The 6-3, 266-pound Darlington showed he was more than ready for the occasion. In front of more than 80,000 fans. He made only a couple of snapping mistakes early. After that, he controlled the front and caught the eye of his head coach.
“I thought Ty Darlington, in at center, did an awesome job,” OU coach Bob Stoops said. “From what I could tell, I thought he was clean in there. The overall line play was really good, so he must have had a good game. We’ll have to watch film specifically, but we’re proud of him to handle the situation like he did as a true freshman.”
Not only did Darlington know he had to play well, but he had to make sure he stayed upright. When guard Adam Shead had to be helped off the field, the last backup for either the guard or center position, Austin Woods, had to enter the game.
Despite that, Darlington found a way to control his nerves on the biggest stage he’s every played.
“I was a little bit nervous and excited,” Darlington said. “I mean, this is what I dreamed of doing. I’ve wanted to come here and be an Oklahoma Sooner for a long time. I’ve gotten to play in other games, but not meaningful time and definitely not starting. I was a little bit nervous, but I think it was more just being excited to play.”
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