Oklahoma football: DA announces Rodney Anderson will not be charged with rape

On Thursday, Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn announced that sophomore running back Rodney Anderson will not be charged with rape.

Anderson was accused of rape Dec. 4 when a woman filed for an emergency protective order alleging Anderson had forced himself on her the night of Nov. 16, as well as filing a police report alleging the same.

Her statement in the petition for the protective order says that she met Anderson at a bar while she was out drinking and when she tried to Uber home his friends were insistent he take her home instead. According to the statement, the weekend of Dec. 2 she began remembering that Anderson forced himself on her and she tried to escape. 

Anderson’s attorney released a statement on Dec. 5 saying the accusations were “patently false,” and Anderson made a Twitter account to defend himself. On Dec. 8, a statement was released saying Anderson had passed a voluntary, three-hour polygraph test. 

A hearing for the protective ordered is scheduled for Dec. 18.

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Oklahoma Sooners Football: Rodney Anderson will not face criminal charges

The Oklahoma running back was facing a rape accusation, but the Cleveland County DA announced Thursday that Anderson will not be charged.

According to Cleveland Country District Attorney Greg Mashburn, Oklahoma Sooners running back Rodney Anderson will not face charges over a rape accusation. Mashburn cited issues with the account of the accuser during a Thursday afternoon press conference.

Here is the full press conference:

The redshirt sophomore, Anderson leads Oklahoma with 960 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns to go along with 285 receiving yards and five touchdowns in 2017.

A police investigation began on Dec. 4 following an accusation of rape from a former OU student; a protective order was filed the same day. Anderson and his attorney denied the accusation. Following Thursday’s decision, Anderson’s attorney released the following statement.

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Oklahoma football: Lincoln Riley holds press conference ahead of Rose Bowl

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Hot Links: The on-campus duo of Mayfield & Young, weird bowl games, and more!

Howdy, everybody! I hope you all are having a wonderful week and aren’t too stressed out over finals, work, or the holiday season. Bowl season starts this Saturday, so that’s certainly something to look forward to as we all wait until January 1st to watch the Oklahoma Sooners square off against the Georgia Bulldogs in the Rose Bowl playoff semi-final. While you’re waiting for that, spend some time here catching up on some of the things you may have missed in the world of sports and beyond.

For today’s Hot Links, check out who Joel Klatt has winning it all in the CFP, which OU football/basketball duo Baker Mayfield and Trae Young could be the second coming of, where Garrett Riley (Lincoln’s younger brother) could be headed and more!

  • Joel Klatt has made his picks for the College Football Playoff semifinals and he even went the extra mile and picked his national champion. Hint: if you’re a fan of the Oklahoma Sooners, you’re going to like what he has to say.
  • Garrett Riley, Lincoln’s younger brother who is the current QB coach for the Kansas Jayhawks, is a candidate for the Kent State head coaching position.
  • Have you ever wondered why there’s a bowl game in Boise? Or why any of the bowl game sites are where they are? SB Nation’s Richard Johnson has you covered.
  • Well I guess that settles that. Gibbs appears to really be turning Tech’s defense around. They might be nearing their ceiling on the defensive side, but he’s a good coach for sure.
  • Now I’m just waiting on another farmer to carve out the Imperial Crest in their crops. Did somebody say Farm Wars?

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The Running Back U Debate: Oklahoma vs. Georgia

If you’re a fan of college football, there’s a good chance you’ve used a moniker such as ‘Running Back U’ to describe your favorite football program’s history of producing top-flight talent at a given position. Almost every fan base of every major football program has claimed to be one kind of ‘U’ or another. Schools such as USC, Ohio State, Alabama, Miami and even Texas all have strong cases for RBU status, but there can only be one true RBU, right? Probably not, but we’ll give this a try anyway.

