Oklahoma football notebook: Sooners' Gabe Lynn gets redemption

by Ryan Aber Published: October 26, 2013
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Two years ago in Texas Tech's upset win over the Sooners, the Red Raiders continually went after cornerback Gabe Lynn, who was filling in for an injured Jamell Fleming.


In Saturday night's 38-30 Oklahoma win, Lynn, now playing safety, came up with several big plays.

The biggest came early in the fourth, when Lynn picked off Davis Webb's tipped pass, setting up the score that put the Sooners up 35-24.

The interception was Lynn's third of the season (and career).

He finished with a career-high nine tackles — seven solo — to lead the Sooners.

The interception was one of two by the Sooners in the game. Aaron Colvin had the other.

DEFENSE SOLID AGAINST THE RUN

Since losing linebacker Corey Nelson and defensive tackle Jordan Phillips to injury over the past few weeks, the Sooners have struggled against the run.

After giving up an average of 220 rushing yards over the last two weeks, the Sooners held Tech to 72 yards on the ground.

It was the third time this season Oklahoma has held an opponent to less than 100 yards rushing.

“I thought we limited the run game the whole night,” defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said. “And we should've played it even better. I didn't think our tackling was particularly good at times but I thought we were in control of the run game the whole night, never really bothered us.”

Texas Tech didn't have a drive that lasted longer than 3:51 while the Sooners had three drives that lasted longer than five minutes.

SOONERS HANDLE DELAY

Two years ago, the Sooners didn't handle a 94-minute rain delay particularly well, coming out flat while Texas Tech pulled off the upset.

While the Sooners got off to a slow start offensively Saturday, overall they reacted better to the 76-minute delay.

“We talked about it early in the week and we talked about it Thursday,” Sooners coach Bob Stoops said.

Wide receiver Jalen Saunders said he spent the delay working out and staying prepared.

Stoops praised school officials for deciding to clear the stadium and delay the game well before the storms moved in. The move happened before the teams took the field for warmups, then the teams were given 75 minutes to warm up prior to kickoff.

“They got word to us soon enough that since there's lightning around, there's no sense in going out there for 10 minutes and have to do it again,” Stoops said. “Having us sit ahead of that was really wise by everyone involved in that decision. We went out and did our thing once it was time to go.”

LINEBACKER INJURIES CONTINUE

After losing Nelson for the season in the win over TCU, the Sooners' injury problems at linebacker continued Saturday night when Frank Shannon was knocked out in the first quarter and did not return.

Shannon was replaced by freshman Jordan Evans, the second true freshman thrust into significant minutes at linebacker due to injury. Dominique Alexander has replaced Nelson in the lineup.


by Ryan Aber
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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