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October 23, 2005

Close call, but fun for all

• Security fears, narrow win don’t dampen OU’s Homecoming festivities

By James S. Tyree

Transcript Staff Writer

“Got any candy?”

Ruth Moore’s face lit up as she asked the question Saturday during the University of Oklahoma Homecoming 2005 parade. She embodied the term “kids of all ages” as she was a sharp, middle-aged woman standing next to her husband and a son enrolled in medical school.

Problem was, the Moore family was in front of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, well behind the rows of people lining Boyd Street to see the floats and catch sweet treats.

“I’m trying to get them to throw back here,” she said while waving her arms.

Carli Dominguez, an 8-year-old girl from Grapevine, Texas, was far more successful. With cowboy hat in hand and a can’t-miss, front-row spot on Boyd, Carli had a hat filled with candy and gum.

She is among six relatives making a rare trip this weekend to Norman, where her uncle, Nachi Dominguez, is studying marketing at OU. For Dominguez, homecoming meant part of his Texas home coming to him.

“This is my last year; I’ve got to bring them all up here,” he said at the parade while holding Gabby Eaton, a 2-year-old niece. “I don’t get to spend time with them that much, so it’s nice to bring them up and show them the campus.”

The parade began about 3 p.m., three hours before the homecoming football game between OU and Baylor. The result was as nutty and sweet for Sooner fans as some of the homecoming candy, as OU prevailed 37-30 in its first-ever double-overtime game.

OU won without its top three running backs. Adrian Peterson and Donta Hickson were injured while Kejuan Jones was suspended for the game. But OU got a big lift from Jacob Gutierrez and Allen Patrick, a pair of players seldom used on offense who ran for a combined 227 yards and two touchdowns.

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