Oklahoma football: Sooners' secondary shaky without Aaron Colvin, Gabe Lynn

by Ryan Aber Published: September 14, 2013

When Gabe Lynn was called for targeting late in the first quarter of Oklahoma's 51-20 win over Tulsa, Sooners defensive coordinator Mike Stoops was livid.

Stoops was upset about the call but also about what an ejection would mean for the defensive backfield.

After review, Lynn's ejection was overturned. He came up with his second interception of the season on the next drive, but he was knocked out of the game on the play.

The Sooners' secondary was a big part of the team's success the first two weeks. But without Lynn and Aaron Colvin out there against Tulsa, the secondary looked shaky.

That was never more apparent than on third (and fourth) downs.

After holding Louisiana-Monroe and West Virginia to a combined 5 of 32 on those downs, giving up just seven points in the first two games, Tulsa converted on seven of its 15 third-down tries and converted its only try on fourth down.

“I think third down was the most disappointing element of the game for me personally,” Stoops said. “We extended drives, couldn't get off the field on some drives.

“It was frustrating.”

Oklahoma went into the game knowing they'd be without Colvin, though he dressed for the game after suffering a broken tooth and a possible concussion against West Virginia.

Although the secondary lost Lynn and freshman Stanvon Taylor — who started in Colvin's place — during the game, Stoops said the issues started long before Saturday morning.

“We were just kind of lethargic throughout the week and we kind of played that way,” Stoops said. “They out-executed us on third down. That part was disappointing.

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by Ryan Aber
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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