Not surprisingly, Sooners coach Bob Stoops downplayed the achievement of passing Barry Switzer for the school record in wins with 158 in Saturday's 41-31 win at Kansas State.
“I don't have time to look at it to be honest with you,” Stoops said. “It's something down the road where I'll reflect back.”
But Stoops' brother, defensive coordinator Mike Stoops, said it was important.
“You compare him to the likes of a (Bud) Wilkinson or a Switzer, you're in a stratosphere that not many people are, and I think just the way he goes about his business is probably the thing that all of us probably enjoy — how steady he is through the good wins and the tough losses. He never really changes his demeanor with the players or coaches and what he expects of us never really changes.”
Stoops' first full-time coaching job came at Kansas State under Bill Snyder.
“There's certainly some irony in coming here where he started,” Mike Stoops said. “It's a pretty special day for him and it's good to get it behind us and move forward.”
OL BATTLES INJURIES
Starting left guard Adam Shead did not play due to a back injury, forcing the Sooners to shift Bronson Irwin to the left side and insert Nila Kasitati into Irwin's spot.
The line was further depleted when left tackle Tyrus Thompson injured his leg early in the second half and Derek Farniok had to come on for the remainder of the game.
“For moving around, the guys did a pretty good job,” offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh said.
The shifting went even further as Kasitati is usually the extra lineman brought in for short-yardage situations.
That pressed Dionte Savage into action.
“I trust those guys,” Bedenbaugh said. “It's one of those things where if I feel guys are playing better, I'm not gonna roll guys just to roll. We're fine.”
WIND, COLD MAKE CONDITIONS DIFFICULT
The weather was cold, with temperatures around 25 at kickoff.
But the bigger factor was the wind.
It was never more important than early in the fourth quarter, when Mark Krause's punt from the Kansas State 3 got caught up in the wind and Jalen Saunders ran up, caught the ball at the 33 and returned it to the original line of scrimmage.
Brennan Clay scored on the first play of the next drive.
Kansas State scored just seven of their 31 points going into the wind.
As expected, running back Damien Williams and wide receiver Lacoltan Bester missed the game due to suspension. Nose tackle Torrea Peterson, quarterback Blake Bell, linebacker Jordan Evans and running back Keith Ford missed the game due to injury. … The Sooners have won 10 consecutive games against opponents they lost to the previous season. … The Sooners are now 62-1 under Stoops when rushing for 300 yards or more.