Thursday, January 8, 2009
Late factoids from Dolphin Stadium
By David Ubben
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
MIAMI -- I made it into Dolphin Stadium with hardly any trouble. Of course, I did arrive more than four hours before kickoff, but as my parents taught me, you can never be too early.
My arrival gave me a chance to scan through copious pile of material provided by ESPN Stats & Information. I'm glad I looked because several intriguing late notes were present.
- Oklahoma comes into the game No. 1 in the BCS poll and Florida is No. 2. The No. 2 team has won three straight BCS Championship Games and five of the last six games.
- Oklahoma had only two fumbles this seasons to tie for first nationally. Last season, the Sooners ranked 63rd and 2006 the Sooners ranked tied for 118th nationally.
- Bob Stoops is 12-8 against Top 10 teams in his career, but he's only 4-7 in his last 11 games against Top 10 teams. And since the 2005 Orange Bowl loss to USC, the Sooners are 1-6 against Texas and in BCS bowls. Before then, he was 7-2 in BCS games and against the Longhorns.
- The biggest reason for Bradford's success this season has been his ability to remain upright. He's been sacked only 11 times and has been hit on just 37 of the 467 plays when he has been in the game. He's been hit once every 13 plays and an average of fewer than three hits per game.
- Florida quarterback Tim Tebow has been intercepted only two times this season. That's the second fewest nationally, trailing only North Carolina State's Russell Wilson who has one.
- Oklahoma has scored 456 first-half points per game, which would come out to an average of 35.1 points per game. If only those figures were taken, the Sooners would rank 19th in the nation in scoring. And the Sooners average 46.8 points per game through three quarters, which would rank second if only those figures would be used.