But it also says plenty about the Sooners' defensive future.
Among the defensive starters against Alabama, only Lynn and cornerback Aaron Colvin are seniors.
“We're young and we're back,” Sooners freshman cornerback Zack Sanchez said. “This is huge going into next year.”
Sanchez looked like a freshman early, getting beat on a couple deep balls before settling in and making several big plays, including a second-quarter interception that set up a score to put the Sooners up 31-17 at halftime.
“It was tough at the beginning, I ain't going to lie,” Sanchez said. “I think it was some pregame jitters for me. But I settled down, the guys got on top of me and I never lost confidence in myself.
“It's kind of overwhelming. That's not an excuse though. I've got to make those plays. But to be able to bounce back and make those plays, it really helped my team.”