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.
ALEXANDER PLAYING AT HIGH LEVEL
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.”
JONES RECEIVES TWO HONORS
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.
Over the past three games, Jones has compiled 1,240 passing yards and 11 touchdowns. He ranks second nationally in total offense, averaging 363.2 yards a game.
In the lopsided win over Texas, the defense set six records, including outright records for most touchdowns (three), tackles for lost yards (113), and sack yards (84).
The defense tied school records for fumble return TDs (two), sacks (eight) and tackles for loss (17).
“We have a lot of good players, a lot of talent on this defense,” said nickel back Tony Jefferson. “The sky is the limit for us. We've just got to continue to focus, play smash-mouth football and have games like last week regardless of who we play.”
FLEMING WINS ‘BOWLING BALL' AWARD
Recording a career-high 13 tackles, Jamell Fleming was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week. The senior cornerback also returned a fumble 56 yards for a touchdown and forced a fumble.
“Jamell got our bowling ball award for how physical he was,” said OU defensive coordinator Brent Venables. “He showed up in the run game. A lot of their run game was perimeter oriented. They're going to force your secondary guys to make plays, and he did. It easily was his best performance.”