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Bob Stoops on special-teams gambles: 'You ... gamble a few times and it doesn’t work, you sorta quit going to Vegas'

by Jason Kersey Modified: August 26, 2013 at 4:35 pm •  Published: August 26, 2013
OU's regents approved a two-year extension for football coach Bob Stoops on Thursday. PHOTO BY STEVE SISNEY, THE OKLAHOMAN
OU's regents approved a two-year extension for football coach Bob Stoops on Thursday. PHOTO BY STEVE SISNEY, THE OKLAHOMAN

NORMAN — Bob Stoops acknowledged Monday that he isn’t the same special-teams gambler he once was, and said he hopes he doesn’t have to take chances like those much anymore.

In 2002, the Sooners trailed 24-23 at Missouri in the fourth quarter when they lined up for a go-ahead field goal on fourth down at the Tigers’ 14-yard line.

Instead of kicking, though, Stoops called a fake that resulted in the game clinching touchdown.

The next year, Stoops called a fake punt in the second half at Alabama. On the next play, Jason White tossed a touchdown pass that helped secure a 20-13 vicotry.

But in recent years, Stoops’ special-teams gambles haven’t paid off nearly as often.

“What people forget is I was more of a gambler when they were working,” Stoops said. “All of a sudden you go to Vegas and gamble a few times and it doesn’t work, you sorta quit going to Vegas.”

Stoops said he hasn’t regretted his more prudent, cautious decisions of late.

“It’s just when the opportunity seems right,” Stoops said. “I don’t know that I’ve missed many opportunities where I kicked myself Sunday because it was there and I should’ve went for it.”


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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