John Hoover

Sporting News: Murray, Sooners, outduel Grier, WVU, to gain vital rematch with Longhorns

Sporting News: Murray, Sooners, outduel Grier, WVU, to gain vital rematch with Longhorns

Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray (1) runs the ball for a touchdown during the first half of the Sooners’ 59-56 victory at West Virginia on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Raymond Thompson)

Let’s play two.

The Big 12 Conference championship goes through Oklahoma once more after Friday night’s 59-56 victory at West Virginia.

But if the Sooners are going to win their 12th Big 12 crown and fourth in a row, they’ll have to avenge their one loss this season: Texas.

The Longhorns won their game at Kansas earlier in the day, an unexpectedly tight 24-17 victory that ends the David Beaty era at KU and officially, really, launches the Tom Herman era, who in his second year on the Forty Acres has guided Texas out of mediocrity and into the league’s championship game.

In their first meeting this season, Texas beat Oklahoma 48-45 on a late field goal at State Fair Park on October 6, and this time they’ll rendezvous at AT&T Stadium with the stakes, somehow, even higher.

The last time Oklahoma and Texas played twice in a season was 115 years ago, 1903, when the teams tied 6-6 in October and then Texas won 11-5 in November. They also played twice in 1901, with Texas winning both games 11-0 and 12-6.

It’s safe to say there will be more points scored this time.

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Columnist John E. Hoover is co-host of “The Franchise Drive” every weeknight from 6-8 on The Franchise in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, and appears throughout the day on other shows on The Franchise. Listen at fm107.7 in OKC, fm107.9/am1270 in Tulsa, on The Franchise app, or click the “Listen” tab on The Franchise home page. Hoover also covers the Big 12 for Sporting News and Lindy’s magazine and is a feature writer for Sooner Spectator magazine. Visit his personal page at

John Hoover

Hoover wrote for the Tulsa World for 24 years before joining The Franchise, where he's now co-host of "Further Review" on The Franchise Tulsa (weekdays 12-3, fm107.9/am1270) . In his time at the World, Hoover won numerous writing and reporting awards, including in 2011 National Beat Writer of the Year from the Associated Press Sports Editors for his work covering the Oklahoma Sooners. Hoover also covered Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Oral Roberts and the NFL as a beat writer. From 2012 to 2016, Hoover was the World's lead sports columnist. As a columnist, Hoover won national awards in 2012 and 2014 from the National Athletic Trainers Association for reporting on sports medicine and in 2015 won first place in sports columns from the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists. After receiving a journalism degree from East Central University, Hoover worked at newspapers in Ada, Okmulgee, Tahlequah and Waynesville, Mo. He played football at Ada High School and grew up in North Pole, Alaska. Hoover and his family live in Broken Arrow.

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