Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- History will be made Thursday night at Dolphin Stadium no matter who ends up holding the crystal ball at the end of the game.
No coach has ever claimed two Bowl Championship Series national championships. Both Bob Stoops and Urban Meyer are among 11 coaches who have claimed one national championship since the BCS era began at the 1999 Fiesta Bowl.
Stoops will make history Thursday as the first coach with four BCS title game appearances. His Sooners won the 2001 Orange Bowl over Florida State and then lost the 2004 Sugar Bowl to LSU and the 2005 Orange Bowl to USC.
Urban Meyer is 1-0 in previous BCS title games after beating Ohio State in the 2007 Tostitos BCS National Championship Game.
Coming back to the game again is a big accomplishment for Stoops and his program. But he joked that the historical achievement would mean little if his team didn't win Thursday's game.
"I'm just proud of our program and what we've been able to do the last 10 years when you compare it to what was happening in the 10 years prior to what we've been able to do," Stoops said. "It isn't just me; it's a great administration, it's a bunch of great assistant coaches that we've had here and good character of players that have helped us build and get the program back in a strong position."
Five previous coaches have failed in their attempt to claim a second national championship after winning their first.
"It's just very humbling when you start thinking of all the great head coaches out there and great coaching staffs," Meyer said. "Other than that, I just worry about third-and-6 and make sure our punting team is ready to go."