In this year’s Rose Bowl matchup, the playoff semifinal will pit the Georgia Bulldogs against the Oklahoma Sooners — two programs that have a wealth of history at the running back position. Fans of Oklahoma aren’t shy about claiming OU as RBU, while fans of Georgia have said as much in regards to UGA’s history in the backfield. But what exactly are the criteria that qualify a school as RBU material? Well, that’s obviously quite subjective.

A laundry list of big-time ball-carriers is the foundation of any RBU argument. For Georgia, guys like Frank Sinkwich, Charley Trippi, Willie McClendon, Rodney Hampton, Lars Tate, Garrison Hearst, Knowshon Moreno, Todd Gurley, and even current Bulldog Nick Chubb reinforce any RBU claims in Athens. You may have noticed how I didn’t even mention the legendary Herschel Walker, who is arguably the greatest college football player, regardless of position, in history:

For Oklahoma, the list of names is just as impressive. Billy Vessels, Tommy McDonald (who is in the Pro Football HOF as a receiver), Steve Owens, Greg Pruitt, Joe Washington, Billy Sims, Spencer Tillman, Quentin Griffin, Adrian Peterson, DeMarco Murray and Samaje Perine make up the cream of the crop. As far as pure talent is concerned, there are some who would say that none of the aforementioned Sooners top the list. Though his career in Norman never truly panned out, Marcus Dupree, aka “The Best That Never Was”, is believed by some to be the most talented back in Sooner history.

Another measure of an RBU candidate is statistical production at the highest level from said laundry list of elite running backs. I’m talking about rushing yards and rushing touchdowns in droves over the course of a career, not just a handful of games or one season. Herschel Walker still holds the SEC record for most rushing attempts in a game with 47. Samaje Perine ran for 427 yards in a single game, the most in FBS history. The superlatives are nice, but both schools own rushing records that are unlikely to be broken any time soon, if ever at all.

Without further adieu, check out how Georgia and Oklahoma running backs stack up statistically. We’ll start with the collegiate production of the best backs at each school.

The thousand-yard mark has long been a key barometer for a successful season for running backs. Neither Georgia nor Oklahoma have seen a 2,000-yard season on the ground from a tailback, but each school has had a number of rushers run for a thousand yards in a single season. The Georgia Bulldogs have had 12 running backs record a total of 17 different 1,000-yard rushing seasons.

On the other side of the scale, Oklahoma has had 18 running backs turn in 28 different 1,000-yard campaigns. It’s a testament to several factors that are many times outside a running back’s control. Individual talent is the first requirement, but style of offense, quality of offensive line, and depth in the backfield and the level of competition can make all the difference in a running back’s chance to eclipse 1,000 yards in a season.

  1. Herschel Walker, UGA – 5,259
  2. Nick Chubb, UGA – 4,599
  3. Samaje Perine, OU – 4,122
  4. Billy Sims, OU – 4,118
  5. Joe Washington, OU – 4,071
  6. Adrian Peterson, OU – 4,045
  7. Steve Owens, OU – 4,041
  8. Quentin Griffin, OU – 3,938
  9. DeMarco Murray, OU – 3,685
  10. De’Mond Parker, OU – 3,403

(Note: UGA players in bold)

The reason I compiled this list in this manner instead of doing a top five or ten of each school’s leading career rushers is because the disparity is so drastic between Georgia’s top two leading rushers versus all other Bulldogs. Also, it’s easier to see that while Georgia has two backs who have rushed for more yards than any Sooner has, Oklahoma has eight tailbacks who have amassed more rushing yards than everybody else from UGA not named Walker or Chubb.

Ultimately, it comes down to what’s more important in this debate over the real RBU. While I’ll readily admit that Herschel Walker’s 5,000-yard club membership is extremely impressive, sheer quantity should win out in this part of the debate. The 4,000-yard club is impressive in its own right, and five is greater than two.

Just like the career rushing list above, I wanted this list to show just how deep Oklahoma has been in regards to running backs and rushing touchdowns. Today, Oklahoma is known for their offensive prowess, but long-time Sooner fans know this is nothing new in Norman. For decades, OU has been lighting up scoreboards. It comes in different ways now, but the end results have always amounted in burying opponents.

