Oklahoma linebacker Travis Lewis hasn't practiced much during the week as he's come back from a broken foot that kept him out of the first game of the season.
So with nearly all of the other starters out of the game in the fourth quarter, Lewis remained in the game.
Stoops said Lewis talked the coaching staff into leaving him in the game to build up his conditioning as he works back from the injury.
“He convinced not only me but coach (Brent) Venables,” Stoops said. “I wasn't pleased about it. I was actually complaining about it a series or two before.”
Venables said it was a tough call but that he trusted Lewis' instincts.
“There's a delicate balance,” Venables said. “He needs to play and he's missed a ton of football. I don't care who you are, you need to play and sharpen your skill set.”
Lewis said he hoped to participate in the full week of practice this week.
FLEMING LEAVES GAME EARLY
With a secondary that's been up and down through the early part of the season, losing a cornerback could hurt the Sooners down the road.
Late in the first quarter, Jamell Fleming went low for a tackle on Ball State's Keith Wenning and took a knee to his helmet.
Fleming left and did not return. He appeared to have suffered a concussion on the play.
Sooner coach Bob Stoops said he didn't anticipate Fleming missing more time.
Also missing from the secondary was sophomore safety Aaron Colvin, who suffered a concussion in last week's win over Missouri.
The Sooners dropped a spot in last week's Associated Press poll despite winning.
Could it happen again this week?
Their 56-point victory against Ball State will likely be enough to impress voters and keep them at No. 2, but Alabama could push to take over that spot. The Crimson Tide, which was only nine points behind the Sooners in this week's poll, won 38-10 at Florida.
Winning in the Swamp is always tough, but the Gators did play the second half without quarterback John Brantley, who was injured. That may factor into voters' minds.
Regardless of what happens with OU and Alabama, LSU is almost sure to stay at the top of the poll after rolling Kentucky, 35-7.
BACKING UP LANDRY?
It took awhile, but at the start of the fourth quarter and with OU leading by 53 points, the Sooners finally replaced Landry Jones.
Drew Allen was the man. The redshirt sophomore was listed as the co-second teamer with redshirt freshman Blake Bell, but just as in the Tulsa game, Allen was the first back-up off the bench. He played three series, going 3 of 4 for 14 yards before giving way to Bell.
Bell played the final possession of the game, going 1 of 2 for 8 yards but rushing for 18 yards on three carries.
WILLIAMS MAKES DEBUT
Stoops said freshman running back Brandon Williams was expected to play at some point this season.
With Saturday's game well in hand as the game neared halftime, the highly touted back from Brookshire, Texas, had an inauspicious debut. Williams dropped a pass from Landry Jones late in the second quarter.
But he wound up playing quite a bit in the second half, including on special teams, as he finished with 59 yards on 11 carries.
“There's not a lot of hesitation in his game,” OU offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said.
Williams would've likely played anyway but his entrance was sped up when running back Brennan Clay left the game with an injury early in the second quarter just a play after Dominique Whaley was shaken up.
Clay never returned, having suffered a sprained shoulder. Stoops said the training staff led him to believe the injury was not serious.
NELSON WEARS NO. 12
Sophomore linebacker Corey Nelson wore No. 12 for the Sooners on Saturday night.
“It was a blessing to wear No. 12,” Nelson said. “I knew that I had to step up my game because I had No. 12 on.”
Nelson finished with four tackles and a pass breakup.
Cornerback Demontre Hurst was originally announced as the player designated to wear the number in honor of Austin Box, who died May 19.
Sooners officials said the announcement was a result of miscommunication, though.
Tom Wort, Frank Alexander and Javon Harris have each worn the jersey for one game.
Each week, Sooners captains Travis Lewis and Landry Jones select the defensive player who will wear the number.
BROYLES' BIG WEEK
Last Sunday, Sooner receiver Ryan Broyles proposed to longtime girlfriend Mary Beth Offenburger.
(She said yes, by the way.)
Saturday night, he broke the Big 12 record for career receptions. He caught four passes to move to 304 catches, passing former Texas Tech running back Taurean Henderson in the conference record books.
“It's been a big week, I'll tell you that,” Broyles said. “I'm just glad I'm out here still playing ball.”
Broyles is just 13 catches behind Purdue's Taylor Stubblefield for the all-time NCAA record.
The OU senior is also one behind former OSU standout Rashaun Woods for the conference's career lead in touchdown catches.
Broyles and Jaz Reynolds each finished with more than 100 yards receiving, the 10th time in school history that a pair of receivers have topped that mark. All but two of those have come in the Stoops era.
QUIET NIGHT FOR IKARD
Gabe Ikard's first start at center was uneventful, and for an offensive lineman, uneventful is good.
There were no mishandled snaps as Ikard replaced the injured Ben Habern. Ikard made it look easy, but as the Dallas Cowboys showed on Monday night with miscues between Phil Costa and Tony Romo, the center-quarterback exchange isn't always a given.
“Gabe does a great job of snapping it, a great job of running off the ball,” Sooner quarterback Landry Jones said. “It was pretty seamless.”
UP AND DOWN FOR HUNNICUTT
Redshirt freshman Michael Hunnicutt, who came on in place of Jimmy Stevens last week against Missouri, was 2 for 3 on field goals and hit all eight extra points in the blowout.
Late in the first quarter, Hunnicutt's 44-yard kick had plenty of length but hit off the upright before going through.
Hunnicutt later added a 39-yard field goal. He missed a 30-yarder in the final minute of the first half.
Stoops said Stevens missed last week's game with a pulled quad and did not go through warmups.
Three OU Heisman Trophy winners — Jason White, Steve Owens and Billy Sims — will be signing autographs Sunday from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the newly opened Walmart at 7520 E. Reno in Midwest City. ... Ball State was paid $900,000 for the game. ... Gabe Lynn delivered a hit on Ball State's Jahwan Edwards late in the third quarter that knocked Edwards' helmet off.