OU's Kenny Stills feels the wrath of Bob Stoops

Celebration penalty wasn't what Sooners' coach was looking for.
By Jake Trotter, Staff Writer, jtrotter@opubco.com Modified: November 17, 2010 at 9:49 am •  Published: November 16, 2010

NORMAN — After celebrating his 59-yard touchdown catch on Saturday by jumping and spiking the ball, Kenny Stills might not have known what was coming next.

But a few yards behind him, fellow Oklahoma receiver Ryan Broyles sure did — well before the official even reached for his flag.

After all, it was only a year ago Broyles felt the wrath of a Bob Stoops tsunami for similar transgressions.

“I saw Kenny jump, and I was like, ‘Oh no, here it goes,'” Broyles said, before laughing.

“When I saw him do the wrist flex, I was like, ‘Oh man, he messed up.' I went to congratulate him, but I knew.”

What Broyles knew was that Stills was headed to a place no Sooner player wants to be — trying to explain away a celebration penalty to Stoops.

“I'm not going to go into it because Kenny has done too well here all year,” Stoops said Tuesday. “But he made a bad choice and I don't believe those kind of actions are spontaneous in my mind. They're thought of, and I just don't believe it's right.”

At least Stills got his money's worth.

He got so much air on his celebration spike, it was the headlining photo of OU's game in The Oklahoman sports section. Stills' mom actually called the newspaper Monday to ask for a copy.

The spike also got the crowd fired up. Got his teammates fired up. Got Stoops fired up — but in a very different way.

After Stills was flagged for the 15-yard penalty, forcing the Sooners to kick off from their own 15-yard line, Stoops wore Stills out on the sidelines. Then followed Stills to the bench and wore him out some more.

“When (Stoops) came over to the bench, we all sat back quiet,” Broyles said. “Tried to look the other way, tried not to know what was happening.

“I don't think (Stills) will be doing that again.”

Stoops was asked during his weekly news conference if he's ever been madder at a player before.

“Oh, I have been. Ryan Broyles a year ago at Tech,” Stoops replied, referring to Broyles being flagged for taunting after high-stepping and holding the ball up on a touchdown reception that still left the Sooners down 34-13 in the fourth quarter.

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