  1. Steve Owens, OU – 57
  2. Billy Sims, OU – 53
  3. DeMarco Murray, OU – 50
  4. Herschel Walker, UGA – 49
  5. Samaje Perine, OU – 49
  6. Quentin Griffin, OU – 44
  7. Chris Brown, OU – 42
  8. Nick Chubb, UGA – 42
  9. Adrian Peterson, OU – 41
  10. Joe Washington, OU – 39

After decades of putting on offensive clinics, it’s no wonder Oklahoma has three tailbacks in the 50 TD club. Looking deeper, the Sooners have seen seven running backs record 40 or more rushing touchdowns compared to the Bulldogs’ two. This contest was not as close as the yardage comparison.

Edge: Oklahoma

For the next two lists, I wanted to highlight the Georgia and Oklahoma running backs who have produced the most at the highest level of football — the NFL. For the first part, I only included former pros who are no longer on NFL rosters.

  1. Herschel Walker – 8,225 rushing yards, 61 rushing TDs
  2. Garrison Hearst – 7,966 yards, 30 TDs
  3. Terrell Davis – 7,607 yards, 60 TDs
  4. Rodney Hampton – 6,897 yards, 49 TDs
  5. Knowshon Moreno – 3,616 yards, 27 TDs
  6. Charley Trippi – 3,506 yards, 23 TDs
  7. Horace King – 2,081 yards, 9 TDs
  8. Andy Johnson – 2,017 yards, 13 TDs
  9. Olandis Gary – 1,998 yards, 11 TDs
  10. Tim Worley – 1,792 yards, 8 TDs
  11. Robert Edwards – 1,222 yards, 10 TDs
  12. Lars Tate – 1,061 yards, 15 TDs
  1. Greg Pruitt – 5,672 yards, 27 TDs
  2. Billy Sims – 5,106 yards, 42 TDs
  3. Joe Washington – 4,839 yards, 12 TDs
  4. Steve Owens – 2,451 yards, 20 TDs
  5. Horace Ivory – 1,425 yards, 15 TDs
  6. Elvis Peacock – 1,001 yards, 7 TDs

When it came to the number of players who finished their career with 1,000+ career rushing yards, the final tally wasn’t that close. Moreover, there have been four Bulldogs who have rushed for more yards than the Sooners’ most productive back on this list. UGA has been well represented in the backfields of NFL for years. Unfortunately, Billy Sims’ career was cut short due to injury. Otherwise, the man who held OU’s rushing title for nearly four decades likely would’ve ended up in Canton.

Edge: Georgia

Oklahoma has had nine running backs taken in the first round all-time compared to Georgia’s eight, so the difference there is negligible at best. As far as active players are concerned, it’s plain to see that in the league today there are more Sooner running backs than Bulldog rushers.

  1. Todd Gurley (3rd season) – 3,026 rushing yards, 26 rushing TDs
  2. Keith Marshall – no career stats
  1. Adrian Peterson (11th season) – 12,276 rushing yards, 99 rushing TDs
  2. DeMarco Murray (7th season) – 7,067 yards, 48 TDs
  3. Joe Mixon (1st season) – 518 yards, 4 TDs
  4. Samaje Perine (1st season) – 510 yards, 1 TD
  5. Damien Williams (4th season) – 477 yards, 3 TDs

For Georgia, while Gurley has started 41 games for the Rams over the past three seasons, Marshall has unfortunately yet to record any stats in a game after two consecutive season-ending injuries. On the other side, Peterson led the league in rushing in ‘08, ‘12’ and ‘15, while Murray won the NFL single season rushing record in ‘14. Today, Oklahoma fans get to watch both of them plus several other former Sooners tote the rock on Sundays.

