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.
On the second play, Seth Doege hit Eric Ward for a 48-yard pass Lynn’s direction. After that play, Aaron Colvin moved from safety to cornerback while Sam Proctor entered the game at safety.
“The thing we noticed about Oklahoma was that they had not seen a passing team all year,” Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said. “They have seen some teams that have run the ball and that is all. ...
“It was not easy by any stretch of the imagination but it was a game that we thought we had a good opportunity if we just stayed in till the fourth quarter.’ By the end of the game, Texas Tech had put up 572 yards of total offense--452 through the air.
“The offense put up 38 points,” Colvin said. “No matter how you guys think they played, they put up 38 points. Their offense put up 41 points and that’s unacceptable.” Walker had an injury to his left thumb while Wort was still suffering from effects of a concussion suffered last week against Kansas.
Nothing about Tech’s offense surprised the Sooners, Stoops said.
“They ran the plays that they run over and over,” Stoops said. “They ran them better than we covered them.”