Our Sooners remain undefeated after holding off late challenges from the Washington Huskies at Owen Field on Saturday afternoon. In the first game ever telecast from Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in high-definition television (HDTV, courtesy ABC Sports), the Huskies and Sooners battled to a 13-13 tie at halftime. In the second half, though, the Sooner’s offense woke up and scored 24 unanswered points. Washington mounted a late drive to bring the score to 37-20 but had to leave it there.
The Pride performed the same show as at the home opener, but this time to the “student” (east side) stands – a medley of songs from the “infamous” rock group Queen, Sheryl Crow’s tune Real Gone from the movie Cars, and Strike Up the Band. The concert tune played to the south end zone stands (it couldn’t flip exactly 180° from last week or it would have played to the southwest corner, where there are no stands – just the visiting locker room, oops).
The Pride’s photo album of the Washington game is now online for your perusal. Especially fun is the top row of page 2, where you’ll find a photo of Dr. Roland Barrett with his daughter at the game, followed by three of OU President David Boren visiting the band just before halftime. (Who’s that guy in the blue coat playing snare drum in that one picture?)
Up next for the Sooners: a rematch of the 2005 Holiday Bowl, as Oklahoma travels to Oregon for a 2:30 PM (CDT) game also to be televised in HDTV on ABC Sports (regional coverage). The Pride is sending a sizable pep band to the Beaver State to support the Sooners in what is likely to be the toughest game of the year so far.
After that, the Sooners return home to play Middle Tennessee State on September 23 at Owen Field. That is Pride Parents Day (registrations for that were due a few weeks ago), and we now know that kickoff has been set for 6PM CDT. The game is supposed to be televised via pay-per-view, but we don’t have details yet. Keep an eye on The Pride’s gameday schedule page as the date draws near; we’ll also keep our own calendar updated as we get more information.
Needless to say, Homecoming 2006 registrations are due this week. If you’re watching the OU-Oregon game and you haven’t mailed your registration, turn off the TV and get it to the post office immediately – registrations postmarked after September 16 may be used as insulation or a cheap source of fuel.