Edge: Oklahoma

I considered adding any winners of the Doak Walker Award for the nation’s best running back in this next section, but since the award wasn’t established until 1990, that meant guys like Herschel Walker and Billy Sims didn’t have a chance to win. It’s unfortunate because those two would have undoubtedly taken home the hardware along with at least a couple others from both of these schools. With that in mind, take a look at which Bulldog and Sooner RBs won the ultimate individual award in team sports.

  1. Frank Sinkwich – 1942
  2. Herschel Walker – 1982
  1. Billy Vessels – 1952
  2. Steve Owens – 1969
  3. Billy Sims – 1978

Focusing on the prized stiff-arm trophy itself, three Oklahoma running backs won the Heisman in the years between Georgia’s two winners. Each winner carries his own fabled status and competed at a level few others could match relative to their respective eras.

Edge: Oklahoma

Although I may be a tad biased, the debate about which program is the real ‘Running Back U’ begins and ends with the University of Oklahoma. While the Georgia Bulldogs can claim the SEC’s all-time leading rusher in Herschel Walker, along with a history of churning out quality talent at the next level, UGA’s list of prominent ball carriers reaches its end a bit more quickly than OU’s long line of elite tailbacks.

If there’s one position that OU has historically excelled in producing it’s the running back position. That’s not to take anything away from Georgia’s history of producing household names in the backfield, because the Bulldogs have been one of the top running back factories in the country over the past 50 years. OU doesn’t exactly run away with the title here, and there are others besides UGA — most notably USC — with a place in this discussion. But when taking both past a present glory into account, OU has the edge.

Running Back U: Oklahoma

Just for the hell of it, here are some more highlights of the best backs from these two schools:

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Oklahoma Sooners Football Hot Links: Baker Mayfield, Mark Andrews and Orlando Brown are unanimous All-Americans

The Oklahoma trio has been named to all five major All-America teams.

Hello once again, Sooner fans! The Oklahoma Sooners are winning awards and making All-America teams left and right, and some major news has just come out. The American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) released its All-America Team and Baker Mayfield, Mark Andrews and Orlando Brown all made the list, which now makes them unanimous All-Americans! In order to be considered a unanimous All-American, a player must be named to the first team of the FWAA, AFCA, AP, Walter Camp, and Sporting News All-American lists.

It’s an incredible feat that now puts Oklahoma at the top of the list with 35 unanimous All-Americans in history, more than any other school in the FBS. Be proud, Sooner fans. Be very proud. Boomer!

For today’s Hot Links, read about how Lincoln Riley compares to Barry Switzer, what OU could do when it comes time to hire a 10th assistant, what medication could cause a cyclist to be banned from the next Tour de France and more!

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Oklahoma football: Barry Switzer, Lincoln Riley share same passion as head coaches for Sooners

Barry Switzer stands in a coaching tower, glaring down on his team during one of their first practices with him at the helm.

“Speed,” he’d yell at his team from the tower above them. “Quickness.”

Switzer had just been named Oklahoma’s new head coach after serving under future NFL coach Chuck Fairbanks as the Sooners’ offensive coordinator for six years. He had perfected the wishbone offense in previous years, and with running back Joe Washington and quarterback Steve Davis leading the way, a 35-year-old Switzer was primed for a successful first year.

“The coaching staff was in place, the Selmon brothers didn’t leave, Joe Washington didn’t leave — I knew we were going to be good,” Switzer said.

Switzer’s Sooners would go 10-0-1 in 1973, finishing No. 3 in the AP Poll.

Forty-four years later, Lincoln Riley stands in the middle of the Sooners huddle, addressing his team before its first practice under the then-33-year-old head coach.

“Let’s get out to a great start,” Riley said to his team.

Just a couple months earlier, it was announced Riley would replace legendary coach Bob Stoops after 18 seasons. Creating one of the most lethal offenses in the country as the offensive coordinator during his previous two years at Oklahoma, and returning senior quarterback and eventual Heisman Trophy-winner Baker Mayfield, Riley, too, had all the tools to have a historic first season.

