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The best Bob Stoops-era Oklahoma football players: No. 7, running back Quentin Griffin (1999-2002)

by Jason Kersey Modified: July 19, 2013 at 10:05 am •  Published: July 19, 2013
Former Oklahoma running back Quentin Griffin carries the ball against Texas in the Sooners' 35-24 win in 2002. PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE
Former Oklahoma running back Quentin Griffin carries the ball against Texas in the Sooners' 35-24 win in 2002. PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE

NORMAN — Continuing our look at the top 15 Oklahoma football players in the Bob Stoops era, we remember a 5-foot-7 running back with a knack for finding the endzone.

QUENTIN GRIFFIN

Jersey No.: 22
Position: Running back
Years played: 1999-2002
Hometown: Houston
Big 12 championships: 2
National championships: 1
Notable: OU coaches pulled Griffin’s redshirt in the eighth game of his true freshman season in 1999 because of injuries to older, more experienced backs. He finished that year with 543 total yards of offense and five touchdowns. … Rushed for the only touchdown in Oklahoma’s 13-2 Orange Bowl victory over Florida State that clinched the 2000 national championship. … Holds school records for 100-yard rushing games in a season (12 in 2002) and rushing touchdowns in a single game (six in OU’s 63-14 rout of Texas in 2000). … First-team All-Big 12 selection as a senior in 2002. … His 248 yards in OU’s 2002 win over Texas rank ninth in program history for single-game rushing. … Rushed for 1,884 yards in 2002, which ranks third in program history for rushing yards in a season. … Rushed for 3,938 yards over his career, ranking fifth in program history behind Billy Sims, Joe Washington, Adrian Peterson and Steve Owens. … His 44 career rushing touchdowns rank fourth in program history, behind Owens, Sims and DeMarco Murray. … Finished 10th in the 2002 Heisman Trophy voting. He received one first-place vote, eight second-place votes and nine third-place votes. … Recorded 785 total yards and three touchdowns in two seasons (2003, 2004) with the Denver Broncos before injuries derailed his professional career.

THREE MEMORABLE GAMES

Oklahoma 63, Texas 14
When: Oct. 7, 2000
Where: Cotton Bowl Stadium, Dallas
Griffin’s day: His six rushing touchdowns that day remain OU’s single-game record. … Finished with 23 carries for 87 yards, and caught three passes for 45 yards. … The victory sparked Oklahoma’s remarkable run of key victories through October, which itself propelled the Sooners to the 2000 national championship.

Oklahoma 35, Texas 24
When: Oct. 12, 2002
Where: Cotton Bowl Stadium, Dallas
Griffin’s day: Rushed 32 times for 248 yard to go with his two total touchdowns. … His 248 rushing yards rank second in Red River Rivalry game history, and ninth in OU program history for single-game rushing.

Oklahoma 29, Colorado 7
When: Dec. 7, 2002
Where: Reliant Stadium, Houston
Griffin’s day: Rushed 29 times for 188 yards and two touchdowns. … Added 28 yards receiving on his team-high four receptions. … Griffin’s touchdowns were 36- and 27-yard runs, and came in the third and fourth quarters, respectively, as OU pulled away from Colorado to win the Big 12 Championship and clinch a Rose Bowl berth.

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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