Even after the Sooners' 48-10 win over Iowa State, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops downplayed his tying of Barry Switzer's school record of 157 wins.
“I've done my best to ignore that or stay away from it,” Stoops said. “All I'll do is compliment Coach Switzer. He was a special coach in his time. … He's been a great friend to me, a great friend to everybody in this program. We're fortunate he still comes around and sees us. He'll always be one of the most special and one of the greatest coaches in all of college football.”
Stoops is now 157-39 during his 15 seasons with the Sooners. Switzer was 157-29-4 coaching OU from 1973-88.
Stoops might not've shown much excitement about it but his players did.
“It's awesome,” Sooners quarterback Trevor Knight said. “Coach Stoops is a great coach — love playing under him. That's big for him. That's a big accomplishment for him. After the game, everybody's excited for him, jumping around, getting excited so it was good.”
OHP TROOPER MAKES TACKLE, GETS OVATION
Early in the fourth quarter, a fan ran out onto the turf at Owen Field, raising his hands as he ran toward the northeast corner of the stadium.
Security was slow to react, not chasing after the fan for several moments.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper Brian Orr took care of the situation though.
Orr, Stoops' gameday bodyguard, ran out onto the field and delivered a blindside takedown of the fan, who was promptly handcuffed and taken away.
“That — in my four-and-a-half years of football — that may be the most excited I've ever been on a football field,” Sooners center Gabe Ikard said. “For two teams to be able to share a moment like that, that's something … there's certain moments you remember your Senior Day for. We rushed for 400 yards. I'm gonna forget that we rushed for 400 yards before I forget that Officer Orr just laid that dude out. That is fantastic.
“I'm extremely thankful. Fans don't do that. It's bad. But I'm glad he didn't see him coming, because that was one of the best blindside hits I've seen in a long time.”
IKARD, MILLARD HONORED WITH DON KEY AWARD
Senior captains Gabe Ikard and Trey Millard were announced Saturday as recipients of the 2013 Don Key Award during a pregame Senior Day ceremony.
The Don Key Award is presented each year to a senior (or seniors) who demonstrate all-around excellence in the classroom and on the field. Key was a three-year starter in the early 1980s until a battle with cancer prematurely ended his college career.
Ikard, a former Bishop McGuinness standout, is a two-year captain and has started 46 of 48 career games at center and left guard.
Millard has also been a captain the last two seasons. He appeared in 48 career games before a season-ending ACL tear earlier this season.
The Columbia, Mo., native has recorded 677 career receiving yards, 538 career rushing yards and 13 total touchdowns.
SWITZER APOLOGIZES TO ISU FANS
Barry Switzer made an appearance next to the Iowa State section before Saturday's game to apologize.
Friday, Switzer tweeted: “Since everyone beats ISU at home, I want to be the first to congratulate @OU_CoachStoops on tying the record of 157 wins!”
Before the game, Switzer stopped by the Iowa State section near the south end zone and apologized.