It was obvious from the press box on Saturday that Bob and Mike Stoops were not getting along on the Oklahoma sideline during the West Virginia game.
When Bob Stoops was asked about the interaction with his little brother during the game, he simply responded with “No different than any other game.”
But there was a word that had been used in the initial question that bugged him and evoked more of a response. The word was “volatile.”
“What is volatile?” Stoops asked. “We're talking through what adjustments we can make and those kinds of things but no different than any other game.
“We'll often talk about what we can do or how we can change it, but that happens every game.”
Except this game, Oklahoma allowed 458 total rushing yards and 778 total offensive yards — allowing wide receiver-turned-running back Tavon Austin to compile 345 yards on the ground and wide receiver Stedman Bailey to add 205 yards out of the air. Also, Bob Stoops failed to mention he was a bit more intense in his delivery in Morgantown.
When Mike Stoops was asked about the intensity between the brothers on the sideline, he smiled.
“When you are getting ripped like that, you deserve it,” Mike Stoops said. “You know what I mean? It comes with the territory.
“I'm glad I got a butt left still.”
IS THE BELLDOZER NECESSARY?
Oklahoma's 50-49 win at West Virginia was historic for all the records broken, yards gained and touchdowns scored, but the game was also interesting because of which Oklahoma quarterback was successful in the red zone.
Five of Landry Jones' six touchdown passes Saturday came inside the West Virginia 20-yard line, and four of them were scores of 10 yards or less.
It was the first game in Jones' OU career in which he tossed more than two 10-yard-or-less touchdowns.
After Saturday, Jones has nine career games with at least two touchdown passes of 10 yards or less. But the West Virginia win was the first such game since Sept. 24, 2011, when OU beat Missouri 38-28 at home and Jones threw two short-yardage touchdown passes to Ryan Broyles.
The short-yardage Belldozer package was introduced a little over a month later, and Broyles tore his ACL a week after that.
Here's a look at the receivers who have caught Jones' 10-yards-or-less touchdown passes over his career: Broyles: 13; James Hanna: 6; Trey Millard, Kenny Stills: 3; DeMarco Murray, Trent Ratterree, Sterling Shepard, Adron Tennell: 2; Chris Brown, Brandon Caleb, Brennan Clay, Trey Franks, Cameron Kenney, Jaz Reynolds: 1
OU's DEFENSE NEVER LOOKED AT STAT SHEET
Mike Stoops said it Saturday as he walked into the postgame press conference. He did not want to see the stats of Oklahoma's offense bailing out its defense in a 50-49 victory.
By Monday evening, nothing had changed. Stoops still hadn't seen them and he still wasn't going to look at them.
“I'm sure you guys wrote some not nice things about me,” Stoops said in reference to not wanting to look at the stat sheet.
But it wasn't just the defensive coordinator who didn't look at the sheet. Casey Walker said the entire defense didn't see a sheet — and didn't want to look at one.
“Yeah, I don't want to see them either,” Walker said. “Pretty bad.”
Stats weren't the only thing Oklahoma didn't go over. Mike Stoops said the defense didn't even review its original goals for the game. Walker got asked about that too.
“Yeah that's true,” Walker said. “He just came in and cut everything off. Started watching film. Onto the next one.”