OU freshmen live up to Bob Stoops' hype, propel Sooners to 31-29 win over Cincinnati

BY JAKE TROTTER, Staff Writer, jtrotter@opubco.com Modified: September 26, 2010 at 7:04 am •  Published: September 25, 2010

As good as OU's offensive freshmen were, none outplayed nickelback/man-child Tony Jefferson, who continues to remind everyone of a former Sooner safety that now plays his home games at Paul Brown for the Cincinnati Bengals — Roy Williams. Jefferson was all over the field, finishing with a game-high 11 solo tackles, including two that went for losses.

The Sooners also got a clutch outing from Owasso native Aaron Colvin, who stepped on the field at cornerback in the second quarter after Jamell Fleming was knocked out of the game with an ankle sprain. UC quarterback Zach Collaros picked on Colvin immediately for a 9-yard completion, then a defensive pass interference.

But when Collaros went after a Colvin a third time, Colvin responded by blanketing Bearcat receiver Armon Binns in the end zone, allowing safety Jonathan Nelson to come over and make a pivotal interception.

The rest of the way Colvin was solid in coverage, and added seven tackles.

Throw in defensive tackle Daniel Noble, who had to play more when Casey Walker suffered a sprained knee, and linebacker Corey Nelson, who filled in when Travis Lewis suffered cramps, and this freshmen class had a road debut to remember.

Said Stoops: "They're just getting better and better the more they're out there."

That will be huge going forward, as the season doesn't get any easier with Texas and Big 12 play looming.

But the Sooners should feel good about these freshmen, who are performing like seasoned veterans on the field.

"Coach Stoops has had a lot of great classes before, but we've got a great class, and hopefully we can continue to grow," Millard said. "We came in ready to work and ready to play.

"And that's what we're doing."

Box Score: OU, 31 - Cincinnati, 29


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