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Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops thinks college football overtime needs a change

by Jason Kersey Published: September 27, 2012

NORMAN — When potential rule changes are discussed in college football, coaches are asked to vote and provide opinions, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said.

“Still waiting for overtime to be changed,” Stoops said. “It needs to be pushed back.”

The Sooners coach isn’t a fan of teams taking possession at the opposing 25-yard line because it doesn’t force anyone to work very hard to get into field goal range.

In 1998, Stoops was still defensive coordinator at Florida, and the then-No. 2 Gators were playing at No. 6 Tennessee. The game went into overtime tied at 17.

Florida took possession first, and picked up a first down before Collins Cooper’s 32-yard field goal attempt sailed wide left.

Tennessee’s offense wasn’t nearly as successful on the ensuing possession, but Jeff Hall drilled a 41-yard field goal to win the game. The Volunteers went on to claim the national championship that season.

“If (overtime drives started) at the 45-yard line, he’d have had to earn the field goal,” Stoops said. “It seems you ought to have to earn the kick.”

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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