Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops was asked again Tuesday to explain his decision to go for the two-point conversion down nine with six minutes left, when conventional wisdom suggests taking the extra point in that situation.
"I felt at the time you have to have it," Stoops said during his weekly press conference. "If you miss it late or you miss it then, either way, you're not going to win. I felt maybe you get them not quite on point where you're still have a little comfort zone as opposed to the end of the game where they know they have to have. In the end, I felt 'Go for it now' because you have the opportunity to get it within seven.
"We had the play drawn and it was the play we were going to run whether it was later or then. When it doesn't work, that's when you shouldn't have done it."
Stoops admitted the two-point conversion chart many college and NFL coaches advises to go for the extra point there.
"I get that, but in the end, if you don't make it, you're not going to win," Stoops said. "You still have to do something different. The other thing is, time wise, if you wait till the end of the game and you do it and get the same result, you have no chance to do anything different.
"I get it. In the end, it's not what the book says, but you're in a bad situation at the point. You know, the ball hit Kenny (Stills) in the shoulder and he has great hands and Ryan (Broyles) is within an inch of the deflection. It just didn't work out.
BROYLES' ANKLE IMPROVING
Last week, Broyles wasn't able to practice until Thursday because of a bum ankle, and had to sit a few plays out at Missouri getting the ankle re-taped.
Offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson said Broyles is back at practice this week and Stoops said Broyles is doing better.
"The good part was Sunday and Monday he was no different than going into the game," Stoops said. "You would hope as this week goes he'll feel a little better by this weekend. And playing on grass I think you don't have the sudden stops you do on that artificial surface. Hopefully he's a little better this week."
Despite the gimpy ankle, Broyles hauled in eight passes for 110 yards against Missouri. He leads the nation averaging 9.86 receptions a game.
THE "HAMMER" TO RETURN?
Stoops said there is a chance Ronnell Lewis could return Saturday from a knee injury that sidelined him against Missouri.
"He has a chance to be back this week, though I wouldn't say the percentages are great," Stoops said. "They didn't rule him out. He's recovering really well. What they had to do was as little as could be. They just sucked a little piece of cartilage out of there. It was as good as it could have been. Hopefully, he's back pretty quick."
The Sooners seem to miss their best coverage tackler from the start when Missouri returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown.
Would Lewis have made a difference?
"Oh, you never know. He's pretty special," Stoops said. "But (fullback) Trey Millard was in his position (on kickoffs) and actually did really well."
WALKER, NOBLE OUT THIS WEEK
The Sooners were forced to play with only three defensive tackles at Missouri due to injuries to Casey Walker (knee) and Daniel Noble (ankle).
Missouri took advantage of OU's thinness at tackle with numerous running plays up the middle.
The Sooners will be in the same situation against Colorado, as both Walker and Noble are expected to be out again.
"At this point," Stoops said, "we're not expecting them to play."
MURRAY SUFFERS FREAK PREGAME INJURY
One might have known it wasn't OU's night after running back DeMarco Murray gashed open his hand in warm-ups at Missouri. The injury required pregame stitches.
"He went out to catch kickoffs. His first one warming up, he caught it and had his gloves on, but felt his fingers split," Stoops said. "His finger split wide open in the web, and he had to get some stitches."
Stoops: "It's still a long year. The true message is that we have Colorado this week, our last North Division team, and then four South Division teams from there. There's still a ton in front of us. But not only us, everybody. You look at everyone playing across the country it's pretty balanced everywhere. In our conference I think it's pretty obvious that anybody can beat anybody. We have to be ready to play and have to do our work this week to be as good as we can be."