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Double revenge: Oklahoma and Texas are both out to right the wrongs of 2008

by Berry Tramel Modified: October 16, 2009 at 10:31 am •  Published: October 16, 2009
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Photo illustration by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman

Bob Stoops is more than happy to leave vengeance to the Lord.

"We don’t get into revenge stuff,” Stoops said. "I don’t think that’s ever a good motivation.”

Stoops says payback talk is a sign of disrespect. "All of a sudden, they had no business beating you?” Stoops asked. "I don’t get into that.”

Well, his brother Mike seemed to think different in 2003 when he reveled in OU’s 52-9 Bedlam rout, after two straight losses to Oklahoma State.

"Everyone makes a big deal about it,” Bob Stoops said of revenge. "But in the end, the objective is the championship. In the end, it all gets down to winning not just this game, but the rest of ‘em.”

Besides, revenge doesn’t seem to play well in this series of streaks. Only five times since 1935 has a school in this series gone win-loss-win in any three-game span.

If OU wins, the sequence for the Sooners the last four years is loss-win-loss-win. Not since 1914-17 has this series produced such an A-B-A-B pattern.

If vengeance mattered on the field, you’d think we’d have a different winner almost every year.

But vengeance matters in the stands, where both sides demand a pound of flesh for the events of 2008.

Berry Tramel: 405-760-8080; Berry Tramel can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1.

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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The 2008 season, in which Texas beat OU but the Sooners won a three-way tiebreaker to represent the South Division in the Big 12 title game, prompted bad blood to rival two other bitter OU-Texas events:

→1984: Ranked No. 1 and 2, the teams tied 15-15, but only after Texas kicked a field goal on the last play of the game following a Keith Stanberry interception that was mistakenly ruled incomplete in the end zone. You can still hear the anger in Barry Switzer’s voice when he talks about it a quarter century later.

→1976: UT coach Darrell Royal accused (accurately) OU of spying on a Longhorn practice. Switzer and Royal then exchanged insults. Switzer said Royal would rather spend time around "guitar-pickers” than work hard. Royal called Switzer and assistant Larry Lacewell "sorry bastards.” The tension-filled game ended in a 6-6 tie.



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