The Sooners have a bye week to review options how to tweak the offense after All-America wide receiver Ryan Broyles suffered a season-ending torn ACL last week.
“You're not able to change everything that you're doing with three games left in the year, so other guys will just have to step up and make plays and try to make the plays he's used to making,” said OU coach Bob Stoops. “Just like when we practice all week, there are other players who get in there for Ryan and they're just going to have to play.”
Broyles finished his career with 349 catches for 4,586 yards and 45 touchdowns.
“He's just a spark in everything that he does,” Stoops said. “Again, our team will respond, I believe. We have to.”
FLEMING EXCELS AT STRIPPING BALL
Cornerback Jamell Fleming, returning after missing two games following arthroscopic knee surgery, produced a momentum-changing play against Texas A&M by stripping the ball loose, then recovering the fumble.
“He's got good strength, good natural strength,” said defensive coordinator Brent Venables. “(Defensive back coach) Willie (Martinez) is always preaching that. He actually does teach a technique where you protect one arm and rip the ball out with the other arm.”
LEWIS EARNS BIG 12 HONOR
Junior defensive end Ronnell Lewis was selected the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week. In a 41-25 win over Texas A&M, Lewis recorded a team-high nine tackles, two tackles for loss and had an interception. Lewis leads the team in tackles for the season.
It's the third time OU has had the Defensive Player of the Week. Harris won following the win over Florida State, Fleming following the win over Texas.
OU's next game, Nov. 19 at Baylor, will kick off at 7 p.m... The Sooners have a bye this week. They did not practice but will practice today, Wednesday and Thursday.