OSU defense will make OU earn its way down the field

By Jake Trotter Modified: November 26, 2010 at 12:08 am •  Published: November 26, 2010

The good news for the Sooners is they possess the kind of offense that can give the Cowboys fits.

OU doesn't turn the ball over, the lifeblood of the OSU defense.

Only Iowa, Oregon State, Wisconsin, Navy and TCU have turned the ball over fewer times than the Sooners this season. And while quarterback Landry Jones has had some breakdowns on the road, he's only thrown five picks in OU's last 10 games.

OU also doesn't need big plays to score points.

While they've been much more explosive of late, the Sooners still only have 13 scoring plays from outside the red zone, a low number compared with other Big 12 teams.

That hasn't, however, prevented OU from boasting the No. 16 scoring offense in the country with almost 37 points per game. The Sooners have made a living on bubble screens to Ryan Broyles and swing passes to DeMarco Murray and slants and outs to Kenny Stills.

Those plays should be there against the Cowboys.

If the Sooners can execute those plays, they'll bend OSU's defense. And if they can hold on to the ball, eventually break it.

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