50 yards, including an 85-yarder vs. Texas which tied as the third longest in OU history). He also holds the best and third-best single-game punting averages in school history (min. three punts; 59.7 vs. TCU and 58.0 vs. Texas).

OU’S BIG 12 DOMINATION

• Oklahoma’s win over Iowa State in the 2020 Big 12 Championship resulted in the Sooners’ sixth straight Big 12 title and 14th since 2000 (no other program has won more than two during the span). For perspective, the two Power Five programs with the next most conference titles this millennium are Ohio State (11 in Big Ten) and Oregon (eight in Pac-10/Pac-12).

• The Sooners’ 14 Big 12 titles are 11 more than the program with the next most. Texas has won three Big 12 championships and is followed by Baylor, Kansas State and Nebraska (two each), and Colorado, Oklahoma State, TCU and Texas A&M (one each). Colorado and Nebraska left the Big 12 after the 2010 season and Texas A&M departed after the 2011 campaign.

• Since 2010, OU has won eight Big 12 titles and is followed by Baylor (two) and Kansas State, Oklahoma State and TCU (one each).

• Oklahoma is the only program to win at least three straight Big 12 titles, and it has done so twice (2006-08 and 2015-20). Baylor (2013-14) is the only other program to win two Big 12 championships in a row.

• At 11-1, the Sooners are the only program with a winning record in Big 12 Championship games. Texas has the next best mark at 3-3.

• Since Lincoln Riley came to Norman as offensive coordinator in 2015, OU has posted a 53-7 (.883) record in regular season Big 12 play. The next best mark during the period is 40-21 (.656) by Oklahoma State.

• Oklahoma and Clemson are each riding streaks of six outright conference championships. The last current Power Five program to win at least six straight outright league titles was OU when it claimed 12 Big Six/Seven crowns in a row under legendary Bud Wilkinson (1948-59).

• Every OU freshman class from 1999-2019 has won at least one Big 12 championship and all but the 2011 freshman class have won at least two. The 2015, 2016 and 2017 freshman classes each won four Big 12 titles.

YEAR THREE OF “SPEED D”

• Hired in January 2019, coordinator and safeties coach Alex Grinch, who was a 2019 Broyles Award semifinalist, has overseen major improvement on the defensive side of the ball in his three seasons in Norman.

• OU ranked third nationally last season in interceptions (16), fourth in opponent third-down conversion percentage (27.9), sixth in sacks per game (3.6), ninth in rushing defense (105.1 ypg) and passing defense efficiency rating (112.9), 16th in tackles for loss per game (7.5) and 29th in total defense (350.6 ypg) and scoring defense (21.7 ppg).

• Grinch’s unit was particularly stingy down the stretch in 2020. After Nov. 1 (five games), OU led the nation in interceptions per game (2.2) and ranked second in sacks per game (4.0) and passing defense efficiency rating (94.5), fourth in opponent third-down conversion percentage (25.0), sixth in scoring defense (15.4 ppg), eighth in passing yards per attempt (5.4), ninth in opponent passing completion percentage (51.4), 14th in rushing yards per game (112.2) and 18th in rushing yards per carry (3.4).

• In 35 games under Grinch, OU has allowed only six opponent wide receivers to register at least 100 receiving yards in a contest.

• Over OU’s last 23 contests, only four running backs have rushed for 100 yards in a game against the Sooners.

• Redshirt senior defensive lineman Isaiah Thomas has recorded at least half a tackle for loss in 19 of the last 21 games (14-game streak was snapped Sept. 25 vs. West Virginia). Since the start of the 2020 season, he has OU highs of 22.5 tackles for loss and 14.5 sacks. He has 9.5 TFLs (team-high 6.0 sacks) and three forced fumbles this year.

OFFENSE HAS ROLLED UNDER RILEY

• Oklahoma owns the nation’s most productive offense since the start of the 2015 season, which was Lincoln Riley‘s first year as OU’s offensive coordinator. Riley still calls plays in his fifth year as head coach.

• Since the start of the 2015 campaign, OU ranks first nationally in scoring (43.9 ppg; next most is 42.1), total offense (536.2; next most is 503.1), yards per play (7.6; next most is 7.0), TDs from scrimmage (488), pass efficiency rating (184.3; next best is 174.0) and completion percentage (69.4). It ranks third in passing offense (316.8) and ninth in rushing offense (219.5). No other program during the span ranks in the top 15 in passing and rushing offense.

• In 89 games since the start of the 2015 season, OU has registered at least 500 yards of total offense 58 times (next most is 49 [Ohio State]), including in 48 of the last 72 outings, topped the 600-yard mark on 28 occasions and gone over 700 yards seven times. Similarly, OU has scored at least 30 points in 76 of 89 games since Riley’s arrival, at least 40 points 55 times, at least 50 points 33 times and at least 60 points 11 times.

