Oklahoma defense in midseason form
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma's defense was in midseason form in the opener against Louisiana Tech.
The Sooners shut down Louisiana Tech for much of a 48-16 win on Saturday night. Oklahoma held the Bulldogs to just 245 yards, including 54 yards rushing on 29 attempts.
Oklahoma's starters were especially dominant. The Sooners led 31-0 before the Bulldogs scored their first points on a field goal with only seconds left in the first half. The Sooners expect their defense to be better than the unit that led the Big 12 in total defense last year.
Oklahoma's defensive swagger could be tested Saturday at Tulsa. The Golden Hurricane defeated Tulane 38-31 in double overtime in their opener Thursday. Quarterback Dane Evans passed for 438 yards, and Tulsa rolled up 592 yards total.
Royals stop slide with 4-3 victory over Rangers
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Salvador Perez homered and drove in three runs, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Texas Rangers 4-3 on Monday night to snap a three-game losing streak.
Perez, who had three hits, went deep in the third with Alex Gordon aboard. His two-out double in the first scored Gordon, who had singled and swiped second.
Yordano Ventura allowed three runs, two earned, and five hits in 6 1-3 innings for Kansas City. The right-hander, who was skipped on his previous turn in the rotation due to a sore back, struck out seven and walked four.
Greg Holland pitched the ninth for his 41st save in 43 chances.
Texas QB Ash to miss BYU game
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas quarterback David Ash, who missed most of last season with concussion symptoms, was injured again and will miss this week's game against BYU.
Ash took several hard hits in a 38-7 win over North Texas. Longhorns coach Charlie Strong says Ash didn't show any symptoms during the game, but that the coaching staff got a call later that night.
Strong did not detail what problems Ash was experiencing.
Ash ran for a touchdown and passed for another. But he also took several blows to the head, including a tackle when he bent low to pick up a fumble, and twice more when his helmet bounced off the turf.
Sophomore Tyrone Swoopes will start for Texas against the Cougars.
Baylor QB Petty has 2 cracked small bones in back
WACO, Texas (AP) - Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty has two cracked small bones in his back.
Petty had an MRI on Monday, a day after taking an early shot to his back and playing only the first half of the 10th-ranked Bears' season-opening 45-0 win over SMU.
The diagnosis was two cracked transverse processes, small bones that stick out from each side of a vertebra.
Coach Art Briles said during the Big 12 coaches teleconference that Petty was day to day. Baylor, which didn't practice Monday, is home Saturday night against Northwestern State.
Petty was hit in the back on his first series Sunday night. He still threw for 161 yards and two touchdowns, and added a 5-yard TD run for a 31-0 halftime lead.
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