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Oklahoma football: Eric Striker thankful he wasn't penalized for taking off his helmet in the Sugar Bowl

by Jason Kersey Published: August 22, 2014
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NORMAN — Oklahoma junior linebacker Eric Striker knows he dodged a major bullet when he took his helmet off following a Sugar Bowl sack late in the first half.

“I will never do that again,” Striker said. “You know how that would have went if I would have got the flag, but let’s not talk about that.”

On a first down play with less than 20 seconds on the clock, Striker sacked Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron and immediately took his helmet off, before quickly putting it back on.

Such an act is supposed to result in a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, which would’ve put the Crimson Tide inside the Sooners’ 20-yard line.

“I can control it; that was just the biggest game of my life at its highest level,” Striker said. “It was just that type of feeling.

“In a way I thought it was meant to be and that’s why I didn’t get the flag. I don’t know, something must have been with me you know? A little spirit or something?”

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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