OU Football News - Page Two

Articles from opponents' press and national sources along with a few other odds and ends
(by Glenn McGraw) Yeah, this matchup lost some of its preseason appeal after TCU fell to Arkansas and Oklahoma lost to Houston and Ohio State. But it still matters, because it’s the Big 12 opener, and both schools plan to be in the hunt for a league title. It ought to be fascinating gauging the mindset of the Sooners, who were swamped...Read more w/video
(by Michael Napoles) Hard work pays off, and it certainly has paid off for Oklahoma Sooners center Erick Wren, a walk-on who has just received an athletic scholarship from head coach Bob Stoops. ren’s journey has been a long one. After playing two years of football at Arizona Western Community College, he turned down multiple...Read more w/video
(by Suzanne Haliburton) Bob Stoops certainly is in an odd position. And what's happening with his Oklahoma Sooners also is a conundrum for the rest of the Big 12. OU, the defending Big 12 champion and a decided favorite to repeat back in August, was 1-2 in September. The only other time that's happened in Stoops' 18...Read more
(by Murray Evans/AP) NORMAN, Okla. -- It's still September and Oklahoma already is out of the Top 25 and the national championship race. That is unfamiliar and surprising territory for the Sooners, especially considering they entered the season on the short list of potential College Football Playoff teams. The Sooners...Read more
(by Brady Vardeman) After a bye week, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, WR Mark Andrews and S Ahmad Thomas addressed the media Monday morning at the Sooners' weekly press conference. Ahead of OU's trip to TCU Saturday, check out five takeaways from what the three Sooners had to say. After Oklahoma fell to 1-2 with...Read more (Limited number of free article views w/DMN)
(by Jimmy Burch) Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said he has been impressed by how productive the TCU offense has remained in its first season under quarterback Kenny Hill, the replacement for NFL-bound Trevone Boykin. Hill, a transfer from Texas A&M, ranks fourth nationally in passing yards (371.8 per game) and fifth in...Read more w/video (Limited number of free article views w/FWST)
(by Jennifer Smith) You know the joke that always starts with "three guys walk into a bar?" Well, Alabama Coach Nick Saban has quite the variation on that story and it famously involves one of the uncles of Kentucky Coach Mark Stoops. The uncle, named Bob Stoops like Mark's older brother at Oklahoma, was sitting at a bar in...Read more
(by Matt Lombardi) Oklahoma starting quarterback Baker Mayfield, one of the top signal-callers in the nation, apparently has few issues in the dating department. Just a few months after it was reported that he broke up with his former girlfriend, an Oklahoma State student, Mayfield took to Instagram to proclaim that he's...Read more
(by Randy Chambers) The Oklahoma Sooners and TCU Horned Frogs square off Saturday afternoon in a key Big 12 game at Amon G. Carter Stadium. The Oklahoma Sooners are desperate for a big road victory after a disappointing 1-2 start to the season. Baker Mayfield is completing 64.7 percent of his passes for 793 yards...Read more w/loud video
(by Wendell Barnhouse) Leadership is difficult to quantify. It's most easily recognizable or noticeable when it's absent. Oklahoma's bye week following its 45-24 home-field crushing by Ohio State has left the Sooners at 1-2 for only the second time during the Bob Stoops Era. The first time happened in 2005 when OU lost to...Read more
(by Brady Vardeman) Oklahoma's two early-season losses to Houston and Ohio State aren't just on the secondary. They're not just on the defense. The losses are the team's responsibility as a whole, according to OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops. "When you really evaluate it all, against good teams, we're not playing good enough in, really, any phase consistently -- offense, defense...Read more
(by D.J. Byrnes) [snip] Big-balled Oklahoma freshman QB Austin Kendall watched Ohio State's whippings of Bowling Green and Tulsa and declared Ohio State's defense to be "very basic." Schematically, he wasn't wrong. When the talent gap is that wide, there's no need to get fancy, especially with a trip to Oklahoma lurking in Week 3...Read more
