Sooners Hope to Turn Tune, Jump Around in '10

November 22, 2008 was a big day in OU football history.

The Sooners, who were ranked fifth in the BCS, dominated visiting Texas Tech, the at-time No. 2 team in the nation, during the first half to jump out to a 35-point halftime lead and eventually went on to win 65-21.

OU's score-at-will offense and overwhelming defense got the crowd into the game, which resulted in the memorable jumping to the tune of House of Pain's "Jump Around." The fans, who head coach Bob Stoops called out earlier that week, were so rowdy that Stoops awarded them with a game ball.

The victory was the third game during a five-game stretch where the Sooners scored at least 60 points.

But, more importantly, the lopsided win forced an eventual three-way tie between OU, Texas Tech and Texas for the Big 12 South lead that was decided by the highest-ranked team in the BCS, which wound up being the Sooners.

"It was a good win," Stoops said. "It put us in a position to go chase another championship. It's a game we had to have. So, it was a big, exciting game we really had to have, and our guys played well."

After winning the tie breaker, OU went on to defeat Missouri in the Big 12 championship game and eventually met the Florida Gators in the national title game.

The Red Raiders are making their first appearance in Norman since the game that essentially sent the Sooners to the national championship game, and thoughts of that game bring back fond memories for the players.

"[It's been] the greatest game I've ever played in," said junior linebacker Travis Lewis, who led the team with 13 tackles, forced a fumble and picked off former Red Raiders quarterback Graham Harrell. "They were one of the most prolific offenses in the country at the time and they had Crabtree, and Harrell and everybody. We really came out and dominated that game. I've played in the national championship, Big 12 championship, and it's the best game I've ever played in.

"That's something I could tell my kids, ‘Hey, your dad went out there and really put it on them."

But the Sooners could not string together back-to-back victories against the Red Raiders when they went down to Lubbock, Texas, last year and were embarrassed 41-13. Near the end of the game, "Jump Around" started blaring over the stereo system, and the players and fans returned the jumping favor.

Now, the Sooners are looking to reclaim the song by getting a victory to keep their Big 12 title hopes alive.

"Yeah, we've just got to play our football, so they have that track ready for us to play," junior wide receiver Ryan Broyles said. "But we've got to come out firing because I know they've got that offense and they're capable of scoring points. So we've got to go out there and grind out, and hopefully we can put up the song, again."


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