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Blog: Former OU players still hurting over 2003 loss to K-State

For Kansas State, a 35-7 victory over Oklahoma in the 2003 Big 12 championship game is remembered as one of the biggest wins in program history.

For Oklahoma, the game isrememberedas one of the most disappointing defeats of the Bob Stoops era.

According to Jason Kersey of the Oklahoman, there are plenty of OU players who still curse whenever the loss is mentioned.

“We didn’t go out there and play hard enough,” said Teddy Lehman, then a senior linebacker who won the Bednarik and Butkus awards.

“We didn’t block, didn’t tackle. Didn’t do the things we’d done that whole season. They weren’t even close to the team we were; it’s not even debatable.”

Many who watched the 28-point rout that day would probably take that debate.

During Bob Stoops’ 13 years in Norman, the 2003 Big 12 title game is his only loss in seven meetings with Snyder, who had both Stoops brothers on his Kansas State staff in the early 1990s.

The Oklahoma defense has generally done pretty well against Snyder’s offenses, with this one giant exception.

Oklahoma took a 7-0 lead on its first drive but watched Kansas State quarterback Ell Roberson and Sproles, the small, lightning-fast running back, light up the scoreboard for five unanswered touchdowns to win the game and Snyder’s only conference championship.



It’s easy to see why OU players are still disappointed about that game. The Sooners were undefeated heading into to Arrowhead Stadium and had loads of lopsided victories that season, including 77-0 over Texas A&M, 65-13 over Texas and 52-9 over Oklahoma State.

But K-State was the much better team when they played that night.

MORE LINKS

– Dennis Dodd of CBSSports stopped by Manhattan this week and came away withthiscolumn on K-State. He says Bill Snyder might be boring in front of the media, but he wins on the field.

– David Ubben of ESPN.comthinksSaturday’s game will be decided up front at the line of scrimmage.

– K-State at Oklahoma is the firsthugegame any Big 12 team has played so far.

– Here’smy blogfrom yesterday on the OU/K-State series. It has all the ingredients to become a rivalry, but it can’t reach its potential as long as Oklahoma keeps winning all the time.

– The Kansas State volleyball teamlostits first game of the season last night at Oklahoma.

PICTURE OF THE DAY



I guess we can expect this to be part of the feature “College Gameday” runs on Collin Klein this weekend. It was his birthday yesterday and ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt showed up with a party hat.

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