September 05, 2009
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Not that Sam Bradford lacked faith in his totally revamped offensive line or anything, but clearly he is a man of foresight.
The Sooners were outplayed on both sides in the first half by BYU, which held the most prolific offense of 2008 to a meager 10 points and repeatedly hit Bradford in the pocket, eventually knocking the reigning Heisman winner out with an apparent shoulder injury. Coming in already without their All-America tight end and starting a backup tight end at center because of injuries up front, OU is currently operating at the start of the fourth quarter with backup quarterback Landry Jones, a 10-7 lead and a massive lump in their throats.
ESPN's sideline crew reported X-rays on Bradford were "negative," but he clearly won't be back tonight, and the early diagnosis of a shoulder sprain will reportedly keep him on the sideline for "a couple weeks." That could keep Bradford out for the Sooners' trip to Miami on Oct. 3 or, worse, for the annual showdown with Texas on Oct. 10. At the moment, though, they're holding their breaths to get out of Dallas with a win over a three-touchdown underdog that clearly isn't going away.