Ex-Sooner Hartley exorcises ghost of von Schamann
Garrett Hartley exorcised a lot of New Orleans Saints ghosts Sunday night, from bags on the head of fans to Katrina horrors in the Superdome to 43 years without a championship. But Hartley also exorcised the ghost of Uwe von Schamann.
Bob Stoops had to be happy for Hartley when Hartley nailed the biggest kick in Saints history. Happy, but also a little melancholy. Did you catch the length of the field goal that beat Minnesota 31-28 in overtime?
Forty yards. The 38th parallel for OU football in 2009. The Sooners, hampered by field-goal failures all season, were solid from inside 40 yards: 17 of 20, and No. 1 kicker Jimmy Stevens was 11-of-11 from inside 40. But get to a field-goal length that started with a 4 or a 5, and the Sooners were awful. One of eight, with only walk-on Paddy O’Hara’s 47-yarder good, and by season’s end, O’Hara was shaky on field goals of shorter length.
Meanwhile, Hartley was Mr. Reliable in 31/2 seasons as the OU kicker. Stoops brought Hartley out of redshirt late in the 2004 season, and Hartley was excellent throughout his career. The Sooners’ quest for another Garrett Hartley continues.
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