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Bob Stoops' advantage in chasing Barry Switzer's career wins record: College football eliminated ties in 1996

by Jason Kersey Modified: November 14, 2013 at 1:55 pm •  Published: November 14, 2013
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Former head coach Barry Switzer and current head coach Bob Stoops (left) watch before the University of Oklahoma football team scrimages at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., Saturday, April 5, 2008 

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Former head coach Barry Switzer and current head coach Bob Stoops (left) watch before the University of Oklahoma football team scrimages at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., Saturday, April 5, 2008 BY STEVE SISNEY

NORMAN — Legendary former Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer has no problem with Bob Stoops passing his program-record 157 career wins, but did point out one area where Stoops is at an advantage.

“See, you don’t have ties today,” Switzer said with a laugh. “I look at the freaking ties. My ties — without a doubt — should’ve been three wins.”

Switzer ended his career as Oklahoma’s football coach with a 157-29-4. College football added overtime in 1996, eliminating the possibility of ties.

Stoops can match Switzer’s 157 career wins Saturday, when the Sooners host Iowa State.

The first tie of Switzer’s career came in 1973, when his team and No. 1 USC played to a 7-7 tie in Los Angeles. OU kicker Rick Fulcher missed a field goal, though, that would’ve given the Sooners a win.

“From the 11-yard line,” Switzer said. “We would’ve won that thing 10-7. It went to the right. I could’ve died.”

Then in 1976, Oklahoma and Texas finished in a 6-6 tie when the Sooners bobbled an extra-point snap, and kicker Uwe von Schamann didn’t get to attempt the PAT.

“Von Schamann never missed an extra point in his career, and he didn’t get to kick the extra point against Texas in a 6-6 tie,” Switzer said. “They bobbled the snap. How many times does that happen? So I got screwed out of that.”

Switzer’s Sooners tied with Texas again in 1984 after controversial officiating cost Oklahoma a potential victory.

“I’ve always said those are three right there I got screwed out of,” Switzer said. “Then I look back, and I won some close ball games. Maybe I should’ve lost a couple of those 157 I won.

“They give you half a win and half a loss for ties in computing winning percentage, so maybe you have to say I’m 159-31.”

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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