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Does Oklahoma’s former coach still think of Fiesta Bowl? ‘That’s dead and gone to me’

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, right, shakes hands with TCU coach Gary Patterson after a 2012 win.
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, right, shakes hands with TCU coach Gary Patterson after a 2012 win.

Bob Stoops stepped down as Oklahoma’s head football coach on June 8, and has since stayed relatively out of the spotlight.

Naturally, when he decided to retire (at least for the time being), it conjured up memories of the Fiesta Bowl against Boise State on Jan. 1, 2007.

On Monday, Stoops did a rare national interview on the fantastic “Pardon My Take” podcast. Stoops had a lively discussion with hosts Big Cat and PFT Commenter, but the final play of that famous loss to Boise State came up.

Listen here (it starts right around the 42:00 mark, but listen to the whole thing, it's the best podcast around), when Big Cat asks Stoops about it.

Big Cat: “Do you still, every now and then, fall asleep at night and have a dream of the Statue of Liberty play?”

Bob Stoops: “I don’t.”

Big Cat: “Never? Never think about it? How many times have you thought about it since 2007?”

Stoops: “Not much. I’ve had too many other games, not at all, really. That’s dead and gone to me.”

Big Cat: “I bet Oklahoma on that game, I don’t know why. I’m real smart.”

Stoops: “That’s why, you wake up with a sweat.”

Big Cat: “I think about it all the time.”

It should be mentioned that Stoops went 103-1 as Oklahoma's coach when scoring 40 or more points. The Sooners lost 43-42 in overtime against the Broncos.

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