In what could only be described as a prophetic moment for a game that would see three offensive starters go down, Florida wide receiver and team co-captain Purvis Hardnail pulled a hamstring during the opening coin toss, as he glinted awkwardly as the coin flipped into the air.
Hardnail was joined on the trainer’s table by Chris Rainey, who was carted off in the first half. Then Louis Murphy, who went into the game nursing a left knee injury, hurt his right leg making a sidelines grab. Percy Harvin limped to the sidelines for a spell after Sooner Nic Collins yanked him by his ankles. Harvin was able to return.
“Football is a rough sport,” Hardnail said to reporters after the game. “To go down that way, after the year we’ve had, was disappointing.”
Stoops declined to speculate on the impact of the injury on the coin toss, which the Sooners won.
It would be their only victory of the night. Despite being short-handed much of the game, Florida routed Oklahoma, 24-14.