Facing the Oklahoma Sooners and head coach Bob Stoops coming off of a loss hasn't been a productive proposition for opponents throughout Stoops' career in crimson and cream.
In fact, Stoops and his teams are 28-1 coming off of losses since losing two straight games in 1999, winning those games by an average margin of more than 29 points.
The debut season for Stoops in Norman started out with three wins before a loss on the road to Notre Dame in a close game. Oklahoma dropped out of the rankings and then lost a 38-28 game to second-year head coach Mack Brown and No. 24-ranked Texas.
It wasn't an unremarkable victory, either -- the Horns overcame a 17-point deficit in the first quarter as quarterback Major Applewhite threw for over 300 yards and three touchdowns with no turnovers. At the time, the comeback for Texas was the largest since 1965.
Decidedly un-Stoops-like. Outside of BCS games, that is.
In the previous game, Oklahoma had allowed Notre Dame to surge back from a 30-14 deficit.
After the loss against Texas, though, Stoops had some prophetic words -- "We'll be fine."
A coaching platitude, certainly, but one that came to pass, as the Sooners went on to win the national championship the next season by going undefeated.
Since then, the only other back-to-back losses came at the end of the 2003 season. First, Kansas State upset Oklahoma in the Big 12 championship game in spectacular fashion behind 235 yards from mighty mite Darren Sproles, then LSU took down Stoops and his team in the Sugar Bowl.
And the only other time that Oklahoma entered the Red River Showdown coming off a loss under Stoops, Oklahoma came out with a 28-21 victory in 2007 despite a record-setting performance by Texas tight end Jermichael Finley. The game marked the low point for Jamaal Charles in burnt orange, as the running back fumbled once and had another ball go through his hands for an interception.
The Sooners had been upset by the Buffaloes in Boulder the previous week.
So the challenge is significant for Texas this weekend -- go into the Cotton Bowl against a team that is significantly better by any objective measurement and buck the historic trends of an extremely successful head coach.