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OU football notebook: Kicker Michael Hunnicutt says 2011 misses vs. Texas Tech made him better

by Jason Kersey Published: October 22, 2013

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.”

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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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