OU football notebook: Cortez Johnson replaces injured Aaron Colvin

by Ryan Aber Published: September 7, 2013

Sooners cornerback Aaron Colvin was knocked out of Oklahoma's 16-7 win over West Virginia early in the third quarter.

Colvin remained on the sidelines the remainder of the game but did not return.

“That was scary,” Sooners defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said. “We miss him. We miss his leadership; we miss his presence.”

He was replaced by sophomore Cortez Johnson, who was suspended for the season-opener against Louisiana-Monroe.

The Mountaineers tried to throw Johnson's way several times but couldn't take advantage.

“They're going to go after everybody really,” Stoops said. “If you're a corner, you're going to get tested.”

Colvin's injury wasn't the only loss for the Sooners. Offensive lineman Tyrus Thompson went down with an apparent ankle injury late in the game.

Stoops didn't have an update on Thompson's status either.

FRANKS COMES UP BIG ON SPECIAL TEAMS

Oklahoma junior Trey Franks hasn't played much on defense this season, but made a big impact on a couple special teams plays Saturday.

Late in the first quarter, with OU trailing West Virginia 7-3, the Sooners punted to the Mountaineers. WVU's Mario Alford called for a fair catch, but dropped the ball, which was recovered by Franks at the West Virginia 32-yard line.

Five plays later, quarterback Trevor Knight found Trey Millard on a go-ahead, 1-yard touchdown pass.

Then at the end of the first half, after Oklahoma had taken a 13-7 lead on Michael Hunnicutt's second field goal, WVU's return man caught the kickoff on the goal line and attempted a return. Franks stormed down the field and stopped him at WVU's 5-yard line.

Franks was suspended for all of last season after violating unspecified team rules in May 2012. He was a wide receiver, but switched to safety during his suspension.

The fumble recovery was the first of Franks' career.

WVU'S RIGG SUFFERS SCARY INJURY

The game was delayed late in the fourth after West Virginia linebacker Doug Rigg had a scary collision with a teammate.

Rigg's head was immobilized and his facemask removed as he was tended to following the hit.

Rigg was conscious and moving his arms before being taken off the field and transported to a hospital.

PATTERSON'S DEFENSE STRONG

While Oklahoma struggled offensively, at least through the air, West Virginia's defense had a much better day than it did a year ago in the Sooners 50-49 win in Morgantown.

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by Ryan Aber
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Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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