Griffin admitted the Sooners weren't into the matchup when asked to explain the struggle against a supposedly inferior team.
“Lack of concentration,” Griffin said. “Our focus wasn't where it should be. There was a little bit of a lack of energy.
“I felt like everybody, myself included, was looking forward to the break.”
And Griffin didn't deny the sight of blood provided a spark.
With Brown basically playing the part of boxing cut man on the bench, the longtime OU trainer quickly readied Griffin, who answered the bell.
“That's something we're prepared for,” Brown said. “That's nothing unusual. We do the same thing in practice.”
Brown applied an ointment to halt the bleeding during the game. Afterward, team doctor Brock Schnebel applied six stitches.
Add that to the growing list of assaults this season. Griffin has now been popped below the belt, tripped from behind and gashed in the face, among other less noticeable non-niceties.
“The pounding that kid takes, how he keeps his cool...” wondered Sooners coach Jeff Capel. “Guys are constantly coming up under him and things like that.
“Part of me understands it, just because he's so big you have to be physical with him. But it's very frustrating for me, and I know it has to be incredibly frustrating for him. And still he continues to find ways to have a huge impact on the game.”