When Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops recently brought up the legend of Patrick Fletcher at an OU caravan stop in Plano, Texas, he talked about how he still hugs his former reserve quarterback every time he sees him.
What Stoops doesn't mention is how Fletcher's famous play might have been the first really great play of the Stoops era that started in 1999.
Stoops has told the story a number of times of how Fletcher ran for a first down on a fake field goal where everyone was in perfect position, except for the kicker, who was never told to go into the game.
However, while Stoops emphasizes Fletcher's scrambling wild run from the holder position, he definitely undersells the ultimate result.
It happened against Texas A&M in October of 1999. A&M came to town ranked No. 13 in the country and the Sooners, off of consecutive losses where they held large leads, were just 3-2 on the year.
Fletcher got the first down and it led to a massive momentum surge and OU's first touc...