• OSU football: Bedlam victory in Norman excited OSU signee, Norman QB John Kolar

    BY BERRY TRAMEL, Staff Writer, btramel@opubco.com | Published: Wed, Feb 4, 2015

    NORMAN — John Kolar grew up an OU fan. Grew up going to games at Owen Field. So the afternoon of Dec. 6 was a little strange. “Especially to be in that stadium and cheering for a different team is definitely a weird feeling,” Kolar said. “But it was great. It was so fun.” OSU’s 38-35 overtime victory in Bedlam thrilled Kolar because he’s now a Cowboy. The quarterback from Norman North ceremoniously signed with OSU on Wednesday morning, but he’s been in Stillwater for three weeks, already enrolled and attending classes at OSU. “I grew up an OU fan my whole life,” Kolar said. “But when the opportunity came, I fell in love with it (OSU).” Kolar’s OU ties run deep. His father, Randy, is an OU

  • College Football Playoff: Ohio State wins National Title in convincing fashion, 42-20

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Jan 12, 2015

    Buckeyes’ toughness was the key to victory

  • Ducks have a history of winning with 'no name' coaches

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Sun, Jan 11, 2015

    Oregon is Old School in one important way. The Ducks don’t go chasing the flavor of the month when they have a coaching opening.

  • OU football: Dorial Green-Beckham entering the NFL Draft

    By Jason Kersey, Berry Tramel and Jenni Carlson | Published: Tue, Jan 6, 2015

    OU NOTEBOOK — Bob Stoops expresses no disappointment at the five-star receiver’s departure from Norman without ever playing a down, saying “I went in with eyes wide open.”

  • Can Bob Stoops turn it around? History is on his side.

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Jan 5, 2015

    The question is answerable only by letting him try. Which is the plan, until economic forces dictate different or OU decision-makers lose faith.

  • Oklahoma football: Fans' infatuation with Bob Stoops' salary is just a frustration release

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Sun, Jan 4, 2015

    College football remains in the resentment stage. Pay Bob Stoops $4.75 million a year, and people expect results. Which they should. OU isn’t paying Stoops that kind of money to go 8-5 and tie for fourth in the Big 12.

  • Oklahoma State football: Grading OSU's 30-22 victory over Washington

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Sat, Jan 3, 2015

    OSU REPORT CARD — Offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich wasn’t the only Cowboy to finish strong.

  • OU football: A look at the Sooners' 40-6 loss to Clemson by the numbers

    BY BERRY TRAMEL, Staff Writer, btramel@opubco.com | Published: Mon, Dec 29, 2014

    Here is a look at Oklahoma’s 40-6 loss to Clemson by the numbers: 1: Touchdown total scored by OU in two bowl games in Orlando against Clemson. The 1988 Sooners lost to Clemson 13-6 in the Florida Citrus Bowl, managing just two field goals. 2: Clemson players (Artavis Scott and Mike Williams) who each had more receiving yards than OU’s team total of 103. 2.4: Yards per carry for Clemson’s tailbacks. 3: OU losses in history to an ACC team. The Sooners have lost twice to Clemson and once to Miami when the Hurricanes were in the ACC. 6: Place for OU’s Samaje Perine in major-college single-season rushing for a freshman. Perine gained 134 yards against Clemson to finish his season with 1,713. 8:

  • OU football notebook: Sooners linebacker Eric Striker says he'll be back for senior season

    BY BERRY TRAMEL AND JASON KERSEY, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Dec 29, 2014

    Some good news emerged from the locker room after OU’s 40-6 loss to Clemson in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Monday. Star linebacker Eric Striker said he would return for his senior season. There had been speculation Striker would declare for the NFL draft, though he wasn’t expected to be a first-round pick. “Things are going to change around here,” Striker vowed. “No one wants to finish like this — not at all. I’m a team guy. Know what I mean? That’s the way Armwood (High School, in Seffner, Fla.) shaped me and that’s the way I’m gonna be. I’ve got another year to make it better and that’s what I’m gonna do — everything I can to make it better. You shouldn’t finish like this. You shouldn’t want to go

  • OU football: Grading Oklahoma's 40-6 loss to Clemson in the Russell Athletic Bowl

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Dec 29, 2014

    OU REPORT CARD — Five turnovers and a passing game that looked unwilling to test Clemson deep produced the worst grades in a dreadful Oklahoma performance

  • OU football: Bob Stoops won't say it, so I'll say it for him: Embarrassing

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Dec 29, 2014

    COMMENTARY — Oklahoma lost 40-6 to Clemson not because of the little things that tripped the Sooners against TCU and Kansas State. It lost because of big things like differences in talent, defensive scheme and quarterback play. In doing so, a disappointing season ended on disasterous.

