It all started in 2000. The Sooners won a national title in the 2000 season, a Cotton Bowl title in 2001, a Rose Bowl title in 2002 and sprinkled in a pair of Big 12 championshipsMore of the same appeared to be on its way when OU breezed through the 2003 regular season. If the Sooners finished the year unbeaten, many football historians figured to proclaim them the finest squad in the program's storied history. But Kansas State, a 14-point underdog and ranked 13th nationally, turned history into old news. The Wildcats beat OU so convincingly on Dec. 6, 2003, it couldn't possibly be written off as "just one of those things." KSU got the Snow White Sooners all dirty on a 30-degree night and made no apologies for doing so. On the field after the game, Wildcats defensive tackle Scott Edmonds told several Sooners to "go win the national championship for the Big 12. But I doubt they heard me. I think they were in just total shock." Four weeks later, LSU beat OU in the Superdome. For the second straight game, the Sooners had lost. "We must have done something to them because I know they did not play up to their standards," Edmonds said of the Sugar Bowl. "Sure, LSU was a great team. But I personally thought Oklahoma was the best team in the nation last year. I'm not sure what happened (in the Sugar Bowl)." How had KSU figured out how to beat the unbeatable? Inquiring minds wanted to know. And were eager to copy the blueprint. But contrary to what's been tried and implied, there's no such master plan for slaying the giant. Just ask Kansas State coach Bill Synder. The secret? Mistakes
Snyder heard the magic question while riding to the airport en route to Big 12 media days last week in Kansas City, Mo. Is there a blueprint? "I doubt that very seriously," Snyder said. "There isn't any particular formula for how that can take place, I don't believe. I would like to think our youngsters were well-prepared and motivated. They played extremely hard and played extremely well. "Oklahoma may not have played as well as they're capable of. If you put those things together, sometimes things can happen. We were fortunate, but then again, our youngsters deserved the victory." OU coach Bob Stoops hasn't seen any blueprint, either. "All of the sudden there's some master plan?" Stoops said.