Oklahoma football: Keith Ford ready to return

by Jason Kersey and Ryan Sharp Published: December 3, 2013

In 2002, the third-ranked Sooners were upset by the Cowboys 38-28 at the stadium then known as Lewis Field.

While OSU's wins in 2001 and 2002 were upsets, a Cowboys win Saturday would not be.

After returning last season, Stoops said the OSU program is quite different from the one he last coached against at OU.

“Their players play consistent every time they step on the field,” Stoops said. “You're getting a more consistent opponent and a better opponent.”

Stoops has coached in Stillwater since, when Arizona played at OSU in 2011.

OU IN MIXON'S FINAL FOUR

Over the weekend, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops flew to California FOR an in-home visit with five-star running back Joe Mixon of Oakley (Calif.) Freedom.

Stoops' efforts have paid off for now, with Mixon placing the Sooners in his final four choices, he tweeted on Tuesday.

Oklahoma is joined by UCLA, California and Wisconsin in Mixon's final four.

Mixon (6-foot-2, 207 pounds) is the top-ranked running back in the country by Rivals.com and the No. 9 player overall.

Mixon made a visit to Norman in early October. He also took official visits to California, Florida State, Wisconsin and Washington.

Mixon said Monday that USC was back in consideration after the Trojans hired Washington coach Steve Sarkisian.

The last five-star running back to sign with the Sooners was Brandon Williams, Williams transferred to Texas A&M for family reasons after one year in Norman.

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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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by Ryan Sharp
Senior Assistant Sports Editor
Ryan Sharp is a lifelong Oklahoman but was born in Texas, something he doesn't share too often with his OU- and OSU-loyal friends. Ryan spent a good chunk of his early childhood in southeast Oklahoma, before moving to Shawnee, where he...
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