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Oklahoma football notebook: Linebackers make a difference in win over Louisiana-Monroe

For the first time against an FBS opponent since late in the 2011 season, Oklahoma's two leading tacklers were linebackers. Corey Nelson had eight tackles, including two for a loss, and Frank Shannon had seven, including one for a loss.
by Ryan Aber Modified: September 1, 2013 at 5:00 pm •  Published: September 1, 2013

For the first time against an FBS opponent since late in the 2011 season, Oklahoma's two leading tacklers were linebackers.

Corey Nelson had eight tackles, including two for a loss, and Frank Shannon had seven, including one for a loss.

“I think that's a good indication,” Sooners defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said. “That's the way it's supposed to be. I'm happy for both of those guys. They played hard and prepared well and really played good football.”

Nearly half of Oklahoma's tackles (20 of 43) came from linebackers.

CRAMPING NOT AN ISSUE

With the kickoff temperature in triple digits for the season opener for just the third time in Sooners history, a few cramps might've been expected.

But Oklahoma didn't show any sign of heat-related ailments, getting through the game without any cramping issues.

Bob Stoops said the offense controlling the clock, especially in the second quarter, helped stave off any issues.

“They got good breaks,” Stoops said. “When you go three-and-out, three-and-out, three-and-out or turnover and out and you're back out there, it doesn't work so well. You have to play together as a team. Tonight it worked that way.”

The Sooners held the ball for 10:57 in the second quarter after managing just one first down in the first quarter.

KNIGHT DOESN'T MIND TAKING A HIT

It might not sound right, but one of the things redshirt freshman quarterback Trevor Knight was looking forward to the most in Saturday's game was taking a hit.

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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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