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WR Theo Howard transferring to Oklahoma from UCLA

Oklahoma Sooners

The Oklahoma Sooners have added a big graduate transfer at wide receiver for next season: Theo Howard.

Howard, who spent his first three seasons playing at UCLA, was set to be a senior this season for the Bruins but did not play. Instead he decided to leave as a graduate transfer. He shared a photo on his Instagram account Wednesday that showed him in an Oklahoma jersey and included “Boomer” in the post.

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Howard caught 56 passes for 594 yards and four touchdowns as a sophomore and 51 passes for 677 yards and four touchdowns as a junior. He did not play for Chip Kelly in 2019 and will instead be playing for the Sooners in 2020. Oklahoma is losing top receiver CeeDee Lamb to the NFL Draft, so there should be plenty of opportunities for Howard to shine in Norman next season.

Top QB recruit Brock Vandagriff decommits from Oklahoma

Lincoln Riley

Oklahoma has gotten tremendous quarterback play under Lincoln Riley over the past several years, and Brock Vandagriff was expected to help the program continue that success when he arrived on campus in 2021. However, the top recruit has decided he no longer wants to play for the Sooners.

Vandagriff, the top-rated QB in the Class of 2021 according to Rivals.com, announced on Wednesday that he is decommitting from Oklahoma. Vandagriff is from Georgia, and he said he has decided he wants to attend school closer to home.

Vandagriff has received scholarship offers from several programs, one of which is Georgia. He’s also drawn interest from LSU, Penn State and Florida, to name a few.

Of course, Vandagriff’s decision to re-open his recruiting has led to some questions about whether he is concerned Riley could accept a job coaching in the NFL. Riley has been heavily linked to one NFL head coaching job for a while, though he has not given any indication he wants to leave Oklahoma.

Video: Oklahoma robbed by baffling pass interference no-call

The Oklahoma Sooners were victimized by an awful non-call in the first quarter of the College Football Playoff semifinal.

Jalen Hurts attempted a pass to wide receiver Jadon Haselwood on a 3rd and 10. Defensive back Derek Stingley Jr. essentially dragged Haselwood down by the arm just as the pass arrived, but somehow, no flag was thrown.

The Sooners were furious, and understandably so. Had the play been flagged, the Sooners would have gotten a first down into LSU territory. Instead, they were forced to punt, and LSU went up 21-7 on the ensuing drive. There is no rule allowing for review of potential pass interference calls at the college level.

While this isn’t nearly as consequential as another high-profile pass interference miss, it’s a big moment in a big game. The Sooners will be very frustrated by this one.

Oklahoma S Delarrin Turner-Yell will not play in Peach Bowl due to broken collarbone

Lincoln Riley

The Oklahoma Sooners are going to be very short-handed when facing LSU in the College Football Playoff semifinal.

Starting safety Delarrin Turner-Yell will not play in the Peach Bowl after suffering a broken collarbone, leaving Oklahoma without one of its best and steadiest defenders.

Oklahoma’s sophomore starter had 75 total tackles this season, including 5.5 for a loss. Beyond being a key player in the Sooner defense, his absence will also expose a safety depth issue. Turner-Yell’s replacement, Justin Broiles, is a little-used sophomore who only has 15 tackles all season.

Add in the fact that three other players, including another defensive regular in Ronnie Perkins, have been suspended for the game, and Oklahoma will be significantly shorthanded in a game where they can hardly afford to miss key players.

Oklahoma given controversial game-sealing first down after review

Oklahoma first down

Oklahoma escaped with a 28-24 victory over TCU on Saturday thanks in part to a controversial first down late in the game.

The Sooners were leading by four and looking to run out the clock with 1:25 left. Jalen Hurts kept the ball on a 3rd-and-1 run and seemed to get stopped short of the 42. The ruling on the field was a first down, which stood after a review, even though Hurts appeared to be stopped short.

Rather than face a 4th-and-1 decision and have to potentially punt the ball away, Oklahoma got a fresh set of downs and was able to run out the clock on the win.

Oklahoma is now 10-1 with a loss at Kansas State marking their only defeat. They visit Oklahoma State next weekend and then will rematch with Baylor in the Big 12 Championship Game. They’re hoping to sneak into the College Football Playoff.

Analysis: Which teams are most likely to make the College Football Playoff?

Ryan Day

Though we’re only two weeks from the various conference championship games across the college football landscape, there remains a considerable amount of uncertainty in how the College Football Playoff field will come together. There are only a couple teams who can really feel confident about making it, though a number would seem to control their own destiny, so to speak. That said, the field is still wide open, and the number of teams that still have at least a glimmer of hope sits in double digits.

Here is analysis are the teams most likely to make the Playoff, how likely their chances are, and what they have to do to get there.

