• OU football: Photographer apologizes to Sterling Shepard for camera incident

    Published: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    Plenty of people saw the clip of OU receiver Sterling Shepard  falling on a photographer's camera while trying to make a touchdown catch against Kansas State. But not many people have heard the photographer's take. On Monday, Tulsa World photographer Mike Simons blogged about the incident in which Shepard was hurt falling on Simons' Canon 400mm F 2.8 lens. Simons apologized for Shepard's injury, indicating that while his expensive equipment was damaged, it's "nothing in comparison to a player's safety." From Simons: "Some comments have been made about camera gear lying by my side. I have always felt that flat on the ground is the safest place for gear that isn’t being used at that particular moment. It is where most photographers keep their gear. It allows me to move out of a player’s way quickly. And there are no monopods (the metal poles on the bottom of our cameras) sticking up needlessly. It has worked perfectly for 26 years. On Saturday, while lined up with dozens of other photographers in the designated photo area, it didn’t." Shepard left the game in the second quarter, but was able to return for a career-best 15 receptions against the Wildcats.

  • OU football: Bob Stoops refuses to comment on Trevor Knight's health

    staff reports | Published: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    On Monday's Big 12 media teleconference, Bob Stoops declined to address questions about quarterback Trevor Knight's health. “No, I’m not going to give any updates on that today,” Stoops said Monday. Knight was hit hard in the first quarter on a quarterback run and had to leave for one offensive series against Kansas State. Multiple sources saw Knight with his left arm in a sling following the Sooners' 31-30 loss to the Wildcats. Knight returned to the game to finish 26-of-32 for 318 yards and three touchdowns. OU is off this week, so that would give Knight more time to recover should his injury be more serious than he showed on Saturday.

  • OU football: Joe Mixon misdemeanor trial could be delayed

    Ryan Aber | Updated: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    NORMAN — The misdemeanor trial for Oklahoma freshman running back Joe Mixon is tentatively scheduled to begin Oct. 27 but could be delayed into December. At a jury selection hearing Monday at the Cleveland County Courthouse, district judge Steven Stice scheduled a Friday pretrial hearing where the date of the trial will become clearer. Mixon, who is suspended from the football team for the season, was charged with one count of acts resulting in gross injury after a July 25 incident at Pickleman’s Gourmet Cafe just north of OU’s campus. The incident left 20-year-old OU student Amelia Rae Molitor with multiple facial fractures. Mixon’s attorney, Kevin Finlay, estimated the trail could

  • Live Coverage: Bob Stoops' Press Conference

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    View OU coach Bob Stoops' weekly press conference (Oct. 20) and review our live coverage.

  • Report: Archie Manning steps down from College Football Playoff selection committee

    Published: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    Archie Manning will resign from the from the College Football Playoff Committee that will determine the four finalists for the 2014 national championship, ESPN's Chris Mortensen is reporting, citing a source. An announcement was scheduled to be made Monday morning.  According to the report, Manning is experiencing complications from from knee replacement surgery that will require another surgery. 

  • Oklahoma football: Teammates support Michael Hunnicutt

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    “You have to hug him up and make sure he knows we’re behind him 100 percent,” Sooners linebacker Geneo Grissom said. “He’s been one of the most consistent kickers I’ve been around since I’ve been here. You have to make sure he keeps his chin up and that he knows we’re 100 percent behind him.”

  • Oklahoma football notebook: Cody Thomas' brief appearance shows promise

    BY RYAN ABER AND JASON KERSEY | Published: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    With the game scoreless, Cody Thomas came in and led the Sooners right down the field for a touchdown in what became a 31-30 Oklahoma loss.

  • Breaking down the College Football Playoff outlook

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    Oklahomans have been relegated to the bystanders in the first four-team playoff. So here’s a somewhat neutral eye on where things stand

  • Oklahoma football: McAlester's Dalton Wood goes from under the radar to Sooner commitment

    BY JASON KERSEY | Published: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    The 6-foot-5, 240-pounder is McAlester’s quarterback, but will play tight end for Oklahoma. He accounted for seven touchdowns — three rushing, three passing and one on a kick return — in last week’s 63-20 rout at Noble.

  • Oklahoma football: Sooners struggling with timeout usage

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    Oklahoma lost its second game of the season Saturday and is finished in the College Football Playoff race. One undeniable reason for that is time management. For a team that Bob Stoops spent much of the early season praising as mentally mature and detail-oriented, they’ve had a mighty difficult time communicating with their coaches and one another.

  • OU football: Oklahoma's exit from the College Football Playoff sealed with a kick

    By Jenni Carlson | Published: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    COMMENTARY — Even the reliable Michael Hunnicutt faltered in Oklahoma’s 31-30 loss to Kansas State, exposing many reasons why the Sooners aren’t Football Four worthy.

  • OU football: Costly mistake squanders otherwise fantastic performance by Trevor Knight in Sooners' loss to Kansas State

    BY JASON KERSEY, Staff Writer, jkersey@opubco.com | Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    NORMAN — In examining the reasons behind Oklahoma’s 31-30 home loss Saturday to Kansas State, you'd have to go pretty far down the list to arrive at quarterback Trevor Knight.

