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Florida State defensive coordinator Mark Stoops was hired as Kentucky's head coach on Tuesday.
by Jason Kersey Published: November 27, 2012

/articleid/3732546/1/pictures/1894696">Photo - FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2012, file photo, Florida State defensive coordinator Mark Stoops is interviewed during the Seminoles' football media day in Tallahassee, Fla. Kentucky has hired Florida State defensive coordinator Mark Stoops as its new football coach. The university announced Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012 that Stoops will replace Joker Phillips, who was fired on Nov. 4.  (AP Photo/Phil Sears, File) ORG XMIT: NY162
FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2012, file photo, Florida State defensive coordinator Mark Stoops is interviewed during the Seminoles' football media day in Tallahassee, Fla. Kentucky has hired Florida State defensive coordinator Mark Stoops as its new football coach. The university announced Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012 that Stoops will replace Joker Phillips, who was fired on Nov. 4. (AP Photo/Phil Sears, File) ORG XMIT: NY162

Oklahoma players may be drained from back-to-back shootout, come-from-behind victories, but they've still got to gear up for Saturday's regular-season finale at TCU.

On Nov. 17, quarterback Landry Jones led a game winning drive in the fourth quarter that allowed OU to escape Morgantown, W.Va., with a 50-49 victory.

Then last weekend, the Sooners rallied to beat Bedlam rival Oklahoma State, 51-48, in overtime; OU took its first and only lead of the game when Brennan Clay scored his 18-yard touchdown that ended the game.

Also, the TCU contest represents Oklahoma's ninth straight game without an off week; the Sooners last had a bye the weekend of Sept. 29.

OU clinches at least a share of the Big 12 championship with a win, so there's plenty of motivation for Saturday, Bob Stoops said.

“In the end, there's nothing to bounce back from,” Stoops said. “Everything's in front of us. We've got a big game ... with championship implications. All of that in front of you, so if anything, I would think it'd give you some momentum.”

Jones, though, admitted that it's not easy to move right into another huge game after the Bedlam thriller.

“It's hard to come back and be focused and be all into a game whenever you have these emotional games, I know for sure, because it's draining,” Jones said.

“It's exhausting to play in those games and it's hard to get back up for practice, it's hard to forget about that game and move on to the next opponent.”

JONES SEES IMPROVEMENT

Two months and two days after Oklahoma suffered its first loss of the season to Kansas State, the Sooners pushed their Bedlam game to overtime for the first time in rivalry history.

That night, for the third time in his career, Jones had a 500-yard passing game. He also led the Sooners to a second straight comeback victory.

After that Kansas State loss, the blame fell onto the starting quarterback. After the Bedlam victory, the praise fell on, among many, the quarterback.

The change isn't just in the quarterback alone. Jones said this team is just overall a better team than the one that played in September.

A lot better, for sure.” Jones said. “I think our confidence is higher just as an offense realizing what we can do as an offensive team.”

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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