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The Royal Sampler: Former OU players still hurting over 2003 loss to K-State and links

For Kansas State, a 35-7 victory over Oklahoma in the 2003 Big 12 championship game is remembered as one of the biggest wins in program history.

For Oklahoma, the game is remembered as one of the most disappointing defeats of the Bob Stoops era.

According to Jason Kersey of the Oklahoman, there are plenty of OU players who still curse whenever the loss is mentioned."We didn’t go out there and play hard enough," said Teddy Lehman, then a senior linebacker who won the Bednarik and Butkus awards.

"We didn’t block, didn’t tackle. Didn’t do the things we’d done that whole season. They weren’t even close to the team we were; it’s not even debatable."

Many who watched the 28-point rout that day would probably take that debate.

During Bob Stoops’ 13 years in Norman, the 2003 Big 12 title game is his only loss in seven meetings with Snyder, who had both Stoops brothers on his Kansas State staff in the early 1990s.

The Oklahoma defense has generally done pretty well against Snyder’s offenses, with this one giant exception.

Oklahoma took a 7-0 lead on its first drive but watched Kansas State quarterback Ell Roberson and Sproles, the small, lightning-fast running back, light up the scoreboard for five unanswered touchdowns to win the game and Snyder’s only conference championship. (more…)