“I think I probably could’ve done more, but you just have to live with it,” Washington said solemnly. “We lost seven fumbles, had two blocked kicks, had two interceptions. We shouldn’t have lost the game, but we did.
“And the tie with Southern Cal … We could’ve won three national championships. My sophomore year, we were probably the best team ever. We didn’t know it. It was (Switzer’s) first year. We just didn’t understand how good we were. After that particular game, all bets were off.”
Current OU coach Bob Stoops led the program to its seventh national championship in 2000 — his second season on the job — but hasn’t been able to win another one since then, despite playing in three more title games.
The Alabama victory, to Washington, is a sign that big things could be in store for Stoops’ 2014 squad.
“As far as I’m concerned, they’re turning things to the natural order of how it has been and how it should be,” Washington said. “Our guys are experiencing what it has been around here, and what my group was part of. It’s something they hadn’t been able to experience.
“Hopefully this can be contagious to the point where it spills over to every player.”