September 30, 2005

(9/30) Iglesias like Ike, Snyder questions KSU pass rush and more.

Oklahoma Football Notes and Articles

Iglesias a reminder of Hillard? Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops doesn't care much for comparing one player to another, but when asked if true freshman slot receiver Juaquin Iglesias reminded him of former OU star Mark Clayton, Stoops thought of another player. "He reminds me," said Stoops, "of Ike Hilliard, a guy at Florida when I was there. Just because of how physical and big he is as a young guy. Ike was very sudden in his movements, too. I've made that comment in our meetings before." Hilliard, who is 5-foot-11, 210-pounds, was a star receiver for the Gators before playing for the New York Giants from 1997-2004 and with Tampa Bay this season. Iglesias, who is 6-1, 190, said he knew it was a compliment but that he really doesn't know who Hilliard is. (

Snyder questions Pass Rush: Former Oklahoma quarterbacks Josh Heupel and Jason White can attest that Kansas State historically generates a strong pass rush. But this season, KSU has only four sacks in three games. Coach Bill Snyder openly questioned whether his team can get to OU redshirt freshman Rhett Bomar. (Dallas Morning News)

OU offensive line a mix of youth and experience: The Oklahoman

Oklahoma Football Notepad: Norman Transcript

Shaky starts for both tems mean Saturday's game could run either way: Oklahoma Daily

Thompson's new position at receiver will supplement offense's leadership: Oklahoma Daily

Oklahoma Hopes To Make Fresh Start In Big 12 Play: Channel

Sooners hope Thompson jump-starts offense: Ft. Worth Star-Telegram

Stoops still takes pride in Kansas State days: Fort Worth Star Telegram

Cats say Sooners still powerful: Topeka Capital-Journal

K-State vs. OU has been series of close calls: Topeka Capital-Journal

Stoops was a witness when two programs blossomed: Kansas City Star

Not firing on all cylinders: Kansas City Star

Stoops' appeal not lost on Sooners: Wichita Eagle

UA Football: Stoops sizes up Texas, OU: Tucson Citizen

September 29, 2005

(9/29) Oklahoma Peterson Rumor Squashed and more.

Oklahoma Football Notes and Articles

Peterson rumor squashed: OU coach Bob Stoops reacted vehemently Wednesday to questions about rumors concerning tailback Adrian Peterson. Stoops said Peterson would play Saturday against Kansas State. The rumors - driven, apparently, by Internet message boards and callers to a radio talk show - indicated vague off-the-field problems for the star player. But there appeared to be little, if any, substance. "I can't speak to stuff that isn't there," Stoops said. Peterson practiced Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Asked if the tailback was still in good standing with the team, Stoops said, "absolutely." "He's been practicing as hard as or better than anybody," Stoops said. "He's with us, and he's working his butt off." (

From the USA Today website, Current NCF Injuries it has star Oklahoma running back listed at probable with personal reasons.


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Wildcats are 3-0, but maintaining success hasn't been easy: The Oklahoman

More to come for OU receivers?: Norman Transcript

Sooners' rise hurts K-State recruiting: Kansas City Star

Wildcats' line not satisfied: Topeka Capital-Journal

K-State hopes to stunt Bomar's growth: Wichita Eagle

September 28, 2005

(9/28) Oklahoma named among the top all-time, O-Lineman Cooper still recovering and more.

Oklahoma Football Notes and Articles

KSU Clayton to play despite chargers: Kansas State running back Thomas Clayton was charged Tuesday with misdemeanor battery on Tuesday afternoon, stemming from a complaint that he almost hit a university parking services official with his car earlier this month. "I wasn't aware of that," Clayton said, when informed that Riley County Attorney Barry Wilkerson filed the charges that morning. "It'll have to be taken care of, obviously." Clayton, a junior from Alexandria, Va., was arrested Sept. 16 on a complaint of aggravated battery. Parking services officials said that he nearly hit employee James A. Seymour while trying to avoid having his vehicle immobilized for parking violations. He has not played since, but coach Bill Snyder said Monday that Clayton will play Saturday in the Wildcats' Big 12 opener at Oklahoma. Snyder has not said whether Clayton will start. (Oklahoma Daily)

Oklahoma Among the Top All-Time: The University of Oklahoma football program has been recognized as the3rd greatest college football program of all time by Street & Smith's Specialty Publications. Street & Smith's "50 Greatest College Football Programs of All Time," a 128-page keepsake, will be available on newsstands nationwide on Tuesday, October 4. Notre Dame University tops the list, with USC, Oklahoma, Alabama and Nebraska rounding out the top five. Michigan, Yale, Ohio State, Texas and Princeton complete the top 10. Street & Smith's graded each program's football history - reaching back to the game's origins in the 1860s - on a combination of national championships, undefeated seasons, major bowl wins and appearances, conference championships, all-time winning percentage, graduation rate, All-Americans, Heisman Trophy winners, No. 1 draft picks, NCAA infractions, and even mascot ferocity.

Offensive Lineman Cooper still recovering: Freshman offensive lineman Jon Cooper has recovered from a slight knee injury, but may not yet be ready to play said OU offensive line coach Kevin Wilson Tuesday. Wilson, who has been interchanging players all season looking for the right mix, said he expects the starters for the K-State game will be senior Davin Joseph at left tackle, senior Kelvin Chaisson and true freshman Duke Robinson in a rotation at left guard, senior Chris Chester at center, senior Chris Bush and redshirt freshman J.D. Quinn in a rotation at right guard and true freshman Branndon Braxton at right tackle. (

OU no strangers to position switcharoos: The Oklahoman

Without skill in trenches, Sooners stuck in a ditch: The Oklahoman

OU recruit to play in Army game: The Oklahoman

Sooners have lost their way: Kansas City Star

Big 12 a new beginning: Norman Transcript

The time to get how much better?: Norman Transcript

Not taking off-week off: Oklahoma Daily

Sooners seek fresh start: Dallas Morning News

Oklahoma Football Notes: Ft. Worth Star-Telegram

Texas looms as Sooners enter Big 12 play: Fort Worth Star Telegram

September 27, 2005

(9/27) Stoops dismisses player, Change in Planning, No Rest for the Sooners and more.

