Against Baylor, Oklahoma's defense ran a new scheme that defensive coordinator Mike Stoops implemented.
It called for the front four defensive linemen and seven defensive backs: Demontre Hurst, Lamar Harris, Javon Harris, Tony Jefferson, Gabe Lynn, Julian Wilson and Aaron Colvin.
Colvin explained in this alignment, he slid into the nickel position. While Wilson and Lynn played inside, Lamar Harris and Hurst played outside.
The set-up allowed Hurst to get into a position to tip, dive, block, swat and all but catch an interception. He pounded the ground with his fist after he missed his third attempt.
“Yeah,” Colvin said laughing. “‘No hands Demontre' is what we call him.”
Although the nickname was actually made up on the spot, Colvin said the team did tease Hurst for never actually making an interception against the Bears. Hurst does have two interceptions in his career. The first he returned for 49 yards. The second he returned for 55 yards. He has yet to grab an interception this season.
“He's still a great player,” Colvin said. “Like Coach Mike (Stoops) says, ‘The hardest thing is getting in position to get the interception.' He was doing that. He's just got to find a way get the ball."
Come Sunday, Oklahoma defensive tackle Casey Walker isn't much of a football junkie.
After a week of watching film on the next opponent, he doesn't overload on too many NFL games.
“During the week I watch so much football, I'm kind of tired of it,” Walker said. “I'd rather watch tennis.”
The only players he knows on the pro tour are Venus and Serena Williams.
But Walker does pay attention to college football outside of the Big 12 Conference. When the media began to talk about bowl predictions, Walker talked about the Sugar and Fiesta bowls.
“I don't want to go there again,” Walker said about the Fiesta Bowl, where the Sooners have been the last three years. “I don't, but I will. Shoot, I'd take New Orleans.”
That's when some media members told him that Oklahoma was projected to meet Texas A&M in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. before the Aggies beat Alabama last weekend.
“Yeah that's true,” Walker said. “That quarterback (Johnny Manziel) is nice. He's nice. We'll just have to see. We have to worry about the rest of this season.”
A FRIENDLY BIG 12 WAGER
Jim Manilla hopes the TCU shirt he'll wear to the next city council meeting will represent the last time he'll have to pay up on the friendly wager he initiated.
Manilla, the mayor of Morgantown, W.Va., issued a challenge to the mayors of Waco, Texas; Manhattan, Kan.; Fort Worth, Texas; Norman; and Lawrence, Kan. — all the Big 12 cities with universities whose football teams play 2012 games at West Virginia.
“I put a challenge out to all the mayors, that whoever lost the game would have to wear the team shirt at the next council meeting,” Manilla said in a telephone interview with The Oklahoman.
“The reason I'm doing it is to reach out. This is the inaugural year for West Virginia to be in the Big 12, and I thought that would be a good gesture to do that. I'm not faring too well right now.”
Manilla won the first such bet when the Mountaineers beat Baylor in a 70-63 shootout on Sept. 29. But since then, West Virginia has lost back-to-back home games to Kansas State and TCU. He wore a purple K-State shirt at Morgantown's Oct. 30 City Council meeting. A few days later, on Nov. 3, West Virginia lost in overtime at home to TCU.
“I haven't got their shirt, but supposedly it's on the way,” Manilla said. “I need to wear it at the next council meeting.”
Manilla said the challenge has been issued to and accepted by Norman Mayor Cindy Rosenthal. Before the Mountaineers' first Big 12 home game, Manilla had several West Virginia shirts made locally by SustainU, a Morgantown company that makes clothing from 100-percent American recycled products.
“I thought I'd have to pass them all out, but it seems that things aren't turning out that way,” he said with a laugh, before adding he's sent the shirts to the winning city's mayor anyway.
Manilla, a lifelong Morgantown resident, said he loves seeing his city host visiting teams and fans, many of whom have never been there.
“We definitely want to make a really good first impression — and a lasting impression, not just a first impression,” he said.
Offensive line coach James Patton on guys like Bronson Irwin and Lane Johnson playing through injuries: “They don't get time off. They get select reps. They want to be out there. They want to play. None of them feeling 100 percent. I bet there isn't a lineman in America that feels 100 percent.”