OU Football Notebook: Sooners working to turn field goals into touchdowns

NOTEBOOK: Oklahoma has scored touchdowns on 16 of its 27 trips inside the 20-yard line.
By Mike Baldwin, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Published: October 12, 2011

SOONERS WORKING ON RED ZONE ISSUES

The Sooners have scored points on 24 of 27 red zone opportunities but have scored touchdowns on only 16 trips inside the 20-yard line.

“We're kicking too many field goals sometimes,” said quarterback Landry Jones. “The secondary is tighter. The windows are smaller. The thing for me is to make decisions quicker, being a little more accurate with the ball. We (also) can run the ball a little bit better down there. But we're cleaning that up.”

OFFENSIVE TACKLE ROTATION GETTING STRONGER

Donald Stephenson and Daryl Williams were the starting offensive tackles in the season opener. After Williams suffered a severely sprained ankle against Tulsa, Lane Johnson has started the past four games at right tackle.

Jarvis Jones was one of OU's top offensive linemen last season. Returning from a major knee injury suffered last spring, Jones has played a few series the last few games, working back into shape. Williams is close to 100 percent.

“This is the first week I feel like Daryl is back to full speed,” said offensive tackles coach Bruce Kittle. “This week will be a chance to get him back in action. He looks really good.”

Kittle said all four offensive tackles will play a few series every game.

“We've been a little disappointed in the second halves the past few weeks,” Kittle said. “We like to be close to 100 plays and we haven't been near that. We're hoping to rev things up and get back to that tempo. If we do that there will be plenty of room for guys to play.”

KANSAS COMMITTED TO RUN GAME

The Sooners are expected to romp Saturday night in Lawrence, Kan., but one area they'll be tested is run defense.

Kansas is averaging more than 450 yards a game, nearly 220 on the ground.

Ranked 18th nationally in rushing, the Jayhawks average 50 attempts a game, 4.4 yards a carry.



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