By John Shinn
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.”
Metoyer absent: Sophomore wide receiver Trey Metoyer was not in uniform and was not on the sideline Saturday. Stoops said the former five-star recruit was dealing with “personal issues.”
Metoyer has played sparingly this season, collecting just two catches for 18 yards this season.
10 straight: The Sooners have won 10 straight regular season games since suffering a 30-13 loss to Notre Dame and have won 10 straight Big 12 Conference games, dating back to last season’s 24-19 loss to Kansas State. It’s the third-longest conference winning streak in program history behind a 17-game from 2003-05 and a 13-game streak from 2000-01.
Third-and-out: Dating back to last week’s game at Notre Dame and into the third quarter of Saturday’s game, OU’s defense forced 10 consecutive three-and-outs. That’s the longest streak by OU since at least before the 2003 season.
Trash talk: The Sooners face Texas next Saturday and Brennan Clay started the trash talk early.
“I’m glad to be part of the next team to go 4-0 against them,” he said.
The Sooners have won the last three in the Red River Rivalry.