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MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Baylor and Kansas State are a prime example of how quickly things change in college football.Three years ago, the top-ranked Wildcats were unbeaten and barreling toward the national title game when they visited the Bears, who were in the midst of an underwhelming season. It was Baylor, which had lost four straight and five of six, that ran the Wildcats right out of...
No. 2 Baylor heads to Kansas State wary of potential upset
By DAVE SKRETTA, Associated Press | Nov 4, 2015MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Baylor and Kansas State are a prime example of how quickly things change in college football. Three years ago, the top-ranked Wildcats were unbeaten and barreling toward the national title game when they visited the Bears, who were in the midst of an underwhelming season. It was Baylor, which had lost four straight and five of six, that ran the Wildcats right out of town. Now, Kansas State is the underwhelming team, losers of four in a row. And the No. 2 Bears are unbeaten and pointed toward college football's playoff as they head to Manhattan on Thursday night. "Great football team, great tradition," Briles said. "They have a very knowledgeable and experienced coaching staff, so it's a great challenge for our football team. We've been pretty good in November the last three or four years, so we need to continue that tradition." Baylor (7-0, 4-0 Big 12) and Kansas State have grown quite familiar with each other. That game three years ago remains one of the more high-profile showdowns, but the teams also met in the final week of last season with the Big 12 title on the line. In their last trip to the Little Apple, the Bears beat Kansas State (3-4, 0-4) in Manhattan for the first time. "We played them last year in the last game of the season for the Big 12 championship. That's reality," Briles said. "So we have a lot of respect for that football team and for that program, and if you don't, then you don't understand football and you don't understand programs." The Bears may be the heavily favored bunch with national championship aspirations this time, but their shake-up at quarterback leaves some significant question marks. Seth Russell fractured a cervical vertebra in his neck two weeks ago at Iowa State, and has already undergone season-ending surgery. Freshman Jarrett Stidham, a year removed from leading his team to the Texas high school playoffs, will be under center the rest of the way. "He's a very talented guy," Kansas State coach Bill Snyder said. "He's completing 80 or 90 percent of his throws, and that's not bad no matter who you line up and play against. He seems to manage the ball game well and make good decisions. He's a very talented young guy." The Wildcats likely will try to rattle him with blitzes and other defensive chances, even if the Bears are confident Stidham will be able to handle whatever comes his way. "You have to trust your defense and that they are going to slow down their offense," Kansas State quarterback Joe Hubener said. "Depending on how much they can do that, it will determine how many points we need to score." As the Bears and Wildcats prepare to meet Thursday night, here are more things to watch: POINTS A'PLENTY: Baylor is the nation's highest-scoring team at 61.1 points per game, and will be facing a defense that allowed 50-plus points in back-to-back home losses to TCU and Oklahoma. GRINDING AWAY: Many fans assume the Bears fling the ball all over the field. The reality is they average 338 yards rushing, second nationally. Shock Linwood needs 26 yards to eclipse 1,000 for the season, while freshman Terence Williams has run for 417 yards. Russell had 402 yards rushing and six touchdowns before his injury. HEISMAN HOPEFUL: The last wide receiver to win the Heisman Trophy was Desmond Howard in 1991, but Corey Coleman is having a worthy season. He already has 18 TD receptions, and needs eight more to break the single-season Big 12 record set by West Virginia's Stedman Bailey in 2012. NEW TERRITORY: Kansas State has never started 0-5 since the formation of the Big 12. The last time the Wildcats dropped their first five league games was 1989, when they went 0-7 in the old Big Eight — the first year of Snyder's rebuilding job. RANKED WOES: The Wildcats have lost six straight to ranked teams, and 11 of the last 13. But two of those defeats, to then-No. 20 Oklahoma State and then-No. 2 TCU, came after Kansas State blew halftime leads. "Nobody is down. The spirit has actually gotten better since earlier in the season," Kansas State linebacker Elijah Lee said. "We still have games to play and have a chance to win."
Nov 4, 2015
Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 145-23 (86.3 pct.) Overall record: 1,252-307 (80.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Nov 4, 2015Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 145-23 (86.3 pct.) Overall record: 1,252-307 (80.3) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I Mustang 35, MOORE 14 EDMOND SANTA FE 41, Norman 13 Class 6A-II LAWTON 30, Choctaw 17 Class 5A ALTUS 49, Northwest 6 Class 3A INOLA 34, Keys (Park Hill) 6 Kingfisher 49, CENTENNIAL 8 HERITAGE HALL 52, Purcell 14 Class 2A Vian 38, PANAMA 12 Class A Quinton 22, WARNER 20 Class B ALEX 56, Geary 42 Waukomis 48, POND CREEK-HUNTER 44 Friday's Games Class 6A-I BROKEN ARROW 35, Edmond Memorial 20 Owasso 28, PC NORTH 14 WESTMOORE 24, Putnam City 21 Southmoore 48, NORMAN NORTH 38 Tulsa Union 45, EDMOND NORTH 17 JENKS 56, Yukon 13 Class 6A-II Bartlesville 42, CLAREMORE 14 SAND SPRINGS 28, Bixby 24 PC West 34, ENID 28 PONCA CITY 28, Sapulpa 23 Stillwater 34, LAWTON IKE 26 Tulsa Washington 40, MUSKOGEE 14 Class 5A Ardmore 28, DUNCAN 7 DEL CITY 38, Chickasha 24 Collinsville 34, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 8 Deer Creek 21, GUTHRIE 20 TULSA KELLEY 28, Durant 17 WESTERN HEIGHTS 28, Guymon 8 Lawton MacArthur 44, EL RENO 12 McGuinness 28, PIEDMONT 10 Pryor 24, TULSA NOAH 20 Shawnee 42, TULSA HALE 7 Skiatook 35, NOBLE 20 CARL ALBERT 45, Southeast 12 COWETA 28, Tahlequah 27 Tulsa Edison 21, GROVE 14 McALESTER 46, Tulsa Memorial 13 Class 4A Bristow 28, TECUMSEH 14 Cascia Hall 24, CLEVELAND 10 CLINTON 28, Elk City 27 Glenpool 20, McLOUD 13 Harrah 28, ADA 24 Metro Christian 30, SALLISAW 20 VINITA 28, Miami 22 Muldrow 27, BROKEN BOW 20 ELGIN 28, Newcastle 21 Oologah 38, TULSA McLAIN 13 Poteau 48, TULSA CENTRAL 8 FORT GIBSON 21, Stilwell 14 Wagoner 41, CATOOSA 10 ANADARKO 42, Weatherford 13 CACHE 28, Woodward 14 Class 3A Beggs 28, CHECOTAH 24 LINCOLN CHR. 42, Berryhill 35 Blanchard 35, MOUNT ST. MARY 7 DOUGLASS 42, Bridge Creek 12 SPERRY 21, Dewey 14 IDABEL 28, Heavener 13 John Marshall 24, BETHANY 21 VERDIGRIS 35, Kellyville 12 Little Axe 28, BETHEL 20 Locust Grove 56, JAY 18 CUSHING 42, Mannford 7 Marlow 31, DICKSON 13 Meeker 42, COMANCHE 12 Morris 35, OKMULGEE 34 Perkins 40, BLACKWELL 12 Plainview 34, MADILL 13 Roland 28, EUFAULA 7 Seminole 42, PAULS VALLEY 20 Seq. Claremore 31, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 27 Spiro 26, VALLIANT 16 JONES 38, Star Spencer 8 LONE GROVE 35, Sulphur 21 HILLDALE 49, Tulsa Rogers 14 WESTVILLE 36, Tulsa Webster 22 Victory Christian 35, STIGLER 28 Class 2A Alva 32, PERRY 14 TISHOMINGO 21, Atoka 20 Chisholm 14, HENNESSEY 7 Coalgate 28, MARIETTA 21 HASKELL 35, Colcord 27 Commerce 26, CHELSEA 21 DIBBLE 28, Frederick 22 Hartshorne 42, POCOLA 6 PRAGUE 27, Henryetta 20 ANTLERS 35, Hugo 12 Hulbert 24, CHOUTEAU 8 SALINA 21, Kansas 20 DAVIS 35, Kingston 14 Lexington 27, HOBART 13 Luther 35, OCS 20 WASHINGTON 35, Mangum 14 Okemah 40, HOLDENVILLE 6 Okla. Christian Aca. 31, NEWKIRK 7 TULSA UNION JV 35, Oklahoma Union 12 NOWATA 48, Pawhuska 8 TONKAWA 28, Pawnee 7 ADAIR 42, Rejoice Christian 22 Walters 35, LINDSAY 34 Wellston 38, CROOKED OAK 24 STROUD 30, Wewoka 20 Wilburton 21, LIBERTY 18 Wyandotte 49, CANEY VALLEY 6 Class A FAIRLAND 21, Afton 12 CARNEGIE 27, Apache 20 MOORELAND 45, Beaver 6 Community Christian 28, WILSON 13 MINCO 42, Elmore City 12 THOMAS 21, Fairview 20 KETCHUM 45, Foyil 6 Hollis 28, CORDELL 21 Hominy 26, MORRISON 21 Kiefer 42, DRUMRIGHT 7 CRESCENT 28, Okeene 12 CASHION 48, Oklahoma Bible 14 MOUNDS 27, Porter 13 Ringling 21, HEALDTON 7 Rush Springs 32, EMPIRE 12 Savanna 35, GORE 7 Sayre 28, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 6 Snyder 21, HOLLIS 14 Stratford 35, WYNNEWOOD 13 QUAPAW 28, Summit Christian 7 Talihina 28, CENTRAL SALLISAW 27 HOOKER 26, Texhoma 20 Velma-Alma 49, CENTRAL MARLOW 6 CROSSINGS CHR. 41, Watonga 27 Wayne 42, KONAWA 7 BARNSDALL 33, Yale 12 Class B CADDO 44, Arkoma 28 WOODLAND 44, Covington-Douglas 38 Cyril 38, ALLEN 34 Garber 46, WELCH 0 DEWAR 34, Keota 32 Kremlin-Hillsdale 40, CANTON 8 Maud 44, STROTHER 30 Maysville 52, BRAY-DOYLE 6 LAVERNE 44, Merritt 20 DAVENPORT 54, Oaks 8 Porum 42, GANS 36 Seiling 56, RINGWOOD 6 DEPEW 30, South Coffeyville 28 Turpin 34, PIONEER 24 Waurika 52, MACOMB 6 Weleetka 46, HAILEYVILLE 0 Wetumka 48, CANADIAN 42 Class C SHATTUCK 44, Balko 14 COYLE 42, Bluejacket 18 Cave Springs 40, SASAKWA 20 Cherokee 38, BOISE CITY 34 DC-LAMONT 54, Copan 8 CORN BIBLE 42, Duke 36 Fox 56, BOKOSHE 6 Grandfield 52, TEMPLE 6 TIMBERLAKE 44, Medford 28 Midway 40, PRUE 12 WEBBERS FALLS 48, Paoli 8 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 36, Ryan 20 Thackerville 52, BOWLEGS 6 Tipton 42, SW COVENANT 18 Tyrone 28, SHARON-MUTUAL 24 Independent U.S. Grant 28, CAPITOL HILL 22 Saturday's Games Class 2A Chr. Heritage 48, NORTHEAST 12 *Home team in CAPS
Nov 2, 2015
Stidham takes over for Seth Russell at quarterback after Russell suffered a neck injury against Iowa State that ended his season.
Big 12 football notebook: Bill Snyder studying Baylor QB Jarrett Stidham’s high school tape
By Ryan Aber, Staff Writer | Nov 2, 2015With not much film from this year — and none with the game on the line — to view, Kansas State coach Bill Snyder has gone back to high school in preparing for Baylor quarterback Jarrett Stidham. Stidham takes over for Seth Russell at quarterback after Russell suffered a neck injury against Iowa State that ended his season. The Wildcats will host the Bears at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Snyder said Monday on the Big 12 teleconference that he has watched some of Stidham's tape from his time at Stephenville (Texas) High. “He hasn't been in the heat of battle, but they (Baylor) haven't been in the heat of battle as well as they've played all year collectively. You always want more and truly the situations aren't definitive enough during the time that he has been on the field to get as thorough an assessment as you'd like, but it's not available right now.” Stidham has played in all seven games but has been used exclusively in mop-up duty. Bears coach Art Briles said there won't be much in the way of changes for his offense. “We view him as a ready quarterback with an old soul,” Briles said. “We're going to go out and do what we do and expect it to be successful. Everybody is ready to roll.” PATTERSON: BOYKIN AND DOCTSON DICTATE SUCCESS It's not a revelation but TCU coach Gary Patterson said that quarterback Trevone Boykin and wide receiver Josh Doctson would be two of the biggest keys during the brutal November stretch that includes Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and Baylor. “If they can play at the level they need to for us, then we'll have a chance to win more of those games than we lose,” Patterson said. “If they don't, then we won't. But if they do, I think a lot of people will get a chance to watch both of those guys play and understand and appreciate what kind of players they are and what kind of people they are.” Boykin, who entered the season as a Heisman Trophy frontrunner, has thrown for 2,927 yards, 28 touchdowns and just five interceptions. He's also rushed for 524 yards and six touchdowns. Doctson has 1,250 yards and 14 touchdowns receiving. BEDLAM RIVALS SHARE WEEKLY HONORS Oklahoma defensive end Charles Tapper and Oklahoma State defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah shared Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honors. Tapper had three sacks — his first sacks of the season — and a pair of forced fumbles in Oklahoma's 62-7 win over Kansas. Ogbah had seven tackles (two for loss), a sack, and two quarterback hurries in the Cowboys' 70-53 win at Texas Tech. Texas Tech's Jakeem Grant earned special teams honors after totalling a career-high 323 all-purpose yards, including a 100-yard kickoff return. He also had a 90-yard touchdown reception.
Oct 28, 2015
Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 133-36 (78.7 pct.) Overall record: 1,106-285 (79.5 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I NORMAN NORTH 42, Moore 12 PUTNAM CITY 28, Norman 24 Class 6A-II LAWTON 21, Midwest City 17 Class 5A Deer Creek 48, SOUTHEAST 8 Class 4A OOLOGAH 38, Vinita...
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Oct 28, 2015Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 133-36 (78.7 pct.) Overall record: 1,106-285 (79.5 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I NORMAN NORTH 42, Moore 12 PUTNAM CITY 28, Norman 24 Class 6A-II LAWTON 21, Midwest City 17 Class 5A Deer Creek 48, SOUTHEAST 8 Class 4A OOLOGAH 38, Vinita 13 Class 3A JONES 42, Bethel 8 TULSA ROGERS 31, Okmulgee 14 Class 2A Oklahoma Chr. 34, CHR. HERITAGE 27 Washington 28, WALTERS 14 Class A Quinton 40, HILLDALE JV 12 RINGLING 35, Central Marlow 0 Class B Alex 56, MAYSVILLE 6 Class C WEBBERS FALLS 52, Bokoshe 6 FOX 48, Thackerville 20 Friday's Games Class 6A-I OWASSO 38, Edmond North 14 BROKEN ARROW 38, Edmond Santa Fe 21 Jenks 40, EDMOND MEMORIAL 13 TULSA UNION 35, Mustang 21 SOUTHMOORE 42, Putnam North 10 Westmoore 35, YUKON 28 Class 6A-II Bartlesville 35, PONCA CITY 10 Bixby 28, MUSKOGEE 14 Claremore 27, SAPULPA 20 PC WEST 35, Lawton Eisenhower 20 TULSA WASHINGTON 44, Sand Springs 13 Stillwater 28, ENID 17 CHOCTAW 49, U.S. Grant 12 Class 5A Ardmore 52, NORTHWEST 6 ALTUS 28, Duncan 7 Durant 35, NOBLE 28 CHICKASHA 28, El Reno 22 TAHLEQUAH 40, Grove 20 CARL ALBERT 27, Guthrie 21 PIEDMONT 30, Guymon 16 Lawton MacArthur 44, DEL CITY 30 McAlester 42, SHAWNEE 13 COLLINSVILLE 21, Pryor 14 COWETA 28, Tulsa Edison 14 SKIATOOK 20, Tulsa Kelley 13 Tulsa Memorial 41, TULSA HALE 6 McGUINNESS 38, Western Heights 12 Class 4A Ada 34, TECUMSEH 13 Broken Bow 24, STILWELL 10 Catoosa 28, MIAMI 14 WAGONER 44, Cleveland 14 Clinton 26, WOODWARD 20 WEATHERFORD 17, Elgin 7 CACHE 31, Elk City 28 Harrah 27, BRISTOW 14 ANADARKO 35, Newcastle 7 Sallisaw 20, MULDROW 14 METRO CHR. 35, Tulsa Central 8 Tulsa McLain 20, CASCIA HALL 14 Tuttle 36, GLENPOOL 7 Class 3A Blanchard 17, DOUGLASS 14 MADILL 28, Bridge Creek 20 MANNFORD 35, Centennial 8 Cushing 42, BLACKWELL 14 Dickson 29, COMANCHE 6 IDABEL 27, Eufaula 13 BEGGS 20, Heavener 7 Heritage Hall 42, KINGFISHER 13 Hilldale 38, CHECOTAH 20 LOCUST GROVE 42, Inola 21 WESTVILLE 23, Jay 12 John Marshall 34, MEEKER 28 BERRYHILL 48, Kellyville 7 SEQ. CLAREMORE 35, Keys (Park Hill) 6 Lincoln Christian 44, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 14 Lone Grove 41, MARLOW 26 BETHANY 28, Mount St. Mary 14 Pauls Valley 28, LITTLE AXE 27 SEMINOLE 28, Purcell 7 Sperry 21, TULSA WEBSTER 20 Star Spencer 42, CAPITOL HILL 14 Stigler 40, SPIRO 6 Sulphur 35, PLAINVIEW 34 ROLAND 48, Valliant 8 Verdigris 28, DEWEY 7 Victory Christian 45, MORRIS 6 Class 2A Alva 28, PAWNEE 21 HULBERT 36, Caney Valley 6 PAWHUSKA 20, Chelsea 14 ADAIR 40, Chouteau 6 TONKAWA 21, Crescent 7 Davis 35, COALGATE 14 LEXINGTON 28, Dibble 27 HOBART 18, Frederick 14 Hartshorne 35, OKEMAH 16 Haskell 42, KANSAS 6 Hennessey 35, NEWKIRK 0 WEWOKA 28, Holdenville 16 PANAMA 21, Liberty 14 Marietta 28, ATOKA 20 LUTHER 40, Millwood 36 Northeast 35, CROOKED OAK 34 Nowata 28, WYANDOTTE 24 COMMERCE 30, Oklahoma Union 6 CHISHOLM 42, Perry 0 Prague 34, CHANDLER 28 COLCORD 27, Salina 22 Stroud 21, HENRYETTA 13 Tishomingo 28, HUGO 20 Vian 42, ANTLERS 14 WYNNEWOOD 30, Wellston 8 Wilburton 26, POCOLA12 Class A Carnegie 21, MANGUM 20 Cashion 49, WATONGA 14 Central Sallisaw 42, SAVANNA 6 Crossings Christian 32, OKLA. CHR. ACA. 20 Drumright 40, YALE 8 Fairland 24, BARNSDALL 16 WARNER 20, Gore 14 Healdton 27, WARNER 13 APACHE 28, Hinton 20 Hooker 27, FAIRVIEW 24 Ketchum 30, AFTON 22 ELMORE CITY 28, Konawa 6 Minco 35, COMMUNITY CHR. 20 Mooreland 32, TEXHOMA 12 KIEFER 36, Morrison 8 HOMINY 38, Mounds 6 OKEENE 35, Oklahoma Bible 32 TALIHINA 42, Porter 7 Quapaw 34, FOYIL 14 Rejoice Christian 48, SUMMIT CHR. 8 BEAVER 14, Sayre 13 HOLLIS 34, Snyder 6 Thomas 44, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 7 Velma-Alma 28, RUSH SPRINGS 14 STRATFORD 48, Wayne 14 Class B GEARY 42, Allen 24 MAUD 36, Bray-Doyle 6 Caddo 48, PORUM 12 ARKOMA 42, Canadian 40 Davenport 52, WESLEYAN CHR. 6 Depew 38, GARBER 28 Dewar 44, WELEETKA 30 KEOTA 56, Gans 6 WETUMKA 52, Haileyville 6 Laverne 48, RINGWOOD 12 CYRIL 56, Macomb 8 WAUKOMIS 40, Pioneer 38 Pond Creek-Hunter 34, MERRITT 24 Seiling 46, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 28 WAURIKA 56, Strother 8 Turpin 46, CANTON 0 REGENT PREP 40, Watts 12 OAKS 56, Welch 6 SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 28, Woodland 24 Class C TYRONE 28, Balko 24 Bluejacket 56, IMMANUEL CHR. 6 MIDWAY 48, Bowlegs 12 COYLE 52, Copan 6 Corn Bible 44, CEMENT 8 TIMBERLAKE 42, Covington-Douglas 28 DC-Lamont 60, BUFFALO 14 Duke 34, MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 22 Grandfield 54, SW COVENANT 8 Medford 46, PRUE 0 Sasakwa 30, PAOLI 22 BOISE CITY 40, Sharon-Mutual 26 Shattuck 28, WAYNOKA 24 DESTINY CHR. 54, Temple 8 Tipton 56, RYAN 6 Independent KC Christ Prep 21, TULSA NOAH 14 OKC Patriots 48, WRIGHT CHR. 44 Saturday's Game Independent Claremore Chr. 40, CORNERSTONE CHR. 12 *Home team in CAPS
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Oct 21, 2015
Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for Week 8: Last week's record: 138-31 (81.2 pct) Overall record: 973-249 (79.6 pct.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions for Week 8
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Oct 21, 2015Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for Week 8: Last week's record: 138-31 (81.2 pct) Overall record: 973-249 (79.6 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I WESTMOORE 28, Edmond Memorial 27 Southmoore 49, EDMOND NORTH 13 Class 6A-II STILLWATER 30, Putnam West 28 Class 5A LAWTON MAC 44, Chickasha 14 TULSA EDISON 24, Tahlequah 22 Class 3A CENTENNIAL 21, Blackwell 18 Seminole 35, STAR SPENCER 12 Class A Community Christian 42, KONAWA 8 Class C Temple 48, CEMENT 14 Friday's Games Class 6A-I JENKS 42, Broken Arrow 28 Norman North 45, PC NORTH 20 Owasso 38, MUSTANG 34 EDMOND SANTA FE 35, Putnam City 28 Tulsa Union 50, MOORE 7 Yukon 28, NORMAN 24 Class 6A-II MIDWEST CITY 34, Choctaw 24 LAWTON EISENHOWER 33, Enid 14 LAWTON 27, PRIME PREP (TEXAS) 21 SAND SPRINGS 31, Muskogee 20 CLAREMORE 37, Ponca City 13 BARTLESVILLE 41, Sapulpa 12 Tulsa Washington 28, BIXBY 24 Class 5A ARDMORE 35, Altus 34 Carl Albert 30, DEER CREEK 27 Coweta 34, GROVE 20 Del City 45, EL RENO 17 McGuinness 48, GUYMON 7 TULSA KELLEY 35, Noble 21 DUNCAN 42, Northwest 14 WESTERN HEIGHTS 28, Piedmont 24 TULSA MEMORIAL 34, Shawnee 31 Skiatook 41, DURANT 14 GUTHRIE 49, Southeast 6 PRYOR 28, Tulsa East Central 14 McALESTER 44, Tulsa Hale 6 Class 4A Anadarko 50, ELGIN 13 ADA 28, Bristow 14 Cache 31, CLINTON 28 Cascia Hall 38, CATOOSA 10 TUTTLE 52, McLoud 13 Metro Christian 28, BROKEN BOW 17 TULSA McLAIN 28, Miami 27 Muldrow 21, FORT GIBSON 14 Oologah 42, CLEVELAND 20 Poteau 32, SALLISAW 13 Stilwell 42, TULSA CENTRAL 38 HARRAH 34, Tecumseh 14 Wagoner 49, VINITA 14 Weatherford 35, NEWCASTLE 12 ELK CITY 28, Woodward 21 Class 3A Berryhill 42, DEWEY 14 Bethany 24, BLANCHARD 20 CUSHING 48, Bethel 7 Checotah 35, OKMULGEE 7 LONE GROVE 49, Comanche 14 JOHN MARSHALL 21, Douglass 20 HILLDALE 44, Eufaula 12 Idabel 42, VALLIANT 7 SPERRY 21, Jay 14 Jones 35, PAULS VALLEY 10 Kingfisher 28, PERKINS 24 Lincoln Christian 56, KELLYVILLE 7 PURCELL 21, Little Axe 18 SULPHUR 28, Madill 21 HERITAGE HALL 52, Mannford 7 Meeker 48, BRIDGE CREEK 12 BEGGS 35, Morris 6 Plainview 21, MARLOW 20 STIGLER 28, Roland 24 LOCUST GROVE 56, Seq. Claremore 20 Seq. Tahlequah 34, KEYS (PARK HILL) 7 Spiro 22, HEAVENER 16 VICTORY CHR. 35, Tulsa Rogers 14 Tulsa Webster 28, VERDIGRIS 20 Westville 42, INOLA 13 Class 2A Adair 49, HULBERT 7 HARTSHORNE 21, Antlers 14 DAVIS 42, Atoka 6 NOWATA 52, Caney Valley 6 STROUD 35, Chandler 28 Chouteau 28, GORE 14 MILLWOOD 35, Chr. Heritage 17 KINGSTON 34, Coalgate 20 Colcord 42, KANSAS 14 OKLAHOMA CHR. 48, Crooked Oak 12 WALTERS 31, Healdton 14 Hennessey 33, OKC PATRIOTS 12 Henryetta 35, HOLDENVILLE 7 DIBBLE 27, Hobart 22 MARIETTA 36, Hugo 30 Lexington 26, FREDERICK 20 PRAGUE 31, Liberty 24 WASHINGTON 35, Lindsay 28 Luther 56, WELLSTON 18 Newkirk 21, PERRY 14 WILBURTON 28, Panama 27 Pawhuska 34, OKLAHOMA UNION 6 CHISHOLM 40, Pawnee 0 VIAN 54, Pocola 6 HASKELL 42, Salina 7 ALVA 28, Tonkawa 24 U.S. Grant 34, NORTHEAST 30 OKEMAH 32, Wewoka 28 Wyandotte 42, CHELSEA 28 Class A Afton 35, QUAPAW 7 DRUMRIGHT 42, Barnsdall 6 THOMAS 35, Beaver 8 HOOKER 44, Burns Flat-Dill City 6 Cordell 48, SNYDER 7 Crescent 30, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 7 Crossings Christian 21, CARNEGIE 17 VELMA-ALMA 26, Empire 12 KETCHUM 34, Fairland 28 Fairview 27, TEXHOMA 18 REJOICE CHR. 48, Foyil 12 MANGUM 32, Hinton 16 Hollis 41, APACHE 20 Hominy 44, SUMMIT CHR. 6 Kiefer 40, MOUNDS 7 Mooreland 49, SAYRE 0 Okeene 34, WATONGA 28 CASHION 48, Okla. Christian Aca. 14 RINGLING 50, Rush Springs 6 PORTER 35, Savanna 12 Stratford 48, ELMORE CITY 8 Talihina 38, QUINTON 7 CENTRAL SALLISAW 42, Warner 12 WILSON 35, Central Marlow 6 WAYNE 21, Wynnewood 14 MORRISON 34, Yale 8 Class B SEILING 56, Canton 8 GEARY 48, Cyril 34 Davenport 52, WELCH 6 Garber 44, WOODLAND 20 DEWAR 48, Haileyville 0 Keota 60, CADDO 12 LAVERNE 56, Kremlin-Hillsdale 22 Macomb 30, STROTHER 24 ALEX 56, Maud 6 Maysville 42, ALLEN 28 PIONEER 40, Merritt 20 DEPEW 58, Oaks 12 CANADIAN 44, Porum 24 POND CREEK-HUNTER 38, Ringwood 12 South Coffeyville 54, WATTS 6 TURPIN 42, Waukomis 34 Waurika 48, BRAY-DOYLE 8 Weleetka 56, GANS 6 ARKOMA 36, Wetumka 28 Class C Boise City 34, BALKO 20 CAVE SPRINGS 30, Bowlegs 22 Cherokee 54, SHARON-MUTUAL 8 GRANDFIELD 50, Corn Bible 12 Coyle 56, MEDFORD 6 DC-Lamont 42 COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 16 FOX 52, Midway 6 TIPTON 42, Mt. View-Gotebo 12 Paoli 42, BOWLEGS 6 BLUEJACKET 52, Prue 6 Ryan 28, SASAKWA 16 Shattuck 60, BUFFALO 16 DUKE 42, SW Covenant 34 Timberlake 58, COPAN 12 Waynoka 42, TYRONE 36 THACKERVILLE 38, Webbers Falls 28 Independent Casady 24, ARLINGTON OAKRIDGE 20 FW ALL SAINTS 34, Holland Hall 21 WESLEYAN CHR. 48, Immanuel Christian 24 REGENT PREP 56, Life Christian 6 Tulsa NOAH 28, DALLAS HSAA 8 DESTINY CHR. 48, Word of Life (Wichita) 8 Wright Christian 42, CLAREMORE CHR. 34 *Home team in CAPS
