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Oklahoma Sooners Fire Co-Offensive Coordinators

iStock/Thinkstock(NORMAN, Okla.) -- The Oklahoma Sooners football team fired co-offensive coordinators Josh Heupel and Jay Norvel on Tuesday, according to head coach Bob Stoops. No replacements have been named.

Heupel previously played quarterback for Oklahoma, leading the Sooners to a national championship victory in 2000 over Florida State. He joined the coaching staff in 2005 as the quarterbacks coach and was promoted to co-offensive coordinator in 2010.

In a statement posted to Heupel's Twitter account, he said: "It has been an honor to be a part of the University of Oklahoma for 14 years. Oklahomans and Sooner fans have embraced me as a coach and as a player, including the magical National Championship season."

In a separate move, defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery has been promoted to co-defensive coordinator with Mike Stoops.

Oklahoma began the season 4-0, but lost five of their last nine games to finish the season at 8-5. They were just 5-4 in the Big 12 conference. In the Russell Athletic Bowl, the Sooners were trounced by Clemson, 40-6.

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No. 12 Baylor Mauls No. 15 Oklahoma 

ThinkStock(NORMAN, Ok) -- Bryce Petty and the Baylor Bears continued to showcase their dominance this season as they beat down Oklahoma Saturday. 

The Bears trailed the Sooners 14-3 after the first quarter. By the end of the fourth quarter Baylor had flipped the scoreboard as they defeated Oklahoma 48-14.

Petty picked apart the Sooners secondary by tossing for 387 yards and one touchdown, completing 32 of 42 passes. 

Baylor did its real damage on the ground as their running game gashed the Sooners for five rushing touchdowns. Shock Linwood and Devin Chafin each had a pair of scores and Corey Coleman added another of his own.

Coleman did his real damage through the air as he was on the receiving end of 15 of Petty's passes. He racked up 224 yards receiving and caught the team's lone passing touchdown.

A scary moment occurred in the waning moments of the fourth quarter as Sooners quarterback Trevor Knight attempted to avoid a sack.  He was being pulled down by his jersey when two other Baylor defended attempted to bring him down and piled him into the ground.  Knight lay motionless as medical personnel rushed to his side.  He was put on a stretcher and rushed to a local hospital.


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(14) Kansas State Holds Off (11) Oklahoma

Ed Zurga/Getty Images(NORMAN, Okla.) -- A blocked extra point and a pair of missed field goals helped the 14th-ranked Kansas State Wildcats knock off number 11 Oklahoma, 31-30, on Saturday. Sooners kicker Michael Hunnicutt missed a field goal that would have given Oklahoma the lead with less than four minutes to play.

"I feel for Michael," Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops said. "He's been an excellent kicker for us and a great young man. We all love him. I feel that for him, because unfortunately, the kicker, that just kind of sticks out."

"The youngster that missed the field goal, he will go another hundred years without missing another field goal," said Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder. "So we were just lucky. That happens."

The contest went back-and-forth throughout, with the Wildcats (5-1) taking a 21-17 lead into halftime. Hunnicutt's first missed field goal, a 32-yard try that went wide left, came at the end of the first half. Kansas State come out of the locker room and added to their lead, a 27-yard field goal to make it 24-17.

Both squads traded touchdowns in the third quarter, giving Kansas State a 31-24 lead heading into the final period. Oklahoma (5-2) was able to drive the ball and score Trevor Knight touchdown pass to Durron Neal. However, Hunnicutt's extra point was blocked by Travis Britz.

The Sooners eventually got the ball back and reached the Kansas State 1-yard line. After not being able to put the ball in the end zone for the win, Hunnicutt's 19-yard chip shot missed and the Wildcats were able to run out the clock.

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(4) Oklahoma's Defense Dominates in 34-10 Throttling of Tennessee

JP Wilson/Replay Photos via Getty Images (NORMAN, Okla.) -- Oklahoma's defense created three turnovers and held Tennessee to 313 total yards to lead the No. 11 Sooners past the Volunteers 34-10 Saturday night.

Oklahoma is now 3-0 as it heads into Big 12 play.

"I don't feel that we've done much yet," Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops said. "I've got all the respect in the world for Tennessee. I'm just saying it's only three games. We've got a long year. We've got to keep getting better."

Oklahoma jumped out to an early 13-0 lead before Tennessee scored on a Justin Worley 40-yard touchdown pass to Josh Smith. But Keith Ford ran in an 11-yard touchdown at the end of the second quarter to give the Sooners a 20-7 lead at halftime.

Cornerback Julian Wilson essentially sealed the game for Oklahoma in the fourth quarter when he intercepted a Worley pass and returned it 100 yards for a touchdown.

Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight accounted for two touchdowns, one rushing and one passing, while completing 20 of 33 passes for 308 yards.

Worley completed 21 of 40 passes for 201 yards, but threw two interceptions and fumbled once for Tennessee (2-1) in the loss.

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Baylor Blows by Oklahoma in Big 12 Showdown

ThinkStock(WACO, Texas) -- Their rankings may not have been far apart, but that was about all that was close when Oklahoma and Baylor finished their Big 12 showdown Thursday night.

Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty threw for three touchdowns and rushed for another two as the No. 6 Bears crushed the No. 10 Sooners, 41-12.

"Going into this game it was kind of the first time we had a true test as far as the whole hype of the situation," Petty said when talking about Baylor beating its first ranked opponent this season.  "As far as us being top 10 and them being top 10 it was a big game.  I was proud of the guys for handling it well."

It took a little time to get going, but when the Bears did, they didn't stop.  Oklahoma (7-2, 4-2 Big 12) took a 5-3 lead with 12:19 in the second quarter when kicker Michael Hunnicutt nailed a 22-yard field goal.  But Baylor proceeded to score 28 unanswered points and never looked back.

Freshman running back Shock Linwood rushed for a career-high 182 yards in the win.

Baylor (8-0, 5-0 Big 12) is now tied with Texas atop the Big 12 standings.

Baylor will continue its quest to stay undefeated next Saturday when it hosts Texas Tech.

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No. 14 Oklahoma Avenges Last Season's Loss to Notre Dame

Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images(SOUTH BEND, Ind.) -- No. 23 Notre Dame fell behind by two touchdowns in the first three minutes of the game and it never recovered as the Fighting Irish lose to No. 14 Oklahoma 35-31 Saturday.

The win allows Oklahoma (4-0) to avenge its 30-13 loss to Notre Dame last season.

Oklahoma linebacker Corey Nelson intercepted Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees on the third offensive play of the game, returning the pick for a touchdown. Notre Dame's second drive ended even earlier as Rees was intercepted on the first play of the Fighting Irish's second drive. Oklahoma took advantage as running back Damien Williams rushed for a 11 yard touchdown to make it 14-0.

"You spot a great team like Oklahoma 14 points you're putting yourself in a tough situation," Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly said. "Hats off to Oklahoma, I thought they played extremely well."

Notre Dame (3-2) actually made a game out of it. Rees found tight end Troy Niklas for a 30 yard touchdown pass with 14:10 left in the fourth quarter reducing their deficit to 27-21. But Oklahoma came right back and scored on its next drive when Blake Bell found Sterling Shepard for a 54 yard touchdown.

The win snaps Oklahoma's seven-game losing streak to Notre Dame.

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Oklahoma Names Trevor Knight Starting QB

JP Wilson/Replay Photos via Getty Images(NORMAN, Okla.)  -- Trevor Knight has been named the starting quarterback of the Oklahoma Sooners, head coach Bob Stoops announced Thursday.

The redshirt freshman beat out junior Blake Bell and will make his collegiate debut on August 31 against Louisiana-Monroe.

Bell was expected to replace Landry Jones as the starting quarterback, after rushing for 24 touchdowns in his first two seasons at Oklahoma.

Knight impressed the coaching staff with a strong training camp and was able to win the job.

"I can go out and play and not be all timid," Knight said when asked what OU's coaching staff could learn about him that they didn't already know. "I was a little tentative during the spring, just getting into it, learning a bit. I just need to go out, have fun and play."

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Bob Barry Sr., 'Voice Of the Sooners,' Dies at 80

Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Oklahoma Sooners have lost one of the greatest voices in the history of their program. Longtime announcer Bob Barry Sr. passed away on Sunday. He was 80 years old.

Barry served as the play-by-play announcer for Oklahoma from 1961-1972, and then from 1991-2010 before retiring as Oklahoma's football and basketball play-by-play man in the spring. According to Barry at the time, he retired for apparent health reasons, feeling he  couldn't perform in the way countless fans had come to expect. Barry spent 50 years as a broadcaster; he called games for Oklahoma State as well as Tulsa in between his stints at Oklahoma.

Oklahoma Head Football Coach Bob Stoops knows that Barry's family, as well as the entire state of Oklahoma, lost a great man. "I know this is a difficult time for them, but hope they can find comfort in a life well-lived and the love of countless fans all over the country," Stoops said.

Berry's first broadcasting job came in 1956 as a disk jockey, sportscaster, and salesman at a radio station at Norman High School in Oklahoma. Then Oklahoma Head Coach Bud Wilkinson's son played at Norman High, Barry was asked to try out for the Oklahoma play-by-play job by Wilkinson. The rest, as they say, was history.

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