OU notebook: Missouri wins battle of running games

FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: October 24, 2010 at 6:53 am •  Published: October 23, 2010

TIGERS' DEFENSE STEPS UP

Missouri has the best red zone defense in the country, giving up touchdowns on only five of 18 red zone possessions. OU scored three times in the red zone but also had two turnovers inside the 20.

In the second half, the Tigers defense stiffened, limiting the Sooners to 112 total yards. OU's second-half possessions included four punts, a turnover a missed field goal and two touchdowns, one set up by Mossis Madu's 75-yard kickoff return.

BROYLES PLAYS WITH INJURY

Broyles suffered a sprained left ankle midweek in practice and had the ankle re-taped in the first half. He was still productive, hauling in eight catches for 110 yards, including a 31-yard reception on a deep middle route on OU's second touchdown drive.

With Dejuan Miller suffering a season-ending knee injury earlier in the week, Kenny Stills, Cameron Kenney, Trey Franks and Brandon Caleb alternated at wide receiver.

MISSOURI'S OTHER RECEIVER

The Sooners did a good job against Missouri's two leading receivers, limiting T.J. Moe and Michael Egnew to 34 yards on 10 catches but Jerrell Jackson stepped up for nine catches for 139 yards.

TURNOVER TROUBLES

OU had only five turnovers the first six games but had three costly turnovers against Missouri. Madu lost a fumble in the first half. Landry Jones had two interceptions.

Jones' first interception was returned 58 yards by Aldon Smith which set up a 28-yard Missouri touchdown drive that gave the Tigers a 14-7 lead early in the second quarter. Jones' other interception was when a ball was tipped early in the fourth quarter, which resulted in a field goal.

FINCH USED IN NEW SCHEME

The Sooners used freshman Roy Finch at running back, moving DeMarco Murray to the slot as a wide receiver on its fourth series of the game. Even though the drive ended with a Jones interception the new-look wrinkle was so effective the Sooners used it on another series.

WINCHESTER ANOTHER FUMBLE RECOVERY

Deep snapper James Winchester was credited with his third fumble recovery in four games on a muffed punt. Winchester's fumble recovery against Missouri set up OU's first touchdown drive after the Sooners went three-and-out on their opening possession.

Winchester's recovery in the waning minutes sealed a win over Texas. Winchester also was credited with the game-saving fumble recovery against Cincinnati, although James Hanna actually recovered the muffed punt.


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