With Jordan Phillips out for the year after undergoing back surgery earlier this week, defensive line was about the last place that Oklahoma could afford to lose any players in its rotation.
But junior defensive tackle Torrea Peterson, who had split time with Jordan Wade in the spot vacated by Phillips, was suspended for Saturday's 34-19 win over Kansas for academic reasons, Sooners coach Bob Stoops said.
Stoops said he expected Peterson back for next week's home game against Texas Tech “provided he takes care of his academic issues.”
The Sooners started Wade and Chuka Ndulue inside with P.L. Lindley and Charles Tapper at the ends.
The start was the first of Lindley's career.
WILSON, SHEAD LEAVE WITH INJURIES
Nickelback Julian Wilson was knocked out of the game early in the first quarter with a shoulder injury and spent the rest of the game watching from the sidelines without his shoulder pads on.
Wilson didn't start as the Sooners loaded up against the Kansas' running attack.
Late in the game, left guard Adam Shead went down, also with an apparent shoulder injury.
Shead did not return.
When Shead left the game, Bronson Irwin shifted to the left while Nila Kasitati took over Irwin's right-guard spot.
After the game, Stoops said he wasn't sure on the severity of either injury.
SMALL ADJUSTMENTS PAY OFF FOR SOONER D
After being out of sorts early as the Jayhawks ran the ball more than effectively, Oklahoma's defense adjusted quite well the final three quarters.
Kansas managed just one first down in the second half and just five of its 12 after the first quarter.
“A lot of the early stuff in the first half — we can play, we just misalign and at times our guys need to do a better job of recognizing formations and getting where we need to be,” Stoops said.
Linebacker Eric Striker said the halftime adjustments weren't drastic.
“It wasn't much, it was just a tiny bit of a crease and gap adjustment and playing football too, of course,” Striker said. “It wasn't that we weren't playing hard, we were just missing a couple of gaps here and there.”
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