(by Brady Vardeman) Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops has long considered Steve Spurrier one of his mentors, dating back to Stoops' defensive coordinating days at Florida from 1996-98. So it wasn't a surprise to see Spurrier on the sidelines on Saturday in Norman for one of college football's biggest games of the weekend. Spurrier...Read more (Limited number of free article views w/DMN)
(by Kevin Lyttle) Oklahoma has no plans to cancel the rest of the football season. The Sooners, a playoff semifinalist last year who started 2016 ranked third, have dropped out of the national conversation after decisive losses to Houston and Ohio State added up to their first 1-2 start in 11 years. "We faced two excellent teams that leave...Read more (4 free article views per month w/AAS)
(by Chase Goodbread/247Sports) If Oklahoma's veteran players tire of additional media responsibilities this season, backup quarterback Austin Kendall might have to answer for it. Sooners coach Bob Stoops said Monday at his news conference that he intends to limit the number of players available to speak to reporters after Kendall's...Read more
(by Brian Stultz) Oklahoma has had a rough start to the 2016 season, losing to Houston and Ohio State to fall to 1-2 and ruining almost all hope for a return trip to the College Football Playoff. Head coach Bob Stoops still has his mind on some important achievements, though, including winning the Big 12. "We've lost to two top-5...Read more w/video
(by Kyle Jones) While many newly-minted stars emerged on the national stage in Oklahoma last Saturday night, there were many under-appreciated members of the Ohio State Buckeyes that contributed just as much to their team's biggest win of the young season. J.T. Barrett is firmly in contention for the Heisman with this latest...Read more
Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops said the media will not be allowed to speak to several players due to Austin Kendall’s comments. Bob Stoops put his foot down after Austin Kendall’s regrettable comments ahead of the Sooners’ matchup against Ohio State....Read more
(by AP) MINNEAPOLIS -- Sam Bradford had a Minnesota debut almost as dazzling as the new $1.1 billion building itself, completing 22 of 30 passes for 286 yards, two touchdowns and no turnovers to lead the Vikings to a 17-14 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night. The defense did the rest, sacking Aaron Rodgers five times and producing two turnovers in the fourth...Read more
(by Jesse Borek) Despite a lightning delay that pushed the start time back by an hour and a half, a record-setting crowd came out in droves for the matchup between the No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes and No. 14 Oklahoma Sooners. The 87,979 that packed into Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on Saturday night was a new...Read more
(by Cliff Brunt/AP) NORMAN, Okla. -- Steve Spurrier and Bob Stoops were back together again on Saturday. Spurrier, who stepped down as South Carolina's coach in 2015, attended the Oklahoma-Ohio State game to support Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops. Stoops was Spurrier's defensive coordinator at Florida when the Gators won...Read more
(by Dan Wolken) Two things happened in Norman, Oka., on Saturday night -- one with big-picture implications, the other more limited in scope -- but neither of them were good for Oklahoma fans. First, let’s get the small stuff out of the way. After Saturday's resounding 45-24 loss to Ohio State, Oklahoma will not make the College...Read more
(by Chris Hummer) NORMAN, Oklahoma -- Urban Meyer felt a twinge of worry when he walked on the plane and looked out at his team -- all he saw was youth. Meyer need not fret, though. As “O-H-I-O” chants bellowed down from the stands at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium and his No. 4 Ohio State team took turns...Read more
(by Tim May) NORMAN, Okla. -- If the Ohio State defensive players were inspired by an Oklahoma backup quarterback’s assertion last week that Sooners QB Baker Mayfield would shred their “basic defense” Saturday night, they weren’t saying. That is, they weren’t talking about Austin Kendall’s comments after they helped...Read more
(by Eric Seger) NORMAN, Okla. -- Austin Seibert's 27-yard field goal attempt hurdled toward the Gaylord Family -- Oklahoma Memorial Stadium uprights, only to thud against their bright yellow paint and careen helplessly to the turf. With an early opportunity to take the first lead in the game, the Sooners saw what appeared to be...Read more

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