NORMAN — Coach Bob Stoops has said this week the Owen Field crowd hasn’t been a big factor in Oklahoma’s nation-leading 23-game home winning streak.
That hasn’t sat well with many Sooner fans. "It’s really hard to understand. Deeply disappointing,” said OU alum and Norman resident Mark Fried. "He’s saying the fans haven’t played a role during his time here, that he has this home record in spite of the fact the fans are non-participants. "It’s a little bit deflating.” Second-ranked Texas Tech comes to Norman this weekend for the biggest OU home game since the Sooners defeated No. 1 Nebraska in 2000. OU is 59-2 under Stoops at home, the only losses coming in 2001 against Oklahoma State and 2005 against TCU. Stoops, however, refused this week to credit the crowd as a significant reason for OU’s dominance at home. "I think maybe just our overall focus and play are the biggest reasons,” Stoops said. "I don’t think we’ve ever been known to have an overly ruckus crowd.” Many OU fans sided with Stoops. "This may anger some fans, but it drives me insane that 80,000 people can go completely silent,” responded Richard of Oklahoma City on NewsOK.com.
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