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Oklahoma’s Samaje Perine ruled out following first quarter injury

31 December 2015: Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) hands the football to Oklahoma Sooners running back Samaje Perine (32) in action during the College Football Playoff Semifinal - Orange Bowl Game between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Clemson Tigers at Sun Life Stadium, in Miami Gardensm FL. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire)
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The Oklahoma Sooners have unfortunately been without their top running back for much of the game against the Kansas State Wildcats. A first quarter injury to Samaje Perine took away the Sooners’ best threat on the ground in a game that has still been dominated by Oklahoma even without their star rusher in action.

Perine left the game in the first quarter after encountering a tackle from a Kansas State defender while limping off of the field despite a hit that didn’t look like much at the time. The Sooners’ running back was able to walk off the field on his own power to get attention from the medical staff, but Perine has since been unable to make a return from what is assumed to be a right leg injury.

It was reported that Perine spent much of the first half on the sidelines limping without his helmet as well as on the trainer’s table as the Sooners’ staff scrambled to attempt to get the running back in the game to no avail. This is a major setback for an Oklahoma team that was rolling with Perine in the game in the first quarter before building a nice halftime lead.

Perine was his typical, effective self before the injury occurred as he scored the game’s opening touchdown on a 25-yard catch and run for the Sooners. Still, the injury limited him to just three carries as the right leg trouble shut down the talented junior before his game even got started despite the quick touchdown.

Oklahoma is in control of things as the third quarter gets underway as a two-touchdown lead will have the Sooners confident in their chances even with Perine on the sideline.

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