Stoops reflects on time with former QB Fletcher
JUN 10, 2013 12:59p ET
What Stoops doesn't mention is how Fletcher's famous play might have been the first really great play of the Stoops era that started in 1999.
Stoops has told the story a number of times of how Fletcher ran for a first down on a fake field goal where everyone was in perfect position, except for the kicker, who was never told to go into the game.
However, while Stoops emphasizes Fletcher's scrambling wild run from the holder position, he definitely undersells the ultimate result.
It happened against Texas A&M in October of 1999. A&M came to town ranked No. 13 in the country and the Sooners, off of consecutive losses where they held large leads, were just 3-2 on the year.
Fletcher got the first down and it led to a massive momentum surge and OU's first touchdown of the game. The Sooners went on to rout the Aggies, 51-6. It wasn't just a big win, it was a confidence booster and the first really significant moment of the Stoops era.
The Sooners went on to make a bowl game that season – their first since 1994 – and then won the national title a season later.
Now A&M is riding high, including a win over the Sooners in last season's Cotton Bowl and featuring Heisman winner Johnny Manziel at quarterback.
But nothing wrong with Stoops remembering a golden oldie and jabbing A&M at the same time.
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