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Bob Stoops' late-game decisions turned the tide in OU's loss to Baylor

OU FOOTBALL — A decision to call a timeout with 51 seconds left on the clock ended up costing the Oklahoma football team as it gave Baylor the opportunity to drive for the game-winning score.
by Berry Tramel Published: November 20, 2011

Bob Stoops made two major decisions in the final minute of what became one of the wildest football games in Oklahoma Sooner history.

The first decision never got a chance to work. The second decision failed.

Baylor stunned the fifth-ranked Sooners 45-38 on Robert Griffin's 34-yard touchdown pass to Terrance Williams with eight seconds left in the game.

Griffin had the chance to do so because Stoops tried to win the game in regulation.

After OU tied the game 38-38 with 51 seconds left, Baylor took over on its 20-yard line and, content to run out the clock, ran tailback Terrance Ganaway up the middle on first down.

Stoops called timeout.

“You got the wind, we had stopped them (two straight series), I think we were 3-of-13 on stopping them on third down,” Stoops said.

“I thought he would run it one more time, make us burn another timeout.

“They punt into the wind, we have the opportunity to get the ball back with one timeout, have a chance for a field goal.”

Instead, Griffin scrambled twice in a row, for 22 and eight yards. One play after that, Griffin delivered the game-winner.

After Stoops' timeout, “we say, OK, we better make a first down,” said Baylor coach Art Briles. “Get this thing out of here. At least attempt to get the ball downfield.

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by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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