Oct 12, 2015
The emails are in, and they aren’t pretty. They started flooding sometime in the first quarter of the OU-Texas game on Saturday, and they’re still coming in. Sooner fans aren’t happy with what they saw in the Cotton Bowl, and who can blame them? Let’s give the fans the podium: Lynn: “I'm writing to you about the disaster in Big D last Saturday. I was there at the Cotton Bowl and...
Fans react to OU-Texas, and it's not pretty
Berry Tramel | Oct 12, 2015[img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]3873897[/img] The emails are in, and they aren’t pretty. They started flooding sometime in the first quarter of the OU-Texas game on Saturday, and they’re still coming in. Sooner fans aren’t happy with what they saw in the Cotton Bowl, and who can blame them? Let’s give the fans the podium: Lynn: “I'm writing to you about the disaster in Big D last Saturday. I was there at the Cotton Bowl and witnessed the carnage firsthand. A few points: 1) In 33 years of watching the Sooners, I have to say this is the most infuriating loss I can remember. Of course I've seen bigger losses with more on the line to play for, but I've never been more disgusted than I was on Saturday. I've never seen an OU squad that was softer in the trenches than the one that trotted out there last Saturday. Yes that includes even the John Blake era squads. The way this game played out, it evolved into a simple game; an old-fashioned test of wills. A test of football manhood at the line of scrimmage. And OU's big men flat out wilted. I'm referring to both sides of the ball: the O-line AND the front seven on defense. 2) The Mike Stoops experiment is a total disaster. I've been waiting patiently (an optimistically) to see how it goes, but I've seen enough now to pass judgment. Mike's defenses have now been embarrassed in every way it is possible for a defense to be embarrassed. The failures are already well documented and I don't need to rehash them here. Now we can add an old school punch-in-the-mouth whipping from a down and out arch rival to Coach Mike's growing list of black eyes on his second stint resume. To make things worse, I'm afraid by hiring his brother, Bob has painted himself into a corner. In some ways it's possible that the entire Bob Stoops tenure hinges on how his brother's defense performs. 3) I've personally never seen an Oklahoma squad with a lower talent level than the current one. Even the John Blake and Howard Schnellenberger teams had some top talent sprinkled around the roster. This OU squad is almost totally devoid of playmakers on defense. Only Eric Striker is a real playmaker, and on a really good college defensive squad he would only be a situational edge rusher. The defensive backs are too slow and the overall team speed is no longer elite. Yes the linebackers can really run, but unfortunately they are undersized and are a huge liability against any power running game. And you simply need more playmaking ability from your linebackers if you want to have a strong defense. Have you ever known a great defense that didn't have big time playmakers at linebacker? OU hasn't had a great linebacker since Curtis Lofton, around 8 years ago. Recruiting has really slipped and I would say the drop off in Texas recruiting is the single biggest problem that the program faces. It will not be fixed without a major effort by the entire coaching staff. I'm not convinced this staff is even capable of it. I see a continued slide in this area as the Oklahoma brand name has lost cachet among the high school kids. Just look at the other programs that OU recruits have been receiving offers from (Hint: it ain't what it used to be).” Linebacker is a huge issue. I agree. And talent overall. It’s well-established that OU’s offensive line is rebuilding. And the receivers, despite a good game against West Virginia, reverted back to mediocrity vs. Texas. The DBs are just so-so. The defensive line is OK. The 2014 quarterback was a great character guy, and the 2015 QB is a feisty gamer. But outside of tailback, this isn’t a team of rich talent. Of course, neither is Texas. Ray: “Cut to the chase, Stoops is over rated and has been for more than five years. When you are paid $5 million plus a year, the production should reflect as much, say a national championship every 5-10 years or so. The best career coaches have produced such. The greatest, including Wilkinson and Switzer, have produced more in the same time frame. That puts Stoops on not so strong of turf. This loss was his loss. This loss was a coach loss. Stoops can point his finger where he wants, but he is ultimately responsible. I have told anyone that would listen, ‘Bob Stoops is overpaid and overrated.’ You can write your article the way you see fit. At the end of the field the fact remains, Stoops is paid more than he deserves.” Well, yes, but that goes for a lot of people. Bringing up Stoops’ salary is taking your eye off the ball. Bringing up salary infers that if OU paid a coach $2 million, everyone would be pleased with 8-5. And that ain’t true. Gary: “How much longer must we endure the unprepared and unmotivated play of the Oklahoma Sooners? Big Game Bob is now known as No Game Bob! Everyone knew that Texas could not beat us throwing the ball and Mike Stoops could not come up with a defense to stop the run. Has anybody noticed the high-rated defense of Clemson and Brent Venables? Has anybody noticed how well Arizona is doing without Mike Stoops? Can anyone explain why there is no quick throw passing game in the Air Raid to counter blitzes? Too many unanswered questions and too many mistakes by the Stoops brothers! $5 million a year for too many years means ZERO incentive for No Game Bob. Too many lost games that should have been won. Time for a change!” I thought both coordinators struggled, but that’s nothing new. OU, on both sides of the ball, have been shaky the last three games against Texas. But again, another salary reference. That’s simmering just below the surface. Shlomo: “How do you run 50-60 some odd plays a game unless you're hanging half a hundred on people and hitting long range passes? If you’re running the Air Raid and keeping it short to medium, then you should have more plays than that, right? Air Raid? Arid. Which brings me to this: Exactly how do you spread the field and terrify the D with pass catchers all over the place and have no ability to run the ball, at all? Do you think that just maybe, if you put in, say, a fullback as well, you can....wait for it....RUN THE FREAKIN' BALL IN FROM THE FOUR? Do ya, huh, huh, do ya? More than once I felt like this was the absolute worst, most embarrassing, disgusting display of football that has ever been perpetrated on a loyal fan base. So, I'll get over this one, too. But, dang, even ol' Bud knew when it was time to go. If Bob doesn't, maybe the powers that be could drop a hint or two?” I most definitely would have used Dmitri Flowers more. He could have helped pass block, more than anything. And it’s not like he’s a staff with the ball. Flowers caught a touchdown pass on a nifty play and also made a one-handed catch on third down. Don: “I think he (Bob Stoops) is a good person, but has the fire in his belly diminished?” I don’t detect that. But who knows? Dunlap: “Here are my ratings for the OU-Texas game. Offensive and defensive lines — F. The offensive line could not block for Mayfield or the backs. Coaching — probably a D-. Texas outcoached OU, both offense and defense. Generally it is Bill Snyder who outcoaches Stoops and Co.” I would cut the OU defensive line a little slack. The Sooners’ defensive problems didn’t just stem from the D-line. Heck, same with the O-line. Not much of anyone played well. Royse: “Charlie Strong showed a lot of class today when he chose to run the clock out on Oklahoma’s 1-yard line instead of scoring another touchdown. I’m sure you remember that Mack Brown did the same thing in the Texas/Oklahoma game a couple of years ago. For some reason, I can’t see Bob Stoops cutting Texas slack like that. And, I don’t really think it’s too far out in left field to wonder if maybe Bob’s tenure at OU may be in just a tad of jeopardy.” Stoops most definitely has taken it easy on Texas in the waning seconds of a rout. But there’s no doubt. There are people who increasingly are wondering if Stoops is past his prime. Dave: “We want to thank you for the article regarding OU's game with Texas. We quit watching OU when they lost to Southern Cal several years ago. If you remember, the players quit in the fourth quarter. In fact, the Southern Cal players said they saw it ‘in their eyes.’ The only remedy is to get rid of Stoops, and the sooner (no pun) the better. President David Boren should be held accountable for not stepping in and rectifying the problem. He has forgotten how OU football brought fame and fortune to Oklahoma. Where is the fan outrage? I believe they have become complacent. Tailgating is more important than winning the game.” Well, I think the outrage is in this blog post. But I wonder if they’ve really quit watching OU? If you don’t watch, that means you don’t care. If you don’t care, why the outrage? Larry: “I am done with Bob Stoops and his brand of Sooner football. Losing has become commonplace. This won't work any longer.” Here’s what’s interesting. A loss like this has happened before. Two years ago. Losing to Texas when it had no business losing to Texas, except those Longhorns actually proved to be a solid football team, and these Longhorns can’t possibly do that. They’ve already proven otherwise. Yet the 2013 Sooners rallied to beat OSU and Alabama and have a great season. Not saying the same thing will happen, but sometimes, there’s over-reaction to one game. Kenneth: “As Ernest Tubbs says in one of his songs of many, many years ago, ‘You Hit The Nail Right On The Head’ in every one of your articles for the entire week leading up to the game and the articles in the paper today. Great job. I would love it if you would write an article about how Bob Stoops has lost control of the team. Also, an article about this will be a better team when most of this year’s seniors are gone. Great talent, but thugs and uncoachable.” I don’t really know what you mean by thugs. But will OU miss its seniors. Let’s see. Devante Bond, Ty Darlington, Nila Kasitati, Durron Neal, Sterling Shepard, Eric Striker, Charles Tapper. Those are some good ballplayers. The good news is not that OU is losing them. The good news is that OU is losing so few of them. Damon: “I just need to vent. I'm so tired of Oklahoma football being the poster child for other teams getting monumental wins at OU’s expense (Boise State, Oklahoma State, West Virginia, BYU, etc.). Uggghhh.” Look at it this way. OU gets some monumental wins at others' expense. Alabama. OSU. Tennessee. Judd: “After witnessing what I consider as an old coach, the sorriest exhibition of game preparation I believe ever seen! OU should be fined for impersonating a No. 10 ranked team! The offensive line coaches should be docked in their pay for the performance before a nationally televised audience. Our poor QB took a beating today because our lineman can't move their feet, but they can accumulate unwanted yards in penalties. I am just venting because I want them to play like I know they can. It'll be long games against TCU & Baylor!” You know, maybe it’s just me, but I think too much blame has been placed on the offensive line. It wasn’t good at all, but the idea that Baker Mayfield would run around and make great plays if just given a little help, well, I think that’s off base. Mayfield didn’t have a good game, either. His completion percentage was excellent, 20 of 28, but he missed a couple of key throws and seemed a little jittery. Not that you can blame him, considering the circumstances. Adrian: “No energy, no adjustments, no blocking and the worst excuse for tackling I've ever seen on any level of football. All F's for the players and assistant coaches and a big fat F- for the head idiot from Youngstown. Seven years and counting.” Seven years since the national title game, I assume. The biggest indictment of Stoops is that it’s seven years, with just one outright Big 12 championship. And in that year, OU actually tied OSU and Texas A&M for the South Division title. So it’s seven years since the Sooners were dominant within their conference. Jay: “Looking at the potential losses for the rest of this season adds up to a repeat of last season in terms of wins and losses. To me that is an indication that the Stoops boys need to go. I think I mentioned to you last year that Bob Stoops has retired from coaching, he just hasn’t told anyone. The team for OU today was not ready for Texas. This team like last year’s team is not well coached. He fired two capable coaches, when he was the problem all along. I truly believe Bob does not have the passion and drive to think, plan and execute the nuances of football the way he did at one time.” Stoops does look awfully bad. He’s been schooled twice in the last six games by coordinators he invited to work elsewhere, while his current coordinators have been either repeatedly questionable (Mike Stoops) or outfoxed vs. Texas (Lincoln Riley). Greg: “First, fire Boren and JC. Next, fire all except Cale (Gundy). Hire (Justin Fuente). Same old tired crap.” Wouldn’t something a little less severe be a better way to proceed? I don’t know. Keeping the greatest president in school history and one of the most-respected athletic directors in the nation might be a little more prudent way to make decisions. Mike: “The OU defense against Texas was about the most poorly-designed defense you could imagine. Mike Stoops should have been fired last year, and unbelievably Coach Bob puts Mike in charge of the defense. Everything Mike Stoops has been in charge of has failed miserably. Texas was totally run — no pass threat — and OU could still not stop them.” I think it was the biggest indictment of Mike Stoops yet. It’s one thing to get blown up by Baylor. But a one-dimensional offense, with a dimension that OU has historically corralled? Strange. Doc: “I wish Mayfield had Knight’s speed and running ability. Time to get him involved some way. Too much running. The hits he took and the nerves of the game I feel tired Mayfield out today. Need a package for Knight for various reasons. He has proven he can throw the ball. So if you bring him in to run it, teams still have to respect his throwing ability and work it during practice. Also for a change of pace. I hope Bob and Lincoln implement such a package. Noticed when Swoops came in Oklahoma ended up burning timeouts.” I don’t see how Knight could add much to the offense. He’s quite similar to Mayfield in skill set. The Swoopes/Jerrod Heard difference is vast, and the J.W. Walsh/Mason Rudolph difference is vaster. But Knight and Mayfield are fairly similar, it’s just that Mayfield takes better care of the ball. Gary: “Paying these guys to coach $5 million a year and this is what you end up with? Unbelievable. Totally disgraceful. The laughing stock of NCAA football. The big, arrogant coaches, they need to be run out of town. How about the despicable, lazy, carefree attitude with which they approached this game? Terrible gameplanning on both sides of the football. Penalties, worst-run football program in the nation with all the resources they have to compete. They need to go now!” Hyperbole doesn’t get anybody anywhere. Worst-run program in the nation? Laughing stock of NCAA football? Making decisions about your football program requires adult decisions. Adult decisions require adults. Tony: “A question I'm sure you've already contemplated: Where does OU's performance today rank in terms of the most disappointing or infuriating of the Stoops era? The only ones that come to mind quickly are OSU in 2001, West Virginia in the 2008 Fiesta Bowl and Clemson last season.” Great question. Disappointing and infuriating are two different things. Disappointing? Bedlam 2001. LSU 2003. Florida 2008. Texas 2013. Infuriating? Southern Cal 2004. Bedlam 2014. Texas 2015. That’s an early list. Ken: “Well once again, Stoops loses to a big underdog. Very poor defense and O-line play. If you can't stop the run, you're not going to win much.” Failure to stop the run is the biggest disaster of the day. Think about it. This defense was torched by Tulsa’s Baylor offense. But now it’s been torched by the polar opposite of Baylor’s offense. Kent: “Horns dominate line of scrimmage. This is without a doubt another one on Bob. OU had no fire.” Both sides of the line of scrimmage. No doubt about it. Tim: “Would you please ask Stoops why his defense refuses to tackle? It's been that way for years. They won't wrap their arms while attempting to tackle.” The tackling was abysmal. Dom Alexander’s short-armed push of Marcus Johnson along the sideline, after the shovel pass, was the low point in the game for OU. That came early and showed that Texas came to play and the Sooners didn’t. Thomas: “OU was never a championship contender team when Mark Mangino left. For you to be a championship team, your offensive line should hold ground and blow the other team out of the water. That's why Alabama was and is a playoff contender every year. Mark Mangino was the offensive coordinator. Before he left, OU’s offensive line was good. After he left, OU’s offensive line was and is mediocre. How can you be a powerhouse football team with such a slow and week offensive line. I would rather have a 6'5 and 6'6 300-pound athletic offensive lineman rather than a slow 6'9 300-pound offensive lineman. Orlando Brown was too slow. Can you please ask Stoop why we never have a dominant offensive line? The reason Texas out-gained us on yards the last two years in a row because our line sucks.” In times of stress, there’s a natural tendency to overreact. OU has had several excellent offensive lines since 2001. 