NORMAN — The victorious Oklahoma Sooners returned to a hero’s welcome Friday afternoon on the University of Oklahoma campus.
More than 350 fans lined up in front of the Barry Switzer Center to greet the 2014 Sugar Bowl champions after the 45-31 victory over No. 3 Alabama Thursday night in New Orleans.
Oklahoma Coach Bob Stoops took to the microphone to thank the fans and get one last friendly jab in at those doubters who didn’t think OU could compete with the defending two-time national champions from the SEC.
“No one thought we could win,” Stoops said. “I absolutely got the biggest kick out of when they (ESPN) first showed the map of the United States and who believed Oklahoma could beat Alabama. There was one state who believed and that was you guys. Thank you. ... So much for the big bad wolf.”
Even though classes at the University of Oklahoma do not start back until Jan. 13, the campus was bombarded with vehicles from around the state. That included Ryan Crowe and his 7- year old son Matthew came from Ada.
“It was awesome,” Ryan Crowe said. “Feels like we are at a game right now. There’s so much going on. We were just glad to be here. We drove an hour and a half to get here. But that’s nothing. We would have drove five hours to be here.”
After arriving on their buses from the airport, the Oklahoma coaches and players walked through two lines of fans into the Switzer center. The song “Pour Some Sugar on Me” blared from the loudspeakers as fans screamed, took pictures and gave high fives to the proud players.
“We are huge OU fans,” said Donya Jones who was there along with her daughter Patricia. “We were amazed at the game and so excited. Patricia absolutely insisted that we come on down. We just really wanted to show our support. And the energy you get from everybody, we couldn’t pass it up.”