Oklahoma coach defends late punt in loss

Associated Press
Oklahoma Sooners linebacker Tom Wort (21) walks away as Missouri Tigers celebrate a 3-yard touchdown run by teammate James Franklin during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010, in Columbia, Mo. Missouri won 36-27. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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Coach Bob Stoops says the BCS standings were in the back of his mind when he decided against a comeback try late during Saturday's loss at Missouri.

Oklahoma was down nine points with less than 2 1/2 minutes remaining and had the ball on fourth down at their own 7-yard line. Stoops had his team punt rather than try to keep the drive going, and the Tigers won 36-27.

Oklahoma dropped from No. 1 in the BCS standings a week ago to No. 9. Stoops said Tuesday that giving up the ball deep in Sooners territory risked a more lopsided loss and more damage in the polls.

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