Oklahoma Football Notes and Articles

Walk on Luna Dismissed: Junior walk-on defensive back Jacob Luna was dismissed from the OU football team, head coach Bob Stoops said. According to an affidavit filed by the arresting Norman police officer, Luna was arrested and charged with misdemeanor domestic abuse and driving under the influence on the morning of Sept. 11. Stoops said the decision to dismiss Luna will stand until a ruling is made on the case that would prove Luna's innocence. (Oklahoma Daily)

Change in planning: At times in the past, the Sooners have admitted to preparing for Texas during bye weeks. Not last week, though, according to Stoops. "We had a lot of work on K-State," said Stoops, who added OU had enough to work on without looking ahead. (

No rest for the Sooners: Unlike previous bye weeks, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops heavily worked his team in preparation for its Saturday game against Kansas State. Stoops said the extra work was needed after the Sooners' 1-2 start. "Normally we might have been gone for three or four days and had the weekend off, but we just had too much to get done," Stoops said. "We told the players it was nothing about punishment for them, but we've got to get better. We needed snaps on the field and we got a bunch of them last week." (San Antonio Express)

Thompson second receiver on OU Depth Chart: When he first made the move to wide receiver, Paul Thompson said he had to do something to get on the field. Merely changing positions doesn't necessarily accomplish that. But the skills Thompson has displayed just a week and a half into the move clearly will. The Oklahoma junior has already risen to second on the depth chart at the "X" receiver spot and is also getting snaps at the "Z" position. Still the backup quarterback, Thompson has impressed coaches enough at his new position to see immediate playing time. "Oh, definitely," said OU receivers coach Darrell Wyatt. "We definitely have him in our plans for this week. How much, we'll just have to wait and see. But we definitely plan on playing him,"(

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Thompson second team as receiver: The Oklahoman

Back to basics: Norman Transcript

Bomar's experience helps OU in practice: Dallas Morning News

OU's Peterson the focus of fans, foes: Dallas Morning News

Questions abound as conference starts: Ft. Worth Star-Telegram

Sooners host Wildcats to open Big 12:

Oklahoma plays percentages with Peterson: San Jose Mercury News

September 26, 2005

(9/26) Dallas Officials looking for long term commitment, and Oklahoma Football Articles

Oklahoma Football Notes and Articles

Dallas looking for long term commitment from Universities: Other council members said they're worried about committing millions of dollars with no guarantee that the gridiron grudge match that has become the centerpiece of the State Fair will stick around long term. City and fair officials are optimistic that a refurbished stadium could attract additional football and soccer games, as well as other events, but the Texas-Oklahoma game is the Cotton Bowl's crown jewel. Economic impact studies have shown that the game is a big money maker for local businesses. However, the city has no cost-benefit analysis detailing what kind of return it could expect if it provides the Cotton Bowl with a multi-million dollar infusion. And in other cities, critics have questioned whether older stadiums ultimately become money pits. Council members have suggested that a 10-year commitment from Texas and Oklahoma to play in Dallas could ease their angst. (Dallas Morning News)

Bomar running wild as Sooners keep up search for end zone: The Oklahoman

Sooners future? No predictions here: The Oklahoman

History may repeat itself: Oklahoma Daily

Around the Big 12: Dallas Morning News

Preseason poll missed on Michigan, Oklahoma, Iowa: USA Today

Sooners reduced to looking toward the future?: Norman Transcript

Clayton, Fisher give Cats a two-back punch: Topeka Capital-Journal

September 25, 2005

September 23, 2005

September 22, 2005

(9/22) Change in Corner Bassey to start and Sooner Articles

Oklahoma Football Notes and Articles

Bassey to start: Senior corner back Eric Bassey is set to move into a starting spot when Oklahoma hosts Kansas State on Oct. 1. Bassey, who started at strong safety as a freshman in 2002 and began last season as a starting corner before being replaced, has been backing up starters Chijioke Onyenegecha and D.J. Wolfe. However, Bassey will get the start at the "field side" corner and will be backed up by sophomore Marcus Walker. Wolfe and Onyenegecha, who have been OU's starting corners in every game this season, will compete for the starting spot at the "boundary corner." As of Wednesday, Wolfe was listed as the starter. Wolfe and Onyenegecha struggled in last week's loss to UCLA, opening the door for Bassey. Bassey was sent in against the Bruins, suffered a jammed neck and had to leave the field after just five plays. "It was disappointing to him and me that he had to come out so quick because he played extremely well," said secondary coach Bobby Jack Wright. "He looked like he was going to solidify that spot at corner. (

OU receiver impressive so far: The Oklahoman

OU hopes for comeback: The Oklahoman

A legacy achieved: Norman Transcript

Rethinking the OU-Texas game: Norman Transcript

Secondary becomes primary concern: Oklahoma Daily

Peterson not a quitter: Oklahoma Daily

Giving games away: Oklahoma Daily

OU president open to moving UT game: Dallas Morning News

September 21, 2005

(9/21) Tennessee, Oklahoma Series Set, OU-Texas Home-Home Series and more.

