2. Risky blitzes
What is it with these Texas defensive coordinators? The Longhorns' Manny Diaz, Texas A&M's Tim DeRuyter … these guys like to take their chances. More than anything, well-executed run blitzes can be disruptive to the other team's plans — and the Sooners have fallen prey to plenty of run blitzes this season. The key is quarterback Landry Jones knowing to get the Sooners into another play.
3. Getting proper identification
One recurring hiccup for the Sooners this season has been missed blocking assignments by the line and tight ends. They were much better last week against Kansas State, but they've got to prove they can do it for consecutive weeks. Getting veteran Ben Habern back will help, but that likely will not happen until the Nov. 19 Baylor game. Coaches continue to compliment Adam Shead at left guard, so perhaps this is an improving area.
THE PAST IS THE PAST
Three reasons why the goal-line issues are no more for the Sooners
1. Location, location, location
The luster of Owen Field might be off a little after the Texas Tech loss, but still seems like there's a much better shot of goal-line bog-downs on the road – and at a difficult environment such as Kyle Field. Better to have folks cheering you than jeering you, right?
2. Mr. Versatility
After clamoring for Trey Millard to get more involved near the goal line, boom, he's playing tailback some and has touchdowns in consecutive weeks. The sophomore is more experienced and versatile than he was a year ago in College Station. Even if he's not getting the ball, he's an excellent blocker. Millard is reason for new goal-line hope for OU.
3. The Thinktank
In recent weeks, the Sooners have spiced up the red-zone and goal-line play-calling, adding new packages and wrinkles. Some – such as overloading the line with two tackles on one side – have been subtle. Others – having third-team QB Blake Bell enter the game to run the ball – have been more pronounced. OU isn't content to stubbornly run the same backs up the gut any longer.