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Texas Tech can breathe easier with Oklahoma’s Perine sidelined

Oklahoma running back Samaje Perine dives into the end zone in front of Kansas State defensive back Dante Barnett for a touchdown in the first quarter Saturday.
Oklahoma running back Samaje Perine dives into the end zone in front of Kansas State defensive back Dante Barnett for a touchdown in the first quarter Saturday. AP

NORMAN, Okla. Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said Monday that standout running back Samaje Perine will miss at least the next two games with a pulled muscle.

Perine, a junior who has rushed for 475 yards and six touchdowns for No. 16 Oklahoma, was injured early in the 38-17 win Saturday over Kansas State.

Stoops said after the win that Perine could have finished the game, but Monday said Perine “will be out at least two weeks, maybe three.” Stoops says the Sooners want to make sure the injury heals properly.

Perine will miss Saturday night’s game at Texas Tech and a home game against Kansas on Oct. 29.

As a freshman in 2014, Perine rushed for 213 yards on 25 carries against Texas Tech. Last year against the Red Raiders, he gained 201 yards on 23 carries.

Joe Mixon, who has rushed for 476 yards and two touchdowns this season, will carry a bigger load for the Sooners, along with freshman Abdul Adams.

Oklahoma is thin at running back after losing Rodney Anderson (neck injury) for the season and Daniel Brooks (concussions) for his career this season. Stoops said fullback Dimitri Flowers, usually only a blocker or pass-catcher, could figure into the mix.

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