Oklahoma Sooners v. Connecticut Huskies: Indiana coach Kevin Wilson's last game with OU.

 

This post is sponsored by the United States Marine Corps.  The USMC has been kind enough to sponsor bowl preview posts, particularly for sites whose teams are, you know, actually in bowl games.  Still, the USMC has been kind enough to allow college bloggers whose teams are home for the holidays to participate in the promotion by previewing any bowl game of their choice.  From an IU perspective, the choice was easy.  While the Hoosiers did not qualify for the postseason, Indiana's new head coach, Kevin Wilson, will be doing his final work for the Oklahoma Sooners tomorrow night when Oklahoma plays Connecticut in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.  Many IU fans watched OU's win over Nebraska in the Big 12 championship game with interest, because Wilson was the subject of heavy speculation that he would be IU's next coach.  Still, the will be the first and final opportunity to see OU's offense in action with the knowledge that Wilson is IU's coach. 

 

It's important to note that Wilson is not in his former role of offensive coordinator for this game.  Quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel, best remembered as the QB who led OU to the 2000 national championship, will be calling plays for the Sooners.  Wilson will be coaching the tight ends.  There was some initial hand-wringing about Wilson's decision to coach for OU in this bowl game instead of washing his hands of the situation and dedicating himself completely to IU.  Frankly, I think his decision is fine.  Three weeks later, it's hard to argue with the outcome.  Wilson has spent plenty of time in Bloomington and has gathered what appears to be a first-rate coaching staff.  Recruiting is currently in a dead period, and IU's above average (for IU) recruiting class is mostly full, largely intact, and recruiting is in a dead period anyway.  The damage to IU is minimal or nonexistent, and the benefit is that tomorrow's game likely will include some positive publicity for IU when Wilson is discussed.  Finally, during his introductory press conference, it was obvious that the win over Nebraska meant quite a bit to Wilson.  It was the last OU-NU game for the foreseeable future, and it sent Oklahoma to the BCS for the ninth time in the last 11 years.  If there is any negative mark on Bob Stoops's resume, it is that the Sooners have lost their last five BCS games.  Certainly, most schools would kill for the opportunity to play in five BCS bowls in a 7 years, win or lose.  Still, I get the sense that the losing streak sticks in Wilson's craw and that he wants his final work at Oklahoma to involve putting an end to the streak.  I can respect a coach who wants to finish what he started. 

The Fiesta Bowl is predicted to be the most lopsided of the remaining bowls.  Oklahoma is favored by 17 points.  Still, the Sooners' opponent, Connecticut, has spent the last decade beating the odds.  The Huskies moved up to Division I-A for the 2000 season.  The Huskies spent four seasons as an independent before the football team began Big East play in 2004.    In 2003, the Huskies opened their new stadium.  IU was kind enough to show up for the occasion--somewhat.  UConn won that game 34-10, ad won 14-7 in Bloomington three years later, in 2006, when the Hoosiers were led by Bill Lynch on an interim basis when Terry Hoeppner missed the game for cancer surgery.

Here are the Sooners individual stats for 2010.  OU finished 11-2, with quality wins against Nebraska, Oklahoma State, and Florida State, and losses at Missouri and Texas A&M.


Passing

Passing Rushing Sacks
G Rating Comp Att Pct Yds Y/G Y/A TD INT Rush Yds Y/G Avg TD Sack YdsL
Drew Allen 5 60.0 9 14 64.3 89 17.8 6.4 0 0 5 17 3.4 3.4 1 - -
Landry Jones 13 103.0 371 568 65.3 4289 329.9 7.6 35 11 50 -125 -9.6 -2.5 1 - -
John Nimmo 1 0.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 -13 -13 -13 0 - -

Rushing

Rushing Receiving
G Rush Yds Y/G Avg TD Rec Yds Y/G Avg TD
Drew Allen 5 5 17 3.4 3.4 1 0 0 0 0 0
Jermie Calhoun 3 11 22 7.3 2 0 2 14 4.7 7 0
Brennan Clay 7 36 127 18.1 3.5 0 3 13 1.9 4.3 0
Roy Finch 8 85 398 49.8 4.7 2 10 49 6.1 4.9 0
Trey Franks 11 3 15 1.4 5 0 26 238 21.6 9.2 1
Landry Jones 13 50 -125 -9.6 -2.5 1 0 0 0 0 0
Mossis Madu 10 58 251 25.1 4.3 1 11 66 6.6 6 0
Trey Millard 10 24 74 7.4 3.1 3 16 135 13.5 8.4 1
DeMarco Murray 13 257 1121 86.2 4.4 14 69 595 45.8 8.6 5
John Nimmo 1 1 -13 -13 -13 0 0 0 0 0 0

