NORMAN — Continuing our look at the top 15 Oklahoma football players of the Bob Stoops era, we remember a national championship quarterback who serves as Stoops’ offensive coordinator today.
Jersey No.: 14
Years played: 1999-2000
Hometown: Aberdeen, S.D.
Big 12 championships: 1
National championships: 1
Individual awards won: 2000 Walter Camp Award (Player of the Year); 2000 Associated Press Player of the Year;
Notable: Heupel was runner-up in voting for the 2000 Heisman Trophy, which went to Florida State quarterback Chris Weinke. … Finished with a career record of 20-5. … Led the Sooners to a perfect 13-0 record that included Big 12 and national championships in 2000. It was OU’s first national title since 1985; the Sooners haven’t won another one since. … Heupel is now Oklahoma’s co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
THREE MEMORABLE GAMES
Oklahoma 63, Texas 14
When: Oct. 7, 2000
Where: Cotton Bowl Stadium, Dallas
Heupel’s day: Completed 17 of 27 pass attempts for 275 yards and 1 touchdown. … The game cemented OU as a legitimate national contender and kickstarted the amazing run of games that became known as “Red October.”
Oklahoma 31, Nebraska 14
When: Oct. 28, 2000
Where: Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Norman
Heupel’s day: Completed 20 of 34 passes for 300 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception. … OU jumped to the top of the polls for the first time in years after whipping the then-No. 1 Huskers. … Nebraska led 14-0 after the first quarter, but Heupel led the Sooners to a 24-point second quarter.
Oklahoma 13, Florida State 2
When: Jan. 3, 2001
Where: Pro Player Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla.
Heupel’s day: Completed 25 of 39 passes with 0 touchdowns and 1 interception. … Heupel’s individual performance wasn’t his greatest, but he efficiently led the Sooners’ offense in an Orange Bowl victory that secured the national championship.