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November 16, 2013

Stoops matches, then praises Switzer

NORMAN — With Saturday’s victory Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops tied Barry Switzer as the winningest coach in the program’s history with 157 career victories.

Stoops’ career record is now 157-39-0. Switzer piled up a 157-29-4 mark during his run from 1973-88.

The opportunity for Stoops to set the mark has been a topic all season. He has been loathe to even acknowledge it.

“All I’ll do is compliment Coach Switzer. He was a special coach at his time. Not many coaches have a Super Bowl with three national championships. His unique ability to relate to his players. And then I appreciate his friendship. He’s been a great friend to me, a great friend to everybody in this program,” Stoops said. “We’re fortunate he still comes around and sees us. He’ll always be one of the most special and one of the greatest coaches in all of college football.”

Switzer was at Saturday’s game and was honored during a timeout.

 

Best for last: Jalen Saunders’ punt return for a touchdown was the second of his career the first was in last season’s home finale against Oklahoma State. It also tied the game and gave OU a much-needed shot of momentum in a come-from-behind victory.

“Last year, of course, we were down and that brought a lot of momentum. This year, today, we were looking bad from the first couple of series on offense,” he said. “That punt return helped our offense.”

 

Injury update: OU played without cornerback Aaron Colvin. He was in uniform for senior day festivities, but did not play due to the shoulder injury he suffered against Baylor.

The Sooners were also without wide receiver Sterling Shepard (head), Jordan Evans (ankle) and Keith Ford (ankle) due to injuries they suffered the previous week.

Defensive coordinator Mike Stoops did say he expects Colvin to be available when OU plays at Kansas State next week.

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