Stats & Info: Bob Stoops

Sooners score big upset in Sugar Bowl

January, 3, 2014
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Kevin C. Cox/Getty ImagesOklahoma freshman quarterback Trevor Knight threw a career-high 4 Pass TD Thursday
Oklahoma pulled off a big upset in the Allstate Sugar Bowl as Bob Stoops became the first coach in the BCS era to win the Sugar Bowl, Rose Bowl, Fiesta Bowl and Orange Bowl.

Alabama entered the game as the largest favorite this bowl season (-17). Their loss means the three biggest bowl favorites have all lost. Baylor lost as a 16.5-point favorite to UCF and Arizona State lost outright to Texas Tech despite being a 16-point favorite.

The win marked the 28th bowl victory in Oklahoma history trailing just Alabama (34) and USC (32) all-time.

Sooners go boom
After turning the ball over on their first possession, the Sooners gained momentum in the first half when they scored on five straight possessions (four touchdowns, one field goal). The last time a team scored on five straight possessions in regulation against the Crimson Tide was in 2003 when Georgia did it.

Freshman quarterback Trevor Knight had a breakout game with four touchdown passes. He entered the game with five career touchdowns. Knight joins Johnny Manziel as the only quarterbacks to throw at least four touchdowns against Alabama in the last 10 seasons (Manziel threw five earlier this season).

Tide rolled
The 45 points Alabama allowed were the most since Nick Saban took over the team. In their last two games, Alabama allowed 79 points after allowing a total of 102 points in the team’s first 11 games.

The Crimson Tide lost two straight games for the first time since the 2008 season when in similar fashion to this season they lost the SEC Championship Game and followed that with a Sugar Bowl loss. That season Alabama lost to Florida in the SEC title game and then to Utah in the Sugar Bowl.

Random fact of the day:
Oklahoma’s 45 points are the most Alabama has allowed in a regulation game since a 45-30 loss to Florida in the 1996 SEC Championship Game.

That Gators’ defense was coached by Bob Stoops.

Stoops had basis for his comments

May, 11, 2013
During a Sooner Caravan Stop in Tulsa a week ago, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops had quite a bit to say when asked about the gap between the SEC and the Big 12.

Among Stoops' comments, published in the Tulsa World were

“Well, it depends on what gap you’re talking about. What are the bottom six doing?”

"So they've had the best team in college football. They haven't had the whole conference. Because, again, half of 'em haven't done much at all.”

Stoops’ main point was that from top to bottom, the SEC was not better than the Big 12.

Edward Aschoff did a thorough evaluation of the SEC's dominance. Here's another perspective:

In order to evaluate this claim, it is necessary to eliminate the “propaganda” that Stoops was referring to. The BCS Computer Standings do just that by basing its rankings purely on numbers.

Looking at the six computers that comprise the BCS Standings, Stoops’ claim has some validity (though it is important to note that the SEC has four more teams in its conference).

The SEC’s average computer rank was 35.1 (out of 124) and 10 of its 14 teams ranked in the top 50 in the nation.

The Big 12’s average computer rank was 36.9 and eight of its 10 teams ranked in the top 50 in the nation.

The Big 12 beat up on itself in conference play, but in non-conference games its teams went 30-9 (.769 win percentage), which ranked second in FBS behind the SEC which was 55-12 (.821 win pct).

Entering bowl season, the Big 12 was 26-4 against non-conference opponents, which was the best record of any conference in FBS.

This is not necessarily to say that the Big 12 was a better conference than the SEC. Our final conference rankings show that they are not.

But if anyone is looking for a way to back his claim, the unbiased computers are a great place to look.

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The ACC has lost 32 straight non-conference games against AP Top-5 foes. FSU has 10 of those losses.

1. The Oklahoma Sooners-Florida State Seminoles game is not only the marquee matchup of the week, but also a huge game for the status of the ACC. In fact, the conference has lost 32 straight games against non-conference AP Top-5 foes. The ACC’s last such win came in 2000, when Florida State knocked off 4th-ranked Florida Gators. Florida State has accounted for 10 of those losses. No other ACC team has had more than six.

2. The Penn State Nittany Lions are no longer ranked in the AP Top 25, and are not playing a conference game on Saturday, but there's still something on the line when the Nittany Lions face the Temple Owls in Philadelphia. PSU has beaten the Owls 28 consecutive times, dating back to a tie in 1950 -- Joe Paterno's first season as a Penn State assistant coach. That's the longest active winning streak in a current FBS series, edging Tennessee's 26 straight wins over Kentucky.

Overall, Penn State's unbeaten streak against Temple stands at 36 games (last loss in 1941). A win on Saturday would move the Nittany Lions into sole possession of second place on the list of longest unbeaten streaks in a major series, trailing only Notre Dame's 43 straight over Navy (1964-2006). They are currently tied with the Nebraska Cornhuskers 36 in a row over the Kansas Jayhawks (1969-04).

