Red River Rivalry: Position-by-position matchups for OU-Texas

A unit-by-unit look at who has the edge in Saturday's Red River Rivalry game between No. 13 Oklahoma and No. 15 Texas.
by Jason Kersey Published: October 11, 2012

DALLAS — A unit-by-unit look at who has the edge in Saturday's Red River Rivalry game between No. 13 Oklahoma and No. 15 Texas.

QUARTERBACKS

Last season when Landry Jones and David Ash went head-to-head, the Sooner was clearly the better quarterback. But this year, Ash has been much more consistently good; Jones struggled through the first three games before finding his groove last week. Still, the Sooners' added rushing threat from backup Blake Bell in short-yardage situations gives OU the slight edge.

Advantage: Oklahoma

RUNNING BACKS

Texas has thrown the ball around quite well, but is also much more committed to running the football than is Oklahoma. Three Longhorn backs — Joe Bergeron, Malcolm Brown and Johnathan Gray — have at least 40 carries, and each average over 4 yards per carry. The Sooner' top two backs, Damien Williams and Dominique Whaley, have played well when given opportunities.

Advantage: Texas

RECEIVERS

Ash distributes his passes to receivers much more evenly than Jones; Texas, on the whole, has caught 112 passes, but its leading receiver, Jaxon Shipley, accounts for 22 of them. Kenny Stills, meanwhile, has 29 of the Sooners' 97 receptions. Jones was better about that last week, and the addition of Jalen Saunders gives him yet another big-play threat to look for.

Advantage: Oklahoma

OFFENSIVE LINE

The Oklahoma line has played admirably given the last few, volatile, months. But Texas' line returned four starters from last season, and they all remain healthy. The only newcomer on the line is Donald Hawkins, a junior-college transfer who was committed to Oklahoma State for a few months last fall before a late switch.

Advantage: Texas

DEFENSIVE LINE

Senior DT Casey Walker's return has clearly had an impact; he played well in last week's win at Texas Tech, and Jamarkus McFarland and David King have been solid, too. R.J. Washington played his best game of 2012 last week. But Texas incredible DE duo — Alex Okafor and Jackson Jeffcoat — create an edge here for the Longhorns.

Advantage: Texas

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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