OU football: Drake Stoops lives out dream with Red River Showdown decisive TD catch
Drake Stoops dreamed of moments like Saturday afternoon.
A perfect pass his way with no defenders nearby. A crucial touchdown to seal a victory.
And doing it in his hometown Sooners’ uniform would be sweet.
“I love football so unexplainably much,” Stoops said as he recalled the childhood dreams.
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Stoops — one of the twin sons of former OU coach Bob Stoops — made his dream come true in the Sooners’ 53-45 win over No. 22-ranked Texas in quadruple overtime, catching the winning touchdown.
“Drake, what can you say?,” OU coach Lincoln Riley said. “I’ll bet his daddy’s pretty happy right now.”
Stoops lined up as an inside receiver. He saw zone coverage. He found the open area. He caught the bullet of a pass from Spencer Rattler and scooted into the end zone for the first time in the Red River Showdown, setting off the traditional drawn out “Stoops” from fans.
Stoops finished with two receptions for 20 yards, including the 25-yard score.
“To be able to make a play like that for this team and a team from my hometown and all that, I mean it's absolutely unbelievable,” Stoops said. “Prayed for times like this.”