Oklahoma football notebook: Bob Stoops not interested in Tennessee job, remains happy as a Sooners coach
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But it gives us another example of the budding rivalry between both state schools.
RULES “ARE WHAT THEY ARE” ON SHARED BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP
Stoops is OK with the Big 12 championship being shared between OU and Kansas State, which beat the Sooners in Norman on Sept. 22, he said Monday.
“It's whatever the conference rules are; that's what you go by,” Stoops said.
Kansas State and Oklahoma are each 7-1 in Big 12 play entering Saturday, the last day of the regular season; if the Wildcats and Sooners finish with the same conference record, they'll be declared “co-champions” and each receive a Big 12 championship trophy.
Last season, when there was still the possibility of a three-way tie for the Big 12 title, Stoops expressed his opposition to the whole idea of shared championships.
Oklahoma State's 44-10 Bedlam win last season, though, made it the outright Big 12 champion.
“I brought that up in our Big 12 meetings,” Stoops said when asked about his comments from a year ago.
“They haven't changed anything. You play the hand you have.”
OU'S FIRST DOWNS IN BEDLAM ONE SHORT OF NCAA RECORD
OU fell just short of the NCAA's Football Bowl Subdivision single-game record for first downs in Saturday's 51-48 overtime win over Oklahoma State.
The Sooners totaled 44 first downs, just one behind Texas Tech's record, which it set with 45 first downs (16 rushing, 28 passing and one penalty) in its 2003 win over Iowa State.
Oklahoma picked up 29 of its first downs Saturday passing, 11 rushing and four because of OSU penalties.
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