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OU football notebook: Frank Alexander leads Sooners' sack parade

by Michael Baldwin Published: October 8, 2011

Oklahoma recorded eight sacks in Saturday's 55-17 dismantling of Texas.

Senior defensive end Frank Alexander compiled three and has a team high 5.5 sacks for the season.

In Saturday's lopsided win, Alexander had four tackles for loss, forced a fumble, recovered a fumble, broke up a pass, recorded a quarterback hurry and compiled six tackles.

“This was my last one,” said Alexander, referring to the OU-Texas rivalry. “I wanted to go out with a bang. My biggest thing was getting after their quarterback, not giving him time to set up. There were a couple of plays I could have been better, but I feel we did a good job the whole game.”

JOE CASTIGLIONE BREAKS OUT A VICTORY DANCE

OU athletic director Joe Castiglione, celebrating his 54th birthday on Saturday, unveiled a victory celebratory dance in the locker room after the dominating 55-17 win.

“You heard?” Castiglione asked. “Ugh. I was hoping what happens in the locker room stays in the locker room.”

"That tremendous win was a great present. I haven't had time to install the dance package yet this season, so I had to improvise when unexpectedly cheered on by the players to join them."

DURANT KEEPS HIS WORD, FOLLOWS JEFFERSON ON TWITTER

Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant, who played at Texas, made good on his "bet" with Sooner defender Tony Jefferson.

Jefferson told Durant he would have to follow him on Twitter if he made an interception against the Longhorns. Durant agreed. Jefferson held up his end, picking off a David Ash pass early in the second quarter. It was Jefferson's fourth interception in two games.

Jefferson said just after the game that he'd already heard from Durant.

"I still love Texas! Good game by OU," Durant tweeted. "I still hate y'all but it's all good. y'all won't win the nat'l title lol...good game @tonyjefferson1."

LONGHORNS GO 0-FOR-4

Texas coach Mack Brown said the Longhorns needed to win four elements to win the game: turnovers, penalties, red zone and third downs.

"I'm not sure we won any of them," Brown said. "I think we lost all of them. And those were the four chances for us to win the game."

Actually, Texas won the penalty battle — 60 yards on five penalties; OU had 68 on seven penalties.

But OU dominated the turnovers (1-5), red zone (OU scored three touchdowns and kicked two field goals in five trips; Texas scored one TD in four trips) and third downs (OU was 8-of-15, UT 5-of-16).

HONORING AUSTIN BOX

Senior linebacker Travis Lewis each week selects the player that will wear No. 12, the number worn by former OU linebacker Austin Box, who died in May.

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by Michael Baldwin
Redhawks, Barons, MLB, NFL Reporter
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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