Receiving

Receiving
G Rec Yds Y/G AVG TD
Ryan Broyles 13 118 1452 111.7 12.3 13
Brandon Caleb 4 4 32 8 8 0
Jermie Calhoun 3 2 14 4.7 7 0
Brennan Clay 7 3 13 1.9 4.3 0
Roy Finch 8 10 49 6.1 4.9 0
Trey Franks 11 26 238 21.6 9.2 1
James Hanna 10 17 284 28.4 16.7 6
Cameron Kenney 10 26 390 39 15 3
Mossis Madu 10 11 66 6.6 6 0
Trey Millard 10 16 135 13.5 8.4 1
Dejuan Miller 6 15 199 33.2 13.3 0
DeMarco Murray 13 69 595 45.8 8.6 5
Trent Ratterree 7 10 198 28.3 19.8 1
Kenny Stills 13 53 713 54.8 13.5 5

Kicking

Field Goals PAT
G 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ FGM FGA PCT XPM XPA PCT pts
Jimmy Stevens 11 - - - - - 17 21 80.0% 47 47 100.0% 98
Patrick O'Hara 4 - - - - - 6 9 70.0% 14 16 90.0% 32


Landry Jones did not match the performance of his Heisman-winning predecessor, Sam Bradford, but he did have a solid season, and the Sooners ranked #4 nationally in passing offense and #13 in total offense, and #33 in pass efficiency.  DeMarco Murray added 1121 rushing yards for the Sooners.  Ryan Broyles was among the nation's top receivers with 1452 yards and 13 touchdowns.  While offense is the Sooners' strength (OU ranked #57 in total defense), watch out for both defensive ends.   Jeremy Beal  had 8.5 sacks and 18.5 tackles for loss, Pryce Macon had 6 sacks and 10 TFL,  and Frank Alexander had 11 TFL and 6 sacks.  Quinton Carter and Jamell Fleming led the way with 4 interceptions each.

Here are Connecticut's numbers.  The Huskies finished 8-4, but won their final 5 Big East games after an 0-2 start in the conference.


Passing

Passing Rushing Sacks
G Rating Comp Att Pct Yds Y/G Y/A TD INT Rush Yds Y/G Avg TD Sack YdsL
Michael Box 3 20.0 6 17 35.3 65 21.7 3.8 0 1 7 21 7 3 0 - -
Cody Endres 3 93.0 45 75 60 471 157 6.3 5 2 2 1 .300 .500 0 - -
Zach Frazer 10 50.0 117 222 52.7 1202 120.2 5.4 5 4 25 31 3.1 1.2 0 - -
Leon Kinnard 6 100.0 1 1 100 3 .500 3 0 0 4 18 3 4.5 0 - -

Rushing

Rushing Receiving
G Rush Yds Y/G Avg TD Rec Yds Y/G Avg TD
Michael Box 3 7 21 7 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cody Endres 3 2 1 .300 .500 0 0 0 0 0 0
Zach Frazer 10 25 31 3.1 1.2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Robbie Frey 9 70 381 42.3 5.4 4 5 38 4.2 7.6 0
Martin Hyppolite 1 3 5 5 1.7 0 0 0 0 0 0
Leon Kinnard 6 4 18 3 4.5 0 1 2 .300 2 0
Kashif Moore 12 5 5 .400 1 0 32 390 32.5 12.2 4
D.J. Shoemate 4 28 115 28.8 4.1 1 2 12 3 6 0
Jordan Todman 11 302 1574 143.1 5.2 14 18 91 8.3 5.1 0
Kelmetrus Wylie 1 4 18 18 4.5 1 0 0 0 0 0

Receiving

Receiving
G Rec Yds Y/G AVG TD
John Delahunt 3 5 75 25 15 0
Dwayne Difton 5 14 150 30 10.7 0
Robbie Frey 9 5 38 4.2 7.6 0
Ryan Griffin 11 27 197 17.9 7.3 1
Corey Manning 1 1 4 4 4 1
Kashif Moore 12 32 390 32.5 12.2 4
Isiah Moore 7 13 120 17.1 9.2 1
Gerrad Sheppard 1 1 3 3 3 0
D.J. Shoemate 4 2 12 3 6 0
Michael Smith 11 42 595 54.1 14.2 2
Jordan Todman 11 18 91 8.3 5.1 0

Kicking

Field Goals PAT
G 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ FGM FGA PCT XPM XPA PCT pts
Dave Teggart 12 - - - - - 23 29 80.0% 36 36 100.0% 105

Overall, the Huskies are #96 in total offense and #48 in total defense.  Zach Frazer has taken most of the snaps at quarterback, although he has onlt 5 TDs to 4 interceptions.  They key to the UConn offense is Jordan Todman, who ran for 1574 yards and 14 touchdowns.  Jessee Joseph leads the Huskies with 8.5 sacks.

This one is lopsided on paper, but from the IU perspective it will be educational to watch the OU offense, particularly given that UConn's strength is its defense.

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