COLVIN HELD OUT OF PRACTICE
Oklahoma cornerback Aaron Colvin was held out of practice Monday after Sooners coach Bob Stoops said earlier in the day that he expected Colvin back at practice.
Colvin cracked one of his top molars and possibly suffered a concussion early in the third quarter of Saturday's 16-7 win over West Virginia.
Colvin did not return to the game.
“Aaron got kicked in the jaw,” Stoops said before practice. “He was at the dentist today and is expected to practice today, depending on what they find there.”
Stoops said he did not know whether or not Colvin suffered a concussion.
Defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said after practice that Colvin was day to day and he was confident Colvin would be ready to play against Tulsa on Saturday.
Sophomore Cortez Johnson played in Colvin's place against West Virginia.
“He played OK,” Mike Stoops said. “He's rusty. He just needs to play and gain confidence. I think he did as the game wore on.”
THOMPSON EXPECTED TO BE OK
Stoops said junior left tackle Tyrus Thompson was expected to return to practice Monday and that his status for the Tulsa game will be determined in the coming days.
Thompson was injured late in the fourth quarter of last weekend's 16-7 win over West Virginia. A source told The Oklahoman that X-rays on Thompson's ankle were negative, and it's believed he suffered a high-ankle sprain.
Should Thompson be unavailable for the Tulsa game, right tackle Daryl Williams would likely switch to the left side of the line. Candidates to start at right tackle include senior guard Bronson Irwin, who has been working at tackle and started all 13 games last year, junior-college transfer Josiah St. John and sophomore Derek Farniok.
BELL GROUNDED BY CIRCUMSTANCES
When Blake Bell came into Saturday's game on the Sooners' first drive of the fourth quarter, OU stopped throwing the ball.
In 18 plays with Bell in the game, Oklahoma tried just one pass — an incomplete screen attempt.
Sooners coach Bob Stoops said the game dictated keeping the ball on the ground after Bell entered the game with OU up 13-7.
“We got the ball back with 6:20 left and they're down two possessions,” Stoops said. “Well, you don't mess with the football gods. We'd been running the ball well, so you run the clock out. That way if you have to give the ball back to them there's minimal time because they'd already used their timeouts.”
The Sooners ran for 121 yards in the fourth quarter, 74 on Brennan Clay's nine carries.
“I wasn't after beauty points,” Stoops said. I was after the win. Two possessions: if you can run the clock out, you run it out. I'm gonna do it every time. I don't care if Landry (Jones) was here or Sam Bradford was here. If we were running like we were last week and there was 6:20 on the clock, we would've done the exact same things.”
LYNN EARNS CONFERENCE HONORS
Oklahoma senior safety Gabe Lynn was named the Big 12's Defensive Player of the Week after his performance in the Sooners' 16-7 win over West Virginia last weekend.
Lynn recorded three tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery in the win, which improved Oklahoma to 2-0 on the season and 1-0 in Big 12 play.
Both of Lynn's turnovers came at critical moments in the game, on third-quarter drives after OU quarterback Trevor Knight had thrown interceptions.
Oklahoma State quarterback J.W. Walsh was the conference's Offensive Player of the Week, and Kansas State's Tramaine Thompson earned the special teams honor.
WILSON GLAD TO BE WVU IN THE REARVIEW
Sooners nickelback Julian Wilson was glad to have West Virginia so early on the schedule.
Wilson wanted to get the questions about last year's performance against the Mountaineers out of the way.
“Really everybody was talking about that West Virginia game and how we gave up almost 800 yards,” Wilson said. “It's really going out there Saturday and we wanted to get that game out of the way so people could stop talking about it.”
The Sooners gave up 387 total yards in Saturday's 16-7 win over the Mountaineers, less than half of their total from last year's game.
OU, UNITED WAY HELP RAISE $200K
The United Way of Norman donated nearly $200,000 to disaster relief for the May tornadoes. The money was raised through the sales of two benefits and direct donations to the United Way from fans during Oklahoma softball's Women's College World Series title run.
The organization held a recognition ceremony Monday for the $198,794.72 donation.
The relief effort included revenue from the proceeds of the “OK Together” shirt with the logos of OU, Oklahoma State and Tulsa.
BY RYAN ABER AND JASON KERSEY