Junior defensive end Ronnell Lewis (sprained knee) will be sidelined two to three weeks and will not play against Iowa State or Oklahoma State.
“Next man in,” said defensive coordinator Brent Venables. “Ronnell's a terrific player. He's got a physical presence and play-making ability that's hard to duplicate. Other guys have got to step up and play better -- and be sound. No one's got to be Superman, ever. Guys just need to stay within the system and execute.”
Harris on the spot
Junior free safety Javon Harris, burned repeatedly in a 45-38 loss at Baylor, practiced on Monday and will play Saturday against Iowa State after suffering an ankle injury in the second half.
“There is nothing you can do about what happened,” said strong safety Aaron Colvin. “You have to be ready to come out this next game and prove yourself, knowing other teams are licking chops to (attack) you after seeing it on film.
“But he's a great player. He just had one bad game... Defensive back is such a hard position. If you're off one game, one play, it can go for a touchdown. Honestly, I feel defensive back is one of the hardest positions. If you're off your game you're going to get exploited.”
Reynolds should play
Wide receiver Jaz Reynolds suffered a shoulder injury at Baylor but returned to play with pain.
“All the X-rays checked out OK, just sore,” Stoops said. “It shouldn't limit him. He should be able to practice at some point shortly.”
A look back at Baylor
One constant question after Monday's practice, held indoors due to heavy rain, was how much of Baylor's 616 yards, the most allowed in the Bob Stoops era, was due to poor defensive technique and how much credit should be given Baylor's explosive offense.
“It's both,” Stoops said. “I don't mean this critical but some people think other people don't have (talented players) and we have them all. Sometimes we don't have as many as other people do. In the end they got open a heck of a lot better than we covered.”
Can that be traced back to recruiting?
“Absolutely,” Stoops said. “You think everybody just wants to walk in here. It's pretty hard (to monopolize talent)... Everyone, just because we win a lot, thinks everyone is knocking the door down to get here. That's not always the case. It's always competitive.”
Broyles a Biletnikoff finalist
For the second consecutive year Oklahoma senior wide receiver Ryan Broyles is a Biletnikoff Award finalist along with reigning winner Justin Blackmon (Oklahoma State) and USC's Robert Woods.
Broyles, who underwent successful knee surgery on Monday after suffering a season ending injury two weeks ago against Texas A&M, became the all-time leading receiver in Division I history earlier this season.
Adjusting the primary goal
All season long the primary focus was to win a national title. With two losses, that goal no longer is a possibility.
“I want to be the best team every year,” said quarterback Landry Jones. “It's tough not being able to play in that game. It's sucks for sure. But we're going to show our character, show how this team is built. We're a tough minded team. We still have great goals in front of us.”
The primary goal now is another Big 12 title.
“The main thing for us is to stay focused on these last two games,” said senior defensive end Frank Alexander. “We can't worry about what happened with Baylor. We have to let that go and move on because the Big 12 championship is still in front of us.”