Redshirt freshman middle linebacker Frank Shannon got his shot at some significant playing time in last week's 41-20 win at Texas Tech, and he took full advantage.
Shannon entered the game in place of starting middle linebacker Tom Wort after Tech quarterback Seth Doege completed a few passes on Wort early in the game. Shannon finished with a team-high six tackles.
The redshirt freshman also made one of the game's key plays when Texas Tech attempted a fourth down conversion on its first drive of the second half, with OU leading 24-13.
Shannon burst between blockers and recorded a sack, stopping any momentum Doege and the Red Raiders' offense had begun to build on that third-quarter opening drive. Tech had advanced to OU's 36-yard line before Shannon's sack.
“I just went into the game thinking that I just had to go out there and play hard and make good plays and read my keys,” Shannon said.
Shannon's pass defense skills and continued improvement were on full display Saturday, but defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said Wort, a junior with 25 career starts, remains the starter.
JUSTIN BROWN RETURNS TO COTTON BOWL
As a first-year Sooner, senior receiver Justin Brown hasn't ever played in the Red River Rivalry. But he has played in the Cotton Bowl. In 2012, as a matter of fact.
Brown's last game with Penn State was a 30-14 loss to Houston in the TicketCity Bowl, which was played in the same stadium as the annual Red River Rivalry game.
Brown caught a 69-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter of the TicketCity Bowl.
“There wasn't that many people there when we played,” Brown said, joking that he expects a bigger crowd for his first and only OU-Texas game. Brown has 15 catches for 154 yards and a touchdown this season.