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BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, Published: October 10, 2011

Coach Bob Stoops said TCU joining the Big 12 is a good fit for the Horned Frogs and the conference.

“They've been an excellent program for a great number of years with Gary (Patterson),” Stoops said of the TCU head coach. “And the proximity for everybody, the fans traveling and the players and their families traveling, it's a win-win for everybody.”

OU is scheduled to play TCU in Fort Worth next season. Since it will now be a conference game, who will the Sooners replace them with in nonconference play?


“I knew that was coming. Might as well,” Stoops quipped.


Senior defensive end Frank Alexander has played so well, he's a viable candidate for Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year.

“He's been unbelievable, fantastic,” Stoops said. “You look at that day he had (against Texas). Three sacks, four tackles for loss, a forced fumble, a recovered fumble and a batted down pass. That's (quite) a day in a big game.”

Alexander has recorded 28 tackles, 7.5 sacks, five quarterback hurries, four batted passes, an interception, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble.

“I've been playing with better technique, and I'm now able to see a play before it happens,” Alexander said. “I feel I have a lot to prove because the last two years I haven't been where I want to be. I didn't have a bad year, but I knew I could be a lot better.”


Junior quarterback Landry Jones, throwing for 367 yards and three touchdowns in a 55-17 win over Texas, was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week and also won a national award, the Davey O'Brien Quarterback of the Week.

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