Boulware said the play was ran to perfection, despite just being installed Thursday.
“It was an excellent call and an excellent play,” Boulware said. “First of all, it was a tremendous blessing for those type of things to work out. It has to be divine intervention to get the exact look you look for. It was wide open.”
Not only did the fake catch the Cowboys off guard, it caught most of the Sooners by surprise. Many were still upset by a flag that was not thrown the play before.
“I was a little upset because Moose (Green) got a little hands to his face and I was jawing at the refs a little bit,” OU tailback Brennan Clay said. “I looked back and we’re already running the fake. My mouth gaped open. I think it got everybody going. For us to come out with a touchdown instead of a field goal, that was a lot of momentum swing.”
For senior offensive lineman Gabe Ikard, it wasn’t a matter of if the Sooners would run the fake or not. It was just when would they pull it out on the unsuspecting Pokes. When they finally ran it, he was still taken aback.
“I was thinking (Bothun) should have run it in and not thrown it to Hunnicutt and let him get blasted,” Ikard said. “We had worked it a ton this week. We had run it back in the days. Back in 2003. We ran it, worked just like we thought it would. When coach Stoops put something in, we’re running it.”
Stoops downplayed the thought he had gambled more in this game than in the past. He said in his eyes he wasn’t rolling the dice. But he couldn’t deny the impact it had on his team.
“Of course everybody was charged up,” Stoops said. “Instead of a field goal, you tie it up. It’s a big boost.”
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