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OU football notebook: Sooners' receiver Sterling Shepard knocked out early vs. Baylor

by Ryan Aber Published: November 8, 2013


After an extra-point try in the fourth quarter that sent Oklahoma to the 41-12 deficit, sophomore defensive end Charles Tapper threw a punch at a Baylor player and was penalized and ejected.

Chuka Ndulue led Tapper off the field and to the Sooners bench, where he put a towel over his head and ducked his head down between his legs. Gabe Lynn tried to console Tapper.

The ejection was the culmination of an already chippy game.

About 30 minutes before the game began, a group of Sooners players took offense when Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk started waving his arms to pump up the crowd near midfield where OU's players were warming up.

A small shoving match broke out, which was eventually broken up by officials and coaches from both teams.

Moments later, another shoving match broke out on the opposite side of the field with Sooners linebacker Eric Striker in the middle.

About five minutes into the second half, another small skirmish broke out after an OU punt.


Despite pre-game reports linebacker Frank Shannon would not play after suffering an injury early in the Sooners last game, a win over Texas Tech, Shannon warmed up with the first unit and played much of the game.

Shannon was solid, too. He led the Sooners in tackles with 15 — 12 solo — including two for a loss.

Shannon's backup, freshman Jordan Evans, was injured on a kickoff return just before the half.

Evans, who played most of the Texas Tech game after Shannon's departure, was helped off the field before being carted off during halftime.


Since Stoops' first season, no team in the country has more safeties than Oklahoma's 19. The Sooners have safeties in two of their last three games. … Dominique Alexander sacked Bryce Petty to force the safety. It was Alexander's first career sack. … Quentin Hayes made his first career sack on the game's opening drive and registered a career-high 10 tackles.

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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