Four months later, Riley’s Sooners have gone 12-1, winning a third-straight Big 12 Championship, and have their eyes set on the program’s eighth national title.

“I look at what he’s accomplished similar to my first year,” Switzer said. “He knew he was going to be good, he had the same staff, the only person that left was Bob Stoops.”

Riley and Switzer both started their head coaching careers in similar ways — young, passionate and with an already loaded team. They both had strong relationships with their quarterbacks, Davis and Mayfield, kick-starting their careers with offensive success.

However, the two have their differences: Switzer was brash and bold, while Riley is calm and collected.

“I’m probably more crude than he is. He’s probably a little more polished than I was,” Switzer said with a laugh. “He’s more erudite than I probably was.”

But while Switzer and Riley may have some differences, there’s one thing they share for certain — winning.

“Switzer and Lincoln can be real passionate about something, especially winning” said Washington, who now serves as the director of the Varsity O Association. “When they talk to you, they’re getting after it, they’re feeling it.”

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With his eye on a young Davis, Switzer watched his quarterbacks warmup one practice before his first season as head coach. Davis slipped as he let a pass go, the ball landing in the stands next to Switzer.

“You’re going to have to get a whole hell of a lot better if you want to play football here at the University of Oklahoma,” Washington recalled Switzer saying to Davis.  

Switzer was hard on his quarterbacks, expecting a lot of them — similar to Riley. When Riley first stepped onto campus at Oklahoma, he had a decision to make at the quarterback position: a highly-recruited baseball player, a Sugar Bowl MVP or a walk-on transfer from Texas Tech who’d thrown nine interceptions in eight games.

It seemed like an easy decision, but Riley made it a difficult one. He gave all three a chance, taking away their titles and viewing them just as players. Riley would eventually choose Mayfield, the best decision of his career.

“I just gave him an opportunity,” Riley said Saturday night after Mayfield won the Heisman Trophy. “Bob (Stoops) and I when we came in, we opened that competition up, (Mayfield) won the job. He showed me very early on he had what it takes inside of him to be a great player for us.”

Mayfield and Riley have left their legacy at Oklahoma, just as Switzer and Davis did years ago. Mayfield has had his ups and downs throughout his OU career, sometimes stirring controversy along the way.

Much like Riley has dealt with Mayfield, Switzer also had many outspoken players, such as Brian Bosworth. But Switzer praised Mayfield, saying Bosworth took some things too far, and that he wouldn’t make Mayfield change anything.

“I wouldn’t change a damn thing” Switzer said. “(Mayfield) gets more attention because he’s the quarterback, but he’s the most positive guy on our team too. I don’t want him to change. Keep on being what you are. Keep being Baker.”

Even when Mayfield created one of the biggest controversies in college football this season when he grabbed his crotch and yelled obscenities at Kansas, Switzer could relate.

“I’ve seen those things happen before and, you know, I’ve had players that didn’t have the cameras on them as much, but I’ve had players turn around and give other players the finger on the field,” Switzer said with a laugh. “In this case it was (Mayfield) being filmed on the sidelines, you know, grabbing his crotch. People making too much out of it. By god, if you want to see people grabbing your crotch go to YouTube right now and find all you want, probably a bunch of ‘em.”

The way Riley has handled Mayfield’s outgoing personality is a testament to the strong relationships he’s built with his quarterback. Riley’s and Switzer’s success can be attributed to the trust they’ve had in their quarterbacks on and off the field.

For Mayfield, Riley is the reason he’s where he is today.

“The thing I’m most thankful for is, (Stoops) hiring coach Riley,” Mayfield said as he thanked his former coach during his Heisman acceptance speech. “That changed my life.”

***

In the spring of 2017, Riley’s future was unknown. With whispers of him being a candidate for multiple head coaching jobs, including Houston where he apparently “killed” the interview, Riley had a decision to make.

Stay at Oklahoma and maybe one day be the head coach, or leave and hope a larger opportunity eventually presents itself.

