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When Oklahoma Has The Ball

OU Wide Receiver Jalen Saunders

It is safe to say that the Oklahoma offense has saved the day numerous times this year but none more than the last two games in which OU has put up some staggering numbers through the air. Against West Virginia, the Oklahoma offense put up 554 yards passing and added 108 on the ground to get a last second win in Morgantown. Last week, the Sooners ran off an amazing 101 offensive plays and racked up 618 total yards (500 passing by Jones and 106 net yards rushing) to give OU their 9th win in 10 tries against the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

This week, the OU scoring machine will travel to Fort Worth, TX to take on a tough, defensive minded TCU squad that is fresh off their Thanksgiving Day victory over the Texas Longhorns in Austin in which they had control the entire game. Landry Jones is having an outstanding senior year throwing for 3,745 yards and 27 touchdowns and is averaging 340 yards per game while showing tremendous leadership and poise in crucial situations. Time and time again when OU has needed to convert on 3rd and longs, Jones has put the ball on the money and allowed OU to keep drives alive. He will be counted on once again as will the rest of the OU offense as TCU leads the league in rushing defense only allowing 97 yards per game to their opponent. The Horned Frogs also are stiff against the pass giving up 226 yards per game which ranks them fourth in the conference and gives them the league’s best overall defense.

TCU will once again be led by sophomore linebacker Joel Hasley who leads the team in tackles with 68 (41 solo) and senior linebacker Kenny Cain (65, 41 solo). The Horned Frogs use a base 4-3 set and are very successful at stopping the run. The secondary is pretty good as well as nickelback Elisha Olabode is not only a great cover guy but is a run stopper as well recording 57 stops on the year (41 solo). TCU Head Coach Gary Patterson will have to make some adjustments this week to account for OU's 4 and 5 man receiver sets as OU will spread the field on the Frogs. This should open up the running game some and OU back Brennan Clay and Damien Williams should have decent days yardage wise.

Look for Oklahoma to come out passing and mix in a little run to get the offense going. The Sooners are healthy across the entire offense (save the lineman that are already out) and Damien Williams seems to be getting better as far as his ankle goes. The Sooners will push up-tempo as they have done all year as they try and tire out the TCU defense. With the many weapons that the OU offense has at its disposal, they shouldn’t have issues spreading the ball around. Look for a close game for three quarters with OU pulling away in the 4th by two touchdowns.

Sooners 38 TCU 24

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