OU concerned with defense, Texas concerned with offense heading into Red River game

In Mike Baldwin's weekly film study, he writes that OU's defense needs to stop giving up big plays.
by Michael Baldwin Modified: September 26, 2010 at 9:14 pm •  Published: September 26, 2010

Observations after watching the film:

OFFENSE

The ground game has issues. DeMarco Murray was held to three yards or less on 20 of 28 carries ... Fullback Trey Millard's primary role has been blocking but he showed why he eventually will play tight end. Millard's 5-yard TD reception was a game-clincher ... Freshman wide receivers Kenny Stills and Trey Franks had solid games. Stills' sideline toe-tap was a veteran move. Stills also showed tremendous body control on a 29-yard catch and had a 25-yard reception wiped out by a penalty ... Quarterback Landry Jones completed 13 consecutive passes in the first half. He also stepped up in the pocket to make a couple of plays. If the Sooners don't drop any passes, Jones would have finished 40-of-51 for more than 400 yards ... In the offensive line rotation at guard, Gabe Ikard and Brian Lepak are better pass blockers, Tyler Evans and Stephen Good better run blockers.

DEFENSE

Defensive ends Pryce Macon and Ronnell Lewis were the best pass rushers, which is why Frank Alexander, still hampered by a sprained ankle, didn't play much the second half. Alexander didn't record a tackle ... Middle linebacker Tom Wort delivers punishing hits but too often is out of position, usually when he over pursues a play ... Tony Jefferson has Roy Williams-like potential but for the first time all season was burned for a couple of big plays when he bit on play-action fakes ... Senior safety Quinton Carter arguably was OU's most consistent defender the first three games but was burned for two big plays and missed a couple of tackles ... True freshman cornerback Aaron Colvin, forced to play the second half for Jamell Fleming (sprained ankle) was picked on a couple of times. Colvin was flagged for two penalties but provided solid coverage, a solid debut.

by Michael Baldwin
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Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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How do the Longhorns fare in the Cotton Bowl coming off a loss?

The sample size is small. Texas has entered the OU game coming off a loss only four times the past 50 years.

Three times the Longhorns have defeated the Sooners. The most recent example, three years ago, they lost back-to-back.

Year, Loss week before OU Loss, Result vs. OU

2007, Lost to K-State 41-21, Lost to OU 28-21

1999, Lost to K-State 35-17, Defeated OU 38-28

1997, Lost to OSU 42-16, Defeated OU 27-24

1994, Lost to Colorado 34-31, Defeated OU 17-10

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