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NORMAN â€” In our state song, one lyric says, â€ś... where the wind comes sweeping down the plain.â€ť Those words were no truer than Saturday afternoon at Owen Field when the Oklahoma Sooners entertained the Baylor Bears in Big 12 action. If I didn't see a football field and players â€” and known I was indeed at Owen Field â€” I possibly would have thought myself to be at a place like Wrigley Field or Candlestick Park because it was so windy. Heck, some of the OU pom-pom girls had their pom-poms blow out of their hands!
However, it didn't seem to bother the Sooners in their 42-34 victory over the Bears. OU (7-2 overall, 5-1 in Big 12 play) had to go against the strong south wind in the first and last quarters, but neither OU quarterback Landry Jones, place-kicker Michael Hunnicutt, kickoff specialist Patrick O'Hara or punter Tress Way were hampered in any way by the wind.
Personally for Stoops, the win put him as OU's all-time winningest coach with his 146th victory, passing Bud Wilkinson.