The Norman Transcript

September 23, 2013

Memories of complacency

Stoops recalls 1999 OU-Notre Dame game

By John Shinn
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — OU’s last trip to South Bend, Ind., ended with a 34-30 loss in a game it lead by 16 points in the second half. The loss  was the first of Bob Stoops’ career and it’s one he hasn’t forgotten.

I remember us leading in the third quarter by 16 and looking around and seeing too many happy faces,” he said. Meaning, I felt there were too many guys who thought that they had this won. Really realizing that we had not really learned how to truly compete yet for four quarters. The realization, too, I remember telling the coaches in meetings the next day, Listen, they hadn't been of anybody like that on the road before. They don't know how to handle it and we've got to teach them how to handle it. Teach them how to finish games and to win a game like that. Those guys hadn't been in that situation.”