The Norman Transcript

September 27, 2012

Stoops knows how it feels

By John Shinn
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops understands the pain the Green Bay Packers were feeling Monday night.

The bad feelings over the officiating that cost the Sooners a victory in Oregon in 2006 still linger. The image of OU running back Allen Patrick holding the ball while a Pac-12 officiating crew awarded an on-side kick, which replays showed didn’t travel 10 yards before being touched, to Oregon is still vivid.

“I didn’t get near the uproar and the coverage the NFL gets with our guy holding the football and them pointing to the crowd and giving it to Oregon,” Stoops said Wednesday. “It was unbelievable that they could’ve done that.”

Farewell to Osborne: Former Nebraska coach and current athletic director Tom Osborne announced on Wednesday that he will retire at the end of the year. Stoops never faced Osborne as a head coach but said a lot of what he learned about defense came from trying to slow Nebraska when he was a defensive assistant at Kansas State from 1989-95.

“Our whole defensive structure and the success and the way we developed it at Kansas State was because of defending them,” Stoops said. “We were constantly working, tinkering and trying to figure out ways to go against them because they were so complex, so good and so multiple. We had to keep searching for different ways to be better to stop them.”

Osborne, who won national championships at Nebraska in 1994, 1995 and 1997, went 13-14 against OU during his 27 seasons as Nebraska’s head coach.

Rough week: OU worked on Texas Tech this week and at least had something to focus on after last Saturday’s loss to Kansas State. Fullback Trey Millard admitted walking around is a little tougher after a loss.

“It sucks,” he said. “There’s no good feeling. It’s not what we came here to do.”

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