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Oklahoma football notebook: Defensive lineman Stacy McGee returns in Sooners' loss to Irish

by Ryan Aber Published: October 28, 2012

After missing just one defensive play, Hurst was back on the field.

He finished with seven tackles and a sack.


Late in the fourth quarter, Irish linebacker Manti Te'o picked up his 400th career tackle.

He followed it almost immediately with No. 401.

Te'o finished with 11 tackles and an interception, which he picked off diving after a Dan Fox deflection.

The play was reviewed before officials upheld it.

“It was a great play by Dan Fox there,” Te'o said. “I was on the sidelines telling the coaches when they were reviewing it that they didn't need to worry. It bobbled around a little bit, but I had it before it hit the ground.”

Te'o picked up his first sack of the season earlier in the game.


Special teams have generally been a strength for Oklahoma this season but twice on punts early in the game, Oklahoma was penalized for illegal formation.

Those penalties were two of the Sooners five penalties for 39 yards — not an overwhelming number.

The biggest came late in the first half when Bronson Irwin was flagged for holding on what would've been a Blake Bell touchdown run that would've likely sent the game into halftime tied.

The Fighting Irish were penalized just once for five yards.


The kickoff for next week's game at Iowa State was set for 11 a.m. and it will be televised on ABC (Cox 8).

The game will be the second morning kickoff for the Sooners this season. Oklahoma also kicked off at 11 a.m. for the Red River Rivalry game at the Cotton Bowl earlier this month.

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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