Oklahoma linebacker Corey Nelson officially finished Saturday's win against Kansas with two sacks.
By late Monday morning, he had been credited with a third. A fan noticed the discrepancy and alerted David Bassity and Kenny Mossman in the university's sports information department. Video viewed by Bassity confirmed that Nelson dropped KU quarterback Jordan Webb an additional time.
“I didn't even know that until now,” Nelson said Monday evening, after learning a fan came to his aid. “I appreciate that.”
In picking up the third, the SIDs said Nelson became the second OU player under Stoops to record three sacks in a game.
Nelson did have to leave the game late. The sophomore was relieved to learn Sunday morning that his right arm did have not have any broken bones. He has some ligament damage, and he said it's something related to a sprain, but he is expected to be able to play through it.
“I did get good news,” Nelson said. “It (hurts) a little bit. It's not any major pain, severe pain. It's slight soreness here and there.”
He said he injured the arm when he “smashed” it into the Kansas turf.
Coach Bob Stoops complimented Nelson's practice Monday, in fact, calling it “great.”
Nelson started in Travis Lewis' absence in the opener, and he's been rotated in on a number of occasions since Lewis' return. He's been used some in OU's blitz packages, including on third downs when the team uses its four-defensive end front.
“He's done well,” defensive coordinator Brent Venables said. “He's had a winning grade every week.”
WORT SHOULD PLAY, BUT BIRD IS SUITABLE BACKUP
Venables said he expects middle linebacker Tom Wort (back) to be ready to play Saturday against Texas Tech. But he has been impressed by Jaydan Bird's play when Wort has had to come out the past two weeks, against Texas and Kansas.
“I've been very proud of him, really proud,” Venables said, adding Bird worked mostly at weakside linebacker last week only to have to enter for Wort in the middle.
“He's got to know the game plan at both,” Venables said, “so it's harder than it probably seems.”
Playing well had extra benefits last week, considering Bird is a native of Wichita. He estimated he had between 12-15 family members in the stands at Kansas Memorial Stadium, including his family and his wife's family.
Bird finished with five tackles, including one for a loss, in about 20-25 snaps.
“It's priceless,” he said. “I'll look back on that memory, that opportunity, a long, long while down the road.”
ANOTHER STOOPS IN TOWN THIS WEEK
Mike Stoops, fired as the Arizona coach last week, will visit his brother this week and attend the OU-Texas Tech game. Bob Stoops said Mike would come into town with his children on Thursday night.
“My kids are excited to see his kids,” Bob Stoops said.
Bob Stoops said his brother would either be on the sidelines or in the stadium suite that Stoops shares with former Sooner Bud Hebert. But even if Mike Stoops is on the field, don't expect him to help out the Sooners.
“I know my team better than he does,” Bob Stoops said. “We've been managing all right ourselves.”
BROYLES IS BIG 12 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF WEEK
Perhaps no big feat for a guy who now holds the NCAA's receptions record, but senior receiver Ryan Broyles was named Monday the Big 12's Offensive Player of the Week.
Broyles set a career high with 217 receiving yards in the victory at Kansas, missing his school record for catches in a game by one. He finished with 13 receptions, one behind his record set last season against Iowa State.
Broyles needed three catches to tie Taylor Stubblefield's NCAA receptions record. He set the new mark on a 56-yard touchdown from Landry Jones – and then he proceeded to lap it, which should continue in the coming weeks.
ANOTHER ‘GAMEDAY' FOR SOONERS?
The Big 12 and ESPN announced Monday that the Oct. 29 game at Kansas State will be a 2:30 p.m. kickoff, regionally split between ABC and ESPN2 along with the Baylor-Oklahoma State game.
If K-State and OU both win this weekend – they're double-digit favorites against, respectively, Kansas and Texas Tech – it'll set up a meeting of 7-0 teams in Manhattan.
If that's the case, there's a good chance ESPN's “College GameDay” could land in the Little Apple. It would be the Sooners' third “GameDay” game already this season, joining the Florida State and Texas games.
Defensive line prospect Jordan Wade tweeted Monday night that he has been “officially cleared” to enroll at OU in January. … Mossman fished Broyles' record-setting gloves from the trash at Kansas. … The Sooners opened as a 25½-point favorite against Texas Tech, but that number had increased to 29 in most Vegas sportsbooks by Monday evening.