Stephen Vilardo’s 2021 Alamo Bowl Game Notes

Posted on December 28, 2021

  By Stephen Vilardo, SportsPac12

Oregon and Oklahoma each enter the Alamo Bowl with interim head coaches running the programs for the game.

Pac-12 Bryan McClendon takes over the helm for the Ducks, and Bob Stoops returns to run the Sooners.

This is a marquee matchup of a pair of top 20 teams, but also a pair of teams that were looking beyond the Alamo Bowl at the start of November.

A key factor in this one is which team wants to be there more. Since the start of 1999, Oklahoma has won the most games of any team in the nation with 245, Oregon’s 211 wins during that time ranks eighth most.

Total points scored since the 1999 season sees Oklahoma with the most at 11,762 scored and Oregon third with 10,735

My Alamo Bowl game notes for each team appear below.

Alamo Bowl

Oregon Ducks vs Oklahoma Sooners

The Alamodome, San Antonio, TX
Wed., Dec. 29, 6:15 pm PT | ESPN Jason Benetti. Andre Ware and Paul Carcaterra
Series Record: Oklahoma leads 6-1

Oregon Ducks Logo Pac-12
Oregon Ducks (10-3) Game Notes

Oregon Bowl Record: 15-19

• The Ducks own the longest active streak of bowl appearances in the Pac-12, going to one in each of the last five seasons dating back to 2017.

• Oregon is looking to win 11 games in a season for the eighth time in history.

• The Ducks are 1-1 all-time in the Alamo Bowl, beating Texas in 2013 and falling to TCU in triple overtime in 2016.

• Since 2018, Oregon has intercepted 59 passes, the fourth-most of any team in the country

• Oregon is converting on 51.5 percent of its third down conversions, the fourth-best mark in the country.

• Oregon ranks 20th nationally in turnover margin with 22 takeaways and 13 giveaways. Its 17 defensive pass interceptions are most in the Pac-12 and tied for fourth most nationally.

• The Ducks outscored opponents 92-48 in the third quarter this season.

• Verone McKinley III led the nation this season with six interceptions.

• Travis Dye is just 42 rushing yards away from becoming the fifth player in Oregon history to reach 3,000 in a career

• Travis Dye is one of only four players in the FBS this season to lead his team in both rushing yards (1,118) and receptions (41).

• Anthony Brown led the Pac-12 in 2021 with 3,320 yards of total offense.

• Travis Dye is one of three active running backs nationally with 2,900 rushing yards and 800 receiving yards in FBS career.

• Oregon is 17-2 all-time when Travis Dye scores a touchdown.

• Noah Sewell is the first Duck since Troy Dye in 2018 to surpass 100 tackles in a season

Oklahoma Sooners 10-2

Oklahoma Bowl Record: 30-23-1

• This marks Oklahoma’s 55th bowl appearance, fourth most nationally.

• The Sooners 30 bowl wins are tied for the fifth-most nationally.

• Oklahoma has scored in 54 of 56 trips in the red zone this season; the 96.4 percent scoring rate is the best in the nation.

• Oklahoma is in a bowl game for the 23rd straight season, the second longest active streak in the nation.

• The Sooners have outscored their opponents 129-43 in the second quarter this season and 117-54 in the third quarter.

• Oklahoma has been outscored 101-97 in the first quarter.

• The Sooners are tied for the national lead with its 21 forced fumbles and is tied for sixth with 12 fumble recoveries.

• The Sooners have held 17 of their last 20 opponents below a 50% third-down conversion rate and 12 of their last 17 opponents have failed to convert more than 33% of third downs.

• Caleb Williams has completed 115 of 184 passes (62.5%) for 1,670 yards and 18 touchdowns against four interceptions—a rating of 166.7.

• Caleb Williams has rushed 67 times for 347 yards (5.2 average) and TDs of 74, 66, 41, 40 and 2 yards in the seven games.

• Kennedy Brooks is averaging 113.3 rushing yards and has run for six touchdowns in the last seven games.

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