Oklahoma defensive end Ronnell Lewis sprains MCL

OU FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK
by Berry Tramel Published: November 20, 2011

University of Oklahoma defensive end Ronnell Lewis limped off the field in the second quarter of the Sooners' 45-38 loss to Baylor with what Sooner coach Bob Stoops said is an MCL knee sprain. Stoops said the early prognosis is that Lewis will not need surgery and could return in two or three weeks.

Lewis returned to the OU sideline in the second half, wearing street clothes.

Safety Javon Harris also left the game in the second half with an injury and did not return.

WILD MOMENTUM SWINGS

The third quarter was a period of wild momentum swings.

OU scored two touchdowns in the first four minutes, sandwiched around David King's 4th-and-1 stuff of Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin at the Bear 32-yard line.

But Baylor regained momentum with Griffin's 87-yard touchdown pass to Kendall Wright, caught from a ricochet off the hands of teammate Tevin Reese. Then Baylor retook the lead on an 85-yard drive in which Griffin converted a 3rd-and-10 and a 4th-and-11.

UPTEMPO OFFENSE BOTHERS OU

Baylor's uptempo offense seemed to bother the Sooners. OU was penalized for illegal substitution on Baylor's first-quarter drive to a field goal. And Baylor's first touchdown came on Terrance Ganaway's 15-yard run, when it appeared OU's defense wasn't ready.

“At times it helped them,” said Stoops. “But I don't credit that when we have success as far as tempo goes. I always say it's execution.”

JACKSON STARTS FOR BROYLES

True freshman Kameel Jackson started at slot receiver in place of injured All-American Ryan Broyles. Jackson played most of the game and had two catches for 24 yards.


by Berry Tramel
Columnist
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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