2004, 2008. OU protected Trevor Knight against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. I love Mark Mangino, but this is a lot of revisionist history. When Mangino left, OU fans were happy. Brett: “Seriously, with a good d-coordinator, we could have beat Texas 6-0. Should have had eight in the box all game. The whole team played poor individually and as a whole. The defense played bad but also had zero chance due to poor coaching. Many times UT used seven to block OU's six spread-out defenders which are only two defensive linemen and four linebackers. UT had a freshman running quarterback and a good running back with five offensive linemen and tight end and fullback. OU runs a 2-4-5 without any muscle. Cannot believe how stupid that is! Heard has not proven to beat a team with his arm and didn't try I Dallas. Yet OU ran a basically 2-4-5 defense the whole game best designed to stop a Hail Mary play. OU puts eight in the box, they disrupt UT and win going away. Fire Mike Stoops yesterday!” Excellent points. OU’s defensive alignment was strange. Very strange. Joe: “Though I played a little football a long time ago, I've never coached or written about it as you have. But I have followed OU since the late '40s, and my one steadfast observation is motivation. This especially is true in college football. In my opinion, Jay Norvell was a factor today. He was super-motivated after OU fired him last year, and he went to call offense at Texas. Also, do you think Mike Stoops is up for the job? I don't, but you know more about it than I do.” I don’t know think motivation affected Norvell. He should have been equally motivated last week against TCU, and I assume he was. But Mike Stoops’ competence is increasingly coming into question. John: “Typical OU today. Played sluggish. Defense couldn’t stop the run. Texas looked like CRAP last week but, what a surprise, plays like Super Bowl champions against OU. Mike Stoops sucks. And I don’t know about Lincoln Riley. I really don’t. Mayfield is great, but Perine barely getting the ball is no good. I know we have adopted this ‘open’ offense with Riley, but I think if you give the ball to Perine 25-30 times a game, we don’t lose. Mixon is unimpressive. The O-line stinks for OU, too. Another huge letdown for OU. Didn’t show up again for what should have been a 2-3 touchdown win. OU gets caught up in complacency on the heels of TCU’s blowout of Texas, plays flat and gets embarrassed. I am sick of this pattern with Stoops’ teams.” Generally, I don’t have a lot of patience with fans who go ballistic after a defeat. But this game was particularly baffling. It indeed was on the coaches. Not the players. Jack: “Oklahoma will lose six games this year. Five in the regular season plus whatever bowl game they go to. How long are people going to support this bum? He needs to go. He’s a has-been. He was a one-hit wonder.” Well, that one-hit wonder stuff is nonsense. But how many losses could OU have? The game at Manhattan now looks rough. The Baylor/TCU/OSU November games are going to be incredibly difficult. The Sooners could be looking at a variety of defeats. Craig: “Wow, offensive line and defensive lines both got their butts whipped. Can't believe I'm seeing this.” It wouldn’t be so bad if the same thing hadn’t happened to the Longhorns. David: “The heat is going to be turned up this week like never before. Sooners still have some very tough games left. I thought at one time Mack Brown was in the ‘can't be fired’ category. I still think OU will find a way to win 10 games.” Ten wins will be tough. Baylor seems a sure loss. Otherwise, who knows? Michael: “I agree with what you wrote, on so many levels. Not quite 24 hours later, and that game just keeps getting worse and worse. Horrible preparation, almost nonexistent in-game adjustments and poor tackling (rooted in taking even poorer angles to the ball). Another 8-5 season is quite possible, and at $5 million per year, that's just not acceptable.” No, probably not. Jim: “Has Bob Stoops entered the Mack Brown Zone?” I’d say so. Gene: “Lots of blame to go around. I agree with you on the defensive game plan. It seemed we were in too many spread sets against a team that was no threat to throw the ball. The Texas offense should've been exactly what we could shut down. I've been a Mike Stoops supporter for a long time, but I'm starting to question his thinking. However, in his defense Texas had 165 yards after contact. That is unacceptable at FBS level football. The first TD the Horns got where we missed four tackles was horrible. We have too many players such as Sanchez who like to throw their shoulder down at a guy’s ankles to try and get him down. When I played, I was taught to wrap up on tackles. That is what I still teach to players. I would have given the offensive gameplan a C+. It's kind of hard to implement a plan when the line can't run block or pass block. Many times Texas was rushing three or four but still able to disrupt everything we tried to do. That was some of the worst O-line play I've ever seen. The only thing Riley could've done was run more draw plays and rollouts for Baker. Considering the pressure he was under the entire game, Baker played his butt off. Until the O-line starts asserting themselves, OU will continue to sputter on offense.” That’s probably true. But on 24 called running plays, OU gained 98 yards. That’s not terrible. Tom: “As a long-time OU fan going as far back at least with Joe Washington, Thomas Lott, etc., I have grown up a Sooner. I graduated in 1989 and remember well the dark days of the ‘90s. While we owe a lot to Coach Stoops, paying him over $5 million a year brings expectations I believe he is unable to fulfill with his brother Mike as the head of our defense. Bob has already hidden Mike from view in an effort to feign change. However, it was only superficial and in my view an attempt only to hide the fact he is still in charge after some of the dismal defensive performances last year. Despite nearly costing him his job, which is the real truth, Bob won't ask his brother to find something else, and if not it just might mean Coach Stoops should look elsewhere, too. His comments following yesterday's loss show he may have just lost the energy we need at the helm. ‘Who is better?’ is a question my friends ask me. I submit the answer is the premise is faulty in that if Bob had us at 11-1, they would be right. An 8-5 Bob can go away.” There’s no doubt, Stoops has lowered the bar on OU football. Any time you’re talking about a change, in most any business, you have to consider replacement level. Can OU find someone who could replicate Stoops’ career accomplishments? Not likely. Can OU find someone who could replicate Stoops’ last several years? Almost surely. Brian: “So happy that someone in print is calling out the inexcusable lack of preparedness that this coaching staff puts on the field sometimes. If I’m not mistaken you did a blog awhile back, I think in 2013, that had Bob Stoops below 90 percent when a double-digit favorite. I believe that Stoops has lost a game when being a double digit favorite every year for the last 9 seasons. That is ridiculous for a program like OU when many programs don’t have that problem whatsoever. Great article calling out something that many of us have been saying for years.” Here’s what I don’t know. How often does anyone lose as a double-digit favorite? And does OU have more opportunity because it is so often a big favorite? I need to research that. Fred: “I am a realistic OU football fan. I remember watching Bud's team on a black and white TV when I was in grade school, then the magic Barry brought. Bob is no Bud or Barry. Saturday was a disgrace to Oklahoma football. How many games can they win? Kansas and Iowa State? I'm not going to say Bob Stoops should be fired, but he should just fade away.” Hard to take someone as realistic when they ask if OU can beat someone besides Kansas and Iowa State. OU stunk against Texas and obviously has some fundamental issues. But that’s no reason to talk crazy. Keith: “How do you get rid of a poor performer when he is your brother? Tough situation in a close family. This is why many organizations have a policy against nepotism.” That’s the problem with nepotism. It’s not the hiring of family members. It’s the problem with trying to fire family members. Or adequately evaluate family members. Kevin: “I enjoyed reading your article this morning regarding 'Just not much more to say.’ I thought the way Mr. Stoops responded to your press conference questions last week showed his arrogance and lack of desire to accept the failures of the 2013/14 rivalry games. Both were failures to perform. It seemed that as of last Monday, Texas should simply roll over and give up because he is Stoops and this is OU. As a fan of the Sooners, I feel Mr. Stoops should humble himself a bit, accept these failures and demand more of himself and the program. This is an unacceptable level of mediocrity when it can be written off as 'they just beat us' or 'we won, what more do you want?’ How about superior performance? This isn't Popcorn State after all.” That was not a particularly good omen, was it? Basically, I asked Stoops why OU hadn’t played well two straight years in the Cotton Bowl, and he said the Sooners did play well last season. Which was goofy. OU was totally dominated on both lines in both 2013 and 2014, yet the Sooners won a year ago because of two long returns. Ryan: “Guess I'm too immature for football, because I am consumed by this loss. It’s got the chance to ruin my week. It's horrible. I grew up hating Texas, so this hurts. Has OU ever played Texas when they were 1-4 and we were ranked and lost?” I don’t think OU ever has lost to a Texas team off to a poorer start. Rich: “If anyone watched our first four 2015 games, it was clear Oklahoma and its coaching staff were waiting to be exposed. Mayfield gets no time in the pocket, the defensive backfield leaks like the Iraqi Navy, we have the wrong players for the offensive scheme, there's no leader in the locker room and the coaching staff doesn't adjust the game plan until it's too late. I think it's time to look at the Stoops era in the rear view mirror. I hope journalists such as yourself will continue to press for accountability and an end to mediocrity in the great OU program. What happened to Lincoln Riley's Air Raid?” It appears the Air Raid is a work in progress. Enough of an Air Raid to render Samaje Perine ineffective, not enough of an Air Raid to not need the zone read. J.D.: “It’s about time our $5 million man get up off his (butt) and on a plane start recruiting and coaching. I among other fans are tired and we want to see results. There’s not fight in the dog. I doubt seriously whether or not the Texas Tech game will be a sellout. As a longtime fan I have become skeptical about the future under Stoops.” The Tech home game will be very interesting. Should we consider it a referendum?
Oct 8, 2015
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — They are there every football game, those men in caps and vests moving in unison on the sideline following every play. The sideline crew "chain gang" plays a vital role marking the line of scrimmage and distance for a first down and keeping track of the downs.They happily exist in the background, unless they mess up.Chain gangs found unwanted spotlight in two major-college...
Anonymity is goal for guys working on football chain gangs
By ERIC OLSON, Associated Press | Oct 8, 2015LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — They are there every football game, those men in caps and vests moving in unison on the sideline following every play. The sideline crew "chain gang" plays a vital role marking the line of scrimmage and distance for a first down and keeping track of the downs. They happily exist in the background, unless they mess up. Chain gangs found unwanted spotlight in two major-college games last week. In the Big Ten, Illinois was forced to turn over the ball to Nebraska after a third down because the sideline crew and officials thought it was fourth down. Even a video review failed to correct the mistake. In the Big 12, the incorrect placement of the first-down marker after a penalty resulted in Oklahoma State being wrongly awarded a first down. Illinois got the ball right back on an interception and ended up winning 14-13 at home. Kansas State, however, was adversely affected because the phantom first down kept alive a touchdown drive in Oklahoma State's 36-34 win in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The Big Ten and Big 12 both issued statements acknowledging the errors. Both incidents occurred on the weekend of the 25th anniversary of perhaps the most notorious chain-gang gaffe of all time, the "Fifth Down Game" in Columbia, Missouri. Colorado beat Missouri on a fifth-down play as time ran out and went on to win a share of the national championship. Schools are responsible for hiring the sideline crew for their home games. At Nebraska, for example, the chain gang is made up of current or former high school football officials. Training is on the job, and each man earns about $50 a game. "It's not rocket science to stand there and hold a pole," said Greg Maschman, who heads the crew at Nebraska home games, "but we do take it pretty seriously." Illinois coach Bill Cubit said the jobs of sideline crews and on-field officials have become more difficult because of the increasing speed of the game. Kansas State coach Bill Snyder offered no solution for the problem he encountered last Saturday but said, "Maybe we need a better system than what we have. I'd like to labor under the assumption that those things will be taken care of by other people." College crews have five members positioned on the sideline opposite the press box, and they're under the supervision of the linesman. There are two "rod men," one who holds the pole marking the spot where the current set of downs began and the other who holds the pole marking the line to gain for a first down. The "box man" sets a pole at the current line of scrimmage, and he also flips the down number located in the box at the top of his pole. The "clip man" attaches a clip to a link in the chain at the nearest 5-yard line, ensuring accuracy if the chains are taken onto the field to measure for a first down. The fifth man records penalties. A two-man auxiliary crew works the opposite sideline so players, coaches and officials on that side can see the distance needed for a first down. The linesman's first instruction to the chain gang members is to stay safe, meaning to drop their poles and flee if a play is coming their way. As a box man, Maschman checks and re-checks to make sure he and the linesman agree on the down. Maschman wears a down indicator on his hand, an elastic band that slips over one, two, three or four fingers depending on the down. Also, after each play Maschman writes the down and yard-line on a strip of athletic tape he sticks on the back of the box at the top of his pole. "I try to concentrate and do my job, and I probably take it more serious than I would need to," he said. "I say that, and then something that happens at Illinois happens, and you're damn glad you do take it seriously so it never happens to us." ___ David Mercer and Luke Meredith contributed. ___ This version corrects to Illinois winning at home in 4th paragraph.
Oct 7, 2015
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 128-36 (78.0 pct.) Overall record: 693-187 (78.8 pct.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Oct 7, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 128-36 (78.0 pct.) Overall record: 693-187 (78.8 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A Broken Arrow 50, NORMAN 7 PC WEST 42, Capitol Hill 7 Owasso 42, MOORE 14 EDMOND SANTA FE 35, Yukon 21 Class 5A McGuinness 56, SOUTHEAST 6 Class 3A JOHN MARSHALL 55, Bridge Creek 12 Heritage Hall 48, PERKINS 8 Class A Crossings Christian 35, OKEENE 7 Friday's Games Class 6A Bixby 41, PONCA CITY 14 Choctaw 34, LAWTON IKE 21 Edmond Memorial 31, PUTNAM CITY 20 Jenks 49, WESTMOORE 14 Lawton 28, STILLWATER 24 Midwest City 35, ENID 6 BARTLESVILLE 48, Muskogee 14 MUSTANG 50, Norman North 38 EDMOND NORTH 28, PC North 24 Sand Springs 30, SAPULPA 7 TULSA UNION 48, Southmoore 42 Tulsa Washington 44, CLAREMORE 6 Class 5A Chickasha 42, NORTHWEST 12 Coweta 24, MAIZE SOUTH, KAN. 21 ALTUS 42, Del City 35 ARDMORE 38, El Reno 10 COLLINSVILLE 28, Grove 7 GUTHRIE 30, Guymon 13 Lawton MacArthur 34, DUNCAN 17 McAlester 28, SKIATOOK 24 CARL ALBERT 44, Piedmont 10 TULSA KELLEY 24, Shawnee 21 Tahlequah 21, PRYOR 20 Tulsa Edison 30, TULSA EAST CENTRAL13 DURANT 35, Tulsa Hale 14 NOBLE 42, Tulsa Memorial 34 DEER CREEK 41, Western Heights 14 Class 4A ANADARKO 34, Cache 10 Catoosa 38, VINITA 14 Clinton 21, ELGIN 14 Elk City 34, NEWCASTLE 7 TULSA CENTRAL 22, Fort Gibson 18 Glenpool 44, BRISTOW 12 TECUMSEH 28, McLoud 24 Metro Christian 42, MULDROW 21 CASCIA HALL 21, Oologah 20 Sallisaw 29, BROKEN BOW 21 POTEAU 49, Stilwell 6 Tulsa McLain 28, CLEVELAND 24 Tuttle 38, HARRAH 35 Wagoner 35, MIAMI 13 Woodward 31, WEATHERFORD 16 Class 3A CUSHING 48, Centennial 8 MADILL 28, Comanche 14 Dewey 27, KELLYVILLE 7 PLAINVIEW 24, Dickson 14 Douglass 42, MOUNT ST. MARY 13 SEQ. CLAREMORE 29, Jay 21 JONES 35, Little Axe 14 Locust Grove 56, KEYS (PARK HILL) 14 Mannford 20, BLAKCWELL 13 SULPHUR 35, Marlow 28 Meeker 21, BLANCHARD 14 KIEFER 44, Morris 6 HILLDALE 38, Okmulgee 8 Pauls Valley 24, BETHEL 12 Purcell 33, STAR SPENCER 20 Roland 26, IDABEL 22 Seminole 28, KINGFISHER 27 BERRYHILL 30, Sperry 7 STORUD 20, Spiro 8 Stigler 36, HEAVENER 13 CHECOTAH 27, Tulsa Rogers 20 LINCOLN CHR. 49, Tulsa Webster 7 EUFAULA 38, Valliant 6 Verdigris 21, INOLA 20 Victory Christian 45, BEGGS 28 Westville 41, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 21 Class 2A Adair 56, COLCORD 14 Antlers 24, WILBURTON 18 COALGATE 28, Atoka 7 Caney Valley 21, OKLAHOMA UNION 14 OKEMAH 42, Chandler 35 Chisholm 35, ALVA 14 SALINA 20, Chouteau 16 Chr. Heritage 42, CROOKED OAK 6 LUTHER 56, Dibble 20 PANAMA 48, Foyil 8 Hartshorne 22, VIAN 16 Haskell 42, HULBERT 14 Hennessey 28, PAWNEE 12 WEWOKA 34, Henryetta 28 KINGSTON 40, Hugo 8 PAWHUSKA 20, Kansas 12 Lindsay 41, LEXINGTON 14 Marietta 28, KONAWA 7 Millwood 56, WELLSTON 12 TONKAWA 24, Newkirk 14 Nowata 42, CHELSEA 6 Oklahoma Christian 48, NORTHEAST 8 CASHION 44, Perry 12 Pocola 20, LIBERTY 14 Prague 35, HOLDENVILLE 7 DAVIS 34, Tishomingo 14 Walters 30, HOBART 20 Washington 35, FREDERICK 20 COMMERCE 42, Wyandotte 14 Class A Afton 35, SUMMIT CHR. 6 Apache 21, SNYDER 14 Barnsdall 20, MOUNDS 18 TEXHOMA 24, Beaver 22 FAIRVIEW 42, Burns Flat-Dill City 7 Central Sallisaw 44, GORE 6 WYNNEWOOD 28, Community Christian 14 MORRISON 27, Drumright 24 WAYNE 30, Elmore City 28 REJOICE CHR. 34, Fairland 26 Healdton 32, RUSH SPRINGS 13 Hinton 35, CENTRAL MARLOW 7 HOLLIS 35, Carnegie 12 Ketchum 34, QUAPAW 20 Mangum 26, COLCORD 14 STRATFORD 28, Minco 27 Mooreland 30, HOOKER 13 Okla. Christian Aca. 38, CRESCENT 21 QUINTON 31, Porter 6 Ringling 28, VELMA-ALMA 18 Savanna 34, WARNER 13 THOMAS 49, Sayre 14 Watonga 38, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 30 Wilson 28, EMPIRE 27 HOMINY 48, Yale 8 Class B LAVERNE 56, Canton 8 Davenport 58, DEPEW 6 Dewar 52, CADDO 6 Garber 60, WESLEYAN CHR. 14 GANS 34, Haileyville 20 Keota 54, WETUMKA 8 PIONEER 46, Kremlin-Hillsdale 22 Macomb 24, BRAY-DOYLE 16 Maud 34, CYRIL 18 GEARY 42, Maysville 38 WAUKOMIS 44, Merritt 20 Oaks 52, WATTS 6 ARKOMA 42, Porum 12 TURPIN 54, Ringwood 6 Seiling 42, POND CREEK-HUNTER 34 South Coffeyville 40, MEDFORD 28 ALEX 58, Strother 6 Waurika 40, ALLEN 28 WOODLAND 50, Welch 12 Weleetka 56, CANADIAN 6 Class C CHEROKEE 42, Balko 20 BOISE CITY 52, Buffalo 6 Cave Springs 36, WEBBERS FALLS 28 BLUEJACKET 44, Claremore Christian 34 Corn Bible 48, TEMPLE 20 Coyle 42, COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 24 Destiny Christian 54, BOWLEGS 8 Fox 46, SASAKWA 0 Midway 48, BOKOSHE 12 GRANDFIELD 54, Mt. View-Gotebo 6 TIPTON 28, OKC Patriots 24 COPAN 36, Prue 16 DUKE 48, Ryan 18 Thackerville 56, PAOLI 6 DC-LAMONT 50, Timberlake 44 Tyrone 32, WORD OF LIFE (WICHITA) 28 Waynoka 46, SHARON-MUTUAL 34 Independent Casady 28, DALLAS GREENHILL 14 IMMANUEL CHR. 38, Eagle Point Christian 28 Holland Hall 21, FW COUNTRY DAY 17 Life Christian 42, CEMENT 22 WRIGHT CHR. 56, Regent Prep 6 U.S. GRANT 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Saturday's Game Independent OSD 58, Iowa Deaf 12 *Home team in CAPS
Oct 4, 2015
The Big 12 Conference released a statement Sunday afternoon that acknowledged its field officials and chain crew incorrectly gave Oklahoma State a first down in its 36-34 victory against Kansas State on Saturday. Late in the second quarter, OSU faced first-and-10 from the Kansas State 45-yard line and Cowboy left tackle Victor Salako was called for a 10-yard holding penalty. Three plays later,...
