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Oklahoma football: Sooners due a post-Texas letdown?

by Berry Tramel Published: October 16, 2012

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.

OU's Damien Williams rushed for three red-zone touchdowns Saturday against Florida A&M. PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN
OU's Damien Williams rushed for three red-zone touchdowns Saturday against Florida A&M. PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN
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.

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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