The Norman Transcript

October 29, 2013

OU fans can take a bow

Stoops thanks crowd for effort in Texas Tech game

By John Shinn
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops gave a plea for a loud crowd against Texas Tech. Despite a 75-minute weather delay and rain that left several thousand seats at Owen Field empty, he got one.

He didn’t forget it during Monday’s press conference.

“For the hour and a half rain delay, poor weather, they could have easily cashed it in and not come back or not participated in the game. I thought our fans and the atmosphere here was fantastic,” Stoops said. “It really made a difference to our team and our players, to feel that kind of energy and participation was a big part of the game. Stealing back the momentum, the fans had a great hand in that. We want to thank them.”

The oddity of this season’s schedule is means there’s only one more chance to play in front of the home crowd. Three of the Sooners’ last four games are on the road, beginning Nov. 7 at Baylor.