OSU football notebook: Field officials give OSU an extra first down
By Kyle Fredrickson Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Oct 4, 2015The Big 12 Conference released a statement Sunday afternoon that acknowledged its field officials and chain crew incorrectly gave Oklahoma State a first down in its 36-34 victory against Kansas State on Saturday. Late in the second quarter, OSU faced first-and-10 from the Kansas State 45-yard line and Cowboy left tackle Victor Salako was called for a 10-yard holding penalty. Three plays later, facing third-and-23, OSU needed to reach the KSU 35-yard line for a first down. Quarterback Mason Rudolph connected on a 19-yard pass to receiver Marcell Ateman, coming up 4-yards short of the first down. However, the field officials and chain crew gave the Cowboys a first down. Five plays later, Rudolph hit Ateman on an 11-yard touchdown pass to cut KSU's lead to 28-20. Here's the Big 12's release on the incident: "Big 12 Conference supervisor of officials Walt Anderson acknowledges improper first-down distance enforcement occurred during Saturday's K-State at Oklahoma State game. During the second-quarter, with the ball at the K-State 45, OSU was flagged for offensive holding during a 41-yard pass completion. After the 10-yard penalty was marked off, moving the ball back to the OSU 45, the chains were mistakenly set for the yard-to-gain. "Accuracy and adherence to Conference policies and officiating mechanics are vital to the proper administration of the rules in all games," said Anderson. "Disciplinary actions will be addressed with both the field officials and chain crew." Kansas State coach Bill Snyder was asked about the error postgame. "I am trying to think what the official told me about it," Snyder told the Kansas City Star. "I can't remember right now." The field officials roster from Saturday — Referee: Mike Defee; Umpire: Robert Richeson; Linesman: Al Green; Line judge: Quentin Givens; Back judge: Terry Jones; Field Judge: Joe Blubaugh. RAYMOND TAYLOR SCORES AGAINST FORMER SCHOOL OSU tailback Raymond Taylor says he found out Tuesday that his role would increase against Kansas State. Did the news of injuries to Chris Carson and Rennie Childs add a little pep to the walk-on's step? "I wouldn't admit it, but yeah, probably," Taylor said after the Cowboys' 36-34 victory. "It probably did because practice was a lot more excitement, to prepare that I'm for sure going to be playing." Taylor — a 5-foot-8, 195-pound junior — took full advantage of the opportunity. Facing second-and-goal at the 1-yard line midway through the third quarter, Taylor took a handoff and charged into the heart of the OSU offensive front. It initially appeared Taylor would be stuffed at the line of scrimmage, but a second-effort push made all the difference. He scored, and the KSU lead was cut to 28-26. "As I got the ball, all the o-linemen are cutting, so I thought maybe I can just go over," Taylor said. "I gave it a little attempt and I did get stuck, but I could not get stopped right there. I felt somebody on me, so I just pushed them off and just fell end zone." Said offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich: "I loved it. It was unbelievable. Just a great player. A guy that deserves an opportunity to play and it was great to see him get some action." Taylor, who also scored on a 58-yard run against UTSA, had extra reason to smile postgame. He transferred to OSU after spending the spring 2013 semester as a student at KSU. Taylor was not a member of the football team in Manhattan, Kan., but rushed for 1,469 yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior at Wichita's Collegiate High School. WVU LOOKS TO REBOUND AFTER LOSS AT OKLAHOMA West Virginia fell 44-24 Saturday at Oklahoma to open Big 12 play. WVU quarterback Skyler Howard threw three interceptions and lost two fumbles while the OU quarterback Baker Mayfield passed for 320 yards and three touchdowns. "It comes down to their defense was better than me," WVU coach Dana Holgorsen said. "I'm the one calling the plays. Just didn't do a very good job in the fourth quarter of calling plays the way that we need to in order to beat these guys, so this one falls on me." QUOTABLE OSU defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah, when asked during Big 12 Media Days in July which road game he was most excited to play this season: “I really want to go back and play West Virginia again, because that really hurt us in the (2013) season. ... That was the year we were supposed to win the Big 12.”
Oct 2, 2015
Gallatin, Mo., is a little town 72 miles north of Kansas City, just off Interstate 35 on the way to Iowa. The population of Gallatin was 1,786 in the 2010 census. Not much difference from the population 50 years earlier; 1,658. Gallatin in 1962 probably wasn’t so much different than Gallatin of today. Except for one thing. Gallatin High School had a 22-year-old assistant football coach named...
Has Bill Snyder bridged the generation gap?
Berry Tramel | Oct 2, 2015[img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]3856774[/img] Gallatin, Mo., is a little town 72 miles north of Kansas City, just off Interstate 35 on the way to Iowa. The population of Gallatin was 1,786 in the 2010 census. Not much difference from the population 50 years earlier; 1,658. Gallatin in 1962 probably wasn’t so much different than Gallatin of today. Except for one thing. Gallatin High School had a 22-year-old assistant football coach named Bill Snyder. The ancient and ageless Snyder comes to Stillwater on Saturday with his Kansas State Wildcats. The greatest coaching story in college football history continues on the Flint Hills. Woebegone for decades, K-State football for two decades has walked tall because of the soft-spoken, white-haired man who grew up in St. Joseph, Mo., went to William Jewel College and decided on a football life. Snyder is one of my favorite all-time people in sport. We chatted this week for a project I’m working on in a couple of weeks. I thought I would share Snyder’s thoughts on how things have changed in coaching over the years. “You know, just kind of follow suit with society,” Snyder said of football. “When you go back, when I first started, could be 50 years ago. Things are vastly different in that respect. “But more than anything else, there’s a lot of things schematically on the playing field that changed from year to year. That all kind of goes in cycle. Even though it looks like everyone’s running around, spreading the field with offenses that move extremely fast, the speed of the game is probably the biggest thing, it’s just repeating what over time has been done before. “The major change has probably come how our society has changed. The values of young people today. It does shift over into athletics. You see an awful lot of stuff, so to speak, maybe moreso than ever before. Part of it is the social media aspect of it, which makes us more aware of things that maybe were taking place before. But by and large, there’s that feeling from a national perspective that this younger generation is one of self-gratification. That’s the phrase attached to them. “Collectively across the board, those that get invested in athletics have a better opportunity not to take themselves for granted, understand the value of having the ability to work hard at things, to be responsible, and accountable, and all that goes along with it, and learn, if they haven’t already, what athletics place on young people. The same values that you’d teach your son or daughter that sometimes get lost in this day and age.” The 75-year-old Snyder said hasn’t really seen a generation gap. “Don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing,” Snyder said. “After I retired, and came back, my dialogue to the players was, there would be a lot of people talk about a generation gap. ‘I want each of you to understand, if you genuinely care, genuinely work hard, then we’ll get along great. If you don’t, we will have that generation gap.’ That’s been my approach to our players. I think they’ve respected that. “I appreciate our young guys. You look at some of the research that was done recently, the number of arrests at Division I football-playing schools. There’s been a plethora of arrests over the last five years. Again, knock on wood, I’m grateful to our young guys, our name wasn’t to be seen there. Our guys have done a very good job of taking care of themselves and trying to do the right things. I admire them for that. That tells me we’re seeing eye to eye about things.”
Oct 1, 2015
Mirroring the Wildcats’ methodical attack, he’s not at all flashy. Just efficient. And effective.
Oklahoma State football: Hubener latest in mold of K-State quarterbacks
By John Helsley Staff Writer JHelsley@Oklahoman.com | Oct 1, 2015STILLWATER — The Cowboys carry opposing quarterback concerns into another Saturday. More running quarterback concerns. Yet very different running quarterback concerns. Kansas State's Joe Hubener isn't Texas' Jerrod Heard, not in a scary athlete sort of way; yet scary enough still. Hubener might be the Wildcats' most dangerous runner, charging and slashing ahead on the quarterback draws that represent a significant threat in a modified triple-option. Only tailback Justin Silmon has carried the ball more for K-State — twice more — and Hubener's making just his third start. Mirroring the Wildcats' methodical attack, he's not at all flashy. Just efficient. And effective. Like so many of the K-State quarterbacks who have gone before him. “This isn't so much scrambling around, like last week, and dealing with all that space and a 4.4 guy (like Heard),” said Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer. “This is about the run-pass conflict, about them having an extra blocker in the run game, and then the run-pass option off that. “It hasn't changed through Collin Klein, through (Jake) Waters, (Daniel) Sams, all of them. I've seen it year after year. They're consistent in the base things they want to do.” So Hubener, who is a fascinating story as an unlikely starter, is an ordinary Joe when it comes to K-State quarterbacks. Not exactly a sexy description for a man in the glamour spot, yet just the way coach Bill Snyder likes it. “When they recruit a quarterback, that's what they recruit,” Spencer said. “He's got to be able to do that. He's got to be smart. He's got to realize, ‘This is how we're going to move the ball. You've got to fit into us. You're going to get hit. You're going to have to be tough. And you're going to have to make good decisions.'” Snyder and his staff saw that in Hubener, even when no one else apparently did. Hubener didn't start at quarterback in high school, not even at tiny Cheney, Kan., serving as the backup there while playing regularly at receiver, tight end and defensive back. Still, when Snyder pursued Hubener as a recruited walk-on, it was with the intention of playing him at quarterback. And after a redshirt year and two seasons as the backup at K-State, Hubener got his chance when season-opening starter Jesse Ertz was lost to a knee injury. Before making his first start against UTSA, a 30-3 win, Hubener said he relished the opportunity. “Ever since I was a little kid, I have been told I couldn't play quarterback,” he told reporters. “This is my opportunity to show them they are wrong about me and that I can come out and play quarterback and be successful at this level.” And that's what he's done, bringing the 3-0 Wildcats into Stillwater Saturday. Hubener popped the Cowboys in mopup duty a year ago, hitting a 64-yard pass play late in a K-State blowout in Manhattan. Again, Hubener's style isn't electric. But then, that fits the K-State offense, which operates at a crawling pace. He's completed 36 of 67 passes for 585 yards and four touchdowns, with no interceptions. And at 6-foot-5 and 211 pounds, he runs into defenders, not around them. With Hubener scheduled for his first road start at Boone Pickens Stadium, Snyder wants more of the same. “Just be Joe and play your game,” Snyder said. The Cowboys will be fixed on Joe, too. “It's way different,” said OSU cornerback Kevin Peterson. “It's not like a scramble drill, but more of a designed run play for the quarterback. And it's run-pass, really triple option, the way they do things. “They hop around and he'll hand it off to the running back, or keep it, or dump it off to the tight end. Or he'll sit back and throw a deep ball. So you have to have your eyes right.”
Sep 30, 2015
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 143-31 (82.2 pct.) Overall record: 565-151 (78.9 pct.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Sep 30, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 143-31 (82.2 pct.) Overall record: 565-151 (78.9 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A LAWTON 49, Enid 20 SOUTHMOORE 44, Owasso 38 TULSA WASHINGTON 48, Sapulpa 18 EDMOND MEMORIAL 28, Yukon 24 Class 5A Tulsa Edison 56, CAPITOL HILL 6 Class 2A HENRYETTA 40, Beggs JV 8 Friday's Games Class 6A Bartlesville 28, BIXBY 27 SAND SPRINGS 35, Claremore 17 Edmond Santa Fe 21, WESTMOORE 14 Lawton Ike 28, CANYON CREEK, TEXAS 14 Moore 21, EDMOND NORTH 20 Mustang 41, PC NORTH 14 JENKS 56, Norman 7 MUSKOGEE 24, Ponca City 17 BROKEN ARROW 45, Putnam City 16 CHOCTAW 38, Putnam West 28 MIDWEST CITY 28, Stillwater 13 Tulsa Union 49, NORMAN NORTH 28 Class 5A Altus 34, LAWTON MACARTHUR 31 Ardmore 48, CHICKASHA 8 Carl Albert 42, GUYMON 6 Collinsville 20, TAHLEQUAH 13 Deer Creek 24, McGUINNESS 20 DEL CITY 28, Duncan 21 TULSA MEMORIAL 35, Durant 17 Guthrie 38, PIEDMONT 7 Noble 41, TULSA HALE 12 EL RENO 45, Northwest 6 Pryor 28, GROVE 21 Skiatook 27, SHAWNEE 24 WESTERN HEIGHTS 44, Southeast 30 COWETA 28, Tulsa East Central 13 McALESTER 14, Tulsa Kelley 7 Class 4A Ada 49, McLOUD 13 Anadarko 35, CLINTON 14 TUTTLE 30, Bristow 6 Broken Bow 21, FORT GIBSON 14 WAGONER 34, Cascia Hall 17 Cleveland 28, CATOOSA 21 ELK CITY 38, Elgin 13 Harrah 42, GLENPOOL 35 OOLOGAH 40, Miami 20 Muldrow 31, STILWELL 7 WOODWARD 35, Newcastle 10 METRO CHR. 28, Poteau 27 Tulsa Central 27, SALLISAW 22 Vinita 37, TULSA McLAIN 33 Weatherford 20, CACHE 13 Class 3A Bethany 49, BRIDGE CREEK 7 SEMINOLE 48, Bethel 14 HERITAGE HALL 56, Blackwell 6 PERKINS 42, Centennial 12 VICTORY CHR. 35, Checotah 28 Cushing 24, KINGFISHER 16 Douglass 44, MEEKER 34 Eufaula 21, SPIRO 20 Hilldale 37, MORRIS 7 Idabel 28, STIGLER 24 Inola 34, SEQ. CLAREMORE 6 Jones 41, PURCELL 14 TULSA WEBSTER 30, Kellyville 13 WESTVILLE 56, Keys (Park Hill) 6 Lincoln Christian 48, SPERRY 14 Little Axe 38, U.S. GRANT 12 Locust Grove 54, DEWEY 7 PLAINVIEW 44, Lone Grove 41 DICKSON 35, Madill 34 BLANCHARD 21, Marlow 20 JOHN MARSHALL 50, Mount St. Mary 7 BEGGS 28, Okmulgee 6 Pauls Valley 27, STAR SPENCER 20 Roland 32, TULSA ROGERS 12 Seq. Tahlequah 35, JAY 13 Sulphur 40, COMANCHE 8 HEAVENER 20, Valliant 6 BERRYHILL 28, Verdigris 12 Class 2A Alva 28, NEWKIRK 13 HASKELL 42, Chelsea 7 Chisholm 35, WATONGA 6 MORRISON 27, Chr. Heritage 20 Coalgate 18, HUGO 14 Colcord 35, CHOUTEAU 20 Commerce 40, CANEY VALLEY 7 MILLWOOD 56, Crooked Oak 6 Davis 34, MARIETTA 22 LINDSAY 32, Dibble 14 LEXINGTON 20, Elmore City 16 WALTERS 28, Frederick 21 WASHINGTON 35, Hobart 7 STROUD 38, Holdenville 13 ADAIR 52, Kansas 8 Kingston 44, TISHOMINGO 12 VIAN 35, Liberty 6 LUTHER 56, Northeast 6 Okemah 28, PRAGUE 24 Oklahoma Christian 42, WELLSTON 7 NOWATA 33, Oklahoma Union 6 HARTSHORNE 27, Panama 22 WYANDOTTE 21, Pawhuska 20 PAWNEE 28, Perry 14 ANTLERS 28, Pocola 16 Salina 31, HULBERT 21 HENNESSEY 34, Tonkawa 18 Wewoka 38, CHANDLER 34 ATOKA 33, Wilburton 13 Class A MOORELAND 30, Burns Flat-Dill City 6 Cashion 49, OKEENE 7 RUSH SPRINGS 32, Central Marlow 6 Central Sallisaw 42, QUINTON 14 Cordell 42, CARNEGIE 35 CROSSINGS CHR. 21, Crescent 14 HEALDTON 38, Empire 13 Fairview 28, BEAVER 24 AFTON 35, Foyil 8 TALIHINA 42, Gore 0 HOLLIS 44, Hinton 13 Hominy 41, BARNSDALL 20 Hooker 35, SAYRE 14 Ketchum 28, REJOICE CHR. 24 Kiefer 49, YALE 6 STRATFORD 56, Konawa 7 Mounds 22, DRUMRIGHT 16 Oklahoma Bible 28, OKLA. CHR. ACA. 21 Quapaw 21, BAXTER SPRINGS, ARK. 17 MANGUM 34, Snyder 24 FAIRLAND 28, Summit Christian 14 THOMAS 21, Texhoma 14 Velma-Alma 42, WILSON 7 Warner 22, PORTER 14 COMMUNITY CHR. 28, WAYNE 27 MINCO 32, Wynnewood 28 Class B Alex 60, BRAY-DOYLE 6 Allen 54, STROTHER 8 KEOTA 52, Arkoma 6 Caddo 42, GANS 22 DEWAR 56, Canadian 6 WAURIKA 58, Cyril 12 GARBER 54, DC-Lamont 48 Geary 40, MAUD 28 Maysville 48, MACOMB 8 Merritt 52, CANTON 6 Pioneer 48, SEILING 44 Pond Creek-Hunter 42, LAVERNE 40 Porum 38, HAILEYVILLE 34 DAVENPORT 48, South Coffeyville 12 Turpin 56, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 6 WELCH 28, Watts 22 Waukomis 60, RINGWOOD 12 OAKS 42, Wesleyan Christian 28 WELEETKA 50, Wetumka 20 DEPEW 44, Woodland 34 Class C WAYNOKA 46, Balko 42 Boise City 34, MELROSE N.M. 28 CAVE SPRINGS 48, Bokoshe 0 Bowlegs 28, PAOLI 22 MEDFORD 50, Copan 20 Corn Bible 48, MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 28 BLUEJACKET 34, Covington-Douglas 24 Grandfield 56, DUKE 6 COYLE 48, Regent Prep 8 BUFFALO 56, Sharon-Mutual 44 CHEROKEE 34, Shattuck 28 FOX 60, SW Covenant 14 RYAN 34, Temple 20 Thackerville 56, MIDWAY 8 Timberlake 54, PRUE 8 Webbers Falls 36, SASAKWA 16 Independent OKC PATRIOTS 56, Cement 6 HOLLAND HALL 28, Dallas Greenhill 7 WRIGHT CHRISTIAN 60, Destiny Chr. 48 CLAREMORE CHR. 54, Eagle Point Chr. 6 CASADY 35, Fort Worth County Day 14 Immanuel Christian 38, LIFE CHR. 8 TULSA NOAH 34, Lighthouse Christian 21 Saturday's Games Independent Mississippi Deaf 48, OSD 28 *Home team in CAPS
Sep 26, 2015
The headsets connecting coaches on the sideline to coaches in the press box were unreliable Saturday, forcing all Oklahoma State personnel to the field. The Cowboys marched to touchdowns on their first two drives of the game, before game officials announced that there was a problem with the headsets during Texas' next drive. “The defense were never (on) and the offense was on and off the entire...
