GLENDALE, AZ -- Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops' back of tricks
didn't have that magical touch at the Fiesta Bowl tonight.
A year after watching his team get victimized by gadget plays on
the same field, Stoops called for a third-quarter onside kick that
failed and turned momentum in West Virginia's favor.
The Number 11 Mountaineers went on to win the game 48-to-28.
The third-ranked Sooners (11-3) had scored nine straight points
to pull within 20-to-15 when an onside kick didn't go the 10 yards
needed for the Sooners to recover it.
The shortened field jumpstarted West Virginia's offense, which
had gone three-and-out on its first two possessions after halftime.
The Mountaineers (11-2) scored six plays later and extended their
Stoops once was known for brilliant trick play calls, including
a game-winning fake field goal at Missouri in 2002.
There hadn't been much need for gadget plays, though, as OU
scored an average 43.4 points per game and the defense allowed just
18.2 points during the season.