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Oklahoma Sooners' Landry Jones has good start against Florida State Seminoles defense

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State's top 20 defense struggled early in the 23-13 loss to No. 1 Oklahoma.

After the No. 5 Seminoles allowed only 84 yards the week before against Charleston Southern, they gave up almost that many on the Sooners' first series Saturday night at Doak Campbell Stadium. QB Landry Jones' 1-yard sneak capped a 15-play, 80-yard touchdown drive to open the game.

It was the first time a Seminoles opponent scored in the first half this season. Oklahoma had only three plays on that drive that didn't gain at least 3 yards, and one of those was the goal-line plunge by Jones.

But twice in the second quarter the Sooners moved inside the FSU 5 only to see the Seminoles defense stiffen. The Sooners settled for field goals of 21 and 29 yards to build a 13-3 lead at halftime.

Big win: Under coach Bob Stoops, who took over in 1999, the Sooners had never won a road nonconference game against a Top-25 opponent. The Sooners' last road nonconference win against a top-five foe came in 1977 at Ohio State.

Shaw hurt: FSU's receiving corps took a major blow early in the second quarter. Kenny Shaw caught a pass deep in Oklahoma territory near the goal line, took two steps and was sandwiched by S Javon Harris and LB Tom Wort.

Shaw appeared to be moving his hands but lay on the field for almost 10 minutes before being carted off. FSU officials said Shaw was conscious as he left, and he was taken to an area hospital for X-rays. Shaw returned to the sideline before the end of the game and appeared to be okay, but he did not play.

Harris was flagged for a personal foul on the play.

Receiver updates: WR Bert Reed was in uniform after spraining his ankle in the second half last week of the Seminoles' win over Charleston Southern.

Reed entered the game with 148 career catches, tied with Greg Carr for fifth most in school history. He warmed up with the team but did not catch a pass in the first quarter.

As expected, the Seminoles were still without Willie Haulstead (concussion), who was not in uniform.

Freshman Rashad Greene earned his first career start at receiver. The four-star recruit entered the game with three touchdowns on three catches through the first two games of his college career.

Reid, McCray hurt: CB Greg Reid returned from his suspension and re-entered the starting lineup.

But the Jim Thorpe Award preseason candidate got a rude welcome. His leg landed awkwardly on the first drive of the game, and Reid limped off of the field. He returned later in the quarter.

DT Moses McCray, a former Hillsborough High standout, also left with an apparent leg injury during the first drive.

Line flip-flop: FSU switched two offensive linemen in its starting lineup. Jacob Fahrenkrug moved from center to left guard, and Bryan Stork moved from left guard to center.

O'Leary's big grabs: Highly regarded freshman TE Nick O'Leary matched his career total of two catches on FSU's first drive. His third-down catch kept the drive alive near midfield. FSU ended the drive with a 53-yard field goal.

Oklahoma Sooners' Landry Jones has good start against Florida State Seminoles defense 09/17/11 [Last modified: Sunday, September 18, 2011 12:37am]
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