3. This year's Michigan State-Notre Dame game has a different feel to it. The last time the Michigan State Spartans were ranked heading into a game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish was 2000. Notre Dame was ranked 16th in that game and the Spartans were 23rd. However, the last matchup between these two teams that involved a ranked Michigan State team against an unranked Notre Dame team came in 1997, a 23-7 win by the 17th-ranked Spartans in South Bend.

4. This marked the 100th week in which Oklahoma was voted No. 1 in the AP Poll. The Sooners are the only program to reach triple digits in that category (Notre Dame is next with 95). Since the poll began in 1936, there have been 43 different schools ranked No. 1. Can you name the school with the most No. 1 appearances without ever winning an AP or Coaches Poll national championship? That would be Bob Stoops’ alma mater, the Iowa Hawkeyes (11).

5. The Miami Hurricanes are trying to avoid its first 0-2 start since 1978, the year before Howard Schnellenberger took over and began building a perennial powerhouse. Only three current FBS schools have gone longer without suffering an 0-2 start. Nebraska hasn’t begun a season with two straight losses since 1957, while Florida (1971) and the Clemson Tigers (1975) are the others.

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Mark Stoops (right) is in charge of a Florida State defense that will try and slow down brother Bob's (left) high-powered Oklahoma offense that scored 47 points against the Seminoles in 2010.

The Florida State Seminoles will seek revenge against the Oklahoma Sooners Saturday (8 ET on ABC) for last year’s 30-point blowout (47-17) in Norman that gave new coach Jimbo Fisher his first loss as the Seminoles head coach.

Oklahoma has the nation’s longest home winning streak at 37 games, but it has struggled on the road with five losses in 14 away games since the start of the 2009 season. A key difference has been the play of quarterback Landry Jones, as 15 of his 26 interceptions have come on the road.

The Sooners are coming off a bye week and have had plenty of time to prepare for the Seminoles. That could be bad news for Florida State. Under Bob Stoops, OU is 15-3 in the regular season with more than one week to prepare for an opponent. However, all three of those losses have come against ranked teams (2009 Miami; 2006 Texas; 2003 Kansas State).

One major question for Florida State is whether they can stop the Sooners offensive firepower. Oklahoma totaled 663 yards of offense against Tulsa in the opener, but FSU has allowed just 137.5 total yards in its two games – with just 155 yards passing combined! It should be noted that neither team has truly been tested yet.

The man in charge of trying to slow down the Sooners offense is defensive coordinator Mark Stoops, the brother of OU coach Bob. Last year, Oklahoma led the nation in plays per game, and the Sooners are leading in that category so far this season. The Seminoles have limited opponents to 53 plays per game (fourth in FBS) in the early part of this season.

This is the seventh time that Florida State will face an AP top-ranked team, but only the second time in Tallahassee. The other time was in 1996, when No. 2 FSU beat No. 1 Florida Gators 24-21. Florida would gain revenge a month later by beating the Seminoles in the Sugar Bowl to claim the national championship. FSU is 1-5 all-time vs top-ranked opponents.

Sooners break BCS curse

January, 2, 2011
Bob Stoops and the Oklahoma Sooners end a five-game BCS bowl losing streak by beating Connecticut, who was making its first BCS bowl appearance. The 48-20 Oklahoma blowout featured four turnovers and four non-offensive touchdowns - two by each team.

Landry Jones threw for an Oklahoma bowl record 429 yards to go along with three touchdown passes. Jones' 429 yards are the second-most in Fiesta Bowl history behind only Browning Nagle's 451 yards for Louisville in 1991. Landry Jones found success against Connecticut's defense down the sidelines. All three of his touchdown passes came on throws to the right, and he was 5-9 for one touchdown on throws of 10 yards or more down the sidelines.

Most of Jones' passes went to Ryan Broyles, who set Oklahoma bowl records for receptions with 13 and receiving yards with 170.

For the second straight game, UConn scored all of its points on special teams and defense. In the two games they scored 39 points on a kickoff return for a touchdown, two interception returns for touchdowns and six field goals.

A big problem was Connecticut quarterback Zach Frazer's inability to stretch the Oklahoma defense. Frazer struggled on passes over 5 yards, hitting on only 34.8 percent of such passes. He also failed to complete any of his seven passes of 20 yards or more.
1. TCU has allowed fewer than 10 points in six consecutive games. That’s the longest such streak since Alabama had seven in a row in 1990.

During the last 20 seasons, only five other teams have allowed fewer than 10 points in at least five straight games, and two of them went on to win the national title. The Horned Frogs have outscored their last six opponents 236-23 with a pair of shutouts.

2. When Joe Paterno won his 400th game last Saturday, most analysts agreed that it's a milestone that will never be reached again. A close look reveals that the best active candidates to get there would have to maintain their current pace of wins per season for at least 16 more years and wouldn't reach 400 until their mid 70s.

