Five of the Most Frightening Sooner Football Games Under Bob Stoops

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Oct 10, 2015; Dallas, TX, USA; Oklahoma Sooners fans hold up a number one prior to the game against the Texas Longhorns during Red River rivalry at Cotton Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

November 25, 2000 – Oklahoma 12, Oklahoma State 7

It was the 11th game in the 2000 season, Bob Stoops’ second year at Oklahoma, and the Sooners were a perfect 10-0 on the season, having escaped a very close call two weeks before at Texas A&M, coming from behind late to win by four points. OU had gone from No. 20 in the nation in the early going all the way to No. 1, a pinnacle the Sooners had not reached since the late 1980s under Barry Switzer. Oklahoma needed one more win to complete a perfect run through the Big 12 and earn a place in the conference championship game opposite Kansas State, champions of the North Division that season. Oklahoma State and OU met in the regular-season finale that season. The Cowboys had won just one conference game that year and were hoping to spoil the Sooners’ run to perfection that season. Top-ranked Oklahoma scored on it opening possession, but did very little after that. OU led just 12-0 at the half, and Oklahoma State scored in the third quarter to make it a five-point Sooner lead, at 12-7, heading into the final quarter. With just seconds remaining in the game, Oklahoma State faced fourth down and goal to go from the Sooners’ 12-yard line with a chance to win the game, but OU All-American defensive back Derrick Strait batted down a pass in the end zone to preserve the victory and the Sooners’ unbeaten record.

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