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OU football notebook: Josh Heupel food drive set for Saturday

Oklahoman Modified: October 29, 2008 at 8:41 am •  Published: October 29, 2008
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The annual 14 Foundation Holiday Food Drive collection will be this Saturday before the Oklahoma-Nebraska game. Volunteers will be stationed outside the stadium gates to accept cash donations only.

The drive was founded by OU assistant coach Josh Heupel’s 14 Foundation seven years ago and has picked up partnerships with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

This year, the drive will provide 3,000 meals for 750 families in Ada, Enid, Kingfisher, Norman, Oklahoma City, Sand Springs and Stillwater. Donations will go toward a Thanksgiving meal, as well as four additional meals for each family.

Youngstown contingent smaller than expected
During the summer, Bob Stoops joked there might not to be enough tickets to go around for OU fans, with so many people from Youngstown, Ohio — the hometown of Stoops and Nebraska coach Bo Pelini — planning on attending the OU-Nebraska game.

In the end, Sooner fans will be just fine.

"It was more talk. When it comes down to doing it, most of them chickened out and are staying home,” Stoops said. "It always sounds good in the summer. But when it comes time to doing it, it’s not as easy to do.”

Youngstown, however, will be well-represented at Owen Field.

Said Stoops: "We’ll still have several here.”

Nebraska not ready for Blackshirts yet
Pelini’s defense is improved since allowing 52 points in a loss to Missouri a month ago.