OSU football notebook: Cowboys experience technical difficulties during game vs. Texas
By John Helsley Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Sep 26, 2015The headsets connecting coaches on the sideline to coaches in the press box were unreliable Saturday, forcing all Oklahoma State personnel to the field. The Cowboys marched to touchdowns on their first two drives of the game, before game officials announced that there was a problem with the headsets during Texas' next drive. “The defense were never (on) and the offense was on and off the entire first half,” said OSU coach Mike Gundy. “So we just quit using them. “We didn't have any communication from the defense from up top the entire first half. And then, offensively, it was so spotty that it wasn't really worth it. I told the guys to come down in the second half, because we didn't have any communications.” Just moments into the third quarter, Cowboys offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich was looking for a police escort to the sideline, abandoning his spot in the press box. He and the other OSU assistants navigated 10 flights of stairs to get to the sideline, missing but three plays. “It was like a scrimmage back in the high school days,” Yurcich said. “So it was a little bit old school, but it was fun. Sure was good to be in the emotion of the game.” The last time Yurcich called a game from the sideline? Back when he was coaching at Edinboro against Winston Salem. “Only difference was there was about, ah…, 95,000 more people here today,” he said. OSU EXTENDS TEXAS SUCCESS The Cowboys beat Texas in Austin for the fourth straight time, becoming the only team to pull off the feat over the past 100 years. That's significant in a lot of ways, perhaps none more than in recruiting. The Cowboys claim 66 Texans on their roster and remain committed to attracting more north of the Red River. “Recruiting in this state is really important for us,” Gundy said. “I would guess that 90 percent of the young men that we're recruiting now watched this game today. It's important. “Young people decide where they want to go to school based on some things, but they also want to be on a team that wins. So it is important for us to play well when we play the Texas teams.” OSU'S GUYER GUYS PREVAIL Saturday's game offered interesting storylines with Denton Guyer High School players in key spots on both sides. Texas quarterback Jerrod Heard has revived UT spirits and followed Cowboys quarterback J.W. Walsh at Guyer, with Walsh serving as something of a mentor. And there's Jimmy Bean, the OSU defensive end and another Guyer alum. The Cowboys won the game – and the Guyer matchup. Walsh ran for a score and passed for another, while Bean sacked Heard once and harassed him often, adding another tackle for loss among his five stops. Afterward, Walsh sought out Heard to offer some kind words. “He's obviously upset with the loss, so I didn't say too much about that,” Walsh said. “I just gave him a hug and told him I was proud of him and to keep doing the things he's doing. He's a special player. I just wanted to make sure he knew I'd always be there for him, if he needs it.” QUOTABLE Texas safety Dylan Haines, on losing back-to-back weeks on late kicking game mistakes: “It hurts a little worse (this week), because it's the second time in a row. You know what I mean? It's just always really disappointing to come out there and play as hard as we played and as hard as we fought. It was a game that was back and forth, and then at the end, we just couldn't finish. Just really frustrating.” HAPPY 50TH FOR GUNDY With Saturday's win, Gundy recorded his 50th Big 12 Conference win in his 11th season. No other coach in school history won more than 30 conference games. Among Big 12 coaches, only Kansas State's Bill Snyder and Oklahoma's Bob Stoops have more. Snyder has 109 in 23-plus seasons, while Stoops has 104 in 16-plus. DURANT HOOKS ‘EM Thunder star Kevin Durant has spent more time in Oklahoma City than Austin, yet remains attached to his school days as a Longhorn. Durant stood on the sideline before the game Saturday, doing the hook ‘em Horns hand jive while captured on the big screen. At least Cowboys fans can enjoy seeing Durant in those new “brighter” orange uniforms in the basketball season ahead.
Sep 25, 2015
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The Oklahoman's Week 4 high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 25, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 133-37 (78.2 pct.) Overall record: 422-120 (77.9 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A Lawton 35, PC West 20 Class 3A Heritage Hall 56, CENTENNIAL 6 Class 2A Colcord 28, TAHLEQUAH JV 21 Millwood 35, OCS 28 Wellston 42, NORTHEAST 28 Class C Ryan 44, CEMENT 20 Independent Osd 60, KANSAS DEAF 22 CAPITOL HILL 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Friday's Games Class 6A Bixby 35, CLAREMORE 21 Broken Arrow 50, YUKON 17 Choctaw 28, ENID 14 EDMOND SANTA FE 24, Ed. Memorial 21 MUSTANG 35, Edmond North 14 Jenks 49, PUTNAM CITY 21 Midwest City 44, LAWTON IKE 6 Muskogee 28, SAPULPA 21 OWASSO 35, Norman North 34 TULSA UNION 56, PC North 12 BARTLESVILLE 27, Sand Springs 24 Southmoore 38, MOORE 20 Tulsa Washington 42, PONCA CITY 21 STILLWATER 55, U.S. Grant 6 Westmoore 35, NORMAN 7 Class 5A DUNCAN 28, Chickasha 14 COLLINSVILLE 35, Coweta 20 ARDMORE 42, Del City 38 ALTUS 44, El Reno 16 Grove 28, TULSA NOAH 21 Guymon 35, SOUTHEAST 28 Lawton MacArthur 55, NW CLASSEN 8 McAlester 42, DURANT 20 GUTHRIE 14, McGuinness 10 DEER CREEK 35, Piedmont 10 Shawnee 28, NOBLE 21 Tahlequah 21, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 20 Tulsa Edison 31, PRYOR 28 SKIATOOK 49, Tulsa Hale 0 TULSA KELLEY 20, Tulsa Memorial 14 CARL ALBERT 42, Western Heights 14 Class 4A Broken Bow 27, TULSA CENTRAL 22 Cache 21, NEWCASTLE 14 Cascia Hall 35, MIAMI 24 Catoosa 28, TULSA McLAIN 13 WEATHERFORD 27, Clinton 20 ANADARKO 35, Elk City 28 ADA 24, Glenpool 17 HARRAH 42, McLoud 14 WAGONER 28, Oologah 21 Poteau 30, MULDROW 20 Sallisaw 14, FORT GIBSON 7 METRO CHR. 44, Stilwell 16 Tuttle 35, TECUMSEH 7 CLEVELAND 42, Vinita 35 Woodward 28, ELGIN 20 Class 3A HILLDALE 24, Beggs 21 Berryhill 28, SEQ.-CLAREMORE 14 MOUNT ST. MARY 34, Bridge Creek 22 MARLOW 28, Comanche 13 SULPHUR 27, Dickson 21 Heavener 20, EUFAULA 17 Idabel 42, CHECOTAH 28 Jay 28, KEYS (PARK HILL) 27 John Marshall 30, BLANCHARD 14 Kingfisher 42, MANNFORD 14 Lincoln Christian 49, VERDIGRIS 6 LONE GROVE 48, Madill 14 BETHANY 35, Meeker 28 TULSA ROGERS 30, Morris 12 BLACKWELL 20, Pawnee 16 CUSHING 32, Perkins 20 DOUGLASS 34, Plainview 22 Purcell 21, PAULS VALLEY 20 Seminole 28, LITTLE AXE 21 Seq. Tahlequah 22, INOLA 18 Sperry 20, KELLYVILLE 12 ROLAND 21, Spiro 14 Star Spencer 20, BETHEL 18 Stigler 34, VALLIANT 6 DEWEY 16, Tulsa Webster 14 Victory Christian 48, OKMULGEE 14 LOCUST GROVE 49, Westville 21 Class 2A Adair 42, SALINA 14 PANAMA 26, Antlers 20 PAWHUSKA 20, Caney Valley 13 Chandler 48, HENRYETTA 28 Chelsea 22, OKLAHOMA UNION 18 HASKELL 35, Chouteau 16 Hartshorne 34, LIBERTY 7 Hennessey 28, ALVA 21 Hollis 30, HOBART 14 ATOKA 14, Hugo 13 Hulbert 28, KANSAS 7 Lindsay 42, FREDERICK 16 Luther 44, CHR. HERITAGE 31 KINGSTON 34, Marietta 12 CHISHOLM 35, Newkirk 7 Nowata 21, COMMERCE 6 Okeene 34, CROOKED OAK 28 WARNER 21, Pocola 20 Prague 28, WEWOKA 27 Stroud 21, OKEMAH 14 Tishomingo 24, COALGATE 20 Tonkawa 26, PERRY 21 Vian 28, WILBURTON 14 Walters 34, DIBBLE 20 Washington 49, LEXINGTON 13 Wyandotte 35, AFTON 34 Class A KIEFER 49, Barnsdall 7 Beaver 42, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 6 Carnegie 34, SNYDER 28 Community Christian 21, ELMORE CITY 20 Cordell 40, HINTON 28 Crescent 42, CRESCENT 35 Crossings Chr. 28, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 21 HOMINY 21, Drumright 7 Empire 20, CENTRAL MARLOW 14 FOYIL 14, Fairland 7 VELMA-ALMA 24, Healdton 21 Ketchum 35, SUMMIT CHR. 6 APACHE 34, Mangum 24 Minco 35, WAYNE 21 Mooreland 38, FAIRVIEW 18 Morrison 28, MOUNDS 7 WATONGA 29, Okla. Christian Aca. 23 CENTRAL SALLISAW 42, Porter 12 Quinton 28, GORE 6 Rejoice Christian 21, QUAPAW 7 TEXHOMA 24, Sayre 14 Stratford 48, RUSH SPRINGS 8 Talihina 28, SAVANNA 7 Thomas 27, HOOKER 20 RINGLING 42, Wilson 6 Wynnewood 35, KONAWA 0 Class B ALLEN 52, Bray-Doyle 6 POND CREEK-HUNTER 48, Canton 12 Davenport 54, WOODLAND 8 Depew 48, WATTS 0 Dewar 58, WETUMKA 12 Gans 34, CANADIAN 28 SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 30, Garber 24 CADDO 56, Haileyville 12 Keota 60, PORUM 6 WAUKOMIS 42, Kremlin-Hillsdale 26 LAVERNE 38, Laverne 30 ALEX 60, Macomb 6 MAYSVILLE 34, Maud 30 Oaks 40, WEBBERS FALLS 20 MERRITT 32, Ringwood 28 TURPIN 44, Seiling 34 CYRIL 28, Strother 20 Waurika 42, GEARY 36 WESLEYAN CHR. 38, Welch 20 Weleetka 44, ARKOMA 28 Class C Bluejacket 42, COPAN 6 Boise City 48, ROLLA, KAN. 0 BALKO 44, Buffalo 8 THACKERVILLE 38, Cave Springs 28 Cherokee 64, WAYNOKA 18 COV.-DOUGLAS 48, Claremore Chr. 30 Coyle 54, TIMBERLAKE 6 Fox 50, BOWLEGS 0 DUKE 48, Life Christian 0 Medford 42, WRIGHT CHR. 34 Mt. View-Gotebo 34, TEMPLE 26 OKC Patriots 38, SHARON-MUTUAL 34 Paoli 28, MIDWAY 24 DC-LAMONT 50, Prue 0 Sasakwa 28, BOKOSHE 16 SW Covenant 48, CORN BIBLE 42 GRANDFIELD 44, Tipton 24 SHATTUCK 64, Tyrone 30 Independent Casady 31, DALLAS ST. MARKS 28 Holland Hall 35, TRINITY VALLEY 27 Regent Prep 48, IMMANUEL CHR. 20 *Home team in CAPS
Sep 21, 2015
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury is done talking about Bret Bielema.Kingsbury made headlines following last weekend's 35-24 win over the Razorbacks by blasting the Arkansas coach (http://apne.ws/1MmrdEB ). According to Kingsbury, some comments Bielema made at a recent Texas high school coaches' convention insinuated that spread offenses were soft.Kingsbury turned down...
Kingsbury trying to move past comments about Bielema
By LUKE MEREDITH, Associated Press | Sep 21, 2015DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury is done talking about Bret Bielema. Kingsbury made headlines following last weekend's 35-24 win over the Razorbacks by blasting the Arkansas coach (http://apne.ws/1MmrdEB ). According to Kingsbury, some comments Bielema made at a recent Texas high school coaches' convention insinuated that spread offenses were soft. Kingsbury turned down multiple opportunities to elaborate on the matter Monday on the Big 12 coaches' call, preferring instead to focus on Saturday's league opener against No. 3 TCU (3-0). "I'm moved on from that," Kingsbury said. "I really don't want to revisit it." Kingsbury did confirm that he and Bielema shook hands after the game, refuting suggestions that the two ignored each other. Kingsbury also clarified that it wasn't his intent to stick up for the spread offense, which is by far the attack of choice in Texas prep football. "I've never had to defend that ever. I wasn't defending anything. Just kind of stating facts," said Kingsbury, whose team is 3-0 after losing eight of 10 to close 2014. West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen, a longtime proponent of the spread, dismissed the idea that spread offenses can't be tough, adding that he believes his Mountaineers (2-0) are as physical as "any team out there." "I've seen spread offenses be soft. I've seen power, old school, pro (style) teams be soft as well. If you coach them to be soft, they're going to be soft. If you coach them not to be soft, it doesn't matter what offense you run," said Holgorsen, whose team hosts Maryland on Saturday. HAVE YOU HEARD? Texas might be 1-2. But the Longhorns have apparently found a quarterback. During last weekend's heartbreaking 45-44 loss to California, redshirt freshman quarterback Jerrod Heard broke the school record with 527 yards in total offense, with 364 passing and 163 rushing. The previous record of 506 yards was set 10 years ago by Vince Young, who would go on to lead Texas to a national title. "Just to watch the way he operated Saturday night was amazing. And the thing he does is he gets everyone on the team just charged up knowing that when he takes the field something good is going to happen," Texas coach Charlie Strong said. Texas opens Big 12 play Saturday by hosting Oklahoma State (3-0). EXTRA POINTS — Count TCU coach Gary Patterson among those who think Saturday's game against the Red Raiders will be a lot closer than the 82-27 blowout win the Horned Frogs posted in 2014. TCU has already lost nearly half its starting defense to injuries, and Tech is unbeaten. "We understand...that Tech's a better football team than they were a year ago," Patterson said. "They're completely different. Our kids see that." — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said the Sooners spent more time practicing "Hail Mary" defense this year than ever before. It didn't seem that way in Saturday's 52-38 win over Tulsa though, as Keyarris Garrett caught a 43-yard TD pass at the first half whistle. "We need to do it more," Stoops said. — Like a lot of Power Five teams, Kansas State is 3-0 but with a lot of work left to do. The Wildcats needed three overtimes to beat Louisiana Tech 39-33 on Saturday. "We left a lot to be desired," Kansas State coach Bill Snyder said. "We made a vast variety of mistakes and errors." The Wildcats join the Sooners (3-0) and Iowa State (1-2) on byes this weekend, while No. 5 Baylor (2-0) hosts Rice and Kansas (0-2) travels to Rutgers. ___ Follow Luke Meredith on Twitter at www.twitter.com/LukeMeredithAP and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LukeMeredithAP
Big 12 football notebook: Kliff Kingsbury tries to move past postgame comments after beating Arkansas
Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury was agitated with Arkansas coach Bret Bielema after Saturday's Red Raiders win over the Razorbacks. Kingsbury was upset about comments he said Bielema made at a Texas high school coaches convention over the summer. “He stood up and said if you don't throw to the fullback, we'll kick your a--,” Kingsbury said after the 35-24 win. “and if you throw it...
Big 12 football notebook: Kliff Kingsbury tries to move past postgame comments after beating Arkansas
BY RYAN ABER | Sep 21, 2015Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury was agitated with Arkansas coach Bret Bielema after Saturday's Red Raiders win over the Razorbacks. Kingsbury was upset about comments he said Bielema made at a Texas high school coaches convention over the summer. “He stood up and said if you don't throw to the fullback, we'll kick your a--,” Kingsbury said after the 35-24 win. “and if you throw it 70 times a game, we'll kick you a--. He just got his a-- kicked twice in a row and probably next week by (Texas) A&M as well. That did feel good.” But Kingsbury wasn't in the mood to revisit his words Monday. “I've moved on from that,” Kingsbury said Monday on the Big 12 teleconference. “We've got our big game this week against TCU, so I really don't even want to revisit that.” In Arkansas, Bielema wasn't done, though, calling Kingsbury “arrogant.” “I'm happy he got to vent,” Bielema said. WARREN MAKES BIG IMPRESSION VS. TOLEDO Iowa State running back Mike Warren, a redshirt freshman from Lawton, had a breakout game Saturday in a loss to Toledo. Warren ran for 126 yards, the most this season by a Cyclones running back. “Potentially, yeah,” Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads said when asked if Warren's performance could alter the running back rotation. “Mike just had an extremely positive week of practice and gave us a lot of confidence going into the game and then he went right back out there and backed that up with his performance. “You've got a chance of seeing more Mike Warren in the future.” The Cyclones had not had a freshman run for more than 100 yards since Shontrelle Johnson in 2010. As a senior at Lawton High in 2013, Warren ran for 2,512 yards and 26 touchdowns. SNYDER: LIMITED QB CONTACT COULD LEAD TO INJURY Kansas State has already lost to injury a pair of the four quarterbacks that competed for the starting job until days before the season began. First, starter Jesse Ertz was hurt on the first offensive snap of the season, and then backup Alex Delton suffered a reported knee injury and did not suit up for Saturday's triple-overtime win over Louisiana Tech. With most schools keeping quarterbacks away from contact except for in games, Wildcats coach Bill Snyder said that could be a contributing factor to a rash of quarterback injuries. But, he said, that doesn't keep players at other positions from experiences similar stretches of injury. “Probably everybody deals with quarterbacks the same way,” Snyder said. “They have probably gone from early December of last year to early September of this year without having any contact whatsoever. Quarterbacks are normally hands-off so they don't have the experience of the contact that they get in the course of a ballgame. “The idea that people are bigger and stronger and faster and the hits are more aggressive and more dynamic today puts everybody in jeopardy. Yet when it's the quarterback, the lights go on, but it's happening to offensive and defensive linemen across the board. TCU lost a plethora of young guys on the defensive side.”
Sep 16, 2015
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 131-45 (74.4 pct.) Overall record: 289-83 (77.7 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A Moore 28, NORMAN 21 Class 3A JOHN MARSHALL 63, Crooked Oak 0 Class A KIEFER 42, Beggs JV 14 Quapaw 28, JOPLIN, MO. JV 14 Class C GRANDFIELD 54, Walters JV 6 ...
