Commentary: OU didnít stoop as low as some feel
By JEROME SOLOMON Copyright 2008 Houston Chronicle
Dec. 8, 2008
Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops and his Sooners aren't as bad as some have made them out to be.
Bob Stoops spat out his hot dog, threw his apple pie out the window and told the other Communist Party leaders that the American way of life didnít suit him.
After setting fire to a Texas flag, he and his evil stepbrother Lucifer concocted a plan to get Oklahoma into the BCS national championship game.
Sportsmanship be damned, they decided, the Sooners needed to score 60 points a game to convince the world it was better than the team it lost to on the field.
Thatís the UT fan story ó at least the whiny nuts calling radio talk shows and flooding my e-mail inbox ó and theyíre sticking to it. No matter how ridiculous it is.
Yeah Sam Bradford threw into the end zone with less than five minutes left and OU ahead 55-21 against Missouri in the Big 12 Championship Game. But this was a title game with a trip to the national championship on the line, not some early-season tilt against an over-matched, lower-level squad.
ďIf you canít get into a championship game and play to the end with all thatís been talked about this week about us, then Iím sorry,Ē Stoops said, ďbut weíre going to play to the end.Ē
Sorry? No need to apologize, coach.
Blame sportswriters. Weíre the ones who said you didnít belong in that game (and you didnít), yet weíre impressed with your ability to run it up at will.
If youíre not impressed with what OU has done of late, youíre looking at the world through orange-colored blinders.
Do you really believe that Oklahoma scoring points late in a football game is an affront to all humanity, or are you just upset that it wasnít the Longhorns scoring all those points?
Were you actually disgusted that Bradford was slinging the football downfield with less than five minutes left against Missouri and might win the Heisman, or are you just upset that Colt McCoy wasnít and might not?
6-1 in Big 12 titles
Itís difficult for you to accept that Stoops has won six Big 12 Conference championships since he arrived in Norman 10 seasons ago, while your sweetheart of an angel do-gooder Mack Brown has won only one, but donít hate ó congratulate.
Oklahoma has scored more points this season than any team in the modern era. Its current run of five straight games with 60 or more points is another modern-era mark.
Those impressive numbers do not mean they are running up scores.
Running up the score is relative. Its definition depends on who you claim as relatives.
You can find instances of Brown running up the score or rubbing opponentsí noses in it that are worse than anything Stoops did this season.
He once allowed his quarterback to throw six straight passes with a 40-point lead and less than five minutes left in a game. He once had his quarterback throw and complete a bomb with 1:22 left and a 48-0 edge. Good thing that receiver was tackled on the 5-yard line, forcing a throw into the end zone with less than 10 seconds remaining.
Is that not running it up? Or is that not running it up as long as that is the backup quarterback?
Doesnít make Brown a bad guy. It is what it is.
But Brown hasnít said OU has been running up scores, only that he wouldnít do it to sway the BCS. That is admirable.
Stoops hasnít been running up scores either, Texas fans.
Before outscoring Missouri 21-7 Saturday, OU had been outscored in the fourth quarter this season.
As for poor sportsmanship during this record streak, the Sooners scored a whopping zero points in the fourth quarter against Nebraska and matched that with another in-your-face zero in the final period against Texas A&M to start the streak with 62-28 and 66-28 wins, respectively.
They matched Tech with just seven points in the fourth period in a 65-21 victory.
Now Oklahoma did score 24 fourth-quarter points against Oklahoma State, but it had only a three-point lead with 11 minutes left on the road against the 11th-ranked Cowboys.
The 60-point streak could easily have been six straight games. The Sooners scored only three points in the entire second half of their 58-35 win over Kansas State just before the streak began.
Sooner, not later
So, again, when did OU run up the score?
Oh, in the first quarter when they have outscored opponents 225-30. Stop it, Sooners.
What is running up the score anyway? Is it when you pass the ball with a big lead? Is it when you throw touchdown passes with a big fourth-quarter lead? Is it when you have your starters in the game with a huge fourth-quarter lead?
I once asked Mike Leach about running up the score, and he answered my question with a question: ďWhatís that?Ē
How does it go? Like pornography, you know it when you see it? (Weíll take John Jenkins for a thousand, Alex.)
I guess with Stoops, if you look hard enough through certain colored glasses you can see it too.