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OU’s Stoops downplays recent home struggles against K-State

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, shown after last week’s 45-40 victory over Texas at the Cotton Bowl, says he is not bothered by the recent success of road teams in OU’s series against Kansas State. Road teams have won the last five contests as the schools prepared to play Saturday in Norman, Okla.
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, shown after last week’s 45-40 victory over Texas at the Cotton Bowl, says he is not bothered by the recent success of road teams in OU’s series against Kansas State. Road teams have won the last five contests as the schools prepared to play Saturday in Norman, Okla. AP

Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops downplayed the recent success of road teams in the Sooners’ series against Kansas State heading into Saturday’s matchup in Norman, Okla (11 a.m. ESPN). But the history is unique: the home team has not won in this series since the Big 12 went to its current nine-game, round-robin schedule for the 2011 season.

That means five consecutive victories for road teams in this series, including K-State victories in Norman in the Wildcats’ last two visits (31-30 in 2014; 24-19 in 2012). The last victory by a home team came in the 2009 season, when OU outlasted K-State, 42-30, in Norman. Oklahoma prevailed last season, 55-0, in Manhattan, Kan.

“That’s the way it is. Whatever team played the best that day has won,” Stoops said of the unique series twist. “Last year has nothing to do with this year. We’re two completely different teams.”

No. 19 Oklahoma (3-2, 2-0) shares the lead in the Big 12 standings with No. 11 Baylor (5-0, 2-0). K-State (3-2, 1-1) is one game off the pace.

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