“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.“Three? I wish there were three, ”Riley said. “It’s part of it. We’re lucky because a lot of these guys, especially in the starting squad, played ball a lot. We had to move guys around to make it work tonight, and these guys with their experience. in the system and the gaming experience, were able to do so. ”
He said he felt the staff handled the situation well.
“It’s either one of two things – either you see it as a hindrance and you say ‘poor me’ and you’re angry, you’re in the situation and frustrated, or you see it as an opportunity,” at -he says. “An opportunity to see new players that you might not have seen, an opportunity as coaches to test yourself and be able to adapt when the going comes. “