Tulsa's Bishop Louie is pressured by Ahmad Thomas(left) and Jordan Thomas of Oklahoma on a long pass Sept. 6, 2014. The pass was incomplete but defensive pass interference was called. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World

A shapshot as Tulsa visits Oklahoma at 11 a.m. Saturday in Norman


Three players to watch on Saturday morning

Samaje Perine: Want to know what could be a key stat entering Saturday? Tulsa’s defense has allowed 4.9 yards per carry. Ten years ago, Adrian Peterson ran for 220 yards against the Golden Hurricane. Could Perine hit that mark a decade later?

Jordan Thomas: The sophomore cornerback was praised by coaches and teammates during fall camp for his improvement. It’s time to see how much he has improved against a Tulsa team expected to fling it all over the field.

Devante Bond: The senior linebacker is coming off an impressive performance at Tennessee. It’ll be interesting to see how Tulsa game plans to slow down Bond coming off the edge.


The century mark

Bob Stoops will coach his 100th game at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on Saturday morning.

Stoops, in his 17th season, has led the program to a 91-8 record. It was a quick turnaround for a football program that had eight losses in 14 home games (1996-98) prior to the head coach’s arrival in Norman.

During an interview on Soonersports.com, Stoops was asked if he had a favorite home win. His answer – the 31-14 triumph over No. 1 Nebraska in 2000.

“We were coming of age and people were wondering if we had really turned the corner,” Stoops said. “We get 31 unanswered points and this place is crazy. They stormed the field, tore the goal posts down. I think there were cars beeping around town the whole night.”

Stoops had a school-record 39-home win streak during his tenure as well as two 19-game win streaks.


Going over the list

A look back at some of Stoops’ biggest wins at home:

Game 1 (1999): OU 49, Indiana State 0 … The Stoops era begins with a shutout victory.

Game 10 (2000): OU 31, Nebraska 14 … OU returns to No. 1 after beating the Huskers

Game 19 (2002): OU 37, Alabama 27 … Sooners scored an offensive TD and defensive TD in the waning moments

Game 30 (2003): OU 77, Texas A&M 0 … Oklahoma had TDs in 10 of their first 11 offensive possessions.

Game 62 (2008): OU 65, Texas Tech 21 … OU owned the No. 2 Red Raiders from the opening snap.

Game 86 (2012): OU 51, OSU 48 (OT) … Sooners rallied back to win exciting Bedlam contest.


Brotherly love

OU’s Dominique Alexander will face his older brother Derrick for the final time in their college careers.

Both earned second-team all-conference honors in their respective conferences last season.

The two players were teammates at Booker T. Washington, which Dominique recalled this week.

“It was fun. We played right next to each other. I played standup outside linebacker. I was skinny back then but they had me at standup outside linebacker and he was at end,” Dominique said. “It was one of those things where I was two years younger than him and I was young. It's hard to play at Booker T. as a sophomore and start so he was always on my case, telling me what I need to be doing and everything.

“If I messed up, I would hear about it on the field and at home. But it was great. He made me the player that I am today so shout out to him.”


On the call

Tim Brando (play-by-play), Spencer Tillman (analyst) and Bruce Feldman (sideline) are calling the action for Fox Sports 1. Tillman, an Edison High School graduate, played for the Sooners between 1983-86.


In case you missed it …

A review of Tulsa World stories leading up to Saturday’s game …


By the numbers

3: Shutouts (2001, 2002, 2009) by the Sooners against the Golden Hurricane.

8: Total touchdowns scored by Tulsa in the past five games against the Sooners.

9: Times the Sooners have been ranked in the Top 25 (out of nine games) playing Tulsa under Stoops

38.3: Average margin of victory by Oklahoma in the series


Final word

Oklahoma 51, Tulsa 20: The game will be close early, but the Sooners will wear down the Golden Hurricane defense late.

​Eric Bailey 918-581-8391


Sports Writer

Eric covers the University of Oklahoma football and men’s basketball teams. A Haskell Indian Nations University graduate, he has been a member of the Tulsa World sports staff for 12 years. Phone: 918-581-8391