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Oklahoma’s red-zone offense better statistically than at this point last year

by Jason Kersey Modified: March 29, 2013 at 5:05 pm •  Published: September 14, 2012
OU's Damien Williams rushed for three red-zone touchdowns Saturday against Florida A&M. PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN
OU's Damien Williams rushed for three red-zone touchdowns Saturday against Florida A&M. PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN
NORMAN — Among Oklahoma’s problems last season was its ability to convert red-zone opportunities into points.

OU ended the 2011 season scoring just 39 touchdowns in 66 trips inside their opponents’ 20-yard line.

Two games into 2012, though, the Sooners are better statistically in the red zone than they were last year through two games.

Combined, in the 2011 season opener against Tulsa and Game 2 at Florida State, OU scored six touchdowns in 13 red-zone trips.

While opening this season with wins at UTEP and against Florida A&M, the Sooners have been perfect in converting in scoring touchdowns on all 10 of their red-zone opportunities.

Nine of those red-zone trips, though, came in the 69-13 rout of Florida A&M, a vastly overmatched FCS opponent.

Still, the 2012 numbers are encouraging because of how the touchdowns have been scored. When OU scored touchdowns in the redzone late last season, they came almost exclusively on runs by backup quarterback Blake Bell in the package known as the “Belldozer.”

Of the 10 red-zone touchdowns so far this year, two have come on passes, while the eight runs were by four different backs — none of which were Bell.

“As long as we’re getting the job done it doesn’t matter,” said sophomore guard Adam Shead. “Whether we’re using Damien (Williams) or Blake, as long as we’re getting first downs and scoring touchdowns, that’s all that matters.”

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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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