Oklahoma Football Notes and Articles

Tennessee & Oklahoma Series Set: He might not be on the sidelines then. But Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops was enthusiastic about Tuesday's announcement of a series with Tennessee in 2014 and 2015. In an era when marquee nonconference matchups appear to be growing scarcer, Tennessee is another in a growing list of attractive big-name opponents on OU's future schedules. "We have a bunch of them," Stoops said. "And some other people aren't playing them." Tennessee will visit Norman on Sept. 13, 2014. OU visits Knoxville, Tenn., on Sept. 2, 2015. Next season, OU hosts Washington and travels to Oregon. In 2007, OU plays at Washington. Future schedules include Miami (2007 and 2009), Florida State (2010, 2011), Notre Dame (2013, 2015) and LSU (2018, 2019). (

OU-Texas going to Home and Home series? University of Oklahoma President David Boren said the OU-Texas football series has a greater chance than ever of becoming a home-and-home series. Boren said the city of Dallas' unwillingness to improve the Cotton Bowl, coupled with recent football stadium renovations at both universities, are turning the tide toward the Longhorns coming soon to Norman. The game will remain at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, on the State Fair of Texas grounds, at least until 2008. "I wouldn't say yet that it's likely," Boren said of a home-and-home switch, "but I would say it's looming as a much greater possibility than people would have thought a few years ago. My mind is open on it, very open on it. We've given Dallas every opportunity, and I think Dallas has really missed the boat." If the series does move, Boren can envision a home-home-and-neutral site rotation or simply a straight home-and-home. The games should continue to draw many thousands of fans from both schools, he said, which means bringing 20,000 or more fans of the visiting team to the host school. (Norman Transcript)

Cooper returns: Wilson was glad to have true freshman center Jon Cooper back for practice this week after a knee injury. He hasn't been completely released yet but should be ready for full work next week. (

Smith not yet ready for punt returning: Stoops was asked if strong safety Reggie Smith, who has been returning kickoffs, might get a shot at the job. "I'm going to have a guy back there that I see catch the ball all the time in practice," Stoops said. "Lendy demonstrated that all throughout practice, but hasn't done it in the games. Jejuan Rankins does it, but he's had a bad ankle. "Reggie needs to do it better in practice before I put him back there in a game. That's the bottom line. Not until I see it over and over and over that the ball's secure. That's what needs to happen." (Norman Transcript)

History says don't count Sooners out: The Oklahoman

OU-Texas moving?: The Oklahoman

Sooners will work on themselves: Norman Transcript

Stoops still upset about officiating: Dallas Morning News

Coordinator says Sooners gave UCLA 137 free yards: Dallas Morning News

Tennessee Will Play Oklahoma In Football In 2014 And 2015: The Chattanoogan

OU is hoping freshman can help offensive line: Ft. Worth Star-Telegram

Stoops meets with media Tuesday:

September 20, 2005

(9/20) Stoops Committed, & Going a Different Direction, and more.

Oklahoma Football Notes and Articles

Stoops going a "different direction" in returner: Oklahoma is making a change at punt returner. Freshman Lendy Holmes is being replaced after a costly fumble against UCLA set up a touchdown. Holmes had minuscule yardage production (3.2-yard average on six returns). Senior Jejuan Rankins, who started the season as the punt returner but has been hampered by a sprained ankle, has three punt returns for an average of 12.3. Rankins was pressed into duty Saturday after Holmes' fumble. "We're going to go in a different direction," said OU coach Bob Stoops. "We've kind of been handcuffed a little. Jejuan Rankins was sore with that ankle, and we put him out there the other day just to at least catch it. We really didn't expect him to get anything, but he did have a 15-yard return." Holmes said he hopes for another opportunity. (

Stoop Committed says, Bomar there's great potential: Thompson is still the Sooners' backup quarterback, coach Bob Stoops said. Thompson will spend time studying both positions each week. But Stoops said the coaching staff is now committed to redshirt freshman Rhett Bomar of Grand Prairie because "there's great potential there," he said. "The team thing would be to keep him at quarterback," Stoops said of Thompson. "But the guy's a junior and he's worked too hard here to do that. I believe he deserves an opportunity to be on the field." (Dallas Morning News)

KSU Gametime and Network set: Oklahoma's next game, an Oct. 1, home contest against Kansas State, has been set for a 6 p.m., kickoff. Fox Sports Net will nationally televise the game. It will be the Big 12 Conference opener for both teams. The Sooners are idle this week, while KSU entertains North Texas in Manhattan, Kan. A limited number of tickets remain for the OU-KSU game. Those tickets are the result of returns from K-State. They are available online at, over the phone at 1-800-456-GoOU or over the counter at the Athletics Ticket Office located in the Asp Avenue Parking Facilty, immediately west of Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. (

Thompson gets shot at receiver: The Oklahoman

Southern Cal sets sights on OU record: The Oklahoman

Thompson starting over: Norman Transcript

Oklahoma's Thompson makes shift to receiver: Dallas Morning News

Thompson simply too talented to sit: Ft. Worth Star-Telegram

September 19, 2005

Thompson moved from QB. to WR.

Sooners Moving Thompson to WR.: Paul Thompson started the season throwing Oklahoma's passes. Now, the junior will be catching the passes. Sooners coach Bob Stoops said Monday that Thompson will be switched to wide receiver, ESPN's Joe Schad reported. "He's an excellent athlete who's worked hard and we want the opportunity to get him on the field," Stoops said. "Rhett Bomar has got four years in front of him and he's ahead in some areas right now." Thompson, a 6-foot-4 right-hander, bided his time behind Nate Hybl and White to earn the spot as Oklahoma's top quarterback before the season began, but he was replaced by Bomar after the Sooners were upset in their opener by TCU. (

(9/19) Ingram expected back for KSU, Media taking shots at Oklahoma and more.

