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Oklahoma football notebook: 'Judgment calls' go Sooners' way

by Jason Kersey Published: December 1, 2012

Following the play, sophomore offensive tackle Tyrus Thompson was called for a 15-yard personal foul for hitting TCU defensive end Stansly Maponga twice in the head.

Thompson had Maponga pinned to the ground, and the skirmish happened a few yards behind most of the other players.

The penalty wasn't ultimately very significant in the game; Jones connected with Jalen Saunders for a 24-yard touchdown pass on the next play, and Thompson played the rest of the contest.

Asked about Thompson's penalty, Stoops said, “A lot of guys get penalties called on them.”


Oklahoma guard Adam Shead was injured and left Saturday's game in the first half, continuing the trend that's plagued OU's offensive line all season.

Shead didn't return, but Oklahoma coaches moved center Gabe Ikard to guard, and replaced Ikard with true freshman Ty Darlington.

When Ikard was forced to miss the Baylor game three weeks ago with a head injury, Darlington filled in admirably.

“I think he played well,” Ikard said of the freshman. “I haven't seen the tape obviously, but me and him inside, when they came our way, we were pretty solid on our combos.”

Senior tackle Lane Johnson said after the game that Shead's issues were related to his neck and ankle.

OU senior Justin Brown had a rough day. He had four catches but for only 27 yards. And Brown's muff of a TCU punt gave the Horned Frogs new life.
Brown has been a solid punt returner for the Sooners. But in the first half,
Brown dropped to his knees to corral a hard-bouncing punt, almost like an infielder knocking down a grounder. Brown retained possession. But in the fourth quarter, he was not so fortunate. Brown dove to catch a Frog punt, lost the ball and TCU recovered at the OU 36-yard line with 8:59 left in the game. Four plays later, Jaden Oberkrom kicked a 47-yard field goal to draw TCU within 24-17.


TCU sophomore Brandon Carter broke free to catch an 80-yard touchdown pass, which brought the Horned Frogs within seven points of OU with 9:33 left in the third quarter.

Carter, from Euless (Texas) Trinity, was an Oklahoma commitment from June 2010 until a few weeks before signing day 2011, when he switched his verbal pledge to TCU.

When he made the switch, Carter said the decision was made because OU wanted him to play defense, and he preferred to be a receiver.

The 80-yard touchdown was Carter's only reception Saturday; he also returned three kicks for 37 total yards.

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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