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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

Broyles' only explanation for his celebration penalty was that he felt like the team “needed a spark.”

Down four touchdowns, OU sure needed a spark. But Broyles' high-stepping was too much too late.

But Broyles is not alone in trying to spark a team via excessive celebration.

Three years ago against Florida, Georgia coach Mark Richt famously ordered his players to rush to the end zone and celebrate the Bulldogs' first touchdown. The ruckus drew two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties, forcing Georgia to kick off from its own 8-yard line; but the Bulldogs went on to win, 42-30.

“He's got more guts than me,” Stoops joked. “I haven't had to get guys fired up usually.”

Stills is not available to the media this week to explain what it felt like to be him at that moment (Stoops limited player availability this week to just a few players).

But Stoops did explain why celebration penalties draw so much of his ire.

“Any action that way to me is … football is the ultimate team sport,” he said. “Those linemen protected Landry Jones to get that ball off. Landry couldn't have thrown a better ball into the wind to put it right where it needed to be. Running backs protected for him or they've been running the ball, getting hammered to suck up the safeties to get him behind everybody. So it isn't just you who made the play. If you're a tennis player or a golfer, you do all you want. There's a lot of parts to what happened there.

“Then, to have to kick the ball off from the 15-yard line into a 20 mile an hour north wind, is not what you want to do. It just negates the touchdown and gives the other team the opportunity to get right back at you.”

But pressed and pressed, Stoops finally admitted he once exempted a player from a celebration penalty.

“The only time I thought it was great was when we won the Holiday Bowl (in 2005), Clint Ingram intercepted the ball,” Stoops said. “He knew the game was over.”

“He punted the ball into the stands. I jumped on him and said, ‘That's the best.'”


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