Oklahoma junior kicker Michael Hunnicutt has — for the most part — been a model of consistency for the Sooners over the past couple seasons.
He's now Oklahoma's career record holder for field goals, and has been successful on 53 of his 61 career field-goal attempts.
Two of those failures came in Oklahoma's 41-38 home loss to Texas Tech in 2011. Hunnicutt's missed 28-yard attempt with 2:52 remaining in the game was particularly tough after it ended up being the difference.
“I think about it this week,” Hunnicutt said. “I'm definitely a better kicker, I think.
“It was definitely a really rough game. I didn't miss the rest of that season and it made me more mentally strong, I'd say.
“When you have a miss like that, you don't ever want to feel like that again. I never felt so bad like that after a game before. I try to make all my kicks so I don't ever feel like that again.”
MIKE STOOPS DOWNPLAYS SIDELINE DISPUTE
After Kansas scored its second touchdown to take an early 13-0 lead on Oklahoma last weekend, ESPN's cameras caught defensive coordinator Mike Stoops and first-year defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery in a heated argument.
Head coach Bob Stoops appeared to step in and play peacemaker.
“We don't consider it anything out of the ordinary,” Mike Stoops said. “It happens during the course of a game.”
Asked what had him upset, Mike Stoops said, “We were sliding our defense one way that we weren't adept at doing at that particular time. We were trying to get it straightened out. … I guess it's a big deal to you guys.”
Bob Stoops said the dispute was the result of the Sooner defense being out of position early in the eventual 34-19 victory.
“I didn't say anything,” Bob Stoops said. “I let them figure it out.”
When a reporter noted that it was clear from the tape that Bob Stoops definitely said something, the coach responded, “I said a lot, but I'm not gonna sit here and detail it for you.”
IKARD DETAILS DREAM TD CELEBRATION
Oklahoma senior center Gabe Ikard wouldn't say how many more trick plays the Sooners are hiding up their sleeves, but did joke that he's still waiting for the team to run a “hook-and-ladder where you toss it back to the center.”
Asked what his touchdown celebration would look like, Ikard didn't need any time to think before he answered.
“I would punt the ball into the stands,” he said. “I would take the 15-yard penalty. I'd walk over to Coach Stoops. He'd yell at me. I'd say, ‘I'm sorry; I had too.'
“I hopefully would be on SportsCenter and made fun of for it.”
Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro, asked to compare and contrast the Red Raiders' 2011 upset at Oklahoma with last season's blowout loss to the Sooners at home:
“I just think that we came in thinking we were better than them last year at least, and we came in the year before knowing that we could upset them, and I think we just played with a little bit more chip on our shoulder and we played a little bit more relaxed last season.”