The tradition between Oklahoma and Alabama runs deep, real deep. There’s no doubt the Sooners and Crimson Tide are two of the most recognizable and successful programs in the country.
But when it comes to history together, there isn’t much to discuss. The last time OU and Alabama played was in a home-and-home back in 2002 and 2003.
The 2002 encounter in Norman produced one of the more dramatic endings at Owen Field during Bob Stoops’ tenure with the Sooners.
The encore in 2003 didn’t have quite the drama, but it definitely had one of the more memorable moments in the Stoops era.
OU was ranked No. 3 in the nation, while Bama was unranked. The Sooners held a precarious 13-10 lead midway through the third quarter. OU faced a fourth-and-10 from its own 31 yard line when Stoops dialed up a fake punt.
“I knew when I called it,” said Stoops reflecting about it Monday during his press conference. “I said, ‘this is it.’ I really felt they had all the momentum. I felt the stadium closing in on us, and I said let’s make something happen. I felt our percentage chance of it working was good.
“The way they were storming and rushing, they weren’t covering our wing so I called it. It worked fortunately and we got a bomb on the next play to silence the crowd and that was a major play. I thought it was the defining moment of the game.”
The next play Jason White found Brandon Jones on a 47-yard touchdown en route to OU’s 20-13 victory.
OU aftermath: The Sooners devoured their regular season opponents but failed to finish. Following a 35-7 loss to Kansas State in the Big 12 championship, the Sooners still advanced to the BCS Championship game. Despite being the Heisman Trophy winner, White was unable to have success and the Sooners were downed 21-14 to LSU. Coincidentally enough that LSU team was coached by Nick Saban. OU will go against Saban again Jan. 2.