The Oklahoman's Week 3 high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 16, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 131-45 (74.4 pct.) Overall record: 289-83 (77.7 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A Moore 28, NORMAN 21 Class 3A JOHN MARSHALL 63, Crooked Oak 0 Class A KIEFER 42, Beggs JV 14 Quapaw 28, JOPLIN, MO. JV 14 Class C GRANDFIELD 54, Walters JV 6 Friday's Games Class 6A Bixby 35, SPRINGDALE, ARK 28 SILOAM SPRINGS, ARK. 31, Claremore 27 Deer Creek 34, YUKON 27 MUSTANG 38, Edmond Memorial 24 SOUTHMOORE 35, Edmond Santa Fe 14 BARTLESVILLE 28, Enid 7 Guthrie 27, SAND SPRINGS 24 Lawton 35, SAPULPA 14 Lawton Mac 44, LAWTON IKE 17 Midwest City 34, DEL CITY 32 FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. 24, Muskogee 20 JENKS 34, Owasso 10 PUTNAM CITY WEST 28, Putnam City 27 CHOCTAW 27, PC North 14 Shawnee 35, PONCA CITY 31 Stillwater 21, EDMOND NORTH 20 TULSA WASHINGTON 42, T. East Central 14 Tulsa Union 24, BROKEN ARROW 21 NORMAN NORTH 42, Westmoore 28 Class 5A Ada 28, DURANT 14 Altus 32, ELK CITY 24 Cache 24, CHICKASHA 17 TULSA KELLEY 20, Coweta 14 Dalhart, Texas 35, GUYMON 13 CARL ALBERT 21, Duncan 18 WESTERN HEIGHTS 35, El Reno 27 ARDMORE 22, Gainesville, Texas 14 CATOOSA 27, Grove 13 McAlester 28, PRYOR 12 Noble 42, PIEDMONT 24 COLLINSVILLE 28, Skiatook 27 Tahlequah 21, SALLISAW 14 Tulsa Central 42, NORTHWEST 7 TULSA EDISON 45, Tulsa Hale 6 Tulsa Memorial 48, TULSA NOAH 12 SOUTHEAST 35, U.S. Grant 22 McGUINNESS 28, Weatherford 21 Class 4A Blanchard 21, NEWCASTLE 20 CUSHING 20, Cleveland 17 Clinton 34, PLAINVIEW 21 VINITA 28, Dewey 14 WAGONER 42, Fort Gibson 21 OOLOGAH 28, Glenpool 20 Hilldale 35, TULSA McLAIN 12 Locust Grove 49, STILWELL 20 BRISTOW 20, Mannford 13 SEMINOLE 28, McLoud 20 NOWATA 21, Miami 14 CASCIA HALL 27, Millwood 22 Muldrow 30, HEAVENER 14 HARRAH 35, Perkins 21 Poteau 28, CAMPUS, KAN. 6 METRO CHR. 41, Seq. Claremore 16 BROKEN BOW 24, Seq. Tahlequah 20 MEEKER 42, Tecumseh 21 WOODWARD 34, Tulsa Rogers 14 Tuttle 35, ELGIN 13 Class 3A Adair 35, VERDIGRIS 14 BERRYHILL 28, Beggs 21 TONKAWA 16, Blackwell 14 SULPHUR 28, Bridge Creek 21 TULSA WEBSTER 35, Capitol Hill 12 WYNNEWOOD 34, Centennial 14 Chandler 48, LITTLE AXE 28 Checotah 21, EUFAULA 20 Comanche 27, FREDERICK 21 HERITAGE HALL 49, Davis 26 Haskell 21, SPIRO 7 EVANGEL CHR. (LA.) 35, Idabel 20 GRAVETTE, ARK. 28, Jay 18 Jones 35, HENNESSEY 21 Kellyville 20, LIBERTY 14 BETHANY 27, Kingfisher 14 Kingston 28, MADILL 13 PURCELL 30, Lexington 20 Lone Grove 38, SANGER, TEXAS 31 WASHINGTON 34, Marlow 21 Mount St. Mary 20, DICKSON 16 Okemah 42, MORRIS 14 LINCOLN CHR. 41, Oklahoma Christian 20 LINDSAY 28, Pauls Valley 27 Prague 30, BETHEL 18 Roland 27, OKMULGEE 7 VICTORY CHR. 48, Shiloh Christian 28 Sperry 21, INOLA 20 DOUGLASS 40, Star Spencer 21 Stigler 20, HENRYETTA 16 HUGO 27, Valliant 7 Vian 28, KEYS (PARK HILL) 12 Westville 42, KANSAS 7 Class 2A Alva 28, HOBART 14 Antlers 34, ATOKA 12 DRUMRIGHT 21, Caney Valley 6 Chouteau 20, PORTER 14 Chr. Heritage 30, TALIHINA 24 HARTSHORNE 35, Coalgate 7 Commerce 42, COLCORD 12 Holdenville 28, WELLSTON 21 CASHION 42, Luther 35 Marionville, Mo. 28, WYANDOTTE 14 HULBERT 21, Mounds 14 OKEENE 20, Newkirk 7 OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 35, Northeast 28 Oklahoma Union 28, FAIRLAND 8 HOMINY 22, Pawhuska 16 STROUD 30, Perry 12 QUINTON 13, Pocola 7 Ringling 20, MARIETTA 0 Salina 22, CHELSEA 6 CHISHOLM 28, Thomas 27 Tishomingo 32, HEALDTON 28 Walters 35, SNYDER 13 PANAMA 21, Warner 14 Wayne 28, DIBBLE 21 STRATFORD 38, Wewoka 20 Wilburton 22, SAVANNA 16 PAWNEE 28, Yale 6 Class A REJOICE CHR. 35, Barnsdall 7 CORDELL 28, Burns Flat-Dill City 7 CARNEGIE 34, Central Marlow 8 Central Sallisaw 42, FOYIL 16 APACHE 44, Crossings Christian 34 HINTON 21, Empire 14 Fairview 28, WATONGA 21 KETCHUM 42, Gore 8 Hollis 48, BEAVER 6 Hooker 35, SYRACUSE, KAN. 12 Mangum 30, SAYRE 6 Mooreland 35, CRESCENT 14 Morrison 28, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 16 MINCO 42, Rush Springs 6 COMMUNITY CHR. 38, Summit Christian 12 Texhoma 24, VEGA, TEXAS 20 Velma-Alma 28, ELMORE CITY 6 KONAWA 21, Wilson 20 Class B ALEX 42, Allen 14 DEWAR 56, Arkoma 6 CADDO 44, Canadian 6 Cyril 50, BRAY-DOYLE 16 DAVENPORT 54, Garber 8 Geary 42, STROTHER 12 Keota 60, HAILEYVILLE 6 Maud 54, MACOMB 8 Maysville 48, WAURIKA 28 KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 42, Merritt 22 POND CREEK-HUNTER 38, Pioneer 34 WELEETKA 48, Porum 0 Ringwood 34, CANTON 14 OAKS 44, South Coffeyville 20 LAVERNE 56, Turpin 44 WOODLAND 38, Watts 18 SEILING 56, Waukomis 6 COYLE 64, Welch 12 DEPEW 54, Wesleyan Christian 8 Wetumka 52, GANS 6 Class C DESTINY CHR. 48, Bokoshe 8 WEBBERS FALLS 54, Bowlegs 6 Cherokee 48, TYRONE 0 TIPTON 48, Corn Bible 12 Covington-Douglas 42, COPAN 16 DC-Lamont 54, MEDFORD 8 CAVE SPRINGS 48, Midway 12 SHARON-MUTUAL 38, Mt. View-Gotebo 28 FOX 54, Paoli 0 CLAREMORE CHR. 48, Prue 0 THACKERVILLE 56, Sasakwa 6 Shattuck 48, BOISE CITY 34 SW Covenant 28, RYAN 24 Temple 44, DUKE 6 BLUEJACKET 50, Timberlake 14 Waynoka 38, BUFFALO 26 Independent Arlington Oakridge 31, HOLLAND HALL 21 EAGLE POINT CHR. 28, Cement 20 WRIGHT CHR. 42, Life Christian 14 OKC PATRIOTS 28, SeeWorth Aca. 8 CASADY 21, Trinity Valley 14 Saturday's Games Independent Immanuel Chr. 34, CORNERSTONE CHR. 22 OSD 40, Louisiana Deaf 28 *Home team in CAPS
Sep 11, 2015
UTSA, coached by Oklahoman Larry Coker, started its program in 2011 and was immediately competitive, jumping to Division I-A in its second season. But the Roadrunners are looking for their first marquee victory. UTSA beat Houston last year, but though the Roadrunners were representative against OSU in 2013 (a 56-35 loss) and almost beat Arizona in 2014 (a 26-23 loss), a victory over a Power-5...
Big 12 football: Go with Texas-San Antonio over Kansas State in an upset special
By BERRY TRAMEL | Sep 11, 2015UTSA, coached by Oklahoman Larry Coker, started its program in 2011 and was immediately competitive, jumping to Division I-A in its second season. But the Roadrunners are looking for their first marquee victory. UTSA beat Houston last year, but though the Roadrunners were representative against OSU in 2013 (a 56-35 loss) and almost beat Arizona in 2014 (a 26-23 loss), a victory over a Power-5 Conference foe would do wonders for Coker's program. Saturday, UTSA hosts Kansas State, which is scrambling with a quarterback rebuild. New K-State QB Jesse Ertz was hurt early in the Wildcats' victory over South Dakota last week, and now the ‘Cats turn to Joe Hubener, who never has started a football game on any level, including high school. UTSA was competitive again last Saturday, losing 42-32 at Arizona. KSU is a 17-point favorite, but Bill Snyder's magic often wanes when he's breaking in a new quarterback. Go with the Roadrunners in the upset.
Sep 9, 2015
After a month-long delay, the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Board of Directors officially approved the football districts for the 2016 and 2017 seasons on Wednesday. Here is each district: Class 6A Division I District 1 Broken Arrow Edmond Memorial Edmond Santa Fe U.S.
2016-2017 high school football districts
Jacob Unruh | Sep 9, 2015After a month-long delay, the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Board of Directors officially approved the football districts for the 2016 and 2017 seasons on Wednesday. Here is each district: Class 6A Division I District 1 Broken Arrow Edmond Memorial Edmond Santa Fe U.S. Grant* Jenks Norman Westmoore Yukon District 2 Edmond North Moore Mustang Norman North Owasso Putnam City North Southmoore Tulsa Union Class 6A Division II District 1 Choctaw Deer Creek Enid Lawton Midwest City Putnam City Putnam City West Stillwater District 2 Bartlesville Bixby Capitol Hill* Muskogee Sand Springs Sapulpa Tulsa Washington Ponca City Class 5A District 1 Altus Ardmore Del City Duncan El Reno Lawton MacArthur Southeast Western Heights District 2 Carl Albert Guthrie Guymon Lawton Eisenhower McGuinness Northwest Classen Piedmont Woodward District 3 Coweta Durant Glenpool McAlester Noble Shawnee Tulsa East Central Tulsa Edison District 4 Collinsville Claremore Pryor Skiatook Tahlequah Tulsa Hale Tulsa Kelley Tulsa Memorial Class 4A District 1 Cache Chickasha Clinton Elgin Elk City Heritage Hall Newcastle Weatherford District 2 Ada Bethany Blanchard Cleveland Harrah Tecumseh Tulsa Central Tuttle District 3 Cascia Hall Catoosa Grove Miami Oologah Tulsa McLain Vinita Wagoner District 4 Broken Bow Fort Gibson Hilldale Metro Christian Poteau Sallisaw Stilwell Tulsa Rogers Class 3A District 1 Blackwell Centennial Chandler Kingfisher Mount St. Mary Oklahoma Christian Perkins District 2 Bethel Douglass Jones Little Axe McLoud Prague Star Spencer District 3 Anadarko Bridge Creek Comanche John Marshall Lexington Marlow Purcell District 4 Dickson Lone Grove Madill Pauls Valley Plainview Seminole Sulphur District 5 Berryhill Dewey Mannford Sequoyah-Claremore Sperry Tulsa Webster Verdigris District 6 Beggs Bristow Checotah Cushing Kellyville Morris Okmulgee District 7 Inola Jay Keys Lincoln Christian Locust Grove Sequoyah-Tahlequah Westville District 8 Eufaula Heavener Idabel Muldrow Roland Stigler Class 2A District 1 Alva Chisholm Hennessey Newkirk Pawhuska Perry Tonkawa District 2 Christian Heritage Crooked Oak Luther Meeker Millwood Northeast Stroud District 3 Community Christian Dibble Frederick Hobart Lindsay Walters Washington District 4 Atoka Coalgate Davis Kingston Marietta Stratford Tishomingo District 5 Haskell Henryetta Holdenville Okemah Vian Wewoka District 6 Antlers Hartshorne Hugo Panama Spiro Valliant Wilburton District 7 Chouteau Colcord Holland Hall Kansas Ketchum Salina Victory Christian District 8 Adair Caney Valley Chelsea Commerce Nowata Oklahoma Union Wyandotte Class A District 1 Beaver Fairview Hooker Mooreland Okeene Texhoma Thomas District 2 Cordell Hinton Hollis Mangum Merritt Sayre Watonga District 3 Apache Elmore Cityl Empire Healdton Ringling Rush Springs Velma-Alma District 4 Crossings Christian Konawa Minco Oklahoma Christian Academy Wayne Wellston Wynnewood District 5 Cashion Crescent Drumright Morrison Oklahoma Bible Pawnee Yale District 6 Hominy Kiefer Liberty Mounds Porter Summit Christian Woodland District 7 Afton Barnsdall Fairland Foyil Hulbert Quapaw Rejoice Christian District 8 Central Sallisaw Gore Pocola Quinton Savanna Talihina Warner Class B District 1 Canton Laverne Seiling Shattuck Turpin District 2 Cherokee Garber Pioneer-Pleasant Vale Ringwood Waukomis District 3 Alex Burns Flat-Dill City Carnegie Cyril Geary Snyder District 4 Bray-Doyle Central Marlow Fox Ryan Waurika Wilson District 5 Allen Caddo Macomb Maud Maysville Strother District 6 Canadian Dewar Haileyville Weleetka Wetumka District 7 Davenport Depew Prue Oaks South Coffeyville District 8 Arkoma Cave Springs Gans Keota Porum Watts Class C District 1 Balko Boise City Buffalo Kremlin-Hillsdale Sharon-Mutual Timberlake Tyrone Waynoka District 2 Cement Corn Bible Duke Grandfield Mountain View-Gotebo Southwest Covenant Temple Tipton District 3 Bluejacket Copan Covington-Douglas Deer Creek-Lamont Medford Pond Creek-Hunter Regent Prep Welch District 4 Bokoshe Bowlegs Coyle Midway Paoli Sasakwa Thackerville Webbers Falls *-Will not compete as part of district.
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 142-36 (79.8 pct.) Overall record: 158-38 (80.6 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A PUTNAM CITY 28, Choctaw 27 Del City 56, LAWTON EISENHOWER 42 Edmond Santa Fe 28, MOORE 21 Class 5A Elk City 48, SOUTHEAST 8 Class 4A Nowata 35, VINITA 20 Class 3A LOCUST...
The Oklahoman's high school football picks for Week 2
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 9, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 142-36 (79.8 pct.) Overall record: 158-38 (80.6 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A PUTNAM CITY 28, Choctaw 27 Del City 56, LAWTON EISENHOWER 42 Edmond Santa Fe 28, MOORE 21 Class 5A Elk City 48, SOUTHEAST 8 Class 4A Nowata 35, VINITA 20 Class 3A LOCUST GROVE 54, Adair 42 Okmulgee 28, U.S. GRANT 22 STAR SPENCER 42, SeeWorth Aca. 20 Class 2A COMMERCE 21, Afton 14 Poteau JV 27, POCOLA 22 Class B Geary 48, BRAY-DOYLE 16 DEPEW 52, Osd, 42 Class C CHEROKEE 44, Buffalo 22 Friday's Games Class 6A Broken Arrow 27, COPPELL, TEXAS 20 MIDWEST CITY 21, Carl Albert 20 BARTLESVILLE 24, Cascia Hall 21 Claremore 20, ROGERS, ARK. 14 EDMOND MEMORIAL 21, Edmond North 17 Jenks 35, TULSA UNION 32 Lawton 27, LAWTON MAC 24 OWASSO 28, Muskogee 8 Mustang 45, STILLWATER 13 DEER CREEK 27, Norman 10 Norman North 42, YUKON 24 GUTHRIE 31, Ponca City 27 PC NORTH 34, Putnam West 31 Sand Springs 30, ENID 13 BIXBY 33, Tulsa East Central 12 SAPULPA 42, Tulsa Hale 6 Tulsa Washington 49, TULSA CENTRAL 8 SOUTHMOORE 35, Westmoore 28 Class 5A ALTUS 28, Anadarko 27 NOBLE 42, Chickasha 31 Collinsville 24, CATOOSA 21 McALESTER 35, Coweta 28 Duncan 28, SHAWNEE 17 ARDMORE 35, Durant 13 WOODWARD 27, El Reno 12 Grove 20, JAY 6 LIBERAL, KAN. 33, Guymon 14 Northwest 20, NORTHEAST 16 Oologah 28, SKIATOOK 24 WEATHERFORD 38, Piedmont 14 STILWELL 28, Tahlequah 27 McGUINNESS 24, Tulsa Kelley 21 TULSA EDISON 42, Tulsa Memorial 35 Wagoner 34, PRYOR 20 Western Heights 49, CAPITOL HILL 6 Class 4A Ada 34, MADILL 16 GLENPOOL 27, Beggs 22 STROUD 35, Bristow 7 IDABEL 42, Broken Bow 28 Cleveland 28, MANNFORD 6 Elgin 14, MARLOW 13 Harrah 27, JONES 23 Heritage Hall 42, CLINTON 28 FORT GIBSON 28, Hilldale 21 CACHE 24, Hobart 22 Metro Christian 21, OCS 7 TUTTLE 28, Newcastle 12 Perkins 27, McLOUD 16 Sallisaw 35, STIGLER 14 Spiro 20, MULDROW 13 SEMINOLE 32, Tecumseh 14 Tulsa McLain 21, TULSA NOAH 20 Van Buren, Ark. 30, POTEAU 14 Verdigris 35, MIAMI 7 Class 3A Bethel 21, OKEMAH 12 Blanchard 28, CASADY 24 JOHN MARSHALL 55, Centennial 6 Colcord 28, WESTVILLE 21 Comanche 17, TISHOMINGO 14 Cushing 30, BERRYHILL 26 EUFAULA 36, Hartshorne 34 KINGFISHER 28, Hennessey 27 CHECOTAH 21, Henryetta 6 LINCOLN CHR. 35, Holland Hall 17 LONE GROVE 49, Hugo 7 Inola 22, SALINA 20 Kellyville 34, CANEY VALLEY 8 Keys (Park Hill) 35, LINCOLN, ARK. 17 Kingston 35, VALLIANT 7 Lexington 28, BRIDGE CREEK 8 Lindsay 34, DICKSON 6 Little Axe 49, CROOKED OAK 6 CHANDLER 44, Meeker 34 HASKELL 28, Morris 8 CHR. HERITAGE 28, Mount St. Mary 24 BLACKWELL 21, Newkirk 14 DEWEY 30, Pawhuska 16 Plainview 28, PAULS VALLEY 24 ROLAND 35, Seq. Tahlequah 14 SEQ.-CLAREMORE 17, Sperry 14 DAVIS 28, Sulphur 21 TULSA ROGERS 42, Tulsa Webster 14 Vian 21, HEAVENER 14 Victory Christian 56, LIGHTHOUSE CHR. 6 Washington 28, PURCELL 21 Class 2A Atoka 31, HOLDENVILLE 28 FOYIL 21, Chelsea 20 FAIRVIEW 28, Chisholm 24 Crescent 20, PERRY 14 Dibble 27, RUSH SPRINGS 22 Elmore City 33, MARIETTA 20 Frederick 28, MANGUM 21 Hulbert 38, WARNER 34 WYANDOTTE 30, Kansas 18 Ketchum 21, CHOUTEAU 20 WEWOKA 35, Konawa 14 SUMMIT CHR. 14, Liberty 7 Luther 35, PRAGUE 28 ALVA 28, Oklahoma Bible 14 BARNSDALL 22, Oklahoma Union 16 Panama 34, CENTRAL SALLISAW 24 Pawnee 21, HOMINY 20 WILBURTON 20, Quinton 13 COALGATE 14, Savanna 12 Talihina 28, ANTLERS 21 Tonkawa 22, MORRISON 17 Walters 35, EMPIRE 20 Wellston 14, YALE 7 Class A Apache 34, WILSON 12 Cashion 42, MOORELAND 14 Community Christian 28, CARNEGIE 21 Cordell 32, CENTRAL MARLOW 18 MOUNDS 20, Gore 16 Hinton 26, SAYRE 20 HOLLIS 34, Hooker 14 QUAPAW 14, Humboldt, Kan. 12 Minco 34, CROSSINGS CHR. 28 DRUMRIGHT 20, Porter 14 KIEFER 35, Rejoice Christian 14 Snyder 45, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 8 Stratford 42, HEALDTON 6 BEAVER 35, Syracuse, Kan. 7 Texhoma 28, BOOKER, TEXAS 24 Thomas 28, OKEENE 7 Wayne 44, OKLAHOMA CHR. ACA. 6 Wynnewood 21, VELMA-ALMA 20 Class B Alex 58, CYRIL 8 WETUMKA 38, Caddo 32 PIONEER 42, Canton 12 Davenport 56, WATTS 8 Dewar 52, PORUM 6 ARKOMA 42, Gans 34 CANADIAN 44, Haileyville 16 Kremlin-Hillsdale 34, RINGWOOD 28 Laverne 36, WAUKOMIS 18 ALLEN 42, Macomb 20 GARBER 38, Oaks 28 Pond Creek-Hunter 42, TURPIN 28 Seiling 48, MERRITT 12 MAYSVILLE 52, Strother 6 MAUD 34, Waurika 28 Welch 36, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 24 KEOTA 44, Weleetka 36 Woodland 50, WESLEYAN CHR. 34 Class C DC-LAMONT 54, Bluejacket 48 Boise City 42, TYRONE 6 Bokoshe 30, BOWLEGS 24 Cave Springs 44, PAOLI 12 DUKE 42, Cement 8 REGENT PREP 56, Copan 6 Grandfield 52, THACKERVILLE 24 COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 36, Medford 28 Midway 42, SASAKWA 38 Mt. View-Gotebo 48, SW COVENANT 20 COYLE 60, Prue 6 BALKO 44, Rolla, Kan. 14 Ryan 38, CORN BIBLE 12 SHATTUCK 56, Sharon-Mutual 20 Tipton 42, TEMPLE 34 Waynoka 50, TIMBERLAKE 38 FOX 56, Webbers Falls 6 Independent LIFE CHRISTIAN 48, Eagle Point Chr. 20 WRIGHT CHR. 34, Immanuel Christian 16 DESTINY CHR. 44, OKC Patriots 24 Saturday's Games Class 3A Douglass 28, Millwood 27 *Home team in CAPS
Sep 8, 2015
An injury-marred opening week of college football began with Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright tearing cartilage in his left knee and ended with Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Brewer breaking his collarbone.They are expected to return sometime this season. Plenty of other players weren't as fortunate.Pittsburgh running back James Conner, TCU linebacker Sammy Douglas, Notre Dame running back...