  • OU football notebook: Aaron Ripkowski's ejection, Blake Bell's injury hurt Sooners in short-yardage situations

    BY RYAN ABER AND JASON KERSEY, Staff Writers | Published: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    Fullback Aaron Ripkowski doesn’t exactly light up the stat sheet, but the senior is a critical piece to Oklahoma’s offense. So when Ripkowski — who sees time at fullback, h-back and tight end — was ejected for targeting on the Sooners’ second drive of the game, it threw things off in Kansas State’s 31-30 win over Oklahoma. Ripkowski’s ejection came after a helmet-to-helmet hit on Kansas State defensive end Ryan Mueller as Ripkowski was protecting Trevor Knight on a play where Knight gained three yards. The ejection especially hurt the Sooners late in the fourth quarter, when OU had a first and goal at the Kansas State 4 and couldn’t score. Not only was Ripkowski out, but tight end Blake Bell missed

  • OU football by the numbers: Sooners lose second straight home game to Kansas State

    BY JENNI CARLSON, Staff Writer, jcarlson@opubco.com | Published: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    Kansas State 31, OU 30: Samaje Perine and Sterling Shepard continued their moves in the OU record books, despite the loss. Shepard set a school record for receptions in a game and Perine joined a small club of OU freshmen to score 10 or more touchdowns.

  • OU football: Six plays that turned a would-be win into a Sooners loss

    BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer, raber@opubco.com | Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    Kansas State 31, Oklahoma 30: The Sooners had their chances and they had impressive offensive numbers. But ultimately, it came down to six mistakes that cost OU the game.

  • OU football: Blake Bell catches 2nd touchdown pass, takes knee to the head in Sooners' loss

    BY JASON KERSEY, Staff Writer, jkersey@opubco.com | Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    NORMAN — Oklahoma senior tight end Blake Bell caught his second career touchdown pass in the third quarter of the Sooners’ 31-30 loss Saturday to Kansas State. For his career, Bell has now scored 38 touchdowns — 24 rushing, 12 passing and two receiving. Bell left the game late in the fourth quarter and didn’t return after taking a knee to the helmet, but still spoke to reporters about the disappointing loss, his touchdown reception and his injury. Q: Can you describe the disappointment after this second loss, knowing that you guys are probably out of the College Football Playoff race? A: It’s tough. It’s not fun when you lose.

  • OU football: Sooners' Blake Bell says 'you can't blame it on one guy'

    BY JASON KERSEY, Staff Writer, jkersey@opubco.com | Published: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    NORMAN — Oklahoma fell to 5-2 on the season and 2-2 in Big 12 Conference play after Saturday’s 31-30 home loss to Kansas State. Here’s a look at what players and coaches had to say after the game. Kansas State coach Bill Snyder, on his team’s third-down stop late in the game: “You just keep trucking as they say. We always say keeping sawing wood, keep rowing the boat. If you want to get where you are going you have to do that and we did.” OU linebacker Jordan Evans, on the loss: “We’re very disappointed. You never want to lose, especially at home. It’s been so long since we’ve played at home, and we come and lose. But we’ve just got to move on from here. We’re going to keep our heads up.

  • OU football report card: Mistakes in 3rd-down defense, special teams result in low grades for Sooners

    BY JENNI CARLSON, Staff Writer, jcarlson@opubco.com | Published: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    Mistakes on the offense, the defense and yes, even the special teams cost Oklahoma in a 31-30 loss to Kansas State. The grades reflect it. THIRD-DOWN DEFENSE: D Even though the K-State offense converted less than half of its third-down plays — 5 of 11 — four of the conversions were game-changing. The first was on third-and-long in the second quarter, setting up first and goal and leading to another third-and-long conversion, a touchdown pass from Jake Waters to Tyler Lockett. Then late in the third quarter, the Wildcats converted on third and 6 when the Sooners had them pinned deep in their own territory. That K-State drive ultimately stalled, but instead of punting and giving OU good field position, the Wildcats were

  • OU football: ESPN breaks down Michael Hunnicutt's technique that led to missed field goals

    BY MEL BRACHT, Staff Writer, mbracht@opubco.com | Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    ESPN announcer Dave Pasch was as startled as many of the spectators Saturday afternoon at Owen Field as he called Michael Hunnicutt’s missed 19-yard field goal with 3:53 left that cost the Sooners the chance to take the lead vs. Kansas State. “And he missed it wide to the left! I can’t believe he hooked it! Considered by many to be the best kicker in college football and he hooked that thing dead left from 19 yards.” Oklahoma went on to lose 31-30. Analyst Brian Griese, a former Michigan and NFL quarterback, said, “That’s a confidence thing. Michael Hunnicutt, normally solid, and he’s flustered.” Examining the kick on the replay, Griese noted Hunnicutt’s form was off.

  • [UPDATE]: Sterling Shepard back for Sooners after falling on camera against Kansas State

    Published: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    Oklahoma receiver Sterling Shepard had to leave the game late in the second quarter against Kansas State after falling on a camera lens in the back of the end zone. On third-and-9 from the Kansas State 21-yard line, Shepard was trying to haul in a pass from Trevor Knight when his momentum took him right into the photographers. Michael Hunnicutt finished off the drive with a 38-yard field goal, but Shepard did not return to the game. Shepard led all receivers with eight catches for 95 yards in the first half, including a 47-yard touchdown reception from Knight.