The crowd of 17,026 gathered in the stadium’s lower level, the only one open. Outside, the tailgate tent closest to the entrance had a Dallas Cowboys logo on it. There were rides nearby, but they were at Six Flags and not the Texas State Fair a screen pass from the Cotton Bowl.

It was an adjustment seeing Bob Stoops here on a Sunday February evening, and not at the biggest game in college football some Saturday October afternoon.

Ten minutes after kickoff as the Dallas Renegades’ defense geared up for their initial third-down stop, Stoops crouched at the waist, put his hands on his knees and stared straight at the snap. I saw him in that pose a thousand times at OU.