Oklahoma football notebook: Lane Johnson, Bronson Irwin provide latest O-line scares

The overall thinness of Oklahoma's offensive line has been well-documented throughout the 2012 football season, which is why every time any of the current starters gets dinged up, there is great cause for concern among Sooner fans.
by Jason Kersey Published: November 4, 2012

Then on Oct. 6, reserve guard Nila Kasitati tore his ACL.

FOCUS SHIFTS TO BAYLOR

Oklahoma's defense was embarrassed last season when the Sooners lost 45-38 to Baylor, which was led that night on a last-minute, game-winning touchdown drive by eventual Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III.

It was the first-ever Baylor win in series history, and now, OU senior defensive tackle Jamarkus McFarland said, the Sooners can think about it.

“It's on our mind fresh now,” McFarland said. “We turn our minds to a new opponent once we finish one. That's where our focuses shift, too. We'll watch a little tape of last year and reminisce a little bit and use it as momentum.”

The Bears, meanwhile, are down a notch from last season. Baylor opened its season 3-0, but lost four straight games to open Big 12 play. Coach Art Briles' team finally earned a conference win Saturday, topping Kansas 41-14.

“On behalf of the team and the coaching staff, what a relief,” Briles said Saturday after the KU win. “We feel like we have been carrying a burden the last three or four weeks, so it's a relief to go out there and play well.”

QUOTABLE

Senior quarterback Landry Jones, on moving forward into the final four games of the regular season:

“Our mindset and mentality is the season isn't over yet. We have two losses. Maybe the national championship is out of our grasp, but you never know in college football. You never know what's going to happen. We want to put ourselves in position to have a chance at the end of the year, be in the best position possible for sure.”


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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