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OU should be able to air it out against UConn

By Jake Trotter Modified: December 27, 2010 at 8:35 am •  Published: December 26, 2010

PHOENIX — All over the field, Oklahoma should create issues for its Fiesta Bowl opponent, Connecticut.

But where UConn could have its greatest trouble this game is dealing with OU’s pass offense.

Because competing in the pro set-oriented, run-first Big East, the Huskies have yet to see a passing offense as sophisticated, as up-tempo, as prolific as the one OU will carry into University of Phoenix Stadium on Saturday.

“They know what they’re doing,” UConn coach Randy Edsall said Sunday after the Huskies arrived in Phoenix. “Their tempo really gets after you and gives you problems. But they have outstanding players, they’re well-coached.

“So it’s a tremendous challenge, but it’s a challenge we’re looking forward to.”

It’s also a challenge unlike anything the Huskies have encountered all year.

This isn’t 2008, but the Sooner passing attack has developed into one finely tuned machine.

Quarterback Landry Jones enters the bowl season ranked third in the country with 330 passing yards a game and 35 touchdowns. And down the stretch, Jones played his best ball of the season.

No longer are the Sooners inflating their passing stats with short bubble screens.

In the Big 12 Championship against Nebraska, Jones lit up arguably the nation’s top secondary with 342 passing yards, which included several completed throws downfield.

Factor in that Ryan Broyles is an All-American at receiver, and DeMarco Murray is one of the best receiving running backs in the country, and the Huskies will have their hands full, even with the Sooners debuting new offensive coordinator Josh Heupel.

“Landry Jones is an outstanding quarterback,” Edsall said.

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