Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops was asked Friday morning if he feels like his team made a statement on behalf of the Big 12 Conference with Thursday's 45-31 Sugar Bowl win over Alabama.
“I'll let you guys determine that,” Stoops said. “I've watched Alabama run roughshod over the SEC for the last few years, and we didn't look overwhelmed,” Stoops said. “I've also watched Missouri and A&M the last year or two; they didn't look overwhelmed. They've been in the Big 12 for 100 years, and they've been there for two years, and they look like they match up pretty well.
“Enough of that talk. It's nonsense.”
Stoops was widely criticized last summer, when he questioned the Southeastern Conference's dominance of college football, calling it “propaganada that gets fed to you.”
SEVERAL SOONER ALUMS RETURN
Lots of former Stoops-era Oklahoma football greats were in the Superdome for Thursday night's Sugar Bowl, including Adrian Peterson, Trent Williams, Jammal Brown and Davin Joseph.
After the game, a group of those players stood outside the Sooners' locker room as Stoops walked by and asked why they weren't inside.
“They said, ‘Oh, we didn't want to ...' but I said, ‘Go in. I love my guys to see you, be around you,'” Stoops said.
“I really always think it's important that our players see these guys around. Not just Adrian, all of them. They know that all these guys have played here and what they're doing now, and they're quality guys, too. All those guys are great people.”
SANCHEZ IMPROVES THROUGHOUT GAME
OU cornerback Zack Sanchez struggled early in the Sugar Bowl, as Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron picked on the redshirt freshman, who missed some tackles and was beaten in coverage.
With about two minutes left in the first half, though, Sanchez intercepted a McCarron pass and returned it 43 yards to the Alabama 13-yard line, setting up a touchdown that put OU up by 14.