Paulsen, a former walk-on from New Mexico, was actually busy checking to make sure Jefferson was okay.
“Keep your eyes on your guys.” That's what Mike Stoops told Paulsen before he went into the game.
“It was my first time on defense, just getting used to the speed,” Paulsen said. “It was a lot different. I feel like I did okay. I've got some stuff to work on.”
Paulsen made three tackles, but a mistake late in the second quarter, when Paulsen was supposed to be covering deep. Paulsen left Demontre Hurst trying to catch Florida A&M's Travis Harvey. A 75-yard catch and run later, Harvey beat Hurst to the end zone.
“That touchdown was my fault,” Paulsen said. “The rotation, I should have been high and I would have helped out Demontre. Just a mental block on my part.” Before Saturday's game, Paulsen only had two assisted tackles in his OU career.
“Jesse's been doing an excellent job,” Bob Stoops said. “Made some nice tackles, was where he was supposed to be all night, except for the one play. I'm not throwing him under the bus. He understands. He'll learn from it and get better.”