Stoops cashes in with titleSaturday's Big 12 championship win capped a lucrative week for Bob Stoops, who attained several contractual performance bonuses. Stoops earned $80,000 for OU's Big 12 title game win and another $100,000 for advancing to the Fiesta Bowl (thanks, Texas). He'd already padded his receivables ledger $30,000 for being voted Big 12 Coach of the Year earlier in the week. Other bonuses still in play for Stoops this season: * BCS Final National Rankings: $75,000 for a top 10 BCS rankings finish; $50,000 for a Top 20 BCS rankings finish. * Associated Press national coach of the year: $60,000. * Graduation rates. 65 percent or better: $40,000; 75 percent or better: $50,000; 85 percent or better: $60,000; 100 percent: $100,000. • Crowd count: The crowd of 80,031 for Saturday's game at Arrowhead Stadium was the largest for a Big 12 Championship. • Long field: OU started drives inside its own 20 nine times. Nebraska punter Dan Titchener had six of his seven punts pin the Sooners inside the 20. The Huskers reached Sooner territory on 11 of their 14 possessions and produced but one score. "We didn't take advantage of the short field," said Nebraska coach Bill Callahan. • Rough sledding: The Sooners had averaged 203 yards rushing during their seven-game winning streak. But OU managed just 42 yards on 28 carries ? a 1.5 average per rush. • Remember me? Cornerback D.J. Wolfe had become a forgotten man in OU's defense, seldom seen except on special teams after early season struggles in pass coverage. But Wolfe was pressed into action late in the first half, when Marcus Walker went out with an apparent stinger. And he responded, intercepting a Zac Taylor pass at the Huskers 45. • Big hit: Strongside linebacker Demarrio Pleasant is often replaced by an extra safety, but was on the field for perhaps the game's biggest play. Nebraska faced fourth-and-1 from the OU 16-yard line early in the fourth quarter. Taylor faked a handoff and flipped a short pass toward tight end Hunter Teafatiller. The pass would have gone for the first down, but Pleasant popped Teafatiller just after the ball arrived, causing an incompletion. • Quick score: Allen Patrick's 2-yard touchdown run with 14:12 left in the first quarter marked the earliest score in the history of the Big 12 championship. The previous record was also held by an OU player: Kejuan Jones' 42-yard run just 2:49 into the 2004 Big 12 championship gave the Sooners a quick lead over Kansas State ? the Wildcats won 35-7. • Extra points: OU notched its 16th 11-win season. … OU has held five of its last seven opponents to 10 points or less. … The Sooners matched a season high with three interceptions. … The attendance of 80,031 was the largest in Big 12 championship history. … The 66-yard touchdown pass from Paul Thompson to Malcolm Kelly was the second-longest pass in Big 12 championship history; Major Applewhite threw a 79-yard pass in Texas' loss to Colorado in the 2001 title game. By John Helsley, George Schroeder and Berry Tramel
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