Stoops would have liked a running clock down stretch

By John Rohde Modified: September 2, 2007 at 12:51 am •  Published: September 2, 2007
NORMAN — Total domination in a football game can be both comforting and awkward.

Deliberately holding down the score can sometimes be as insulting as running up the total. It can also can make a mockery of the game and result in injuries with players going half-speed.

Before the fourth quarter of Saturday night's 79-10 blowout of North Texas, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops requested a running clock for the final period. At the time, the score was 63-3.

"I asked the officials,” Stoops said. "They said they agreed with me, but I didn't see them go do it. You just want to get it over with. It seemed like forever. It was forever.”

Afterward, Stoops and North Texas coach Todd Dodge shook hands at midfield and chatted for 15 seconds.

"In the end, I said something to him and he was great,” Stoops said of Dodge, who made his college coaching debut. "He knows and he understands. You try (to keep the score down). I think Todd knows with his style and how they play that sometimes it's hard for me to keep it down.”

In his post-game interview session, Dodge had no complaints with how the Sooners played out the game.

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