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Bob Stoops' late-game decisions turned the tide in OU's loss to Baylor

OU FOOTBALL — A decision to call a timeout with 51 seconds left on the clock ended up costing the Oklahoma football team as it gave Baylor the opportunity to drive for the game-winning score.
by Berry Tramel Published: November 20, 2011

“Fortunately, Robert got to midfield and out of bounds. Then the whole thing flips.”

Moments earlier, Stoops had played to win the game. After Blake Bell's six-yard touchdown run brought OU within 38-37, Stoops ordered a two-point conversion, again with Bell running out of the shotgun formation with two lead backfield blockers.

But after a Baylor timeout, guard Adam Shead was called for a false start, pushing the ball back to the eight-yard line. So Stoops settled for the tie.

“I felt confident in that they hadn't stopped us,” Stoops said. “During the drive, processing what we should do, I had so much confidence that we would get it. There was no hesitation.”

For good reason. Bell was on the field for five plays. On the first, he converted a fourth down. On the final four, OU scored touchdowns, one by Trey Millard and three by Bell.

“We'd been getting pretty good movement with that stuff for Blake,” said quarterback Landry Jones. “It was a good call. I thought we were going to push it in.”

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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