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Oklahoma Sooners Football: Sooners in the NFL – Rip Goes Beast Mode, Sammy B Falls Short

Fullback Aaron Ripkowski scored his second touchdown in as many games, while Sam Bradford should’ve had another play in Week 13.

Houston Texans v Green Bay Packers Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

Whether it affected his throw or not, Sam Bradford and the Vikings got screwed in last Thursday’s loss against the Cowboys. Bradford was his usual self — sharp, unspectacular, under pressure for most of the night — and finished a respectable 32-of-45 for 247 yards, a touchdown and zero interceptions. But the Vikings failed to convert on fourth and goal after yet another Minnesota penalty and a Bradford overthrow in the end zone on the last play of the game. The loss dropped the Vikes to 6-6 on the season as they look to rebound in Jacksonville next week.

Bradford’s NFC North rival Aaron Ripkowski found the end zone for the second-straight week for the Packers and continues to tear up defenses in his limited but fruitful short-yardage and goal line opportunities. Rip finished with 3 carries for 14 yards and the score and added a catch for 4 yards in the snowy-day win against the Texans. The versatile fullback has emerged as a much-needed skill player in a depleted Green Bay backfield and appears to be an increasingly integral part of Mike McCarthy’s offense in a tight divisional race down the stretch.

Rip for a beastly six!

Linebacker Corey Nelson grabbed 4 tackles in a Broncos win in Jacksonville. Nelson’s former Sooner teammate Aaron Colvin registered 1 tackle on the other side for the Jaguars and caught up with his old friend after the game.

Jermaine Gresham caught 5 passes for 52 yards in a Cardinals home win against Washington. Tony Jefferson recorded a team-high 7 tackles and defended 1 pass for the Arizona defense.

Gerald McCoy registered a tackle and a sack in the Bucs road win in San Diego.

Sterling Shepard caught 4 passes for 21 yards and a late touchdown, his sixth of the season, in the Giants loss in Pittsburgh.

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Kenny Stills had 2 receptions for 21 yards, while Damien Williams rushed once for a yard and caught 2 passes for 8 yards in a Dolphins blowout loss in Baltimore, which broke Miami’s six-game win streak. Jordan Phillips added 1 tackle for the ‘Fins defense.

These Sooners also saw action for their respective teams this weekend:

(*denotes starter)

Blake Bell (TE - 49ers), *Chris Chester (RT - Falcons), Geneo Grissom (DE - Patriots), Demontre Hurst (CB - Bears), Donald Stephenson (RT – Broncos), *Tress Way (P - Washington), James Winchester (LS - Chiefs)

The following Sooners were inactive or did not play in Week 13:

Dominique Alexander (LB – Browns, Bye Week), Devante Bond (LB – Bucs, IR), James Hanna (TE - Cowboys), Gabe Ikard (C – Browns, Bye Week), Lane Johnson (RT - Eagles, suspension), Landry Jones (QB - Steelers), Stacy McGee (DT - Raiders), DeMarco Murray (RB – Titans, Bye Week), Adrian Peterson (RB - Vikings, IR), Zack Sanchez (CB – Panthers, IR), Charles Tapper (DE – Cowboys, IR), Daryl Williams (RT - Panthers), Trent Williams (LT – Washington, IR)