Serious injuries mar opening week of college football
By STEVE MEGARGEE, Associated Press | Sep 8, 2015An injury-marred opening week of college football began with Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright tearing cartilage in his left knee and ended with Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Brewer breaking his collarbone. They are expected to return sometime this season. Plenty of other players weren't as fortunate. Pittsburgh running back James Conner, TCU linebacker Sammy Douglas, Notre Dame running back Tarean Folston, BYU quarterback Taysom Hill, Syracuse quarterback Terrel Hunt, Stanford defensive lineman Harrison Phillips and UCLA defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes likely suffered season-ending injuries. "Any team that has dreams of playing at the highest level realizes they have to have depth because you're going to, through the course of the season, have some injuries," UCLA coach Jim Mora Jr. said. "You have to have quality guys who can come in and fill that role. Most good teams do have that. "It's as easy as looking at Ohio State and their quarterback position last year to tell you how important quality depth is." Ohio State overcame injuries to quarterbacks Braxton Miller and J.T. Barrett on the way to winning last year's national championship. Some teams already have gone to the depth chart. With a knee injury sidelining Conner, Pitt freshman Qadree Ollison ran for 207 yards in a 45-37 win over Youngstown State and was chosen Atlantic Coast Conference rookie of the week. BYU freshman quarterback Tanner Mangum replaced Hill and threw a 42-yard Hail Mary touchdown pass to Mitch Mathews as time expired to give the Cougars a 33-28 victory at Nebraska. Here's a rundown of other notable injuries: ___ MICHAEL BREWER, QB, VIRGINIA TECH After breaking his collarbone in a 42-24 loss Monday to No. 1 Ohio State, Brewer will miss four to eight weeks. He was replaced by Brenden Motley, a mobile quarterback who isn't nearly as polished a passer as Brewer. ___ JAMES CONNER, RB, PITTSBURGH The reigning ACC player of the year tore the medial collateral ligament in his right knee Saturday. Ollison has a difficult task trying to replace Conner, who rushed for 1,765 yards and set an ACC record with 26 rushing touchdowns last season. ___ SAMMY DOUGLAS, LB, TCU Douglas was hurt Thursday while making his first career start in a 23-17 victory at Minnesota, though the nature of his injury hasn't been specified. The loss of Douglas adds to the youth of what already was an inexperienced TCU linebacker corps. No. 3 TCU entered the season as the only Football Bowl Subdivision program whose linebackers had never started a college game. ___ JESSE ERTZ, QB, KANSAS STATE Ertz got hurt early in a 34-0 victory over South Dakota. Without detailing the nature of Ertz's injury, Kansas State coach Bill Snyder said the quarterback would be out "for quite some time." Joe Hubener replaced Ertz on Saturday and went 9 of 18 for 147 yards and a touchdown. ___ TAREAN FOLSTON, RB, NOTRE DAME Notre Dame's top returning rusher from last season tore the ACL in his right knee in a 38-3 victory over Texas. Folston's injury makes C.J. Prosise the ninth-ranked Irish's No. 1 running back and creates playing time for freshmen Josh Adams and Dexter Williams. ___ TAYSOM HILL, QB, BYU He sustained a mid-foot sprain against Nebraska, marking the third time in four years that an injury has ended Hill's season early. Mangum, who takes over for Hill, isn't a typical freshman. He graduated from high school in 2012 and returned three months ago from a Mormon mission in Chile. ___ TERREL HUNT, QB, SYRACUSE After missing the last seven games of the 2014 season with a broken left calf bone, Hunt injured his right Achilles tendon Friday in a 47-0 win over Rhode Island. Freshman Eric Dungey replaced him and went 10 of 17 for 114 yards and two touchdowns. ___ HARRISON PHILLIPS, DL, Stanford Phillips tore a knee ligament Saturday in a 16-6 loss to Northwestern. Stanford coach David Shaw announced Tuesday that the injury would knock Phillips out for the remainder of the season. ___ EDDIE VANDERDOES, DT, UCLA During the 13th-ranked Bruins' 34-16 victory over Virginia in which he made a team-high eight tackles, Vanderdoes tore a knee ligament. His injury creates more playing time for Eli Ankou and Matt Dickerson. ___ KEVIN WILLIAMS, WR, CLEMSON Clemson's top receiver from last season sustained a small fracture in his neck Saturday when he crashed into a padded goal post while making a touchdown catch in a 49-10 rout of Wofford. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said Williams "might not be able to play the rest of this year" for the 12th-ranked Tigers. Williams' injury could allow Germone Hopper to inherit a starting role. ___ SCOOBY WRIGHT, LB, ARIZONA The 2014 Nagurski Trophy, Lombardi Award and Bednarik Award winner is expected to miss three or four weeks for the 22nd-ranked Wildcats after injuring his knee in Thursday's 42-32 win over Texas-San Antonio. Wright had 163 total tackles — 29 for loss — plus 14 sacks and six forced fumbles last season. Wright's likely replacement is Haden Gregory. ___ AP Sports Writers Stephen Hawkins in Fort Worth, Texas, and Pete Iacobelli in Clemson, South Carolina, contributed to this report. ___ AP college website: collegefootball.ap.org
Sep 7, 2015
Kansas State's quarterback battle went down to the wire, with Wildcats coach Bill Snyder not naming a starter until just before the season opener. Jesse Ertz didn't last long, suffering a knee injury and leaving Saturday's game against South Dakota State after just two plays. The injury occurred on the first offensive play of the game, but Ertz remained in for one more play. “Jesse is...
Big 12 Football: Kansas State QB likely out for the season
BY RYAN ABER | Sep 7, 2015Kansas State's quarterback battle went down to the wire, with Wildcats coach Bill Snyder not naming a starter until just before the season opener. Jesse Ertz didn't last long, suffering a knee injury and leaving Saturday's game against South Dakota State after just two plays. The injury occurred on the first offensive play of the game, but Ertz remained in for one more play. “Jesse is going to be out for quite some time,” Snyder said Monday on the Big 12 teleconference. “We will miss him. We feel badly about the loss and he will be there.” The Wichita Eagle reported that Ertz was likely out for the season. The sophomore tore his anterior cruciate ligament as a senior in high school. Joe Hubener, a former walk-on, will start Saturday against Texas-San Antonio. He has never started a game at quarterback at any level. STRONG: LONGHORNS' PLAY ‘BOTHERS ME' Texas coach Charlie Strong wasn't giving much of an endorsement to quarterbacks coach Shawn Watson and didn't commit to a starting quarterback during Monday's press conference. Strong didn't back Watson and said, “It's an evaluation process,” when asked about the second-year quarterbacks coach after the Longhorns' 38-3 loss to Notre Dame. “Yesterday I didn't say much. I will meet with our staff today,” Strong said, according to the Austin American-Statesman. “It's hard for me after a game to meet with our guys on a Sunday just because of the way I feel. There'll be some things said that I'll probably regret later and I don't want to come out the wrong way. “It bothers me. It bothers me when we played the way we do. It bothers me when we're not productive. And it bothers me when we're not accountable as coaches. So it's hard for me to meet with guys. It's hard for me to talk. I don't even talk with my own family. I've got a lot to say, but I'm not going to say it now.” Texas had just 163 yards of offense against the Fighting Irish and used Jerrod Heard and Tyrone Swoopes at quarterback. TCU'S BOYKIN 'DIDN'T LIVE UP TO HIS EXPECTATIONS' A few days after TCU opened the season with a 23-17 win over Minnesota, Horned Frogs coach Gary Patterson said quarterback Trevone Boykin wasn't happy with his play. Boykin, considered going into the season as one of the Heisman Trophy favorites, completed 26 of 42 passes for 246 yards a touchdown and an interception. He also ran for a score. “I think everybody had high expectations. I think he had high expectations,” Patterson said. “I don't think he lived up to his own expectations.” Boykin finished with 92 rushing yards but went just 2 for 5 in the red zone. “He missed some easy throws that could have been touchdowns,” Patterson said. “But he checked into an option play and ran it in — which is pure athletic ability — for a touchdown.” QUOTABLE “Coach Fuente, man this dude is as good of a football coach as I've ever been around and I know that we have a very tall task offensively, defensively and special teams going against his team.” -- David Beaty, Kansas coach, on Memphis coach and former Oklahoma quarterback Justin Fuente. Beaty's Jayhawks play Memphis on Saturday.
Sep 4, 2015
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 16-2 Friday's Games Class 6A Bartlesville 28, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 24 Broken Arrow 21, OWASSO 20 EDMOND SANTA FE 31, Edmond North 17 Enid 27, PONCA CITY 20 Jenks 42, BIXBY 13 Lawton Ike 34, FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. 28 McAlester 20, MUSKOGEE 14 Midwest City 16, TULSA...
Week 1 high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 4, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 16-2 Friday's Games Class 6A Bartlesville 28, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 24 Broken Arrow 21, OWASSO 20 EDMOND SANTA FE 31, Edmond North 17 Enid 27, PONCA CITY 20 Jenks 42, BIXBY 13 Lawton Ike 34, FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. 28 McAlester 20, MUSKOGEE 14 Midwest City 16, TULSA WASHINGTON 13 WESTMOORE 28, Moore 27 CLAREMORE 17, Pryor 10 PUTNAM CITY 30, Putnam North 28 LAWTON 44, Salina, Kan. Central 14 CHOCTAW 28, Sapulpa 20 TULSA UNION 38, Southlake Carroll 35 DEER CREEK 34, Stillwater 27 MUSTANG 31, Yukon 20 Class 5A Altus 35, VERNON, TEXAS 20 Anadarko 45, CHICKASHA 14 Ardmore 21, ADA 20 Carl Albert 30, EL RENO 6 Fort Gibson 42, TAHLEQUAH 16 Guthrie 28, DUNCAN 24 GUYMON 21, Hugoton, Kan. 14 John Marshall 49, NORTHWEST 12 McGuinness 28, SHAWNEE 27 Miami 17, GROVE 13 Noble 21, TECUMSEH 7 SKIATOOK 42, Piedmont 10 Poteau 27, DURANT 7 WEATHERFORD 35, Southeast 20 TULSA EDISON 21, Tulsa Kelley 20 Tulsa Memorial 34, TULSA CENTRAL 6 Wagoner 28, COWETA 27 Western Heights 44, U.S. GRANT 12 Class 4A Berryhill 21, GLENPOOL 17 IOWA PARK, TEXAS 28, Cache 7 Cascia Hall 27, HOLLAND HALL 10 SALLISAW 33, Catoosa 20 Cushing 38, BRISTOW 7 HENNESSEY 28, Elgin 6 Kingfisher 24, WOODWARD 12 McLoud 40, BETHEL 10 Metro Christian 28, TULSA NOAH 24 NEWCASTLE 27, Pauls Valley 24 HARRAH 32, Seminole 28 Stilwell 36, SPIRO 31 Tulsa McLain 28, MANNFORD 6 Tuttle 34, BLANCHARD 18 BROKEN BOW 30, Valliant 8 Vinita 24, JAY 6 Class 3A Adair 48, SPERRY 8 HEAVENER 28, Atoka 24 Bethany 35, MARLOW 20 PERRY 17, Blackwell 14 Checotah 28, KEYS (PARK HILL) 14 MOUNT ST. MARY 34, Crooked Oak 12 NOWATA 28, Dewey 6 KINGSTON 28, Dickson 7 BEGGS 21, Eufaula 14 Henryetta 21, MORRIS 20 Idabel 42, HUGO 8 Inola 35, CHELSEA 12 Kiefer 42, KELLYVILLE 14 WESTVILLE 28, Lincoln, Ark. 24 Lone Grove 35, MARIETTA 7 TISHOMINGO 17, Madill 14 SEQ.-TAHLEQUAH 21, Okemah 14 CHANDLER 48, Okmulgee 28 MEEKER 27, Prague 22 LINDSAY 21, Purcell 20 Sanger, Texas 42, PLAINVIEW 34 Seq. Claremore 26, PERKINS 20 HILLDALE 28, Stigler 12 Verdigris 27, PAWHUSKA 6 Victory Christian 49, KANSAS 7 Wynnewood 35, SULPHUR 12 Class 2A COLCORD 28, Afton 8 THOMAS 31, Alva 7 Antlers 21, SAVANNA12 Barnsdall 33, CANEY VALLEY 6 Central Sallisaw 17, POCOLA 14 STRATFORD 34, Coalgate 12 MINCO 44, Dibble 16 WELLSTON 22, Drumright 14 Electra, Texas 28, FREDERICK 20 WYANDOTTE 42, Fairland 12 Haskell 27, KETCHUM 22 Hobart 10, MANGUM 7 Hulbert 33, PORTER 12 Morrison 30, PAWNEE 14 Mounds 18, LIBERTY 6 CHISHOLM 28, Okeene 14 Quapaw 20, OKLAHOMA UNION 12 Oklahoma Chr. 35, RINGLING 18 Stroud 28, COMMERCE 6 LUTHER 42, Tonkawa 7 TALIHINA 45, Wilburton 16 WALTERS 35, Wilson 0 Class A Beaver 35, STANTON CO. KAN. 6 Cashion 56, YALE 6 SNYDER 28, Central Marlow 7 HOOKER 20, Elkhart, Kan. 14 ELMORE CITY 31, Empire 12 Healdton 17, WAYNE 12 Hinton 28, WATONGA 20 Hollis 30, WELLINGTON, TEXAS 17 Konawa 14, QUINTON 7 COMMUNITY CHR. 24, Okla. Christian Aca. 17 FAIRVIEW 28, Oklahoma Bible 14 CROSSINGS CHR. 34, Rejoice Christian 28 APACHE 35, Rush Springs 12 CORDELL 35, Sayre 7 BOOKER, TEXAS 28, Texhoma 21 SUMMIT CHR. 22, Warner 20 Class B Alex 56, CADDO 6 Allen 42, WETUMKA 28 Bluejacket 52, WELCH 6 ARKOMA 54, Bokoshe 8 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 46, Bray-Doyle 0 WAUKOMIS 38, Buffalo 8 STROTHER 42, Canadian 12 Depew 56, HAILEYVILLE 6 OAKS 44, Gans 16 Garber 48, COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 34 Laverne 48, BOISE CITY 28 CYRIL 34, Life Christian 6 Merritt 40, CORN BIBLE 18 CHEROKEE 50, Pioneer 0 TIMBERLAKE 34, Ringwood 32 Sasakwa 28, MACOMB 20 SEILING 46, Sharon-Mutual 36 South Coffeyville 56, CLAREMORE CHR. 6 TURPIN 34, Tyrone 14 RYAN 30, Waurika 24 Webbers Falls 40, PORUM 12 DAVENPORT 56, Weleetka 32 DEWAR 52, Woodland 6 Class C Balko 34, MOSCOW, KAN. 6 SW COVENANT 48, Destiny Christian 34 WAYNOKA32, Duke 20 TIPTON 28, Fox 24 WRIGHT CHR. 42, Midway 38 Regent Prep 42, PRUE 8 Shattuck 56, OKC PATRIOTS 14 Thackerville 38, TEMPLE 34 Wesleyan Christian 34, COPAN 12 Saturday's Games Class 3A Lincoln Christian 35, Davis 21 (at Choctaw) Jones28, Vian 13 (at Choctaw) *Home team in CAPS
Sep 4, 2015
More than 50 high school football players in the state have Division I scholarship offers, and the number continues to grow. Here's a look at The Oklahoman's preseason update of the Super 30, ranking the state's top prospects in the class of 2016: 1. Tramonda Moore, John Marshall Offensive lineman, 6-5, 345 Uncommitted Offers keep flowing in from the nation's best programs — Alabama, Florida...
Prep football: John Marshall's Tramonda Moore tops latest version of the Super 30
BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH | Sep 4, 2015More than 50 high school football players in the state have Division I scholarship offers, and the number continues to grow. Here's a look at The Oklahoman's preseason update of the Super 30, ranking the state's top prospects in the class of 2016: 1. Tramonda Moore, John Marshall Offensive lineman, 6-5, 345 Uncommitted Offers keep flowing in from the nation's best programs — Alabama, Florida State and Auburn among them. But OU and OSU remain heavily in the mix. 2. Calvin Bundage, Edmond Santa Fe Linebacker, 6-3, 195 Uncommitted A safety in high school but a linebacker at the next level, Bundage holds more than 20 scholarship offers with official visits planned to Michigan, Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA and Oregon. 3. Terry Wilson, Del City Quarterback, 6-3, 190 Committed to Nebraska Husker fans have raved about Wilson since his summer camp appearance when he showed off his strong arm and ran a 4.52 40-yard dash. 4. Logan Roberson, Harrah Offensive lineman, 6-5, 320 Committed to Oklahoma The powerfully built Roberson will try to help the Panthers to a second consecutive district championship. 5. Tyler Brown, Lexington Offensive lineman, 6-6, 315 Committed to TCU Missouri recently became his 14th scholarship offer, but he remains fully committed to TCU. 6. Justice Hill, Tulsa Washington Running back, 5-10, 180 Committed to Oklahoma State Houston and Louisville have offered the elusive running back since February when he became OSU's first commitment of the class. 7. Jon-Michael Terry, Victory Christian Linebacker, 6-2, 225 Committed to Oklahoma Previously a defensive end, Terry will play linebacker for the Conquerors this season, which is where the Sooners project him. 8. K.J. Wells, Idabel Athlete, 6-4, 185 Uncommitted Oklahoma State and TCU are among the offers for the Idabel QB, who will shift to one of a variety of positions in college. 9. Dillon Stoner, Jenks Wide receiver, 6-0, 175 Committed to Oklahoma State Stoner's connection with Jenks QB Cooper Nunley should shine in his senior year. 10. Noah Jones, Southmoore Defensive end, 6-5, 250 Committed to Texas Tech The leader on a defense that was one of the state's best last season. 11. Austin Quillen, Jenks Defensive back, 6-0, 190 Committed to Vanderbilt Chose Vandy over Arizona, Iowa, Tulsa, Washington State, Hawaii and others. 12. Jeremy Lewis, Lone Grove Running back, 6-2, 200 Committed to Arkansas State Dangerous mixture of speed, power and elusiveness. 13. Rowdy Frederick, Broken Arrow Offensive lineman, 6-5, 320 Committed to Tulsa The latest addition to Tulsa's strong in-state recruiting class. 14. Jimmy McKinney, Oologah Linebacker, 6-0, 230 Committed to Kansas State Kansas State coach Bill Snyder loves to mine Oklahoma for talented prospects and wrapped up McKinney early. 15. Kyle Mayberry, Tulsa Washington Defensive back, 5-11, 170 Committed to Kansas Mayberry is excited about his future at a program where he can play early and help the Jayhawks rebuild. 16. Jordan Brown, Stillwater Wide receiver, 6-3, 195 Committed to Tulsa A long receiver who can do it all, Brown verbally committed to Tulsa over the summer. 17. Jace Webb, Hollis Offensive lineman, 6-5, 292 Uncommitted Louisville, Tulsa, Ohio, Wyoming, North Texas and Army have offered this dominant small-school lineman. 18. Quan Hogan, Norman North Running back, 6-1, 210 Uncommitted Tulsa, Ohio and Wyoming are among his top offers, but Kansas State is showing strong interest lately. 19. Micah Wilson, Lincoln Christian Quarterback, 6-3, 200 Committed to Boise State Bound for the Land of the Blue Turf, Wilson is focused on making a run at a Class 3A state title. 20. Alex Criddle, Tulsa Edison Defensive tackle, 6-4, 310 Committed to Tulane Also an offensive lineman, Criddle was targeted by Tulane as a defensive tackle. 21. Chandler Garrett, Mustang Quarterback, 6-5, 200 Committed to Wyoming Following in the footsteps of his head coach, Jeremy Dombek, who played quarterback at Wyoming in the mid-1990s. 22. Max Wariboko-Alali, Casady Defensive back, 5-11, 170 Uncommitted Committed to Iowa in July, but the Hawkeyes had no room for another DB. He remains in a holding pattern while Louisville, UCLA, SMU and Tulsa wait. 23. Dae Williams, Sapulpa Running back, 6-2, 230 Committed to SMU The definition of a power back, Williams is also a defensive standout at safety for the Chieftains. 24. Luther Harris, Heritage Hall Offensive lineman, 6-6, 350 Uncommitted Harris, who has offers from North Texas, Ohio and Tulsa, has been shedding weight to impress recruiters over the offseason. 25. Taven Birdow, Altus Running back, 6-1, 205 Uncommitted A breakout as a sophomore in Altus, Birdow played at IMG Academy in Florida as a junior before returning with offers from Southern Miss, Air Force, Army and Richmond. 26. Lon'Trelle Miller, Tulsa Edison Linebacker, 6-1, 215 Uncommitted A late riser on the state's recruiting scene, Miller has four offers, with Memphis and Louisiana Tech topping the list. 27. T.J. Fiailoa, Lawton MacArthur Offensive lineman, 6-4, 330 Uncommitted An offensive and defensive tackle for the Highlanders, Fiailoa is projected as an interior lineman and has been getting extra reps at center in the preseason. 28. Quint Scoufos, Sallisaw Tight end, 6-4, 240 Uncommitted The Sallisaw QB is gaining traction on the recruiting scene as a tight end, with recent offers from Tulsa and Houston. 29. Rico Bussey, Lawton Eisenhower Wide receiver, 6-1, 170 Uncommitted North Texas, Arkansas State and the military academies are among his nine scholarship offers. 30. Shiloh Windsor, Ada Linebacker, 6-3, 220 Uncommitted Ohio and Wyoming have recently offered a scholarship to the Cougars' big LB prospect.
