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.Here are the post-Texas games under Stoops.
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.
Switzer went 15-1 in games immediately after Texas, the only loss coming to Miami in 1985, certainly a forgivable defeat. But some of Switzer’s wins were in spite of the team’s performance.
1988: Beat Kansas State 70-24. Typical pre-Snyder game.
1987: Won 59-10 at Kansas State. Hard to have a post-Texas letdown when you’re playing those K-State teams.
1986: Beat Kansas State 56-10.
1985: Lost to Miami 27-14. Really had nothing to do with post-Texas. Any team would have had trouble at any point in the schedule with Jimmy Johnson’s Hurricanes.
1984: Won 12-10 at Iowa State. A great escape against a bad Cyclone team.
1983: Won 21-20 at OSU. Maybe you’ve heard of this one. The Derrick Shepard/Tim Lashar game. Played at the intersection of Sooner Magic Boulevard and Post-Texas Avenue.
1982: Won 38-14 at Kansas. I have to admit, I don’t remember much about that one.
1981: Beat Kansas 45-7. That was a good Jayhawk team. Finished 8-4. And the Sooners rolled.
1980: Beat Kansas State 35-21. That’s a bad Sooner game.
1979: Won at 38-6 at Kansas State. Did Switzer have an in with the Big 12 schedule-maker? Always had KSU or KU after Texas.
1978: Won 17-16 at Kansas. Thomas Lott missed the game. J.C. Watts filled in. Not well.
1977: Won 21-17 at Missouri. Winning at Mizzou in the ’70s wasn’t easy. Only grass field in the Big Eight. Al Onofrio teams that were capable of big upsets.
1976: Won 28-10 at Kansas. Sooners trailed 10-7 at halftime but rallied.
1975: Won 25-3 at Kansas State. A dreary day for all concerned.
1974: Won 49-14 at Colorado. Excellent win.
1973: Won 34-7 against Colorado. Again, nicely done.
Chuck Fairbanks went 5-1 post-Texas. The lone loss was famous — 20-14 at Colorado in the 1972 rain. The wishbone’s first victory came in Boulder, 23-15 in 1970. The Sooners also ran roughshod over a fabulous Colorado team, 45-17 in 1971.
Jim Mackenzie beat Kansas 21-7 in his only post-Texas game. Gomer Jones went 1-1 post-Texas, the loss being that famous 15-14 game against Kansas when the Jayhawks scored on the first and last play of the game to win.
Bud Wilkinson went 14-1-2 in games after Texas. The Sooners tied Kansas 13-13 in both 1947 and 1960, then lost to Kansas 10-0 in 1961.