HIGHLY LIKELY

Clemson Tigers (11-0, at South Carolina, ACC Championship Game)

Clemson might not be able to afford a loss, but the reality is they’re unlikely to suffer one. They’re the class of the ACC and will be clear favorites in their season finale against South Carolina, as well as in the ACC title game. Clemson should go unbeaten, and that will be an easy ticket to the playoff. Concerns linger that they’re not quite as good as they were last season, but that won’t really matter until they get to the playoff.

LSU Tigers (10-0, vs. Arkansas, vs. Texas A&M, SEC Championship)

The Tigers are exceedingly likely to reach the SEC Championship unbeaten, with winnable home games against Arkansas and Texas A&M on the schedule. That will likely lead to an SEC title game between LSU and Georgia, with the winner almost certainly assured of a spot in the playoff. There’s definitely a route for LSU if they lose. Their resume wins are impressive and include wins over Texas, Florida, Auburn, and Alabama. There’s plenty of precedent for one-loss SEC runners-up to make it in, so the Tigers should be feeling good right now.

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Watch: Oklahoma onside kick recovery wiped out by illegal touching review

The Oklahoma Sooners rallied back from a 48-23 deficit against Kansas State on Saturday and very nearly gave themselves a chance to tie the game late, but got very unlucky with the onside kick.

The Sooners executed the kick almost perfectly down 48-41 with 1:45 left, and they recovered the ball to give themselves a chance to force overtime. However, there was some question whether the ball hit an Oklahoma player’s leg before it had gone ten yards, forcing a review.

The ruling that Oklahoma recovered was overturned after a second look, with an illegal touching ruling handed down instead.

It was an unfortunate break for the Sooners. There was no intent to touch the ball, but it hit the player’s knee, and that definitely helped it spin further downfield. In the end, it factored into Oklahoma’s first loss of the season, but it was that close.

Oklahoma announces Schooner wagon will not run rest of season after crash

Oklahoma Schooner wagon

The Oklahoma Schooner wagon will be sidelined for the rest of the season, the school announced on Tuesday.

Oklahoma’s Schooner was involved in a big crash during a second quarter run of the Sooners’ win over West Virginia on Saturday.

The school issued the following statement in response to the incident.

“The Sooner Schooner tipped over today. We believe it was the result of weight distribution among riders in the rear of the wagon. Three individuals were evaluated at the stadium and released. All others reported that they were uninjured. Upon initial evaluation, it also appears the ponies are uninjured. Medical staff responded immediately as did the expert horse handlers and veterinarian who staff all games. We are grateful that the injuries were not serious and for the staff members who responded so well.”

On Tuesday, the school said the wagon will be sidelined the rest of the season.

“We will repair the damaged Schooner and its future use will be for static display. It is possible that it will be back at a game this season, but it will not run. We also are in the process of having a new Schooner constructed. There is no timetable yet for when it will be ready. I would anticipate having it in time for the spring game.”

The wagon would have run for the remaining two Oklahoma home games if all were well. According to the OU Daily, this is the first time the Schooner crashed since 1993.

Oklahoma’s Sooner Schooner mascot flips over in brutal mishap

Oklahoma got off to another fantastic start in its game against West Virginia on Saturday, but unfortunately the Sooners mascot did not have the same type of success.

The Sooner Schooner, which is the horse-drawn wagon that is the official mascot of the Oklahoma football team, had a terrifying accident during the first half. The carriage flipped, sending those riding in it flying onto the field.

At least one person appeared to need assistance getting back to the locker room, so we can only hope there were no serious injuries. Unfortunately, this is not the first time we have seen a frightening incident like that when horses are mascots.

Oklahoma spirit squad members reportedly instructed to not use Horns Down symbol

David Sills horns down

The rivalry between Oklahoma and Texas is one of the best in college football, and there is no love lost between supporters of the two programs. One way Sooners fans showcase that is by using the controversial “Horns Down” symbol, but the school is taking steps to discourage that this year.

Members of Oklahoma’s spirit squad, which encompasses the cheerleading team and mascots program, have been told not to flash the Horns Down sign at any athletic events or on their social media accounts, several current and former students told George Stoia of The OU Daily. The students said they have been told on several occasions — including at a meeting with OU Spirit Coordinator Phil O’Neill last year — that they are not permitted to use the symbol. Spirit squad members who have used Horns Down on social media have been told to remove the posts.

Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione said the policy is not a new one, but sources told The Daily that students were not warned against using Horns Down prior to the 2017-2018 season. A West Virginia player was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct for flashing the symbol last season, and the Big 12 has since said that players could face similar consequences going forward depending on the circumstances.

We know one prominent former Oklahoma star who thinks the rules against Horns Down are absurd, but apparently the school agrees with them.