It was the same decision Switzer had to make over 40 years ago.  

“I felt like I could handle the job and I was ready for the job. I had been offered jobs and I turned them down when I was an assistant here at Oklahoma, and they weren’t what I wanted,” Switzer said. “I’m sure Lincoln has had the same opportunities and offered jobs that he probably turned down too because they weren’t what he was looking for. We were both looking to coach at Oklahoma.”

When Riley first arrived in Norman, the team had just finished 8-5 that season, which ended with a 40-6 loss to Clemson. Now, since Riley has taken over the offense, with  Mayfield right by his side, Oklahoma has finished in the top seven for total offense in all three years. Riley also became the first head coach in program history to win 11 games in his first year as head coach.

Riley has created a welcoming, exciting atmosphere at Oklahoma, one that former players would still want to play for today.

“The one thing I do know, when you see our offense moving, you got guys that would want to play, I’ll promise you that,” Washington said. “I’d love to come to Oklahoma and play football on this football team.”

Riley’s quick success is no surprise though, learning from past mentors Mike Leach, Ruffin McNeill and Stoops. The future was always bright for Riley, who was handed the reigns of an already great team. Just as Davis helped kick-start Switzer’s career, Mayfield has done the same for Riley.

“Without him, without the way the team played my first two years at Norman I wouldn’t be the head coach,” Riley said. “I think that’s pretty obvious.”

But Riley has brought more than wins to this program. From his weekly highlight videos, to becoming a part of the Jumpman brand, Riley has brought a fresh perspective to a tradition-rich program.

He’s taken what was left behind from Switzer and Stoops, and not only made it better, but also made it his.

“Lincoln is that old soul in a new energetic body,” Washington said. “Lincoln has definitely put his signature on everything, and what he’s done with what Bob left, he’s enhanced it.”

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Hot Links: Bowl game gifts, more All-America teams, and Trevor Knight talks OU

Hello once again, friends and fans of Sooner Nation! It’s finals week at the University of Oklahoma, and the Oklahoma Sooners returned to practice yesterday in preparation for their semifinal matchup against the Georgia Bulldogs. On the honors and accolades front, ESPN has released its own All-America Team, and three Sooners made the list. Congratulations, everybody!

In today’s edition of Hot Links, find out which Sooners made Sporting News’ All-America team and ESPN’s All-Big 12 Team, check out how high one mock NFL draft projects Baker Mayfield to go, what kinds of gifts players will be receiving from their bowl games and more!

  • ESPN has also released its own All-Big 12 Team and has handed out individual awards. The Oklahoma Sooners have taken care of business and it shows.

“And I’m the type of person to really enjoy watching the people that I care about… I’m so excited for what he’s done and what Coach Riley has been able to do in now becoming the head coach in arguably the best program in the country, it’s been really special to watch.”

  • Let’s hope Baker Mayfield’s statue doesn’t become a meme like this Diego Maradona statue or the Cristiano Ronaldo bust. C’mon people, just keep working on it until it’s not hilarious.
  • Check out this rundown of the gifts players will receive through their respective bowl games. The Rose Bowl isn’t listed here, but Oklahoma and Georgia players will receive a Fossil watch, an Ogio backpack, a New Era 9Fifty snapback adjustable hat, and a gift suite (which is explained in the SBN article).
  • Former 5-star QB Shea Patterson is transferring from Ole Miss to Michigan. With the NCAA allowing rising seniors to transfer from Ole Miss without penalty, Patterson, a sophomore, will look to appeal for immediate eligibility. Michigan returns a ton of talent outside the quarterback position next season, so if Patterson’s appeal goes through, look out for the Wolverines to potentially contend for a playoff spot in 2018.
  • In other QB transfer news, Iowa State’s Jacob Park has asked to be released from the team so that he can transfer before next season. Park says he plans to graduate from ISU in the spring before transferring.
  • Keep an eye out for the reigning NBA MVP to grace the cover of the holiday issue of ESPN The Magazine.

