Oklahoma football: Sooners due a post-Texas letdown?
Remember when a post-Texas letdown was an annual concern for the Sooners? Uh, not a factor in the Bob Stoops era. Under Stoops, OU is 13-0 in the game immediately following the Longhorns. And the Sooners usually have played well and/or dominant, regardless of result.
2011: Won 47-17 at Kansas. But the Sooners played sloppy.
2010: Beat Iowa State 52-0. Total domination.
2009: Won 35-13 at Kansas. Good win, considering the struggling nature of the ’09 Sooners.
2008: Beat Kansas 45-31. A little too close considering those Sam Bradford Sooners were dominant.
2007: Beat Missouri 41-31. A good win, considering that was an excellent Mizzou team that eventually reached No. 1 in the polls — only to lose to the Sooners in the Big 12 title game.
2006: Beat Iowa State 34-9. The Adrian Peterson game — he suffered a broken collarbone and played only one more OU game, against Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl.
2005: Beat Kansas 19-3 in Kansas City. Not an overpowering game, but again, those Sooners were squishy.
2004: Won 31-21 at Kansas State. A little close, considering those Wildcats were not great and the Sooner squad was elite.
2003: Beat Missouri 34-13. Solid win for a great team.
2002: Beat Iowa State 49-3. Maybe the best post-Texas game of the Stoops era. Iowa State was 6-1 and ranked high.
2001: Won 38-10 at Kansas. KU was not good. That’s the game when Nate Hybl was injured again and Jason White took over again.
2000: Won 41-31 at Kansas State. Maybe the biggest post-Texas game in OU history. The 8th-ranked Sooners took down the second-ranked Wildcats.
1999: Beat Texas A&M 51-6. Not much more needs to be said.
In the dark days, OU didn’t fare well post-Texas Howard Schnellenberger lost 38-17 at home to Kansas in 1995. John Blake went 2-1, but two of the victories were narrow over Baylor and a sign that all was not well.
Gary Gibbs’ teams were awful post-Texas. They went 1-4-1; the lone victory was a 43-40 survival at Iowa State in 1989, when the Cyclones were down. Gibbs also lost to Iowa State, 33-31 in Norman in 1990. Gibbs’ other three losses and the tie were to really good Colorado teams.
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