Oklahomans’ favorite team, OU, lost its quarterback on Thursday night when junior Tyler Wilson was lost for the season with a torn ACL in his right knee.
Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops confirmed the news after practice Thursday.
Wilson, who will turn 19 in June, was expected to return to the field next week after he injured his knee on a third-down throw in the fourth quarter of the Sooners’ 27-14 loss to the TCU Horned Frogs.
It was a painful blow for the Soonings.
Wilson had been considered a Heisman Trophy finalist.
Oklahoma (7-2, 5-1 Big 12) has won eight of 10 games.
But the loss to TCU was the first for Oklahoma since 2008, when QB Nick Marshall suffered a season-ending injury against Oklahoma State.
That year, Wilson had just played in the Orange Bowl against Oklahoma, completing 6 of 13 passes for 44 yards.
His knee also tore in the second quarter against TCU.
“It hurts my heart,” Wilson said.
“I just wish that I could play.
That’s what I’m trying to do, to get back out there and make sure I can play.
I didn’t want to do anything, so I just wanted to play.
I don’t want the pain.
I just want to go out there to play.”
Oklahoma will need Wilson to be ready for the start of next season.
The Sooners have lost their starting quarterback for the past three games, and the Soonies lost to Texas Tech.
Oklahoma has lost its past four regular-season games against TCU and Oklahoma State, winning the last two by a combined score of 43-0.
After the loss, Stoops said he was unsure how long Wilson would be out.
“We’re just going to make sure we get Tyler back before he gets too far,” Stoops told reporters.
“But he’s going to be in the rehab process.
He’s been dealing with it, but he’ll get through it.
We’re going to get him back before too long.”
Oklahomas top two quarterbacks will be redshirt freshmen Austin Allen and Jordan Williamson.
Allen will be Oklahoma’s No. 2, Williamson will be its No. 3.