Stevens Makes the Most of Starting Spot

NORMAN, Okla. – Kicker Jimmy Stevens is far from being considered a fan favorite, but it was a 41-yard field goal off his foot that was the difference in the No. 7 Sooners' 27-24 victory over Air Force.

Stevens, who started Saturday because normal starter Patrick O'Hara was out with a muscle strain, made both of his field goal attempts – the 41-yarder and a 32-yard chip shot – and was perfect on three extra-point attempts.

"[I am] extremely happy with it, especially not knowing I was starting until about five minutes before I went out there to warm up," Stevens said. "I saw Patrick just in street clothes, I was like ‘What's wrong.' He's like ‘I'm hurt.' I was like ‘Okay then, I guess I'm starting.'"

And did Stevens ever take advantage of his opportunity to start for the first time since playing Texas last season, when he missed a field goal in a 16-13 game. A year later, Stevens is making a case to be the starting kicker again, but he is not saying this performance alone will get him the job back.

"It definitely helped out," Stevens said. "I made all my kicks and kicked so well, I mean – I don't know – we'll see how it goes."

Stevens at least made an impression on head coach Bob Stoops, who will ultimately decide which kicker will start in the future.

"Jimmy was awesome and I'm happy for him," Stoops said. "He was the first guy to get the game ball in there. He hit it really well. All of those kicks were hit, looked to me like right on the numbers right where you want them to."

For at least one day, Stevens is the man, but there will be a big kicking competition once O'Hara is healthy again.

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