Oklahoma Football Notes and Articles

Ingram expected back into time for KSU game: The bye week will come in handy for a trio of ailing Sooners. Starting strongside linebacker Clint Ingram missed Saturday's game with a pulled hamstring suffered against Tulsa. Ingram is expected back for the Kansas State game. Wide receiver Jejuan Rankins has only played a few snaps combined in the last two games because of a sprained ankle. However, he was rushed into punt return duty Saturday. The senior's ankle might be tender for the rest of the season, but the two weeks is expected to allow Rankins time to heal. (

Sooners taking shots in the media: Thanks to the sloppy loss, the Sooners fell out of the Top 25 for the first time since 1999. OU is taking its lumps with the national press, too.'s Pat Forde said the Sooners had completely lost their swagger. T.J. Simers of the Los Angeles Times referred to the OU coach as "Bob Stupid" in his Sunday column. Quarterback Rhett Bomar has been credited with nine fumbles in three games, the majority of which he has recovered. Five of those came against the Bruins. (Dallas Morning News)

Auld lang syne in Houston?: The Oklahoman

Questions on OU football: The Oklahoman

Coaches question some calls: The Oklahoman

Sooners at a crossroads: Norman Transcript

Bomar grows up: The Oklahoman

Defense takes 4th quarter off: Norman Transcript

Cotton Bowl won't host Big 12's biggest game: Ft. Worth Star-Telegram

At 1-2, Oklahoma appears ripe for revenge-minded Big 12 foes: Fort Wayne News Sentinel

September 18, 2005

(9/18) UCLA-OU Post Game Reaction, Injury Updates, Peterson, and dozen columns

Oklahoma Football Notes and Articles

Wilson becomes first receiver to lead in rushing since Keith Jackson: Keith Jackson, Sooner style, was at the Rose Bowl for the matinee of a doubleheader. Jackson's son, Keith Jackson Jr., is a defensive tackle at Arkansas, which played Southern Cal at the Los Angeles Coliseum later Saturday. OU flanker Travis Wilson honored the tight end legend by joining Jackson's club. Wilson became the first Sooner receiver since Jackson to lead OU in rushing in a single game. Wilson had 61 yards on two carries, including a 56-yard touchdown on a first-quarter reverse. Wilson also had seven catches for 103 yards, after just six catches in OU's first two games. (

Ingram doesn't start: Senior LB Clint Ingram's streak of 13 consecutive starts and games played was snapped today due to an injury. Sophomore LB Demario Pleasant recorded her first career start as Ingram's replacement. (

Sooner Fans at the Rose Bowl: OU fans packed the north endzone and a small section in the southwest corner endzone. In front of the OU fans in the north endzone were a cheer squad, one of the new OU mascots and a smaller pep band. It was a sizeable sea of red in the midst of a lot of light blue. (Oklahoma Daily)

Bomar Injury update: Left the field early just before the half and returned with his left triceps bandaged. OU offensive coordinator Chuck Long said Bomar went in early to get an IV because he was dehydrated. (

Garner in Suite: Oklahoma alum and famous actor James Garner was a suite guest of Oklahoma Director of Athletics Joe Castiglione today. (

Holmes replaces as returner: Earlier this week, Bob Stoops complimented Lendy Holmes' punt return work. But the South Oak Cliff graduate misjudged a punt badly in the first quarter, and a turnover resulted. The Bruins tied the score, 7-7, on the next play when Andrew Baumgartner hauled in a 19-yard touchdown pass. Jejuan Rankins took over on punt returns the rest of the day. (Dallas Morning News)

Peterson doesn't start nor speaks: Oklahoma All-American running back Adrian Peter son was held out of the starting lineup Saturday, but he didn't sit for long. Peterson, who was suspended for two practices this week for missing class, entered the game on the fourth play. Following the game, Peterson declined to speak to the media as he walked up the tunnel to the OU bus. (

Three fumbles cost Oklahoma big time in setback to UCLA: The Oklahoman

Sooners looked back, but Bomar gives hope: The Oklahoman

OU's defense wilts in fourth quarter: The Oklahoman

Pleasant's interception negated by penalty call: The Oklahoman

Tale of the tape -- Bomar's day: The Oklahoman

Inside the box score: The Oklahoman

In their words: The Oklahoman

Ugly loss: Norman Transcript

This doesn't look like Oklahoma football: Norman Transcript

Bomar is hot and cold: Norman Transcript

Misuces hurt Sooners: Norman Transcript

Peterson should take advantage of education: Enid News & Eagle, OK

Sooners fall to 1-2: Austin American-Statesman

UCLA lowers boom on fumbling OU: Dallas Morning News

Despite mistakes, Sooners' plucky offense hits high gear: Dallas Morning News

Swooners: Ft. Worth Star-Telegram

UCLA moves to 3-0 after defeating Oklahoma: San Jose Mercury News

Loss to UCLA could end Oklahoma's title dreams: Arizona Republic

No Heisman performance: Press-Enterprise

UCLA makes a statement with huge win over Oklahoma, 41-24: The UCLA Daily Bruin

Bruins lower Boomer: Los Angeles Times

UCLA is A-OK: Los Angeles Daily News

UCLA -- Better than OK: Orange County Register

Sooners' swagger gone after knockout loss to Bruins: ESPN

UCLA beats Sooners in Pasadena:

UCLA rolls Sooners

Oklahoma Sooners Football Articles and Notes

UCLA rolls Oklahoma: Oklahoma won't be making a return trip to the Rose Bowl this season. Not after Drew Olson and UCLA piled on the struggling Sooners, with a 41-24 victory Saturday that sent No. 21 Oklahoma to its first 1-2 start since 1997. The Sooners have played in the last two Bowl Championship Series title games, but they can forget about playing in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 4, when this season's championship will be decided. Oklahoma sputtered again on offense, with quarterback Rhett Bomar having four of the team's six fumbles. Adrian Peterson was held to 58 yards on 23 carries. UCLA, which makes its home in the Rose Bowl, recovered three fumbles, including one by Peterson, and turned them into 17 points. "You're not going to win when you turn the ball over and put the ball on the ground like we did," Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said. "It's just poor football. Until we can be responsible with the ball, it's impossible to win. ( (Complete Stats)

