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.
The Mountaineers defensive coordinator is Keith Patterson, a Marlow native and East Central grad.
West Virginia forced four turnovers and held the Sooners to 435 yards — just 119 through the air.
Patterson coached at Altus, Edmond Memorial, Edmond Santa Fe and Ardmore before moving to the college ranks as Tulsa's linebackers coach in 2003.
HANSEN: ‘I'M GOOD'
Among the recruits visiting Oklahoma's Big 12 Conference opener Saturday against West Virginia was Edmond Santa Fe quarterback Justice Hansen, who committed for the class of 2014 in April.
Hansen missed the Wolves' season-opening, 3-0 loss to Midwest City on Thursday with a lingering hamstring injury, but said before Saturday's game that he'd return to action next week against Yukon.
“I'm good,” Hansen said. “I'll play next week.”
SUNDERLAND PICKS UP OFFER
Midwest City junior safety Will Sunderland had a big night Thursday in the Bombers win over Santa Fe.
Saturday, Sunderland visited Norman and picked up an offer from the Sooners, the first Division-I offer for the 2015 recruit.
Sunderland was joined by plenty of other recruits, including a large group of 2014 commits.
Gulfport (Miss.) Harrison Central cornerback Tito Windham and Scottsdale (Ariz.) Desert Mountain wide receiver Mark Andrews took official visits, as did Derby (Kan.) tight end Deandre Goolsby, who also has offers from Arkansas, Florida, Kansas State and Ohio State.
Other 2014 commits in Norman on “unofficial” visits were Irving (Texas) Ranchview defensive tackle Brandon Glenn, Cedar Hill (Texas) cornerback Marcus Green, Pfugerville (Texas) Hendrickson running back Samaje Perine, Allen (Texas) linebacker Tay Evans and Hansen.
MOUNTAINEER BASEBALL COACH HONORED
West Virginia baseball coach Randy Mazey was presented with a game ball during the third quarter of Saturday's game.
Mazey and his team helped with the relief efforts following the Moore tornado, both in the immediate aftermath when the team was in Oklahoma City for the Big 12 baseball tournament and in donations after the team returned.
Arizona Diamondbacks owner and West Virginia alum Ken Kendrick donated $200,000 last month to help restore Moore's youth baseball programs.
It was Hunnicutt's fourth career game with three of more field goals. He missed a fourth on the Sooners final drive. … Bob Stoops (151) is now seven away from passing Barry Switzer for most coaching victories in OU history. … Oklahoma's 16 points are the fewest in a home victory since a 14-10 win over Kansas on Nov. 18, 1967, and the lowest overall since a 12-0 win over Texas in 2004. … Lacoltan Bester had career highs with three receptions for 46 yards. …