#FlashbackFriday: Start of Something Great

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma

Sooner Sports TV's year-long "Flashback Fridays" series concludes with an all-encompassing look back at Coach Stoops' historic run 15 years ago. Take a walk down memory lane as Bob Stoops and Bob Barry Sr. review each game throughout the season. If you're still looking for more, the full games will be archived on SoonerSports.tv for premium subscribers at any time.

In just his second season at Oklahoma, the young head coach was trying to resurrect the storied championship tradition that preceded him in Norman. After taking the Sooners to their first bowl game since 1994, Oklahoma cracked the preseason poll in 2000 for the first time in five years. Expectations were beginning to build, but nobody could have anticipated the story that was about to unfold across the plains of Oklahoma.



Oklahoma vs. Texas El Paso (September 2, 2000)

Airs: June 5 @ 11 pm CT
It was the largest season-opening crowd in over a decade, and the Miners were digging in for a fight. Heading into the fourth quarter, UTEP led in total yardage, first downs and time of possession – but seven turnovers by the Miners resulted in five Sooner scores. Oklahoma would walk away with a comfortable 55-14 victory, but the Sooners’ head man knew there was work to be done.   




Oklahoma vs. Arkansas State (September 9, 2000)

Airs: June 12 @ 11 pm CT
After game one of the 2000 season, Coach Stoops was looking for a better team effort. J.T. Thatcher got the message. Setting a new school record, Thatcher totaled 160 yards on five punt returns, and was responsible for setting up all but two of the Sooners’ touchdowns as Oklahoma rolled to a 45-7 victory over Arkansas State.




Oklahoma vs. Rice (September 23, 2000)

Airs: June 19 @ 11 pm CT
Oklahoma wasn’t fooled when Rice brought its version of the Wishbone offense to Norman. Rocky Calmus totaled 14 tackles on the day while Torrance Marshall added another 11, holding the Owls to just 145 yards rushing on the day. Senior QB Josh Heupel claimed OU’s top spot for career touchdown passes (37) while Quentin Griffin broke the century mark on his way to three touchdowns and a 42-14 victory.


Oklahoma vs. Kansas (September 30, 2000)

Airs: June 26 @ 11 pm CT
Although it wasn't a pretty start, the Sooners got the victory over the Jayhawks to begin Big 12 play. Trailing 16-10 in the second quarter, Oklahoma needed a spark – and once again J.T. Thatcher came through, grabbing three of Dylen Smith’s five interceptions. After holding Kansas scoreless in the second half, Oklahoma had its fourth win of the season, and the nation’s attention, as they readied to head to Dallas.



5th – Oklahoma vs. Texas El Paso
12th – Oklahoma vs. Arkansas State
19th – Oklahoma vs. Rice
26th – Oklahoma vs. Kansas

3rd – Oklahoma vs. Texas
10th – Oklahoma @ Kansas State
17th – Oklahoma vs. Nebraska
24th – Oklahoma @ Baylor
31st – Oklahoma @ Texas A&M

7th – Oklahoma vs. Texas Tech
14th – Oklahoma @ Oklahoma State
21st – Oklahoma vs. Kansas State (Big 12 Championship in Kansas City, MO)
28th – Oklahoma vs. Florida State (Orange Bowl in Miami, FL)




Having debuted August 2014, “Flashback Fridays” showcases exclusive one-night airings of classic content every Friday night on FOX Sports Oklahoma at 11:00 pm CT. Boasting thousands of films dating back to 1929, SoonerVision’s archive contains footage that hasn’t been seen in decades. This special presentation of the popular Crimson Classics series will run through August of 2015, and each historic pastime can be relived anytime at Soonersports.tv/Classics.

Flashback Friday Schedule

August ‘14 – “Opening the Vault”
September ‘14 – “Bringing Back the Memories”
October ‘14 – “Wilkinson’s Winning Ways”
November ‘14 – “Stoops’ Signature Wins”
December ‘14 – “Switzer's Supremecy”
January ’15 – “Billy Ball”
February ’15 – “Sampson’s Sooners”
March ’15 – “Big 12 Memorable Moments”
April ’15 – “Coale’s Classics”
May ’15 – “Championship Month”
June ’15 – “2000 – The Start of Something Great”
July ’15 – “2000 – Catching the Eye of the Nation”
August ’15 – “2000 – Bringing the Trophy Home”


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