Gameday #3: Sooners vs. Utah State! (updated)

If you were in The Pride in 1973 or 1975, you may have previously experienced the joy of seeing the Sooners beat the Miami Hurricanes. For those of us who marched in the mid-1980s and saw three consecutive losses to the Hurricanes (one that ended Troy Aikman’s OU career, one that kept the Sooners from playing for the national championship, and one that was playing for the national championship), yesterday’s 51-13 victory felt really good. Even Jerry Palm, a Purdue band alum and propietor of the impressive CollegeBCS.com site, named OU QB Sam Bradford as “player of the week.”

As previously announced, The Pride followed the dedication of Jason White’s statue in Heisman Park with an Oklahoma Centennial halftime show featuring a fanfare from the centennial anthem Oklahoma Rising and a medley of tunes from the musical Oklahoma!. “The Rocketman” flew over the band as it exited the field to Boomer Sooner, and HOLY COW WAS THAT DISTRESSINGLY LOUD. We’d have warned you if we’d known.

Rain in the first quarter gave way to temperatures in the high 80s with intense sunlight, 2000% humidity, and no breeze. It took a heavy toll on our Pride members, who had not been been able to practice in such conditions, so we wish them all a restful weekend. Photos will be available here within a few days.

Up next for the Sooners: hosting the 0-2 Utah State Aggies at Gaylord Family/Oklahoma Memorial Stadium this Saturday, September 15, with kickoff at 2:30 PM. It’s Pride Parents’ Day 2007, and if you’re a parent who bought tickets, you’ll see it live. For everyone else, the game is available only via Fox Sports Net pay-per-view at a price of $29.95, although Fox Sports Southwest intends to rebroadcast the game on Monday, September 17, at 11AM CDT. Other Fox Sports regional networks may show it as well at varying times; check your local listings for details.

We’ve updated our Events calendar with times for Saturday’s festivities, and so far the weather is looking pretty good, with moderate temperatures and a 10% chance of showers. The Pride‘s show includes an alumni band favorite and other tunes to the East (student) side, too.

Check the Events calendar for the latest details, but note that Homecoming 2007 is only five games away!