Yes, Paterno is in his mid 80s, but he also didn’t spend most of his career under the microscope that exists for today’s coaches, and he wasn’t making $3-4 million per season well before his 60th birthday. It’s hard to imagine these guys having the motivation to coach into their 70s.

3. In the history of the AP Poll, there have been only six teams finish a season ranked first or second in the final poll, and then have a losing record the following season. It hasn’t happened in 34 years -- since Arizona State did it in 1975-76 -- and Texas (4-5) is hoping that streak doesn’t end in 2010.

4. The SEC has seven teams ranked in the BCS Top 25 this week: 2 Auburn, 5 LSU, 12 Alabama, 15 Arkansas, 19 Miss St, 22 Florida and 23 South Carolina. This marks the fourth time a conference has placed seven teams in the BCS Standings in a single week. The three previous instances were also by the SEC, all coming in a four-week span in 2007.

5. Notre Dame is trying to avoid its second three-game losing streak of the season on Saturday against Utah, while also trying to avoid a dubious historical distinction. In their last two games, the Irish have lost to Navy (Independent) and Tulsa (Conference USA). Notre Dame has NEVER (going back to the 1800s) lost three games in a season to schools that aren’t part of the current BCS-AQ conferences, much less three in a row. And another non-AQ team, Army, waits on deck for the Irish next week.
1. With the top two teams in the BCS Standings (Oregon and Auburn) both being led by a head coach in his second season at that school, there's a good chance a recent trend will continue. Nine of the last 10 coaches to win the BCS National Championship were within their first four seasons with that program.

In fact, since Bobby Bowden won the 1999 BCS title in his 24th season at Florida State, the last 10 coaches to lead their teams to the championship have averaged 3.3 years of tenure.

2. When Washington travels to No. 1 Oregon this week, the 3-5 Huskies will have the odds stacked against them -- and not just because they'll be playing without starting QB Jake Locker (ribs). The top team in the AP poll hasn't lost a November home game to an opponent with a losing record since 1961 (TCU over Texas).

3. TCU and Utah hook up in a game with huge conference and national implications. Both are unbeaten and ranked in the top five of the BCS Standings.

Since the start of 2009, TCU has faced 20 FBS opponents. The Horned Frogs have held 13 of the 20 to their season-low in points (including seven of the eight FBS teams they have faced in 2010). They have also held eight of the 20 to season-lows in both points and yards, including Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl last season, TCU’s only loss over that stretch.

4. Over the last 40 years, the Alabama-LSU series has been dominated by the road team. ‘Bama is an impressive 16-3-1 in Baton Rouge during this stretch, and to make matters worse for the Tigers … two of their three wins came when Nick Saban was LSU head coach.

5. As you've probably read or heard by now, Joe Paterno is seeking his 400th win on Saturday (vs Northwestern), and all of those wins came at Penn State. Only one other active FBS coach has 200 career victories at the major-college level: Mack Brown currently sits at 212. (Note: Jim Tressel, Frank Beamer and Chris Ault have over 200 wins, but not all have come at the major-college level).
1. Mack Brown is 7-1 against the Nebraska Cornhuskers, giving him the best winning percentage in the last 50 years for any coach who's faced the Huskers at least five times. Only six head coaches who qualify under those conditions have a winning record.

2. The Alabama Crimson Tide began this season with the fifth-highest percentage of first-place votes in the history of the AP preseason poll (since 1950). Alabama was the 11th team to get more than 75 percent of the preseason first-place votes, and like the 10 before them, failed to go undefeated. Just shows the difficulty of making preseason predictions.

3. The Ohio State Buckeyes are no stranger to being number one in the AP Poll. One thing the Buckeyes are unfamiliar with, however, is losing on the road as the top team. In fact, Ohio State has won 13 straight road games while being top-ranked. That's the longest active streak in FBS. Their last such loss? November 9, 1974 at unranked Michigan State. But they have a long way to go to catch the all-time leader in that category.

4. South Carolina's win over Alabama last week was the seventh time since 1990 that a team outside of the top 10 won a home conference game against the No. 1 team in America. Five of the previous six times it happened, that team lost the following week. The only exception was the Auburn Tigers in 2001, who needed overtime to beat Louisiana Tech … and then the Tigers proceeded to lose the following week at Arkansas.

5. The Florida Gators have lost their last two games (to Alabama and LSU). The last time Florida lost three straight regular-season games was in 1988, which was Emmitt Smith's final season in Gainesville. That's the longest active streak in the country, and it's not even close. Georgia Tech, Boise State, and Texas (also currently on a two-game losing streak) can go back to 1997 to find the last time they lost three straight regular-season games. The second-longest streak in the SEC is held by LSU, which last lost three straight in 1999. Everyone else in the SEC has had a three-game losing streak at least once since 2007.