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September 1, 2013

For Mike Stoops it was more than a shutout

NORMAN — Well, Trevor Knight was no good at all until he was really quite good, busting the century mark on the ground and delivering a trio of touchdown tosses.

Dang if Roy Finch wasn’t the best ball-carrier on the field for all of his four chances. And sure, one of these days when they say they’re going to get Trey Millard the ball, they’ll actually mean it.

Only none of that was the big takeaway of Oklahoma’s 34-0 Saturday night victory over Louisiana-Monroe. In fact, it wasn’t even the shutout Mike Stoops’ defense pitched. Instead, it was Mike Stoops, himself. 

His story. 

To call it “redemption” would be to give the concept short shrift, because it’s just one game even if the last time the other side scored no points was 35 opening kicks ago. 

But if OU’s defensive coordinator is going to get his good name back, the one he was so clearly seeking on media day last season when the way his run ended at Arizona hadn’t even begun loosening from his craw, well, the process clearly improved Saturday in the heat of opening night.

The Sooners allowed no points, just 166 yards of total offense, only 38 on the ground, nine first downs and 2 of 16 third-down conversions.

It seemed like a pretty dramatic turnaround against a team without much of a name, but, all agree, a fine offense.

Bob Stoops didn’t bite.

“We haven’t done anything dramatic,” he said. “You guys were bragging on ’em and bragging on ’em and then you wanted to throw them under the bus (last season). It’s what have you done for me lately and lately it’s been pretty good.”

When brother Mike made it to the lectern, he tried to say the same thing.

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