OU, 24, UCLA, 41

Scoring Summary
Drive info: 5 plays, 76 yards.
7 0
Drive info: 1 plays, 19 yards.
7 7
Drive info: 4 plays, 7 yards.
7 10
Drive info: 7 plays, 31 yards.
7 13
Drive info: 13 plays, 61 yards.
10 13
Drive info: 10 plays, 70 yards.
17 20
Drive info: 13 plays, 83 yards.
17 27
Drive info: 7 plays, 45 yards.
17 34
Drive info: 10 plays, 84 yards.
24 34
Drive info: 3 plays, 51 yards.
24 41

UCLA Beats Sooners in Pasadena, 41-24:

September 17, 2005

(9/17) Oklahoma-UCLA gameday and articles

Oklahoma Football Notes and Articles

Oklahoma the underdogs: Oddsmakers' betting line had UCLA a 6½-point favorite over OU. It’s unfamiliar territory for the Sooners, who have been favored in most games since Bob Stoops arrived. Only Florida State, a 13 ½-favorite before the 2001 Orange Bowl, was favored by more. Notre Dame was a 6-point favorite in 1999, Stoops' first season. The next week, Texas was favored by 5½. The last time OU was a bigger underdog? November 1998, when Texas A&M was a 17½-point favorite. The Aggies won 29-0. (

OU-UCLA Storylines: The Oklahoman

The blueprint for beating UCLA could be a heavy does of smash-mouth football: The Oklahoman

Beating Texas would sweeten OU's season: The Oklahoman

For better or worse, it could all change today: Norman Transcript

All Day: Norman Transcript

The Boz the blast from the past: Enid News & Eagle, OK

OU puts flimsy penalty into practice, when star should be missing game: Dallas Morning News

To truly go, OU offense must grow: Dallas Morning News

Oklahoma-UCLA Preview: Dallas Morning News

Offensive coordinator defends himself against backlash from irate fans: Ft. Worth Star-Telegram

UCLA sees speed and experience as keys to victory: Los Angeles Times

A victory over Oklahoma would go a long way for Olson: Los Angeles Times

UCLA eager to measure up OK: Daily Breeze

Scouting Report: UCLA vs. Oklahoma: Daily Breeze

QB competition has brought out the best in Drew Olson

Bruins find little support for game vs. Sooners: Orange County Register

Stopping Peterson is the top priority: Los Angeles Daily News

UCLA ready to face visiting Oklahoma: Los Angeles Daily News

September 16, 2005

(9/16) Mildren joins FoxSportsNet, Stoops at Unforgiven, and more.

Oklahoma Football Notes and Articles

Stoops at WWE Pay-per-view Unforgiven? OU football Sooners head man and my friend Bob Stoops may be on hand Sunday night in OKC's Ford Center to see his old pal the Nature Boy attempt to win the Intercontinental Championship for the first time when he challenges Carlito. (WWE's Ross Report)

Mildren joins FoxSportsNet: Jack Mildren, a Sports Animal radio network personality, has joined Fox Sports Net Southwest as an occasional analyst on its "Football Saturday" scoreboard show. Mildren, a former OU quarterback, worked Saturday and is next scheduled to work Oct. 1. (

Holmes will keep returning punts: The Oklahoman

Young receivers could see more action against UCLA: The Oklahoman

Not worth a passing game: Norman Transcript

Is OU football losing stock?: Oklahoma Daily

Sideline and ringside Sooner: Oklahoma Daily

OU defensive line gets a face-lift: Oklahoma Daily

The importance of being special: Los Angeles Daily News

UCLA tight end manages to have influence, even when defenses slow him down: Los Angeles Times

Oklahoma battles Bruins at Rose Bowl:

September 15, 2005

(9/15) Peterson returns, R. Smith to start, The Boz, and many articles

Oklahoma Football Notes and Articles

Peterson returns to practice: Adrian Peterson returned to the practice field for the Sooners Wednesday. He'd skipped classes and was suspended from practice the past two days. Peterson leads a struggling OU team to a rejuvanated UCLA Saturday. School hasn't started at UCLA so only 44,000 fans attended the win over Rice Saturday at the Rose Bowl (seating capacity of 93,000). (

Smith to make first start: Oklahoma freshman Reggie Smith has been elevated to the first team at strong safety and will start Saturday at UCLA, according to co-defensive coordinator Bobby Jack Wright. Smith, an Edmond Santa Fe graduate who was twice selected as a state Player of the Year by The Oklahoman, will start in place of sophomore Lewis Baker, who will play the dime-backer in OU's extra defensive back sets. "He's to the point now where he knows our defense about as good as anybody out there," Wright said of Smith. (

The Boz watching UCLA closely: Kyle and Korey Bosworth were working out with the UCLA linebackers the other day, like they always do. And, like any other day, their uncle Brian Bosworth was watching from the top of a parking garage adjacent to Spaulding Field, mindful of their footwork and techniques while conducting business on his cell phone. But this isn't just any week. This is Oklahoma week. And Brian Bosworth is the former brash Sooners All-American, the flamboyant linebacker who once ripped UCLA for everything from the way it played football to the shade of blue on its uniforms. As outrageous as it would have appeared in 1986, and as strange as it still seems now, Brian Bosworth had made himself at home at UCLA. His twin nephews, whom he has molded, tutored and loved, are part of the Bruins family. And so is Brian Bosworth. "Right now, my passion is where my family is, and I'm going to support them and their program," Brian says. "I want to see how thick and redneck the UCLA boys can be." (In part from LA Times)