Aug 23, 2015
Executive Q&A: Mike Means is on top of his game at the Oklahoma State Home Builders Association, having successfully lobbied over the past 11 years for several laws to support the building industry and offered countless hours of continuing education to OSHBA members.
Executive Q&A: Builders trade association leader works on sinking a hole-in-one for members
By Paula Burkes Business Writer email@example.com | Aug 23, 2015For his videotaped final legislative update to the members of the Oklahoma State Home Builders Association (OSHBA), Mike Means opened by pretending he was caught practicing his putting at work after the session adjourned in late May. An ardent golfer and the association's chief officer, Means recently moved to digital reports — seasoned often with comedy — to gain more attention from his membership. “People are having fun with it, because I’m having fun with it,” he said. On the golf course, Means, 58, shoots around 90 and follows the famous adage that if he shot any better, he’d be neglecting his business. Any worse, he’d be neglecting his golf. At OSHBA, Means is on top of his game, having successfully lobbied over the past 11 years for several laws to support the building industry and offered countless hours of continuing education to OSHBA members. Founded in 1948, the association today has 2,600 members statewide, including more than 900 builder members. The trade association’s next big event is its seventh annual OK Building Summit & Trade Expo, Wednesday and Thursday at the Cox Convention Center. Some 450 have pre-registered. From the association’s 2,500-square-foot office building at 917 NE 63, Means, who formerly served a decade as Oklahoma County Assessor, sat down recently with The Oklahoman to talk about his life and career. This is an edited transcript: Q: Are you Oklahoma-born? A: No. I was born in England, on a U.S. Air Force Base outside of Liverpool. My dad, who’s from Oklahoma, met my mom, an Englishwoman, during the Korean War. I’m the oldest of their four children. We lived in England a year and a half; then in Utah, where my brother was born. My older sister was born back in Oklahoma, and my younger, in Oregon where my dad’s uncle lured him to work on his farm. We lived in Oklahoma City from the time I was in the fourth grade. My father is a retired mechanic. A homemaker, my mother died three years ago. My younger sister died of cancer at age 40. Q: Do you remember anything about living in Oregon? A: I remember picking strawberries as big as my hand, and just as sweet as anything. And the trees were taller than any I’ve seen in Oklahoma. My father and his uncle were the same age, as my great-grandmother had 17 kids. Coincidentally, my great-grandmother on my mom’s side also had 17 children. Q: What were the highlights of your school days? A: I graduated from Capitol Hill High School in 1975. But my junior and senior years, I was bused to Douglas, for science and foreign language, and Grant, for math. I was good at the trumpet, but quit to play football. I wish I’d stayed with the trumpet, since I warmed the bench in football. I started playing trumpet again after my wife, Mary, bought me one for our 25th anniversary. Today, I play in our church choir. Mary graduated a year behind me at Capitol Hill, but I didn’t know her at school. We met through a mutual friend soon after her graduation and married a year later. We both went to school at night at OU and worked during the day. During high school and for years afterward, I worked at Joe Esco Tire Co., where my dad worked. I joke that I was on the 10-year plan for graduating college. I started out as an engineering major, but switched to finance halfway through. I found engineering dull, but also the math in finance was a whole lot easier. Q: How’d you get into politics? A: My best friend from high school worked for the Republican Party and got me involved in a 1980 campaign for an unknown state senator from Ponca City named Don Nickles. All of a sudden I found myself working for a U.S. senator. I left Nickles in '89 and went to work as registrar of deeds in the office of former County Clerk Ralph Hess. After Ralph got beat in the '92 election, I went to work for County Commissioner Fred Snyder who encouraged me to run for county assessor in the November '94 election. E. Melvin Porter had quit, after being appointed to replace George Keyes, who died in office. I won the general election, after winning a runoff in the primary. I was elected twice more, but served only 10 years. I felt called to take this job with OSHBA and left office in the middle of my third, four-year term. It was under my watch at the county assessor’s office that we developed the county’s web site of searchable live property records, which is used like crazy. Q: Which achievements with the home builders association make you proudest, and what’s left to accomplish? A: A law that gives builders tax credits for building energy-efficient homes; another that mandates that homeowners give builders the chance to fix any problems before they file lawsuits; and a third that established a Unified Building Code Commission to oversee statewide building codes. Today, we’re lobbying for the registration of builders. Oklahoma is one of only 15 states that doesn’t require licensing and registration. We require licenses for surveyors, dirt movers, architects, electricians, plumbers, inspectors, Realtors, appraisers, title people and bankers, but not of the builder, who’s the guy who holds control.
Aug 17, 2015
Another Youngstown, Ohio, coach — another Cardinal Mooney graduate — is in the college football crosshairs. And this one is not a Stoops or a Pelini. Tim Beck is Ohio State’s new offensive coordinator and thus will have a major role in not just the Buckeyes’ defense of their 2014 national championship, but the selection of a quarterback. Ohio State is staging a battle royale with J.T. Barrett,...
Another Cardinal Mooney grad in college football crosshairs
Berry Tramel | Aug 17, 2015[img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]3777546[/img] Another Youngstown, Ohio, coach — another Cardinal Mooney graduate — is in the college football crosshairs. And this one is not a Stoops or a Pelini. Tim Beck is Ohio State’s new offensive coordinator and thus will have a major role in not just the Buckeyes’ defense of their 2014 national championship, but the selection of a quarterback. Ohio State is staging a battle royale with J.T. Barrett, who quarterbacked the Buckeyes to much success most of 2014, and Cardale Jones, who carried the mantle the rest of the way after Barrett was injured against Michigan. Jones quarterbacked victories over Wisconsin (Big Ten title game), Alabama (Sugar Bowl) and Oregon (national title game). That derby goes on without Braxton Miller, a former Buckeye star quarterback who has moved to receiver after a shoulder injury derailed his ’14 season. Cardinal Mooney is the school that produced the brothers Stoops and Pelini. Bob, Mike (both now of OU) and Mark (head coach at Kentucky) Stoops. Bo (formerly head coach at Nebraska, now in charge at Youngstown State) and Carl (formerly head coach at Florida Atlantic) Pelini. Beck was on Bo Pelini’s staff at Nebraska in recent years but was washed out when Pelini was fired after last season. Beck surfaced at an even better post. Ohio State football is riding high, and Beck replaces Tom Herman, who got an excellent head coaching job at the University of Houston. “It’s a blessing,” Beck told ESPN of overseeing the nation’s foremost quarterback derby. “But it’s also a curse.” You can read ESPN’s story here. Beck is 49. He’s closer in age to Bo Pelini and Mark Stoops (both 48) than Bob and Mike Stoops, the patriarchs of the Youngstown coaching tree. Beck played two years at Central Florida and graduated from UCF in 1988. He coached two years of high school in Florida and one year at Illinois State before joining the older Stoopses on Bill Snyder’s staff as a graduate assistant in 1991-92. Beck went back to high school football for three years, then joined Missouri State’s staff for three seasons. Then it was back to high school football for six years before Mark Mangino’s Kansas’ staff from 2005-07. Mangino was with Snyder when Beck was there. In 2008, Beck joined Pelini in Lincoln and spent seven years with the Cornhuskers, the last four as offensive coordinator. Now Beck has one of the best assistant jobs in college football. And one of the toughest decisions to make.
A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience: Greg LaFever, 51, of Midwest City was a star athlete at Putnam City West High School, where he played football and baseball. LaFever was an All-City and All-State pitcher, leading the Patriots to the state championship game. He played at Wichita State (Kan.) and in minor leagues for the Cleveland Indians and Los...
TRIBUTES: A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience
BY SCOTT MUNN | Jul 27, 2015A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience: Greg LaFever, 51, of Midwest City was a star athlete at Putnam City West High School, where he played football and baseball. LaFever was an All-City and All-State pitcher, leading the Patriots to the state championship game. He played at Wichita State (Kan.) and in minor leagues for the Cleveland Indians and Los Angeles Dodgers. Bill LeRoy, 75, of Oklahoma City. He was a Kansas native who played football for the KU Jayhawks. Also played football and boxed while in the Marines. Worked in the oil business. Tommie Holder, 81, of Snyder was a dirt car racer at old I-35 Speedway. He was a top 10 finisher in points during the 1973 season. A fly fisherman. J. David Lawson, 72, of Edmond was an engineer. Spare time was spent playing golf at Oak Tree, where he served as co-chairman of the cart committee for the 67th Senior PGA Championship. Doris Bruce Gramling, 85, of Oklahoma City played girls basketball at Olustee High School. Kenneth Deatherage, 91, of Hodgen coached Little League baseball. Dr. Kent Braden, 84, of Edmond played football for Elk City High School. He signed up to play ball at Oklahoma, and he was a member of the Sooners' national title team in 1950. But Braden would suffer a career-ending injury and remain with the team as its manager. He went on to become a neurosurgeon in Oklahoma City. Bill Rohrman, 87, of Edmond was a Doylestown, Pa., native where he played high school football, basketball and baseball. An all-conference third baseman as a senior. Worked with the Putnam City Optimist Club, starting the girls softball program. Also served with Golf, Inc., running the city's junior golf circuit for five years. Scored three hole-in-ones. Worked in the insurance business. Robert Ferrell, 83, of Luther taught hunter safety courses for the Oklahoma Department Wildlife Conservation. Frank Barnes, 88, of Longwood, Miss., spent part of the 1955 baseball season with the Oklahoma City Indians. The right-handed pitcher was 4-3 with a 3.78 earned-run average and 61 strikeouts in 69 innings. He spent most of 17 seasons in the minors, although he had a brief 15-game stint with the St. Louis Cardinals. Kenneth Riley, 76, of Blanchard was a Cement High School graduate in 1957. He lettered four years in basketball. Played independent basketball into his 30s just for the love of the game. Caitlin Doty, 19, of Bartlesville earned a black belt in karate. A Barnsdall High School graduate who volunteered to help people with disabilities. Richard Walton, 76, of Oklahoma City was a member of the OU baseball team after graduating from Norman High. A certified public accountant. John Roberts, 94, of Altus hopped a train at age 14 and wound up in Arizona, where he joined a traveling boxing team. Returned home five years later and finished school, then joined the service. Roberts received a Bronze Star with an Award for Valor after pulling a wounded soldier out of a burning halftrack during a mortar attack in Europe. Roberts liked the easy life, too -- he enjoyed a game of golf. Don Daugherty, 88, of Midland, Texas, was a native of Walters. He was a member of the Cameron Junior College basketball team. A geologist by trade. Kenneth Crossland, 78, of Mangum. Played football at Altus High School. He was a member of the Oklahoma football teams that won national championships in 1955 and '56. Worked in life insurance. Buddy Lively, 90, of Huntsville, Ala., played parts of three summers with the Tulsa Oilers baseball team. The Cincinnati Reds prospect had a spectacular 1948 season, going 15-4 with a 2.93 earned-run average. He earned a 10-game promotion to the Reds that season. A World War II veteran. Marion Satterfield, 81, was an accountant. As a young man, he played basketball and baseball at Locust Grove High School. While in the service, Satterfield was invited to play baseball for the Bremerton (Wash.) Naval Reserve Group; most of his teammates were former college and minor league players. Tommy Lott, 66, of Broken Arrow. He was executive director of Indian Nation Youth Sports and Broken Arrow Youth Football. Wayne Lorance, 86, of Hobart. He was a longtime educator who served as basketball coach at several schools in Oklahoma and Colorado. Jimmy Woodard, 69, of Guthrie coached Little League baseball. Rehbecca Teafatiller, 18, of Elmore City, was a cheerleader. Darrell Wiersig, 81, of Anthony, Kan., was an Alva High graduate who attended nearby Northwestern Oklahoma State University. While in college, Wiersig competed in gymnastics and swimming. Larry Miller, 57, of Bartlesville owned a fitness center. Joe Epperley, 90, of Spencer was an award-winning dog breeder. He had several Britney Spaniels that won trophies. An outdoorsman who served in World War II. Pastor Daniel Berg, 30, of Bartlesville played football at Calhan High School in his native Indiana. Marie Pearson Day, 91 of Moore. She played forward on the Paoli High basketball team. Daughter of a sharecropper who sometimes kept Day and her siblings home to pick cotton. Bill Grimes, 84, of Bartlesville judged girls gymnastics at the Phillips Gymnastics Center. He enjoyed racing Hobie Cat catamarans, archery and running. A federal reporting supervisor for Phillips Petroleum. Earl Bales, 69, threw the discus at old Berlin High School. Owned a construction company. BY SCOTT MUNN
Jul 20, 2015
At the collegiate level, the Big 12 assumes a lead on the topic of safety with this rule, which takes effect immediately for the 2015 season. The current NCAA model allows three contact practices in a week. A contact practice is defined as one where players are tackled to the ground. So “thud” drills, which are popular at Oklahoma State, and drills where another player wraps up another player,...
Big 12 Media Days: Conference takes lead in enhancing player safety
BY JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer, firstname.lastname@example.org | Jul 20, 2015DALLAS – Dave Wannstedt, the Fox analyst and former football coach – old school football coach – shuttered at one bit of “news of the day” delivered by commissioner Bob Bowlsby from the opening of Big 12 Media Days at the Dallas Omni Hotel. The Big 12 will now limit teams to two days of contact practices per week, including game days, during the season. “The coach in me,” Wannstedt said, “my first response was, ‘Oh wow, here we go again. How are we going to get any better? We’re not going to be good at tackling. We’re not going to be as physical…’” Then, Wannstedt said, as he processed the message, considering the ongoing health concern for players amid so many concussion issues and the trends of the times, even in the NFL, where less contact is the norm, he found himself reversing from his initial reaction. “The safety of players is top priority,” Wannstedt said. “The commissioner made the point, when you look at the Pop Warner leagues, the participation is down 15 percent over the last four years. There’s only one reason for that, there are mothers and fathers who don’t want their kids out there banging heads with someone.” At the collegiate level, the Big 12 assumes a lead on the topic of safety with this rule, which takes effect immediately for the 2015 season. The current NCAA model allows three contact practices in a week. A contact practice is defined as one where players are tackled to the ground. So “thud” drills, which are popular at Oklahoma State, and drills where another player wraps up another player, but doesn’t take him to the ground, won’t count against a team’s contact practice allotment. “We believe it's the right step, and we hope it will become the national rule,” Bowlsby said during his annual address to the media. “Even if it doesn't, we think that that's the right way to conduct our practices. “It's another way in which we're a little different, but our (athletic directors) have felt strongly about it and our coaches have supported. That's our rule moving forward.” Locally, both the Cowboys and Sooners have already dialed back contact in recent years. OSU coach Mike Gundy has been somewhat of a frontrunner in promoting player safety, going so far as moving a physician up to the press box for a broader view on game days. Now the Big 12 has made a league-wide initiative toward greater player safety. During its regular season, the NFL only allows 11 days of contact over the course of 16 games. “We can certainly get by on twice that,” Bowlsby said. And if there have been any grumblings among coaches and players, they weren’t evident Monday. “I’m an aggressive guy, so it doesn’t bother me to go out there and throw my body around,” said Texas Tech defensive lineman Branden Jackson. “But the same time, I understand where they’re coming from, with everything going on with concussions and how they’re affecting players. So I respect where they’re coming from. “If it’s two times we get to hit a week, then on Saturday it’s going to be a lot harder than it was on Monday or Tuesday.” The coaches in Dallas on Monday — Kansas State’s Bill Snyder, Kansas’ David Beaty, West Virginia’s Dana Holgorsen and Texas Tech’s Kliff Kingsbury — downplayed the loss of contact days, with some having adopted similar stances previously on their own. “It’s a model that I’ve been following the past four years,” Holgorsen said. “It’s not going to restrict our practice time whatsoever. The way the model is right now is something that I’ve supported and something we’ve done at West Virginia since I’ve been here.” Still, there may be adjustments necessary at some schools and with some coaches. Same for some players, who have been raised on hard hitting regularly in practices. “It’s definitely different,” said TCU center Joey Hunt. “I grew up playing pee wee football and high school football where we had contact every day.” Said Kansas offensive lineman Jordan Shelley-Smith: “We tackled in flag football, you know? I’m really interested to see how it goes. I just didn’t think it would ever come down to that. Two days, including game days, I just don’t see what you can do with that. “Football is a contact sport. That’s what you do; you play football, you hit each other. We all signed up for it.” Former Oklahoma linebacker Teddy Lehman felt the same way, taking to Twitter to express his displeasure for the new practice limitations. “No more complaining about poor tackling if you think this is a good idea,” Lehman said. And when pushed on the subject, Lehman had more: “Tackling takes contact to practice. You wouldn’t take batting practice without a bat, would you?” Bowlsby insisted that there’s no effort to “sissify” the sport, only an emphasis on player safety and health. “We need to make it a safer game,” he said. “That doesn’t mean we need to sissify it. We all like the contact, but we need to make sure it’s a safer game in the short term and in the long term.” Concussions continue to be a major focus in football, where the NFL faces lawsuits and sad stories of aging players dealing with issues ranging from dementia to suicide. And the impact includes a trickle-down effect, to the high school level and below, with college football in between. There’s an aim on improving helmets and tackling fundamentals that remove the head and neck from impact. And limiting the opportunity for head and neck impact, through fewer contact practices, exists as another option. “A lot of people take it as they’re trying to make the game soft,” said Tech’s Jackson. “Going through college and becoming a little more educated – I hope, since I’m going to graduate in December – I notice that there’s things people want to do, like raise your kids and throw the football around with them later in life. “So anything they can do to help our game become safer, I’m all for it.”
Former Cache basketball star Taylor Thompson is coming home, but she’s joining her high school rival to coach with her father. Thompson was named an assistant girls basketball coach at Elgin on Thursday, the same day her father Miles was named head coach, the Lawton Constitution reports. “We are thrilled with our new basketball staff, […]
Former Cache, Fresno State star Taylor Thompson joins Elgin staff with father
Jacob Unruh | Jun 13, 2015Former Cache basketball star Taylor Thompson is coming home, but she's joining her high school rival to coach with her father. Thompson was named an assistant girls basketball coach at Elgin on Thursday, the same day her father Miles was named head coach, the Lawton Constitution reports. "We are thrilled with our new basketball staff, Elgin superintendent Nate Meraz told the paper. "When Miles applied, we were excited and when he mentioned that Taylor was looking for a job it was a win-win deal for us. He's excited about the opportunity to coach our girls program and says he's eager to get started." Taylor Thompson was a star point guard for Cache, leading her team to four state tournament appearances. Cache was state runner-up her senior year in 2009. That year, she averaged 22 points, five rebounds, 5.4 assists and 3.2 steals to earn a spot on The Oklahoman's Super 5. She then had a stellar career at Fresno State, where scored more than 1,000 points and led the Bulldogs to four NCAA Tournaments. During her senior year, she averaged 14.3 points to earn All-Mountain West Conference first-team selection, the Mountain West Co-Defensive Player of the Year award and Mount West Conference Tournament MVP. Miles Thompson coached at Cache while Taylor was in high school as an assistant boys basketball and football coach. He has since coached girls basketball at Carnegie for two years and most recently spent four seasons as Snyder's boys basketball coach, where he led them to the state tournament last season. Thompson is familiar with Elgin. He was the school's assistant and head football coach from 1993-2001. Thompson replaces Brad Crace, who led Elgin to the state tournament the past two seasons. He was recently named the head coach at Coweta.