Hey, guess what? Alabama made the special anniversary list of the top 15 things in the Bob Stoops’ era at Oklahoma:
The Crimson Tide that came to Norman in 2002 was not a particularly good football team, but the one OU faced the next season in 2003 played at home with an edge. That is, until Stoops created his “Riverboat Gambler” image, going for a fake punt deep in ‘Bama territory, then throwing a touchdown bomb on the next play for a 20-13 victory.
Bama lost the 2002 game, 37-27, but lead with almost three minutes left before giving up two quick scores.
I was at the 2003 game and the frenzy moments before the fake punt was as loud as I had ever heard at Bryant-Denny (up until that time).