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2000 title game a 'springboard' for OU

Sooners, Seminoles went in opposite directions after OU's 2000 championship

Updated: September 14, 2011, 5:12 PM ET
By Jake Trotter | SoonerNation

In 1997, after finishing a scrimmage, Florida assistant Bob Stoops walked into the locker room to see some team handing Oklahoma yet another embarrassing defeat.

"I remember pointing at the TV," Stoops recalled Tuesday, "Saying, 'That's a sleeping giant.'"

Four seasons later in the Orange Bowl, that giant would be awakened. The same night, another would be toppled.

With Stoops, the plucky Sooners knocked off Florida State, the "it" program in college football at the time, to ...

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