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 expectedDuring 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 yetPelini’s defense is improved since allowing 52 points in a loss to Missouri a month ago. In its last three games, the Husker defense has allowed 37, 7 and 20 points. But Pelini still hasn’t awarded the traditional "Blackshirts” to members of the defense, saying they have yet to earn them. "We’ll see," Pelini told reporters. "I see us getting better. When the time’s right, I think everybody will know.” The Huskers are getting closer. Last year, Nebraska was ranked No. 114 in scoring defense. This season, the Huskers are No. 60.
OU’s Alexander addresses stabbing for first timeFor the first time since being stabbed in the arm at a party after the opener, defensive end Frank Alexander spoke with the media on Tuesday. "The coaches were very understanding of the situation and came to see me in the hospital, which made me feel good to know I had their support and that they care about me,” Alexander said. "They just told me to come back stronger. I’ve learned a lesson; my mother always tells me that nothing good happens after midnight, and I guess she was right.” Alexander returned to the lineup two weeks ago against Kansas and has resumed his spot in the defensive end rotation. "I didn’t know how long my recovery time would be,” he said. "I’m just thankful I am finally ready to play.”
QuotableDefensive coordinator Brent Venables on coaching with Pelini at OU in 2004: "We had a lot of fun together. He’s a great person, with a great football mind as well. He really meshed things that he believed in with things that we did. He was a very good addition here. It couldn’t have gone any better.” By Jake Trotter