AMES, Iowa – Bob Stoops caught Bud Wilkinson on Saturday. It’s just that he did it in a most un-Wilkinson manner.
Oklahoma beat Iowa State 35-20, giving Stoops career win number 145 to tie Wilkinson behind Barry Switzer’s 157 on the school honor roll, by airing it out.
This wasn’t precise, bowl-them-over football out of Wilkinson’s mid-1950s. This wasn’t textbook, mistake-free stuff that would have satisfied the professorial coaching legend. The Sooners committed two turnovers and five defensive penalties worth 51 yards. They won because they had a better quarterback and much better receivers than Iowa State brought to Jack Trice Stadium. And they turned that talent loose.