Oklahoma football: Breaking down Bob Stoops' matchups with former assistants

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops is 13-4 against his former assistants who became head coaches. Here is a look at each of Stoops' games against his former assistant coaches.
by Jason Kersey Published: December 23, 2012

NORMAN — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops is 13-4 against his former assistants who became head coaches.

He faced Mike Leach, his first Oklahoma offensive coordinator who left for Texas Tech, 10 times between 2000 and 2009. Stoops was 7-3 in those games.

Stoops was 4-0 against Mark Mangino, who replaced Leach as OU's offensive coordinator and was Kansas' coach from 2003-2009, and 2-1 against former co-defensive coordinator Bo Pelini, now Nebraska's coach.

Here is a look at each of Stoops' games against his former assistant coaches.

Nov. 18, 2000: at Oklahoma 27, Texas Tech 13

Mike Leach's first team picked off Josh Heupel twice and pulled within eight points of the eventual-national champs midway through the fourth quarter.

Nov. 17, 2001: Oklahoma 30, at Texas Tech 13

OU never trailed, Nate Hybl threw three touchdowns and Tech scored three points after halftime.

Nov. 23, 2002: at Oklahoma 60, Texas Tech 15

Tech arrived with Big 12 South championship hopes; they were quickly destroyed. Kliff Kingsbury was sacked six times and intercepted twice. Quentin Griffin rushed for 207 yards and three TDs.

Nov. 22, 2003: Oklahoma 56, at Texas Tech 25

Leach's squad boasted the nation's top-ranked offense entering the game. Sooners RB Kejuan Jones scored five TDs; Tech QB B.J. Symons threw the same number of interceptions.

Oct. 2, 2004: at Oklahoma 28, Texas Tech 13

Adrian Peterson rushed for 151 yards and three TDs; Red Raiders QB Sonny Cumbie threw three interceptions.

Oct. 23, 2004: at Oklahoma 41, Kansas 10

Peterson became the quickest freshman to gain 1,000 yards in a season; Jason White threw for 389 yards and four TDs in OU's first game against former offensive coordinator Mark Mangino.

Oct. 15, 2005: Oklahoma 19, Kansas 3 (at Kansas City, Mo.)

Kansas QB Brian Luke threw interceptions on two of his first three pass attempts, leading to 10 quick OU points. Donta Hickson led OU's rushing attack because of the hobbled Adrian Peterson's injured ankle.

Nov. 19, 2005: at Texas Tech 23, Oklahoma 21

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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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