By John Shinn
The Norman Transcript
NORMAN — Oklahoma cornerback Aaron Colvin left the game early in the third quarter with a leg injury, and the same fate befell left tackle Tyrus Thompson in the final minutes.
Stoops did not have an update to give Saturday night, but Colvin did tweet that he was fine.
His injury forced sophomore Cortez Johnson into the game. He finished with three tackles and a pass breakup.
“That made it hard. It was scary. We miss him. We miss his leadership. We miss his presence,” OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said. “We missed a screen on third-and-12, where he’s going to make that play. Cortez was just soft and just didn’t recognize it like Aaron would have. So it was hard playing without him.”
Thompson appeared to suffer an ankle injury in the fourth quarter. OU moved Bronson Irwin, who had been splitting time with Nila Kasitati at right guard, to right tackle and Daryl Williams from right to left tackle after Thompson’s injury.
No 10: Mike Stoops still believes it wasn’t Tavon Austin that killed the Sooner defense last season. It was that the Mountaineers kept lining him up at running back with four other wide receivers on the field.
“They didn’t line up in 10 personnel (one running back and no tight ends) the whole game, and that tells you we’re changing people’s philosophy against us,” he said. “That’s the first thing I noticed. They weren’t going to let us get to the quarterback.”
OU had one sack, but defensive back Kass Everett forced a fumble that was recovered by defensive lineman Chuka Ndulue. The Sooners were credited with four quarterback pressures.
Been a long time: The Sooners’ 16 points marked their lowest point total in a home win since a 14-10 victory over Kansas in 1967. The last time it scored fewer than 14 and won a game was their 12-0 victory over Texas in 2004.
Thompson back in the mix: With OU’s quarterback job seemingly wide open, there’s still the possibility it could become a three-man race. Sophomore Kendal Thompson has been sidelined by a foot injury since early August.
Stoops said he could return in time for the Sept. 28 game at Notre Dame.
“Kendal was throwing the ball, running around this week. Not in full uniform, but out and throwing and going through the motion,” Stoops said. “He’s getting closer. I’m going to say hopefully, maybe after the off week. But don’t hold me to that, that’s something that the trainers may scold me tomorrow for saying that.”
Too much info: West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen admitted he was thinking of making a quarterback change himself Saturday. But he kept Clint Trickett, who threw a touchdown pass against the Sooners while playing for Florida State in 2011, on the bench.
The reason: he thought OU’s coaching staff knew West Virginia’s signals.
“They know all of our signals, and they know all of our route combinations, and we had to be smart with that,” Holgorsen said. “We had to put our guys in position offensively to where you aren’t just going against a defense that knows exactly what you are going to do. So, we felt like it was in the best interest of our team to do some specific things, with that means the communication on the field had to be spot-on, and Paul (Millard) is the best we got at that.”
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