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OU football notebook: Bob Stoops will not say if Blake Bell will enter 2014 as starting QB

by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: November 14, 2013

Freshman linebacker Dominique Alexander has been thrust into a prominent role since Corey Nelson went down with a season-ending injury against TCU.

Alexander has consistently drawn praise from Sooners coaches since entering the starting lineup.

“I'm a lot more comfortable,” Alexander said. “Because I play my game and am able to see a lot more things. My knowledge of the game has gotten better with the reps I've gotten. I'm a lot more comfortable and a better player than the first one I played as an Oklahoma Sooner.”

Alexander made 11 tackles, including one for a safety, and forced a fumble in the loss to Baylor. He has 51 tackles for far this season, third-most on the team.

SWITZER: TIES HURT MY RECORD

Legendary former Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer has no problem with Stoops passing his program-record 157 career wins, but he did point out one area where Stoops is at an advantage.

“See, you don't have ties today,” Switzer said with a laugh. “I look at the freaking ties. My ties — without a doubt — should've been three wins.”

Switzer ended his career as Oklahoma's football coach with a 157-29-4. College football added overtime in 1996, eliminating the possibility of ties.

Stoops can match Switzer's 157 career wins Saturday, when the Sooners host Iowa State.

The first tie of Switzer's career came in 1973, when his team and No. 1 USC played to a 7-7 tie in Los Angeles. OU kicker Rick Fulcher missed a field goal, though, that would've given the Sooners a win.

“From the 11-yard line,” Switzer said. “We would've won that thing 10-7. It went to the right. I could've died.”

Then in 1976, Oklahoma and Texas finished in a 6-6 tie when the Sooners bobbled an extra-point snap, and kicker Uwe von Schamann didn't get to attempt the PAT.

“Von Schamann never missed an extra point in his career, and he didn't get to kick the extra point against Texas in a 6-6 tie,” Switzer said. “They bobbled the snap. How many times does that happen? So I got screwed out of that.”

Switzer's Sooners tied with Texas again in 1984 after controversial officiating cost Oklahoma a potential victory.

“I've always said those are three right there I got screwed out of,” Switzer said. “Then I look back, and I won some close ball games. Maybe I should've lost a couple of those 157 I won.

“They give you half a win and half a loss for ties in computing winning percentage, so maybe you have to say I'm 159-31.”

BY RYAN ABER AND JASON KERSEY

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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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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