He finished with 12 tackles, and helped limit Air Force to 2.6 yards per carry (it averaged 5.6 against OU last season) and just three points, the Academy's first game without a touchdown in five years.
OU co-defensive coordinator Mike Stoops called Everage “fabulous.”
Stoops said he was “excellent.”
After the game, Air Force's offensive coordinator visited the Sooner locker room to pay homage, wanting to meet “that No. 7 who was causing all that havoc out there.”
Based on that game, Everage was added to the watch list for the Thorpe Award just a couple of days later.
Everage went on to a fabulous career at OU, full of game-changing plays. Among those was a crucial interception in 2002 at Missouri that set up a game-winning touchdown off a fake field goal. That same season, Everage finished with 94 tackles, six interceptions and was named an All-American.
“He played football with tremendous passion and had a special spark that inspired everyone,” Stoops said Saturday.
“We will always have fond memories of him.”