Loss of three defensive starters changed Sooners' game

by Ryan Aber Modified: October 23, 2011 at 9:32 am •  Published: October 23, 2011

NORMAN — The Sooners were expected to be shorthanded on defense for Saturday’s game against Texas Tech.

The didn’t expect to be this shorthanded, though.

Jamell Fleming was expected out after it was reported late in the week that he’d had a minor knee surgery following the win at Kansas.

But joining the senior cornerback in sitting out was linebacker Tom Wort and defensive tackle Casey Walker, both also starters.

The Sooners weren’t about to use their absence to dismiss OU’s 41-38 loss to Texas Tech at home Saturday but it clearly played a part.

No loss was bigger than that of Fleming, as the Red Raiders picked on replacement Gabe Lynn mercilessly at time, including a stretch in the third quarter that led to Lynn being removed from the game.

“We missed Jamell,” Sooners coach Bob Stoops said. “There’s no way around it. He’s a great player and has great experience out there and it was obvious that the position got worked.”

On the first drive of the second half, Tech targeted Lynn, leading to an 11-yard touchdown pass on a drive that progressed in part due to a personal foul call on the sophomore from Jenks.

The touchdown put Tech up 31-14.

On their next drive, Texas Tech went right back to Lynn.


by Ryan Aber
Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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