Tag:Missouri football
Posted on: October 26, 2010 12:19 pm
Edited on: October 26, 2010 12:24 pm
 

Stoops admits he quit on Mizzou game

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Let's review what was at stake for Oklahoma on the road at Missouri last Saturday night: the Sooners' perfect record. The No. 1 spot in the BCS standings. First place in the Big 12 South. Down the road, potentially, a conference championship. An undefeated season. A national championship.

Those are some pretty high stakes. Giving up on a competitive football game would be frowned upon even if it was New Mexico taking on Akron , but quitting on a contest with that much riding on it ... it would be unthinkable, right? The coach who did so would be torn apart, lambasted, excoriated, raked over whatever coals the college football world could find, correct? 

So we're going to see if that happens to Bob Stoops , because he admitted Monday that he simply gave up at the end of his team's loss in Columbia:

Monday after practice, Stoops was asked to address a couple other curious decisions in the fourth quarter during the Sooners' 36-27 loss to the Tigers.

Notably, why down nine he elected to punt with almost two-and-a-half minutes to play and no timeouts remaining.

"You know what, in the end we weren't scoring twice with two minutes to go on our own 4-yard line," Stoops said.

"I just thought it was futile."

Stoops admitted keeping the score reasonable played into the decision, hoping that a nine-point loss might look better to pollsters than a 16-point loss.

With possession at the OU 4, the Tigers would have had an easy chance of punching the ball in the end zone.

"It's a long year. Who knows how poll people look at scores?" Stoops explained. "Had we had a reasonable amount, some kind of field position, had we shown any signs the previous three plays of making a play, we would have (gone for it). But I didn't see that.

"And I'm coming off three-and-out, interception, three-and-out, some of the prior possessions."

It's true: Oklahoma was facing some incredibly long odds of winning this game. A sputtering offense going 96 yards on the road against one on the country's better defenses, followed by a successul onsides kick recovery, followed by another drive for a field goal -- all in 150 seconds -- was all terribly unlikely.

But it wasn't impossible . Stranger things really have happened. Oklahoma still could have won the game. Stoops is right (sort of) that it was probably futile, that his team probably wasn't "scoring twice with two minutes to go on our own 4-yard line." But "probably" is not the same as "definitely." Stoops elected not to try to win a still-winnable game because he thought he would be embarrassed if he failed.

There's a word for that: it's called quitting. When you compare what the Sooners would have risked -- a small handful of pollsters docking the team a small handful of spots, if Missouri had elected to punch in that final score, itself hardly a sure thing -- against the potential rewards of the comeback, is there any defending Stoops' decision? Discretion isn't the better part of valor when it comes to football, especially not when that discretion is based on cravenly trolling for poll votes. Valor is the better part of valor, and Stoops showed none here.

In short: if Derek Dooley 's Volunteers are World War II Germany , Stoops has made his Sooners the Big 12 's France.

HT: Rock-M-Nation .


Posted on: October 22, 2010 5:23 pm
Edited on: October 22, 2010 5:53 pm
 

Hinnen's Insane Predictions, Week 8

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Every season, every month, every week, there are several outcomes and achievements that, frankly, nobody operating within reason would ever predict. Who could have predicted Nebraska would beat Florida for the 1995 title by 38 points, or that Boise State would pull off three late trick plays to knock off Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, or that  South Carolina would fail to score a point in the second half against Kentucky a week after knocking off the Tide? Nobody... until now. We're going to try capture that lightning in a bottle by making similarly absurd predictions every week . Are they at all likely to come true? No. Do we even believe the words we're writing? No. But if we make even one correct call on these, we will never stop gloating. Ever.

Highly Unlikely

Playing at home for interim coach Jeff Horton and that until-now foreign concept known as pride, Minnesota surprises Penn State and their ever-creaky offense with 17 first-half points, then hold on for a 17-13 upset. After the game, Joe Paterno offers up something even more surprising, issuing his resignation effective at the end of the year to ESPNU's speechless sideline reporter. To drive his point home, Paterno leaves his trademark glasses at the edge of the TCF Bank Stadium field, a la an Olympic wrestler leaving his shoes on the mat. ESPN issues a press release promising to include footage of Paterno's gesture in every college football montage from now until 2024.

Severely Unlikely

At halftime of the Missouri -Oklahoma game, the visiting Sooners hold a commanding 24-3 lead. Just before the break, Gary Pinkel is spotted pushing a button on some kind of radio-like device on his belt. A few minutes later, Bob Stoops is just about to begin his halftime team talk when there's a knock on the locker room door. It's Mizzou alumnus Jon Hamm , dressed as his famous Mad Men character Don Draper . He introduces himself as Draper and asks if he could speak to the team for a minute. Stoops, a huge Draper fan, is awestruck and concedes. Hamm/Draper has a lackey wheel in a wet bar and offers Stoops and the rest of the Sooner staff a stiff drink as he begins to pitch the rest of the Sooners on what he calls a "revolutionary" sports drink called "Gator-ade." Too polite to decline, Stoops and his staff are severely tipsy by the end of the break. 12 different second-half double-passes back to quarterback Landry Jones later, Missori escapes with a 27-24 win.

Completely Ludicrous

Washington State goes on the road and defeats No. 12 Stanford.



 
 
 
 
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