Wilson walks in pregame
The loudest ovation of pregame festivities came when Corey Wilson was able to walk to midfield with the assistance of a walker.
"I almost teared up, seeing that," said senior offensive lineman Brian Simmons. "To see him stand up and overcome, that made my day."
Wilson, a sophomore receiver, was paralyzed in a car accident in late February after colliding with a pickup truck on I-35 near Pauls Valley. After walking to midfield from a line of seniors in front of the logo, Wilson was taken to the sidelines in his wheelchair.
"He's a receiver, he came in with me and we have a really special connection," said sophomore receiver Ryan Broyles. "It's a big deal, and for the guys that are a part of this family, we all know the steps he's been taking."
Left tackle Trent Williams missed Saturday's game with a concussion, forcing Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops to reshuffle his offensive line.
Cory Brandon, who usually starts at right tackle, moved to left tackle. Tight end Eric Mensik donned his No. 69 jersey, which was nameless last week but featured his name on Saturday, and started at right tackle.
"I've got to admit, I was doing my darndest to stay positive, but it was tough," said Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops. "I can't lie about it, but I did, and somehow found a way and tried to spread it to the players."
As planned, junior Brian Lepak started at center, senior Brian Simmons started at left guard and freshman Stephen Good started at right guard.
The offensive line's numbers have grown thin enough that redshirt freshman defensive tackle Stacy McGee had practiced at offensive line, in case the Sooners lost yet another lineman to injury.
Bradford tribute after senior festivities
Junior quarterback Sam Bradford was not honored on Senior Day, as planned, but did speak to fans in a recorded statement on the stadium video board.
Here's the text of his statement:
"Although I am not a senior, this will be my final game at Owen Field. It has always been a dream of mine to play football at the University of Oklahoma and all of you have been a part of making this dream come true. I want to thank all of you for your support throughout my career. I want to thank my coaches, teammates and family for everything they have done for me. It has been an honor and privilege to play for OU. Boomer Sooner!"
The video board then showed a collection of Bradford's highlights before the reigning Heisman winner made a brief curtain call on the video board.
"Fans one more thing - My teammates and especially these seniors need you now more than ever. This is Bedlam! Let's rock this house!"
Bradford sprained the AC joint in his throwing shoulder in the season opener, and aggravated the injury in the Sooners' loss to Texas before having season-ending surgery.
Balogun honored on senior Day
Senior Mike Balogun had his eligibility stripped from the NCAA before the season began because it ruled Balogun had competed in a semi-pro league after he turned 21. But despite not suiting up for the Sooners as a senior, Balogun was still honored as part of the pregame Senior Day festivities.
Caleb returns, suffers injury
Junior receiver Brandon Caleb returned to play receiver after playing just special teams when he returned from an ankle injury.
However, before he could record his first catch, he suffered another injury, this time his right knee.
Quarterback Landry Jones overthrew a pass to Caleb over the middle with under a minute to play in the first half, and Caleb jumped to make the catch.
He landed with a straight leg and crumpled to the ground, reaching for his knee.
His status after the game was uncertain.
Eldridge wins Don Key Award
Oklahoma honored senior Brody Eldridge with the Don Key Award before the game The award has been given annually since 1982 to an Oklahoma player who best embodies the traits of Key on the field and in the classroom
Key was an All-Big Eight performer for the Sooners until cancer ended his career in 1981. Barry Switzer established the award the following season.
Eldridge started games at tight end, center and right guard this season before suffering a season-ending neck injury in a loss to Nebraska.
On a Ryan Broyles punt return in the third quarter, Oklahoma received its second sideline warning of the game. Broyles was tackled a few yards away from the sideline, and running backs coach Cale Gundy rushed onto the field, pumping his fist, congratulating Broyles on breaking a pair of tackles to give the offense the ball on the Oklahoma State 33.