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Oklahoma football: Bob and Mike Stoops downplay interaction at West Virginia

by Jason Kersey Published: November 20, 2012

It was obvious from the press box on Saturday that Bob and Mike Stoops were not getting along on the Oklahoma sideline during the West Virginia game.

When Bob Stoops was asked about the interaction with his little brother during the game, he simply responded with “No different than any other game.”

But there was a word that had been used in the initial question that bugged him and evoked more of a response. The word was “volatile.”

“What is volatile?” Stoops asked. “We're talking through what adjustments we can make and those kinds of things but no different than any other game.

“We'll often talk about what we can do or how we can change it, but that happens every game.”

Except this game, Oklahoma allowed 458 total rushing yards and 778 total offensive yards — allowing wide receiver-turned-running back Tavon Austin to compile 345 yards on the ground and wide receiver Stedman Bailey to add 205 yards out of the air. Also, Bob Stoops failed to mention he was a bit more intense in his delivery in Morgantown.

When Mike Stoops was asked about the intensity between the brothers on the sideline, he smiled.

“When you are getting ripped like that, you deserve it,” Mike Stoops said. “You know what I mean? It comes with the territory.

“I'm glad I got a butt left still.”


Oklahoma's 50-49 win at West Virginia was historic for all the records broken, yards gained and touchdowns scored, but the game was also interesting because of which Oklahoma quarterback was successful in the red zone.

Five of Landry Jones' six touchdown passes Saturday came inside the West Virginia 20-yard line, and four of them were scores of 10 yards or less.

It was the first game in Jones' OU career in which he tossed more than two 10-yard-or-less touchdowns.

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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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