RILEY’S FAST START

• The FBS’s youngest head coach (33) at the time of his hiring, Lincoln Riley became just the fifth mentor in FBS history with no previous head-coaching experience at a four-year college to win at least 12 games in his debut season. At 24-4, 36-6 and 45-8, he also holds the OU record for most wins by a head coach in his first two, three and four seasons (Barry Switzer held the records of 21 and 32, and Bob Stoops held the record of 43). He needs two more wins to set the outright record for victories in the first five years of an OU coaching career (Stoops holds that standard with 55 [1999-03]).

• Riley is the only person to ever win an outright FBS conference title in each of his first four seasons as a collegiate head coach.

• No one in the previous 125 years won more games in their first three seasons as a college head coach than Riley did from 2017-19. Penn’s George Woodruff (1892-94) was the last to win more than 36 games in his first three seasons.


Lead, Riley Williams

COLLEGE FOOTBALL’S BEST

• During the modern era of college football (since the end of World War II), the Sooners are the nation’s No. 1 team with more wins (682) than any other program (next most is 642 by Alabama).

• Oklahoma is the highest-scoring program in college football history with 37,256 points (in 1,309 games).

• OU leads all FBS programs with 50 all-time conference championships. The rest of the top five includes Nebraska (46), Michigan (42), Ohio State (39) and USC (37). The Sooners’ 14 league titles since 2000 are the most among Power Five programs (Ohio State ranks second with 11).

• No program has more all-time 10-win seasons than Oklahoma, which is tied with Alabama with 40 (OU has a nation-leading 17 10-win campaigns since 2000). In addition, OU’s 26 seasons with at least 11 wins are the most in college football history.

• Since former head coach Bob Stoops arrived in Norman in 1999, OU leads all Power Five conference programs in wins (244; next most is 241 by Ohio State) and points scored (11,701; next most is 10,680 by Oregon).

EXTRA POINTS

• Saturday’s game will mark the last for Oklahoma’s six “super seniors” – quarterback/holder Spencer Jones, outside linebacker Caleb Kelly, linebacker Bryan Mead, quarterback Tanner Schafer, defensive lineman LaRon Stokes and offensive lineman Erik Swenson.

• Kelly, who is in his sixth year, sustained a season-ending injury Saturday against Baylor, which ended up being his final career game. The former five-star recruit finished his career with 24 starts in 51 games played, 179 tackles, 12.0 tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks, one interception, five forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. Already the holder of a bachelor’s degree in communication and a master’s degree in administrative leadership, Kelly will receiver a Master of Business Administration degree next month. He missed all but the last four games of the 2019 season and all of 2020 due to separate injuries.

• Mead played in his 56th career game Sept. 25 against West Virginia to break the previous school record of 55 games that was held by former quarterback and holder Connor McGinnis. Mead has now played in 62 contests.

• Oklahoma has registered winning streaks of at least seven games in a school-record seven straight seasons. The previous program record for seven-game winning streaks was six consecutive campaigns (1953-58) under Bud Wilkinson. Since 1980, only Boise State (11 straight seasons; 2002-12) and Alabama (10 straight seasons; 2011-20) have also posted winning streaks of at least seven games in seven consecutive years.

• OU has already tied the single-season school record with five wins by seven or fewer points (also in 2010 and 2019). In fact, for the first time in program history, the Sooners won four consecutive games by seven or fewer points each (beat Nebraska by seven, West Virginia by three, Kansas State by six and Texas by seven). They also beat Tulane 40-35 in the opener.

• The Sooners are 13-6 all-time as the No. 12-ranked team in the AP poll (5-1 at home). Oklahoma is 4-0 against Iowa State while ranked 12th (2-0 at home), and one of those wins came in last year’s Big 12 Championship (27-21). OU defeated Iowa State at home in 2011 (26-6) and 1951 (35-6) while ranked 12th.

• Oklahoma recorded 13 sacks over the season’s first three contests but has a total of nine over the last seven games. Despite the drop in production, three Sooners rank in the top 12 in the Big 12 in sacks this season. Defensive lineman Isaiah Thomas is fifth in the league with 6.0 sacks while outside linebacker Nik Bonitto is tied for eighth with 5.0 and defensive lineman Perrion Winfrey is tied for 12th with 4.5. 

• The Sooners have outscored their opponents by a combined 105-33 margin in the second quarter this season.

• OU head coach Lincoln Riley turned 38 on Sept. 5. He was the youngest FBS head coach (33) at the time of his hiring in 2017 and is the seventh-youngest today.

• Co-offensive coordinator and inside receivers coach Cale Gundy is OU’s all-time leader in victories (275) as a player (31) and/or coach (244). Barry Switzer ranks second with 215, all as an assistant or head coach.

• The Sooners are tied with Clemson for the second-longest current streak of New Year’s Six bowl appearances (six). They trail Ohio State (seven) and are followed by Georgia (four), Florida (three), Oregon (two) and six programs with one.

• OU is the only program that has produced at least four NFL Draft picks each of the last 14 years.





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