  • Bedlam football: Taking a look at OSU's 38-35 win over OU by the numbers

    BY BERRY TRAMEL, Staff Writer, btramel@opubco.com | Published: Sat, Dec 6, 2014

    Here is a look at Oklahoma State’s 38-35 overtime win over Oklahoma by the numbers: 1: Punt return in OSU history longer than Tyreek Hill’s game-tying, 92-yarder in the final minute. Josh Stewart returned a punt 95 yards vs. TCU last season. 1: Fumble recovery by OSU in the regular season. It came in the third quarter Saturday on Samaje Perine’s first fumble of the season. 2: Straight Bedlam games in Norman decided in overtime. The Sooners won 51-48 in 2012. 2: Straight games OSU has allowed at least 300 yards rushing. OU gained 304 yards on the ground Saturday. 2: Bedlam wins in the last four years for Mike Gundy, who lost his first six games in the series as OSU’s head coach. 3: Home losses

  • Oklahoma football: How Bob Stoops' decision to re-kick to Tyreek Hill was a double disaster

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sat, Dec 6, 2014

    COMMENTARY — The only way for Oklahoma to lose Bedlam 2014 was to kick to Tyreek Hill again. And now that Bob Stoops has done it, it’s time to declare this OU season a disaster too.

  • Oklahoma football report card: How Bob Stoops flunked Bedlam

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Sat, Dec 6, 2014

    REPORT CARD — Instead of making OSU go 85 yards with no timeouts in the final minute, Bob Stoop chose to kick again to Tyreek Hill, a decision that blew the Sooners’ last best chance to win Bedlam.

  • Big 12 football: Don't forget about Kansas State among conference title contenders

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Updated: Fri, Dec 5, 2014

    The Baylor-TCU debate rages. How much should head-to-head matter? Does playing Minnesota really make that much of a difference? Could both Big 12 teams make the College Football Playoff, if a couple of upsets occur Saturday? And all the while, standing in the corner, waiting for Saturday night, not with their hands waving or their voices blaring, are the Kansas State Wildcats. The ninth-ranked Wildcats can claim at least a share of the Big 12 title with a victory at Baylor on Saturday night. It won’t be easy for K-State, which matches up poorly with the uptempo Bears. In the previous four seasons, Baylor is 3-1 against the Wildcats, winning 47-42, 52-24 and 35-25. KSU’s lone victory was 36-35.

  • Big 12 football: Kansas State at Baylor tops this weeks slate of conference games

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Updated: Fri, Dec 5, 2014

    Here is our rankings of this week’s Big 12 games: 1. Kansas State at Baylor, 6:45 p.m. ESPN: The last time K-State was in Waco, the roles were reversed. The Wildcats had dreams of making the (two-team) playoff. 2. Oklahoma State at Oklahoma, 2:30 p.m., Fox Sports1: Bob Stoops is 12-3 in Bedlam; Mike Gundy is 1-8. 3. Iowa State at TCU, 11 a.m., ABC: The Frogs should nail down Big 12 offensive player of the year (Trevone Boykin) and coach of the year (Gary Patterson).

  • Big 12 football: Cowboys' Mason Rudolph among few OU, OSU quarterbacks to start as freshmen

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Updated: Fri, Dec 5, 2014

    For the second time in three years, OSU football has turned to a true freshman quarterback. Mason Rudolph started against Baylor two weeks ago and figures to start Bedlam on Saturday and many years to come. Wes Lunt started several games as a true freshman in 2012 and figured to start many years to come. But he was injured, Clint Chelf and J.W. Walsh played well in his stead, and after the season Lunt transferred to Illinois. So you never know. Before Lunt, OSU hadn’t started a true freshman quarterback since the talented but troubled Gary Porter in 1992. Mike Gundy made his first start as a true freshmen in 1986. OU hasn’t started a true freshman quarterback since Cale Gundy 24 years ago. But Texas Tech has started three

  • Big 12 football: Art Briles, Baylor need to take advantage of title shot

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Updated: Fri, Dec 5, 2014

    Art Briles’ building job at Baylor is rivaling the Manhattan Miracle. A destitute program less than a decade ago, a program that only four years ago seemed in danger of being left without a home in conference realignment, now is in the national championship hunt for the second straight year. The Bears came to Stillwater on Nov. 23, 2013, ranked No. 3, bearing down on a berth in the national championship game. And OSU rolled 49-17. Saturday, sixth-ranked Baylor hosts No. 9 Kansas State, and a victory puts the Bears deep into the discussion for the new four-team playoff. Even if your program stays elevated at high levels, chances like this don’t come around often.

  • Race is on for College Football Playoff's fourth seed

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    COMMENTARY — TCU and Baylor will need some help to reach the Football Four.

  • OU football: Former Sooner running back Waymon Clark dies at age 61

    BY BERRY TRAMEL, Staff Writer, btramel@opubco.com | Updated: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    Waymon Clark, one of the tragic figures in OU football history and 1,000-yard rusher on Barry Switzer’s first Sooner team, died over the weekend at the age of 61. Switzer got the call Sunday night that Clark had died from cancer. He was incarcerated in Amarillo. Since 1997, Clark had been serving a 25-year sentence for indecent exposure with a child. Clark spent most of his life after OU in and out of prisons and mental rehabilitation wards. “He was a sick person, but he was a hell of a football player,” Switzer said. “Paranoid schizophrenic.” Clark grew up in Austin and led Reagan High School to a 1970 state championship. Clark went to Tyler Junior College and played defensive tackle. OU recruited him in 1973