Fiesta Bowl showdown: Comparing OU and Connecticut

Berry Tramel compares the two Fiesta Bowl opponents using his own unique set of categories.
BY BERRY TRAMEL, Staff Writer, btramel@opubco.com Published: December 19, 2010
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All-time I-A wins

OU: 811

Connecticut: 480

Wins over Notre Dame


OU: 1

Connecticut: 1

Most common foe

OU: OSU, Texas (105 games)

Connecticut: Rhode Island (92 games)

Pinstripe connection

OU: Played Army in Yankee Stadium, 1961

Connecticut: Played in Yankee Conference, 1947-99

Famous feud

OU: Barry Switzer vs. Darrell Royal

Connecticut: Geno Auriemma vs. Pat Summitt

Seven, part I

OU: National football titles

Connecticut: Post-season games, counting two I-AA playoff games and this Fiesta Bowl

Games played in New England

OU: 1 (1949 vs. Boston College)

Connecticut: Most of their 1,020 games

Games played in Oklahoma/Texas

OU: 794

Connecticut: 2 (1989 at SMU, 2009 at Baylor)

Bear Bryant connection

OU: Played the Bear's teams in two bowl games (Kentucky, 1951 Sugar) and Alabama (1970 Bluebonnet)

Connecticut: all-Big East linebacker Lawrence Wilson played at Paul W. Bryant High School in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

NFL TD passes

OU: 53 (27 by Indian Jack Jacobs, 17 by Sam Bradford)

Connecticut: 8 (all by Dan Orlovsky)

Pony Excess connection

OU: Tried to recruit Eric Dickerson

Connecticut: Played SMU in its first game back from death penalty

Transplants

OU: Former Oklahoma AP sports editor Owen Canfield is from Torrington, Conn.

Connecticut: Former UConn basketball favorite Stacey Hansmeyer is from Norman

Seven, part II

OU: Big 12 titles

Connecticut: Big East seasons

Five

OU: Heisman winners

Connecticut: Bowl games, counting this Fiesta

Loves women's basketball

OU: So long as it doesn't interfere with football

Connecticut: More than football


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