Fresh­man WR Lamb ejected af­ter tar­get­ing penalty

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - OSU POSTGAME - Ryan Aber raber@ ok­la­

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.


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.


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.”


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.”


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.


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.

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