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OU Insider: Red-zone failures killing Sooners

By Jake Trotter Modified: October 12, 2009 at 10:31 am •  Published: October 12, 2009
/articleid/3408380/1/pictures/727494">Photo - OU kicker Jimmy Stevens kicked four field goals against Baylor, but field goals won’t be enough to beat Texas on Saturday.  PHOTO BY STEVE SISNEY, THE OKLAHOMAN
OU kicker Jimmy Stevens kicked four field goals against Baylor, but field goals won’t be enough to beat Texas on Saturday. PHOTO BY STEVE SISNEY, THE OKLAHOMAN

With Bradford back at the helm, the Sooners have a legitimate shot to knock off the third-ranked Longhorns and put this runaway season back on the tracks.

But for all the optimism about Bradford’s return, red-zone ineffectiveness continued to be a problem against Baylor. In seven red-zone possessions, four ended with field goals, while two others eventually resulting in touchdowns were revived with third-down, roughing-the-quarterback penalties inside the Baylor 10.

"When that ball crosses the 15, 10, you have to get some 7-ups, and we didn’t,” offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson said. "So we’ll look at our scheme, our thought process, our execution, what we need to do.”

It’s been a different problem every game. Against BYU, it was penalties; against Miami, inconsistent run game; against Baylor, poor completion percentage (2 of 14) due in part to dropped passes.

It’s up to Wilson, Bob Stoops and the rest of the coaching staff to deliver a solution.

Run the ball more? Run the ball less? Target different receivers? Call another Carter Whitson fake field goal?

Whatever the answer, the Sooners need to uncover it this week.

Because field goals are good enough to beat Baylor.

But not good enough to beat Texas.

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