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Stoops Borrowing From Mentor Snyder’s Playbook

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NORMAN, OK (AP) – When asked about going up against Kansas State’s Bill Snyder, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops points out that it’s been 17 years since he was in his mentor’s office.

That doesn’t mean he isn’t finding ways to learn from him still.

Stoops and the sixth-ranked Sooners (2-0) borrowed from Snyder’s playbook last year in creating their “Belldozer” short-yardage run package featuring backup quarterback Blake Bell. The powerful running plays were successful for Kansas State’s Collin Klein, and then Stoops turned them against the Wildcats in a 58-17 win last season.

Klein says he was humbled when Stoops told him at Big 12 media days that he was the model for Oklahoma’s offensive set.

He and the 15th-ranked Wildcats (3-0) will get their chance to avenge last year’s loss on Saturday night.

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