Braxton and Robinson moved up on O-Line: Working to shore up an offensive line that failed to free up Adrian Peterson, Oklahoma got much younger and a whole lot bigger up front. The 21st-ranked Sooners are turning to mammoth freshman tackles Branndon Braxton and George "Duke" Robinson to provide a lift -- or perhaps a push -- for the offensive line. At 360 pounds, Robinson is the most massive player on the Sooners' roster. The 6-foot-5 Atlanta native is 42 pounds heavier than Braxton, who's the second biggest offensive lineman and stands 6-foot-6. With the two inserted into the lineup, the Sooners (1-1) mauled Tulsa for 227 rushing yards, including 180 by Peterson in the second half last week. After being held to 97 yards rushing in an upset loss to TCU in Week 1, the offensive front was able to regain some confidence while the Sooners went without a pass attempt in the second half. (

Ingram uncertain for UCLA game: Defensive coordinator Brent Venables said he wasn't certain whether strongside linebacker Clint Ingram would be available Saturday. Ingram suffered a slight hamstring pull while returning an interception for a touchdown in the final seconds of OU's win over Tulsa last Saturday. Venables said Ingram has done some light jogging but has not tested the muscle. If he isn’t able to play, Demarrio Pleasant would move into the lineup. (

UCLA running back will honor father figure on the field: The Oklahoman

Jump-starting the line: Norman Transcript

OU starting passing phase: Oklahoma Daily

Oklahoma set standard for dynasties in '50s, including 47-game streak: San Jose News Mercury

(21) Oklahoma (1-1) At UCLA (2-0):

Sooners Gear Up for UCLA: KSBI

Oklahoma isn't OK just yet: Dallas Morning News

Dorrell, UCLA facing an important moment: Los Angeles Times

Student-Athlete Notion Suffers Another Blow: Los Angeles Times

Drew not focusing on Peterson: Los Angeles Times

Cut Off at the Pass: Los Angeles Times

Bruins must put up brave front: Los Angeles Daily News

Moses making family history at Oklahoma:

September 14, 2005

(9/14) Peterson one game away from suspension? OU tickets, Articles and more.

Oklahoma Sooners Football News and Articles

Peterson one class away from one game suspension? A new athletic department policy went into affect this semester that penalizes athletes for unexcused absences in class, OU athletic director Joe Castiglione said. If an athlete misses three classes in any one course, he or she receives only a warning, according to the new policy. But if the athlete misses another class in any other course, that person is held out of two practices. If the athlete misses a fifth class in any course, he or she will be held out of athletic competition. OU officials, citing privacy concerns, would not comment on Peterson's specific situation. But the sophomore was held out of practice Monday and Tuesday. Coach Bob Stoops would only say that Peterson has "class attendance issues," but an OU source confirmed that Peterson has missed at least four classes to trigger the first penalty. Stoops said Monday, as of now, Peterson should play Saturday. It's an indication that Peterson could be held out of a game if he misses another class. OU has people on staff who go around campus making sure athletes are in attendance. "Overall, they're here first to get an education, regardless of what anybody says," Stoops said. "I think we do our best around the country, not just here, to get that done. But the guys also have to do their part." (Dallas Morning News)

Baylor & KSU tickets returned: Due to returns from visiting schools, OU has a limited number of tickets available for home games against Kansas State (Oct. 1) and Baylor (Oct. 22). The tickets are $62 for both games and are available at, or at (405) 325-2424 or (800) 456-4668. They can also be purchased at the ticket office. (

Stoops not looking back: One has to wonder who would be starting at quarterback if Tommy Grady hadn't elected to transfer to Utah in August. Grady was expected to compete with Bomar and Paul Thompson for the starting job, but was left on the outside looking in when he had to take an intercession class and missed preseason practices. "I'm not much on looking back on what might have been," Stoops said. "I will say all along we had confidence in Tommy. As I said last week, we never had a pecking order coming into the season. Even though the media did, that wasn't us, because we saw the potential in him. "That situation's done and these guys are good guys. We've got to continue to work with them in better ways, and they have to continue to stay positive and work, too.” (Norman Transcript)

Missing class will sideline Peterson: The Oklahoman

Hybl recalls that 2001 season began as a blur, then blossomed: The Oklahoman

Soft Sooners tread on slippery slope: The Oklahoman

Bomar will start, might not finish: Norman Transcript

Sooners working on confidence: Norman Transcript

OU defense's tight end problem just got bigger: Oklahoma Daily

Oklahoma Football Notes: Ft. Worth Star-Telegram

Oklahoma relies almost exclusively on Peterson: Los Angeles Times

OU Coaches and Players on UCLA Game:

September 13, 2005

(9/13) Peterson up for Player of the Week, then Suspended, Reggie Smith to Start? and more

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Thompson wearing white jersey: It could have no meaning, but junior quarterback Paul Thompson wore a white practice jersey Monday instead of the customary blue that quarterbacks wear. Thompson, who did not play Saturday despite starting the season opener, stood on the far side of the practice field and had a lengthy and often animated discussion with offensive coordinator Chuck Long after practice. Offensive players wear white jerseys, and Thompson was seen catching footballs thrown from a machine last week. But Long laughed off the suggestion that Thompson's jersey switch meant he was moving to receiver. When asked what the jersey change meant, Thompson only said: "It's just cooler." (Dallas Morning News)

Reggie Smith to get more playing time? Co-defensive coordinator Bobby Jack Wright said Monday freshman strong safety Reggie Smith has worked his way to the cusp of more playing time. "Reggie Smith continues to improve," Wright said. "He's ready to start playing a bigger role." Sunday, defensive coordinator Brent Venables called OU's safety play against Tulsa “sporadic." (

Peterson up for USA Today Player of the Week: Oklahoma sophomore running back Adrian Peterson is one of five finalists for the Player of the Week. The website writes, "The Oklahoma running back ran for 220 yards and three touchdowns to help the 16th-ranked Sooners recover from their season-opening loss to beat Tulsa 31-15. Oklahoma never even attempted a pass during the second half as they rode their sophomore star to a much-needed victory. "We came out there and we played smash-mouth football," Peterson said. Each week during the season, readers can participate in the selection of's Player of the Week. Choices will be made available on Sunday night. ( Fans can vote by visiting

