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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

Leach became the first former Stoops assistant to beat OU, but the game was filled with controversy. RB Taurean Henderson scored on a 2-yard run as time expired. The TD was upheld on review. The Sooners had rallied from a 10-point deficit to take the lead with 1:33 left in regulation.

Nov. 11, 2006: Oklahoma 34, Texas Tech 24

With top RBs Adrian Peterson and Allen Patrick injured, Chris Brown scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to lift the Sooners, who trailed 24-20 at the end of the third.

Nov. 17, 2007: at Texas Tech 34, Oklahoma 27

QB Sam Bradford left the game with a concussion on OU's second possession; Tech opened a 27-10 halftime lead and held on for a 34-27 victory.

Oct. 18, 2008: Oklahoma 45, Kansas 31

Bradford threw for a then-school record 468 yards and three TDs; RBs Chris Brown and DeMarco Murray combined for 175 and three TDs.

Nov. 1, 2008: Oklahoma 62, Nebraska 28

Oklahoma led 35-0 after the first quarter, and went on to score the most points it ever has against Nebraska in Stoops' first game against former co-defensive coordinator Bo Pelini.

Nov. 22, 2008: Oklahoma 65, Texas Tech 21

In the famous “Jump Around” game, OU led then-No. 2 and unbeaten Texas Tech 42-7 at halftime.

Oct. 24, 2009: at Oklahoma 35, Kansas 13

KU quarterback Todd Reesing threw interceptions on the Jayhawks' first three possessions, and Stoops trounced Mangino in what would become their final head-to-head matchup.

Nov. 7, 2009: at Nebraska 10, Oklahoma 3

Pelini's defense frustrated freshman QB Landry Jones into five interceptions; this game remains the only one in the Stoops era without a Sooner touchdown.

Nov. 21, 2009: at Texas Tech 41, Oklahoma 13

OU trailed 27-6 at the end of the third quarter in one of Oklahoma's most embarrassing Stoops-era losses. The win was Leach's 83rd, making him Tech's all-time winningest coach. He was fired before the Red Raiders' Alamo Bowl win.

Dec. 4, 2010: Oklahoma 23, Nebraska 20 (Big 12 championship)

Pelini's squad took an early 17-0 lead before the Sooners rallied to win the last Big 12 title game for the foreseeable future, and send the Huskers off to the Big Ten Conference with a defeat.

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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