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OU football notebook: Brian Jackson sits out

By Jake Trotter and Berry Tramel, Staff Writers Modified: January 1, 2010 at 8:24 am •  Published: January 1, 2010

Coy hit Stanford center Chase Beeler late and was flagged for a personal foul that gave the Cardinal a first down at the OU 25-yard line. The Sooners held Stanford to a field goal and kept the lead.

Beeler and McCoy were in the same OU recruiting class. Beeler transferred to Stanford after his freshman year.

"I had to pop Chase a few times,” McCoy said. "I need to find him. I want to apologize. Actually, I’m not going to.”

Granger fills in
Senior defensive tackle DeMarcus Granger, who had missed the entire season after back surgery, played extensively after the first-quarter injury to Adrian Taylor. Granger had three tackles.

Kicking derby
Place-kicking plagued OU all season. Including in the Sun Bowl. Patrick O’Hara, who claimed the job in November after a season of Sooner failures, missed a 32-yard field-goal attempt that would have given OU a 34-27 lead with 3:21 left in the game.

O’Hara clanged a 23-yard field-goal attempt off the right upright in the first quarter. But officials had blown the whistle for a false-start penalty. Given a reprieve, O’Hara made a 28-yard field goal.

Ratterree lifts Sooners
Tight end Trent Ratterree entered the game with eight catches for 66 yards. Against Stanford, he had three for 86 yards. Ratterree’s 36-yard catch set up the go-ahead touchdown late in the third quarter.

Midfield dignitaries
Stanford history professor Condoleezza Rice, secretary of state in the Bush administration, flipped the coin before the game. Also among the dignitaries at midfield was Jim Plunkett, Stanford’s 1970 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback.

Newton inks with Auburn
During the Sun Bowl, one of OU’s top recruiting targets, junior-college quarterback Cameron Newton, was signing a letter of intent with Auburn. The Tigers announced the signing via the university’s Twitterpage. Newton, considered the No. 1 juco QB in the country out of Blinn (Texas) College, chose the Tigers over OU and Mississippi State.

Broyles, McCoy honored
Broyles was named the Sun Bowl MVP and won the most valuable special teams player award. McCoy was named the most valuable lineman.