After Oklahoma's defensive backfield struggled mightily in the first half at Kansas State, senior cornerback Aaron Colvin gave redshirt freshman Zack Sanchez a halftime pep talk.
“I told him some things are going to happen, but you've got to keep your head up and you've got to try to make a play the next play,” Colvin said. “I said his play's going to come in time, and he made that play. I already knew it was gonna happen.”
The play came early in the fourth quarter, when Sanchez picked off a Jake Waters pass and returned it 74 yards for a touchdown to help seal the Sooners' 41-31 victory.
SHEPARD'S RETURN WAS IMPORTANT
Sophomore receiver Sterling Shepard missed Oklahoma's win over Iowa State two weeks ago with a concussion, but he was back in action last weekend at Kansas State.
Shepard caught four passes for 37 yards and a touchdown in the victory. He was injured after sustaining a brutal hit at Baylor.
“You lose Sterling, you have to shuffle your pieces of the puzzle around more than you want to,” said co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel. “Having him back was a big help for us. Just his consistency, his ability to make plays inside.”
Sophomore defensive end Charles Tapper, on what the Bedlam game means to him:
“It's one of the biggest rivalry games in the country. Going against an in-state rival, that's gonna mean a lot to the fans. The fans mean a lot to us, so satisfying the fans means a lot to me.”