Freshman WR Lamb ejected after targeting penalty
NORMAN — Oklahoma freshman wide receiver
CeeDee Lamb was having a monster first half in the Sooners’ 56-14 win over Tulane when he lowered his shoulder and delivered a punishing hit to Tulane free safety Taris Shenall on Jeff Badet’s apparent 44-yard touchdown run on a reverse.
But Lamb, who had four catches for 131 yards at that point, was flagged for targeting and after a lengthy review, the call was confirmed.
The review is mandated with targeting calls.
“We expected it to be overturned,” Sooners coach
Lincoln Riley said. “I still don’t know. Based on what I saw and the way we’ve been coaching our guys, it shouldn’t have been called. We’ll get the interpretation from the conference.”
Because the penalty occurred in the first half, Lamb will not have to miss any time in next week’s Big 12 opener against Baylor.
Had the penalty happened in the second half, Lamb would have had to miss the first half of that game.
“How could they confirm the targeting hit in Oklahoma? It was shoulder to the chest. I can see why it was called but I don’t see it as a foul,” Mike Pereira, the former NFL vice president of officiating and current Fox Sports analyst, tweeted after the call was confirmed.
ROMAR GOES DOWN WITH INJURY
For the second consecutive week, Oklahoma lost a key player to injury early in the game.
It was defensive tackle
Matt Romar that left early this week.
Romar was injured on the third Sooners defensive play — a 34-yard run by Dontrell Hilliard.
After being attended to, Romar remained on the sidelines in pads for the remainder of the game but did not have his helmet and did not return.
He was replaced by redshirt sophomore Marquise
Overton, with another
redshirt sophomore—Dillon Faamatau—spelling
One player that wasn’t available to help fill the spot was Du’Vonta Lampkin.
Lampkin, who was suspended for the season opener against UTEP but played against Ohio State, was not dressed nor on the sidelines for the game against Tulane.
KYLER MURRAY SOLID AGAIN
Once again, redshirt sophomore quarterback
Kyler Murray got significant work, coming on in relief of Baker Mayfield early in the fourth quarter.
Murray was 3 for 3 with 103 yards and one touchdown—an 87-yarder to Marquise Brown.
For the season, Murray is 13 for 14 for 252 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
“We told you guys he can throw it,” Riley said. “There you go.”
KENNETH MURRAY HAS UPS AND DOWNS
Once again, freshman middle linebacker Kenneth
Murray was challenged in a big way.
Murray struggled early but like the season opener against UTEP, he settled in and finished with eight tackles.
“I don’t know that you could get more polar opposite than those three (offenses that the Sooners have faced),” Riley said. “He’s learning so far.”
ANDREWS’ PLAYING TIME SPARSE AFTER HALFTIME
After missing most of last week’s win over Ohio State with a left knee injury, tight end Mark Andrews started the game.
He finished with four catches for 76 yards but late in the first half limped off the field.
Andrews didn’t play much of the second half but Riley said Andrews didn’t get reinjured.
“He’s OK,” Riley said.
“He had a little nagging deal but he was starting to get better. We had planned that if we started to get any separation, we’d get him out.”
Safeties Robert Barnes and Will Johnson, who were injured in the Ohio State game, did not play, nor did guard CodyFord.
CASTIGLIONE JR. GETS A TOUCH
In the final seconds of the game, walk-on fullback
Joe Castiglione Jr., the son of Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione, got a carry.
But Castiglione fumbled on the play, giving the Green Wave the ball back with 11 seconds to go.
The Sooners have had a walk-on with either a catch or a reception in each game.
Walk-on receiver Sam
Iheke had a reception against Tulane.
Defense tackle Neville
Gallimore had a careerhigh nine tackles, including teaming up with D.J. Ward for a sack. … Gallimore tied
Ogbonnia Okoronkwo for the team lead. … Redshirt sophomore defensive lineman Kenneth Mann had just two career tackles entering the game but had five tackles, including his first career sack.
Oklahoma’s Neville Gallimore, shown here taking down Tulane’s Johnathan Brantley, had a career-high nine tackles, including teaming up with D.J. Ward for a sack.
OU’s Mark Andrews dives to make a catch in front of Tulane’s Jarrod Franklin during the Sooners’ 56-14 win on Saturday in Norman.