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Oklahoma football: Ranking the five most anticipated home games of the Bob Stoops era

by Jason Kersey Modified: October 24, 2012 at 10:04 pm •  Published: October 24, 2012

Stoops called out his home crowd — “I don't think we've ever been known as an overly ruckus crowd,” he said the week of the game — and the fans responded to the challenge; they were loud and crazy from before kickoff until after the final seconds ticked off the clock in Oklahoma's 65-21 rout of unbeaten, second-ranked Texas Tech. The most memorable moment from the game came just before halftime, with OU leading 42-7, when House of Pain's “Jump Around” blared throughout the stadium. Sooner players and fans all jumped around together, celebrating the stunning rout and what it could mean. The Red Raiders had beaten Texas, which beat OU, so the Sooners' convincing win created a three-way tie atop the Big 12 South standings. Because Oklahoma ended the regular season with the highest BCS ranking, it played for — and won — the Big 12 title, and went on to lose in the national championship game to Florida.


Under coach Les Miles, Oklahoma State had stunned the Sooners in two straight seasons. Miles poured some gasoline on the rivalry fire after the Cowboys' win the week before Bedlam, when he said of the Sooners, “They're the best team in college football ... we're told.” A couple days later, Miles uttered one of his more infamous quotes during his time in Stillwater: “Next Saturday two teams are going to play. One is maybe the best team in college football and the other one is a darn good football team. We're going to play to figure out which one is which.” With GameDay in Norman, the No. 1 Sooners routed No. 14 Oklahoma State 52-9 to start a Bedlam win streak that lasted until last season.

5. ALABAMA, SEPT. 7, 2002

The storied Alabama Crimson Tide made their first-ever trip to Norman in 2002. The Crimson Tide faithful came in droves, creating an exciting atmosphere for the battle of traditional powerhouses. The Tide was in its second year under Dennis Franchione, and certainly wasn't on par with the elite, Bear Bryant- or Nick Saban-coached 'Bama squads. But it turned into a heck of a game, with the Tide holding a 27-23 lead in the fourth quarter before running back Renaldo Works' last-minute heroics pushed the Sooners over the top. Oklahoma returned the favor, making its first-ever trip to Tuscaloosa, Ala., the next year in what became another close, memorable contest.

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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