Peterson suspended two practices: Oklahoma tailback Adrian Peterson did not practice Monday and will not practice today while serving a penalty for missing classes. OU coach Bob Stoops said Peterson would play Saturday at UCLA. But Peterson, a sophomore, has run afoul of the OU athletic department's class attendance policy, which was instituted this fall. Further absences could result in penalties, including suspensions from games. According to Kenny Mossman, OU's associate athletic director for communications, if a student misses more than three classes in one subject, an escalating penalty phase kicks in. After an unspecified number of absences, the student is not allowed to practice. At some further point in the escalation, absences would result in suspension from competition. Peterson has not reached that point. Though it was uncertain Monday night whether he would start against UCLA, Stoops said in a statement issued by OU he would play. (

Sooners rely on freshmen to anchor offensive line: The Oklahoman

Tougher test coming: Norman Transcript

Dont' overrate Tulsa beating: The Oklahoma Daily

Peterson scheduled to miss two practices: Dallas Morning News

Peterson remains one to be watched: Los Angeles Times

UCLA Report: Los Angeles Times

OU suspends Peterson 2 days: Ft. Worth Star-Telegram

Oklahoma battles Bruins at the Rose Bowl:

September 12, 2005

(9/12) Oklahoma Sooner Articles and Notes

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What's Up with Rankins? Jejuan Rankins, one of Oklahoma's two starting wide receivers, barely made it onto the field Saturday against Tulsa. The senior was listed on the game participation chart, but he wasn't in for many plays. He didn't catch a pass or return any kicks or punts. Rankins had been the starter at punt returner, but redshirt freshman Lendy Holmes was used Saturday. "(We) tried to, he was just hobbling," said OU offensive coordinator Chuck Long of getting Rankins into the game. "We tried to do it, but it just didn't work out." Asked if Rankins was injured, Long said OU coach Bob Stoops would have to answer that question. "We tried to play him and then ... I'll just let Bob talk about all that stuff," Long said. (

Peterson's nickname is All Day; he'll have a workload to match: The Oklahoman

Questions on OU Football: The Oklahoman

OU-Texas Game No. 26: The Oklahoman

Sooners can't run forever: Norman Transcript

Aerial game under review: Oklahoma Daily

Oklahoma asking: where's White?: NCAA Football

September 11, 2005

(9/11) Oklahoma Sooners Articles

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OU needs strong dose of Peterson, doesn't attempt pass in second half: The Oklahoman

Underwhelming Sooners struck in an ordinary rut: The Oklahoman

Offensive line makes changes after all: The Oklahoman

In their words -- Peterson's gamebreaker: The Oklahoman

OU is a very average team: The Oklahoman

3 Questions -- Rhett Bomar: The Oklahoman

Fox broadcast misses QB story due to Peterson preoccupation: The Oklahoman

Sooner fans are puzzled: The Oklahoman

Peterson power: Norman Transcript

Yo, Adrian. Peterson carries OU: Dallas Morning News

Oklahoma-Tulsa notebook: Dallas Morning News

Peterson does the damage against Tulsa: Ft. Worth Star-Telegram

Late drive seals victory for Oklahoma:

OU-Tulsa Notes:

OU-Tulsa Quotes:

September 10, 2005

Oklahoma Survives Tulsa

OU, 31 Vs. Tulsa, 31
Scoring Summary
OU TD 8:36 Adrian Peterson rush for 1 yard for a TOUCHDOWN. Garrett Hartley extra point GOOD.
Drive info: 10 plays, 41 yds in 4:45
0 7
11:17 Brad DeVault 52 yard field goal GOOD.
Drive info: 9 plays, 35 yds in 4:26
3 7
0:05 Brad DeVault 22 yard field goal GOOD.
Drive info: 5 plays, 28 yds in 1:04
6 7
5:36 Brad DeVault 19 yard field goal GOOD.
Drive info: 13 plays, 84 yds in 7:26
9 7
OU TD 4:16 Adrian Peterson rush for 1 yard for a TOUCHDOWN. Garrett Hartley extra point GOOD.
Drive info: 5 plays, 58 yds in 1:20
9 14
14:19 Garrett Hartley 29 yard field goal GOOD.
Drive info: 7 plays, 43 yds in 3:32
9 17
TU TD 9:10 Paul Smith rush for 1 yard for a TOUCHDOWN, OKLAHOMA penalty offside on Kejuan Jones declined.
Drive info: 14 plays, 70 yds in 5:01
15 17
OU TD 3:04 Adrian Peterson rush for 41 yards for a TOUCHDOWN. Garrett Hartley extra point GOOD.
Drive info: 11 plays, 91 yds in 6:06
15 24
OU TD 0:03 Paul Smith pass intercepted by Clint Ingram at the 50 yard line, returned for 50 yards for a TOUCHDOWN. Garrett Hartley extra point GOOD.
Drive info: 1 plays, 50 yds in 0:00
15 31

Complete Game Stats

(9/10) Tulsa vs Oklahoma Articles and Previews

Oklahoma Sooners Football News and Articles

Sooners hit the field against Tulsa with last week in the past: The Oklahoman

Criticism of play calls not justified: The Oklahoman

What to look for ... What not to look for: The Oklahoman

OU Storylines: The Oklahoman

Vessels part of starting another tradition at OU: The Oklahoman

Offensive line must improve: Norman Transcript

Long, Wilson in the spotlight: Norman Transcript

Vessels statue unveiled:

