There wasn’t a ton of excitement throughout most of Saturday’s Big 12 opener in Norman where Oklahoma beat up on Texas Tech 55-16. The most drama came when Eli Howard dangerously hit Oklahoma running back Kennedy Brooks on an interception return.
You can see the video below:
Talk about a cheap shot on this INT return. Going for the knee when the returner was out of bounds. Gross pic.twitter.com/whIAYQjJ8q— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) September 28, 2019
It was a dirty play. There’s no other way to say it. And the good news is Brooks was able to walk off the field under his own power. He was then taken into the team’s medical tent and came out giving a thumbs up to the crowd, signaling he had avoided any type of serious injury.
However, the story did take a positive turn. After the loss, Howard went on Twitter and released a statement apologizing to not just Brooks, but leadership at Texas Tech.
My deepest apologizes to @TTUCoachWells @kirbyhocutt for my illegal hit. It is a terrible look for TTU. Also, sorry to @kennedyBrooks26 I hope there is no serious harm done. pic.twitter.com/oL8pftsldh— Eli Howard V (@EliHoward5) September 28, 2019
It takes a certain person to admit when they screwed up, and to Howard’s credit, that’s what he did. However, it was still a dirty play and thankfully Brooks was not seriously injured.
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