Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley says COVID-19 cases threaten game against Missouri State

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NORMAN, Oklahoma – Oklahoma football coach Lincoln Riley confirmed after the Sooners’ No.5 opening victory over Missouri State that Saturday night’s game was at risk of being postponed or called off in because of the Sooners’ COVID-19 cases.Earlier, the Springfield News-Leader reported that Missouri State President Clif Smart told the school’s board of directors that the game was in doubt.

“It weighed in the balance a bit, but we were able to do it,” Riley said after the 48-0 win. “Fortunately, we were able. ”

Several Oklahoma players were absent, including kicker Gabe Brkic and running back TJ Pledger. Brkic was a preseason second team All-American. Pledger was listed as the starting running back. Anton Harrison, a true rookie who was on the list of starting left tackle, didn’t play either.

Riley has not confirmed why they were absent. He said earlier in the week that he would no longer release the test results of the COVID-19 team.

The offensive line was particularly affected by unavailable players.

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