Tulsa at Oklahoma Preview: Dallas Morning News

September 9, 2005

(9/9) Bomar Cited for Minor in Possession, More Sooner Tickets Available

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Bomar cited for Minor in Possession: Oklahoma quarterback Rhett Bomar was cited for possession of alcohol by a minor last Saturday night. The citation, which includes a $90 fine, isn't expected to affect his status for the Tulsa game. Bomar, 20, was named the Sooners' starter on Monday. Kenny Mossman, OU's associate athletic director for communications, said coach Bob Stoops was aware of the citation. Mossman said the situation "Would be handled internally"and suggested Bomar's status for Saturday'sgame against Tulsa has not changed. Bomar could not be reached for comment. His father, Jerry Bomar, said Rhett informed Stoops and offensive coordinator Chuck Long on Monday morning. After practice Monday evening, Stoops announced Bomar would start against Tulsa, replacing junior Paul Thompson. The incident allegedly occurred at a party in the 400 block of Castro Street, according to Norman police. Bomar was allegedly found in possession of an alcoholic beverage and issued a ticket. Bomar has a court appearance set for Oct. 5. (The Oklahoman)

Tickets Returned and now available: The University of Oklahoma Athletics Ticket Office has received a limited number of returns from the visiting teams for the Sept. 10 Tulsa game and the Oct. 1 Kansas State game. Tickets are available for purchase online at, by calling the Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 456-4668 or (405) 325-2424, or in person at the Athletics Ticket Office on the west side of Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on the plaza level of the Asp Avenue parking garage. Tickets are $52 for the Tulsa game and $62 for the Kansas State game and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. (

OU sorts out defensive ends: The Oklahoman

Wilson's parellel universe: The Oklahoman

OU Notebook: The Oklahoman

Stoops has no comment on Bomar: Norman Transcript

Billy Vessels statue to be unveiled today: Norman Transcipt

Tulsa still preparing to face an elite OU team: Oklahoma Daily

Sooners look to bounce back with win against Golden Hurricane: Oklahoma Daily

Lindsey Street gets swamped by early football fanatics: Oklahoma Daily

Sooners coaches, players accept equal responsibility for season-opening loss: Ft. Worth Star-Telegram

OU hosts Tulsa Saturday at Owen Field:

September 8, 2005

(9/8) O-Line Saga Continues Millington, Keith Leave, Vessels Satute, Clayton Donates and more.

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O-Line Saga Continues, Millington and Keith Leave again: Akim Millington's roommate had a message for his friend on Tuesday." Akim just has to see if he really wants to be here or no t," Oklahoma offensive tackle Davin Joseph said. By Wednesday, Millington had decided: Not. Two days after his return to the team, the sophomore offensive lineman quit again. Millington was joined by junior lineman Brandon Keith, who also left the team for the second time in less than a month. Neither player could be reached for comment. Neither will be allowed to return, coach Bob Stoops said. "They've been back and forth," Stoops said. "They're gone. That's it." Millington was slated to start the season opener against TCU at right tackle, but quit during practice Aug. 30. He returned to the team Monday after meeting with coaches, but was relegated to duty with the scout team. Keith, from McAlester by way of Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, went AWOL after three preseason practices. He returned a couple weeks later and was expected to redshirt this season. (

Vessels Statue to be unveiled: he Oklahoma Centennial Commission and the University of Oklahoma will unveil a heroic-size statue honoring the late Billy Vessels, Oklahoma's first Heisman trophy winner, on Friday, September 9, at 5:45 p.m. on the east side of Memorial Stadium. The public is invited to attend the unveiling. "Billy Vessels was a loyal supporter of OU all of his lifetime," said OU President David Boren. "We are honored to celebrate Sooners, like Billy, who during their time at OU carved a place in the school's proud tradition." Born in Cleveland, Oklahoma, Vessels was the first of several OU Heisman award winners and a significant part of Oklahoma's impressive athletic tradition. While at OU, the Oklahoma native ran 2,085 yards, scored 35 touchdowns and was awarded the1952 Heisman trophy. Thirty years later, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Governor Brad Henry will welcome Vessels' wife, Susie, and their children to OU for the dedication ceremony. Susie Vessels said, "Billy was always proud to have been a Sooner and would have loved seeing his statue at the university he once called home.” The bronze statue of Vessels is the first to be displayed in the newly developed Heisman Park, a joint effort of OU and the Oklahoma Centennial Commission that will later feature statues of other OU Heisman trophy winners. A statue of Steve Owens (1969 Heisman) will be added in 2006, then in 2007, statues of Billy Sims (1978 Heisman) and Jason White (2003 Heisman) will be dedicated. (SoonerSports)

Limited Tickets Available: A limited number of tickets to Saturday's game with Tulsa are available. For information, call the OU ticket office (325-2424). (

More PT for younger linemen: (Davin) Joseph said the line can improve on several things, such as being physical, more accountable and executing assignments. To fix the problem, OU head coach Bob Stoops said it is possible some of the younger offensive linemen will get more playing time Saturday against Tulsa. Stoops said freshmen Brandon Braxton, George "Duke" Robinson and Jon Cooper may see more time. However, Cooper was injured Monday. Stoops said he may be out for the week. (OklahomaDaily)

Former Sooner Clayton donates 20K: Baltimore Ravens rookie wide receiver Mark Clayton has donated $20,000 to the Hurricane Katrina relief effort for the purpose of purchasing supplies and other necessities for the victims of the storm. The contribution effort, headed by his mother, JacQuetta Clayton, will be directed to the Centurion Faith Foundation. Centurion Faith Foundation along with Professional Football Players Mothers Association (PFPMA), will team with church members and other friends from the community to purchase and distribute necessities to the victims that have been relocated to the Claytons' hometown of Arlington, Texas. (

Smith's chance to prove his worth: The Oklahoman

Thin at end: Norman Transcript

Millington leaves ... again. Keith takes off too: Norman Transcript

Latimer may see time at defensive end in passing situations: Oklahoma Daily

Health over Heisman: Oklahoma Daily

Sooners' problems start with a stalled line: Dallas Morning News

Sooners offensive linemen Millington, Keith: Ft. Worth Star-Telegram

Sooner nation shows support for OU:

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