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Oklahoma football notebook: Sooners lose first home game to ranked team in Bob Stoops era

by Ryan Aber Published: September 22, 2012

Oklahoma's 24-19 loss to Kansas State on Saturday was the Sooners' first to a ranked team at home under Bob Stoops.

Before the loss, OU had won 14 consecutive games vs. ranked opponents at Owen Field in a streak that dated back to 1999.

The Sooners were also held without a first-half touchdown for the first time since the 2005 season opener.

The Sooners lost that game to TCU, 17-10.

OU had scored at least one touchdown in the first half in 43 consecutive games during that streak, which also spanned 24 conference games.


As Stoops shook hands with Kansas State coach Bill Snyder after the game, Stoops sent Snyder away with a message.

“Coach, I love you,” Stoops told Snyder as he walked off the field.

Snyder, who coached Kansas State when Stoops and brother Mike were there in the early 90s, appreciated the gesture.

“I share the same thing with Bobby and with Mike (Stoops, OU's defensive coordinator),” Snyder said.


Kansas State's Jarrell Childs said last season's 58-17 Sooners win in Manhattan weighed on the minds of the Wildcats during the week.

“We were thinking about that a lot,” Childs said. “We wanted to return the favor.”

Childs had a big part, scoring a defensive touchdown early in the second quarter after Justin Tuggle's hit jarred the ball from Jones at the Sooners' 1-yard line.

Childs scooped it up as he rolled into the end zone to put the Wildcats ahead.

“The ball just kind of fell in my lap,” Childs said. “I was kind of shocked.

“I have to credit Justin Tuggle for the play. He knocked it free and I just got lucky that it came to me.”


Even after back-to-back impressive performances by reserve Damien Williams to start the season, Dominique Whaley once again started at running back.

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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