OU notebook: Bye week is time to heal for Sooners

by Michael Baldwin Modified: October 4, 2010 at 8:19 am •  Published: October 3, 2010

Cornerback Jamell Fleming (ankle) and defensive tackle Casey Walker (knee) did not suit out Saturday after being sidelined by injuries at Cincinnati. Safety Jonathan Nelson suffered an injury in the first half against Texas.

"I think it's just a bruise," said coach Bob Stoops. "He went back in and played. We'll have to see. I think he just bruised his hip."

Nelson also landed awkwardly on his left leg late in the game. It's unknown the severity of Nelson's last injury. OU has a bye week next week before playing Oct. 16 against Iowa State.

SOONERS PROTECTING BALL

For the 12th consecutive year, the team that finished with the most rushing yards won the Red River Rivalry. An equally important variable is OU didn't have any turnovers. The Sooners are averaging less than one turnover a game and rank second nationally in turnover margin (+10).

"Turnover ratio isn't a defensive stat," said offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson. "It's a team stat. It's your ability not to give it up, plus your ability to get it."

MOVING THE CHAINS

One hidden key to the Sooners' win Saturday was third-down conversions. OU was 9-of-20 while Texas was 5-of-16. It was most representative in the red zone, where the Sooners scored four touchdowns and the Longhorns twice settled for field goals after first-and-goal situations.

QUOTABLE

OU linebacker Travis Lewis: "I will take the win, by three, by one, by 20. It doesn't matter. I don't care ... Coach Stoops is right. We're making these things closer than they need to be but we're winning them. We're 5-0. I will take it."


by Michael Baldwin
Reporter
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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