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Oklahoma Sooners in the NFL: Dede Westbrook scores his first career touchdown

The Jacksonville rookie came up big in a win against the Seahawks.

The 14th week of the NFL season saw Jacksonville Jaguars rookie Dede Westbrook find the end zone for the first time in his professional career (excluding the preseason). The former Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver and 2016 Biletnikoff Award winner finished with five receptions on eight targets for 81 yards and this score in the Jags’ big win against the Seahawks:

Anyone know what that celebration was? No, really, I’m so confused. But I loved it anyway! Dede’s teammate Aaron Colvin recorded seven solo tackles and helped the Jags improve to 9-4 on the season. Oh yeah, Colvin also got away with this egregious trip. Definitely wasn’t a flop.

Any time a Pete Carroll team loses, am I right?

Moving on, Washington’s Samaje Perine put up 45 yards on 17 carries and added four catches for seven yards in a loss to the Chargers. Stacy McGee added two solo tackles and assisted on another. Here’s Jay Gruden speaking on Samaje’s growth through his rookie season:

DeMarco Murray carried 11 times for 34 yards along with two receptions for 13 yards in the Titans loss to the Cardinals. Defensive end David King also got on the board with two solo tackles and a sack for Tennessee.

Cardinals tight end Jermaine Gresham caught two passes for 27 yards in the win in Arizona. Adrian Peterson did not play in Week 14.

Sterling Shepard had two receptions for 16 yards in a Giants loss to the Cowboys.

Cowboys tight end James Hanna caught a pass for 16 yards in the win.

Jordan Evans grabbed nine solo tackles and assisted on another in a Bengals loss to the Bears. Joe Mixon sat out the game with a concussion following last Monday night’s clash with the Steelers.

Buccaneers leading pass rusher Gerald McCoy suffered a biceps injury in a loss against the Lions. Unfortunately, the five-time Pro Bowler’s season is now in question due to the injury.

Linebacker Devante Bond recorded two solo tackles for the Bucs in the loss to Detroit.

Blake Bell caught two passes for seven yards in a Vikings loss to the Panthers.

Kenny Stills was in action on Monday Night Football against the Pats but was unfortunately bottled up by Malcolm Butler and the New England secondary for most of the night. Stills saw four targets and finished with 18 yards on two receptions in a shocking primetime win for the Dolphins.

These Sooners also saw action for their respective teams this weekend:

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Blake Bell (TE- Vikings), *Lane Johnson (RT – Eagles), *Aaron Ripkowski (FB – Packers), *Tress Way (P – Washington), *Daryl Williams (RG – Panthers), *Trent Williams (LT – Washington), James Winchester (LS – Chiefs)

The following Sooners were inactive, on bye weeks or did not play in Week 14:

Dominique Alexander (LB – Browns, IR), Sam Bradford (QB – Vikings, IR), Landry Jones (QB – Steelers), Joe Mixon (RB – Bengals), Corey Nelson (LB – Broncos), Adrian Peterson (RB – Cardinals), Donald Stephenson (RT – Broncos), Charles Tapper (DE – Cowboys, IR), Damien Williams (RB – Dolphins)

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Oklahoma football: How to buy student tickets for national championship

Student tickets for the 2017-2018 national championship go on sale Tuesday at 10 a.m. CT.

Tickets can be purchased online at SoonerSports.com for $575 plus a $10 handling fee, and students will not be charged until the Sooners advance to the championship game. Students will receive their tickets electronically two to three days after the Rose Bowl if Oklahoma wins.

Student tickets can be grouped at the OU Athletics Ticket Office or the OUHSC Student Affairs Office from the time tickets go on sale to Friday at 5 p.m. CT.

The national championship is Jan. 8 in Atlanta. To advance to that game, the No. 2 Sooners have to beat No. 3 Georgia in the Rose Bowl Jan. 1 in Pasadena, California. 

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