Mike Stoops recalls one of the worst nights of his coaching career
Tavon Austin ran for 344 yards.
Stedman Bailey caught 13 passes for 205 yards.
And Oklahoma won. Remember that?
It was November of 2012 and the Sooners gave up 778 yards but somehow beat West Virginia 50-49.
Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops was reminded about it earlier this week.
"It was a nightmare," Stoops told The Oklahoman. "Why did you have to bring that up? It was three years ago. I was having a good day until that."
Stoops was joking, but man, that OU defense that night in Morgantown, W.V., was bad.
"We were in total shock when they put Austin in the backfield," Stoops told The Oklahoman. We didn’t have a good adjustment for it. It was a coaching error. There were a lot of things we could have done in hindsight."
OU hasn’t lost to West Virginia since the Mountaineers joined the Big 12 Conference. West Virginia comes to town Saturday. The Sooners won 45-33 at West Virginia last year and beat WVU 16-7 the last time the teams played in Norman, Okla. But it’s the 2012 game that bothers Stoops.
"Probably," Stoops said to The Oklahoman when he was asked if it was the worst night of his coaching career. "Most embarrassing, that’s for sure."