The Oklahoma Sooners are less than 24 hours away from a 2-0 start to the season and the ability to give 100% of their attention to the UCLA Bruins. As OU looks to extend their home winning streak to thirteen games here are a ten things you need to know about the match-up with South Dakota.
1. Record Breaking Debut
Oklahoma is coming off a 49-31 home win over Houston on Sunday in which it set a school record for total offense in a season-opening game (686 yards). Quarterback Jalen Hurts threw for 332 yards and ran for a career-high 176 to set the OU record for total offense by a player in his Sooner debut (508 yards; previous record was 396).
2. It Has Been A While
The Coyotes’ last trip to the state of Oklahoma was 1974 against Cameron in Lawton. South Dakota also faced Tulsa back in 1927.
3. Rewriting History
In their history, the Sooners have rushed for 300-plus yards and passed for 300-plus yards in a game 12 times. Six of those 12 occasions have come in the last 15 games (since the start of last season), and OU has accomplished the feat five times in the last eight contests (including Sunday versus Houston).
4. He Seems Like He Knows What He’s Doing
South Dakota Bob Nielson is one of 14 active NCAA coaches with 200 career victories. He is a two-time national champion and three-time national coach of the year.
5. Best Offense In The Land
OU averaged 11.25 yards per play against Houston, the third-highest average in school history (the record is 12.96 vs. West Virginia in 2017). The next highest figure in the FBS this past week was 8.96 by Washington State. It was the 13th time in OU history the Sooners have averaged at least 10.0 yards per play, and 10 of those occasions have been since the start of the 2016 season. The other three were in 1971, ’80, ’86.
6. Someone Needs To Cover That Guy
South Dakota receiver Kody Case tied a program record with 11 catches and had 144 yards and 2 TDs in last week’s opener against No. 25 Montana.
7. Go Deep!
On Sunday, against Houston, the Sooners led all teams in plays of at least 20 yards (11), 30 yards (seven) and 40 yards (five), despite 108 teams running more plays than Oklahoma’s 61.
8. No Strangers To The Big Stage
South Dakota has faced an FBS program every year since 2010 and has wins against Minnesota (2010) and Bowling Green (2017) during that span.
9. Pulling Rank
The Sooners are 42-11-1 overall and 20-2 at home as the No. 4 team in the AP poll. Against unranked opponents, OU is 33-4 (18-2 at home) as the AP’s No. 4 squad.
10. A Rough Start
South Dakota fell 31-17 at home in Saturday’s season opener against Montana. In a game in which all of the scoring took place in the second and third quarters, the Coyotes finished with 352 yards (246 passing) while surrendering 510 (427 passing). South Dakota held the Grizzlies to 83 rushing yards (2.3 per attempt).
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