MANHATTAN, Kan. — Oklahoma coaches didn't want to use cornerback Aaron Colvin any more than they had to at Kansas State on Saturday.
Colvin entered the game battered and bruised, especially his right shoulder. Colvin hadn't practiced for much of the two-and-a-half weeks since injuring it against Baylor.
But while the Sooners might not have wanted Colvin to play much against the Wildcats, it quickly became apparent they needed him to.
Colvin gutted it out, being matched up with former Tulsa Washington star Tyler Lockett for much of the second half after Lockett had torched the Sooners in the first half. Colvin helped keep keep Lockett somewhat in check during the second half of the Sooners' 41-31 win at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
“We were trying to protect him,” Sooners defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said. “It was his decision to play and nobody else's. It was strictly up to him.”
Oklahoma sold out to stop the run early and Lockett found plenty of room to roam in the secondary, catching touchdowns of 48, 30 and 90 yards in the first half.
Cortez Johnson started opposite Zack Sanchez at corner, with Colvin only coming on in spot situations.
“You're real frustrated, especially at yourself giving up a big play like that,” Sanchez said. “But the guys they rally around you. The game wasn't over.”