- Jake Trotter, ESPN Staff Writer
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Defensive coordinator Mike Stoops wasn’t shy about praising his former school, which knocked off Oklahoma State late Saturday night. Stoops was fired from Arizona midway through last season after eight years there.
“I was certainly happy for Arizona, happy for Coach (Rich) Rodriguez and all the players at Arizona there,” Stoops said. “They must have played an awfully great game. That’s a tough place to play there at night.”
Stoops singled out quarterback Matt Scott, whom Stoops signed out of high school. Scott finally won a starting job this fall after backing up Nick Foles for four years.
“We all knew Matt Scott was a great player,” Stoops said. “It’s not a shock. I saw what Matt Scott did for four years there. He got beat out by an NFL quarterback in Nick Foles and Matt is a tremendous talent.
“So I’m really happy and proud of what those guys did against a really good Oklahoma State team. It’s more personal for me because I coached at Arizona. I’m really proud of those guys. I had a feeling that game would be tougher than people thought.”
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