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Kenny Stills plays some of his best football inside the Cotton Bowl

by Jason Kersey Published: October 8, 2012
Kenny Stills won't return to Oklahoma for his senior season. PHOTO BY CHRIS LANDSBERGER, THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE
Kenny Stills won't return to Oklahoma for his senior season. PHOTO BY CHRIS LANDSBERGER, THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE
NORMAN — Some of junior receiver Kenny Stills’ best games as a Sooner have come inside the Cotton Bowl against archrival Texas.

As a true freshman in 2010, Stills caught five passes for 78 yards, which included a 16-yard, first-quarter touchdown. Last season, he recorded two touchdown receptions.

“It’s just fun because there’s no other stadium that’s split in half,” Stills said of the OU-Texas atmosphere.

“Every play, there’s some type of crowd noise going on. The defense makes a big play, their fans are going crazy. Then our offense makes a big play, and our fans are going crazy. It’s just a lot of fun, and one of the best atmospheres we play in.”

When asked for his favorite OU-Texas memory, he recalled that first touchdown.

“It wasn’t expected,” Stills said. “I didn’t think the opportunity was gonna come as fast as it did, and it did.”

Another favorite moment from that game was captured in a photograph that still hands in Stills’ locker.

He’s running down the Texas sideline with the ball, Texas coach Mack Brown has his hands on his head and there are Longhorn fans in the background making an obscene gesture toward Stills.

“That’s one of my favorite pictures,” he said with a laugh. “It’s fun; I love playing against the crowd and with the crowd.”

Those first two big performances came with Stills playing more as an outside receiver. This year, he’s moved inside and is more often a slot receiver.

Stills has been — by far — the Sooners’ best receiver this season, leading the team with 29 catches, 344 yards and three scores.

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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