Season spotlight on OU's Sam Bradford, Tech's Graham Harrell

by Berry Tramel Modified: November 21, 2008 at 11:31 am •  Published: November 21, 2008
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NORMAN — Hard to remember, but the Heisman Trophy once was the domain of tailbacks.

Thirty-four of the first 49 winners were runners. Twelve straight tailback winners from 1972-83. Eleven of 12 from 1950-61.

Even not so very long ago, 1994-99, just one quarterback won in a six-year span.

Heck, just look at Mr. Heisman himself. The trophy is in running mode; the Heisman pose has no room for a pass.

But the century turned. The game changed. Quarterbacks became the stars.

Nowhere is that more evident than in the Big 12 Conference. Nowhere is that more evident than Saturday night on Owen Field.

Cutting-edge football has come to the Big 12 thanks to Pyrotechnic quarterbacks, and the two most prolific battle Saturday in the shootout of the year and many others.

OU’s Sam Bradford and Texas Tech’s Graham Harrell.

A game possibly for the national championship. A game possibly for the most prized trophy in sport.

These quarterbacks’ numbers are kooky.

Bradford: 38 touchdown passes; 3,406 yards; 68 percent completion; only six picks.

Harrell: 36 TD passes; 4,077 yards; 72 percent completion; only eight interceptions.

And here’s the crazy part. In Big 12 football 2008, Harrell ranks only fifth in passing efficiency. BLOG: What makes Graham Harrell so special?


by Berry Tramel
Columnist
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The...
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No. 2 Texas Tech at No. 5 Oklahoma
→When: 7 p.m., Saturday

→Where: Gaylord Family — Oklahoma Memorial Stadium

→TV: ABC (Cox 8)

→Radio: KRXO-FM 107.7, KOKC-AM 1520

→Pregame: ESPN’s College GameDay Crew will be in Norman for a 9 a.m. show.

Star comparison

Sam Bradford

Total Passing Stats

Com-Att-Int Yds TD
224-330-6 3406 38

Game-by-Game Stats

Opponent Score C-A-I Yds TD
vs. Chattanooga W 57-2 17-22-0 183 2
vs. Cincinnati W 52-26 29-38-2 395 5
at Washington W 55-14 18-21-0 304 5
vs. TCU W 35-10 19-34-0 411 4
at Baylor W 49-17 23-31-1 372 2
Texas (at Dallas) L45-35 28-39-2 387 5
vs. Kansas W 45-31 36-53-0 468 3
at Kansas St. W 58-35 13-32-0 255 3
vs. Nebraska W 62-28 19-27-1 311 5
at Texas A&M W 66-28 22-33-0 320 4

Graham Harrell

Total passing stats

Com-Att-Int Yards TD
332-463-5 4077 36

Game-by-game passing stats

Opponent Score C-A-I Yds TD
vs. E. Washington W 49-24 43-58-1 536 2
at Nevada W 35-19 19-46-2 297 1
vs. SMU W 43-7 31-48-0 418 5
vs. Massachusetts W 56-14 27-34-0 322 4
at Kansas State W 58-28 38-51-0 454 6
vs. Nebraska W 37-31 20-25-0 284 2
at Texas A&M W 43-25 44-56-2 450 3
at Kansas W 63-21 34-42-0 386 5
vs. Texas W 39-33 53-36-0 474 2
vs. Oklahoma St. W 56-20 50-40-0 456 6

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