Asked on Monday why he elected to punt late in the fourth quarter with his team trailing to Missouri, Stoops said he was trying to maintain a respectable losing margin for pollsters to look at. "It's a long year. Who knows how poll people look at scores?" Stoops said, according to The Oklahoman. "Had we had a reasonable amount, some kind of field position, had we shown any signs the previous three plays of making a play, we would have (gone for it). But I didn't see that."