But then Saturday night against Texas A&M, Jimmy Stevens misfired on another extra point and Tress Way went wide with another field goal.
"I was thinking, ‘Dang, I might get my shot today,’” O’Hara said. "Then coach (Bob Stoops) came over and told me to get ready. I never thought it would be so soon. But you have to be ready for the moment.”
When OU scored its next touchdown, Stoops waved O’Hara in for the extra-point try.
"It was crazy. I’ve never been in front of 80,000-plus,” O’Hara said. "No other feeling like it.”
But O’Hara booted the extra point through like he’d done it a hundred times. Minutes later, he drilled a 26-yard field goal. Then in the fourth quarter, split the uprights on another extra point.
"Everything really fell into place,” he said. "I felt good out there.
"If I keep kicking the field goals, hopefully I’ll secure a job.”
In the postgame press conference following OU’s 65-10 win, Stoops wouldn’t commit to naming O’Hara the starting kicker for next Saturday’s game at Texas Tech.
But Stoops did award O’Hara with a game ball. Soon, he may award O’Hara a starting job, too.
"I’ll never forget this night, my first football game ever,” O’Hara said. "It was awesome.”
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