NORMAN The middle of Oklahoma’s defense was limited in the second half of Saturday’s 20-17 victory over TCU. Weakside linebacker Corey Nelson left the game in the third quarter with what appeared to be an injured left shoulder. The Sooners were without nose guard Jordan Phillips as well.
“I’m unsure about his status,” OU coach Bob Stoops said of Nelson. “He appears to be OK.”
However, Stoops wouldn’t even confirm what Nelson had injured after the game.
“I’m not going to say, but you guys saw where the ice pack was.”
Without Nelson, OU was forced to play freshman Dominique Alexander at inside linebacker the rest of the game. It was no surprise TCU’s offense seemed to find its rhythm after Nelson went to the sideline.
“It did throw us off,” Stoops said, “…We had to work through all that.”
Stoops said Phillips did not play because of an injury.
“He was close to being ready to play. I’ll be surprised if he’s not ready to play this week (against Texas) … It isn’t something that happened in a game. He has some genetic things that now and again creep up on him.”
Neal leads: OU’s leading receiver in terms of yards was sophomore Durron Neal. He finished with 42 yards on four catches.
The Sooners had just 152 receiving yards on the night.
“This is the best secondary that we’ve played this season,” Neal said of TCU. “They have big bodies and it was a tough game. They’re long and athletic, we just had to be physical.”
Hunnicutt sets the mark: With a 39-yard field goal in the first quarter, Michael Hunnicutt set the OU school record with his 49th career field goal. It broke a tie he held with Tim Duncan (1999-01) and Tim Lashar (1983-86). Hunnicutt added his 50th career field goal right before halftime.
The effort ran Hunnicutt’s career total to 50 for 58 over the last three seasons.
“Michael is awesome,” Stoops said. “…He’s one of our captains now because he’s solid.”