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OU football notebook: Family of Austin Box attends game

by Ryan Aber Published: October 23, 2011

Austin Box's parents, Craig and Gail Box, attended Saturday night's game against Texas Tech, their first game of the season.

Austin Box, who would've been a senior this year, died in May.

His parents watched from the sidelines and spent time with Sooners coaches, including defensive coordinator Brent Venables, before the game.

“Today will be my parent's first game to go to, please pray for their strength as they cross this bridge, it won't be an easy day,” Whitney Box, Austin's sister, tweeted earlier in the day.

Craig and Gail Box declined to comment.

Junior defensive end Ronnell Lewis wore Box's No. 12 for the game.


It wasn't a delay on the level of Oklahoma State's game against Tulsa that started after midnight earlier this season, but Saturday's game was delayed more than an hour and a half by lightning and heavy rain that moved through the area.

The game was delayed in three increments of 30 minutes before beginning at 8:46, 1:34 after the scheduled start.

It was the third weather delay for OU during the Bob Stoops era.

There was a 1:12 delay on Aug. 30, 2008 against Tennessee-Chattanooga at the start of the second half. The other was in 2002 against UTEP, a 51-minute delay.


Sooners wide receiver Ryan Broyles was honored with a long pregame video that showed every pre-Tech reception of Broyles career.

It was the first home game since Broyles broke the NCAA record for career interceptions.

The video lasted nearly 15 minutes and ended with “This is Oklahoma football ... This is history” on the video board, then showed Broyles warming up.

Broyles briefly turned and watched the video for a few moments before resuming pregame warmups.

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
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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