Oklahoma football notebook: Bob Stoops can trump Barry Switzer, Bud Wilkinson with one more win over Texas

Barry Switzer and Bud Wilkinson each beat Texas nine times as OU head coaches. Bob Stoops can trump them Saturday.
by Berry Tramel and Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: October 7, 2013

Barry Switzer and Bud Wilkinson each beat Texas nine times as OU head coaches. Bob Stoops can trump them Saturday.

Stoops is 9-5 against the Longhorns and with a victory will set the Sooner record for most wins by a coach in the series. Switzer was 9-5-2 against Texas; Wilkinson was 9-8.

Only Southwest Conference legends Jess Nealy and Matty Bell have beaten the 'Horns more. Nealy went 11-16 against Texas as the Rice coach from 1940-66. Bell went 11-7-2 as the coach at TCU (0-2-1) in 1923-28, Texas A&M (2-2-1) 1929-33 and SMU 1935-41 and 1945-49 (9-3).

TURNOVERS A BIG FACTOR IN OU-TEXAS

Turnovers have been a huge part of the Sooners' recent domination in this series.

In the past three games, which Oklahoma won by a combined 146-58, the Sooners have a plus-8 turnover margin against the Longhorns.

“Coach Stoops always preaches that turnover margin is a huge battle,” cornerback Aaron Colvin said. “We've done a great job of getting turnovers and limiting turnovers as a team. It's definitely paid off and it's been a vital part in this OU-Texas series.”

On the other side, the Sooners have just one turnover in the past three games while forcing four.

The Sooners would've gone three consecutive games without a turnover for just the second time since 1970 if it wasn't for TCU's recovered onside kick in the third quarter Saturday.

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by Berry Tramel
Columnist
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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by Ryan Aber
Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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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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