Oklahoma football: What to like, loathe about win over Texas Tech

NORMAN, OK - OCTOBER 28: Running back Abdul Adams
NORMAN, OK - OCTOBER 28: Running back Abdul Adams /
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NORMAN, OK – OCTOBER 28: Quarterback Baker Mayfield
NORMAN, OK – OCTOBER 28: Quarterback Baker Mayfield /

No serious injuries to speak of heading into all-important final month of season

At this stage of the season, Oklahoma, like every other team in college football, has players that are banged up and playing with injuries, but the Sooners are fortunate not to have any key players out with major injuries.

Jordan Parker, a defensive back, injured his knee in the season opener against UTEP and is out for the season. A couple of OU linebackers have also missed games with injuries, adding to the Oklahoma defensive woes this season.

All things considered, however, the Sooners have dodged a bullet insofar as losing key players at skill positions to injury.

Quarterback Baker Mayfield injured his throwing shoulder against Texas, but he has soldiered through it, throwing a game-winning touchdown pass after going to the sidelines for medical attention in the Red River game and leading OU back from an 11-point halftime deficit at Kansas State.

Abdul Adams missed two games with an ankle injury, but he returned to action against Texas Tech and gained 95 yards on the ground.

The Sooners’ second leading receiver, freshman CeeDee Lamb, was banged up early diving for a touchdown in the loss to Iowa State and was forced  out of the rest of the game. He was able to return the following week against Kansas State.

Health-wise, Oklahoma goes into the all-important final third of its season with all of its key personnel active and ready to play. That is a good thing, because the Sooners are going to need all hands on deck and playing their best in the month of November, which will ultimately determine how and where OU finishes the 2017 season.