OU vs. Iowa State: Stingy defense
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KEY STAT for Sooners
By Brandon Chatmon
0. That's the total number of turnovers forced in OU's two losses leading to its minus-4 turnover margin against Notre Dame and Kansas State. Iowa State has forced 12 turnovers in its last four games so the Sooners need their defense to force a turnover or two on Saturday and not just expect the offense to be turnover-free in Ames.
Jones struggling downfield
By Jake Trotter
Bob Stoops said the Sooners didn't try many downfield throws against Notre Dame because of the way the Irish were defending. But OU the entire season has struggled throwing downfield, relative to recent seasons.
According to ESPN Stats & Info, Landry Jones is completing 39.7 percent of his passes thrown 15 yards or longer this season. That is a significant drop from last season when Jones completed 49.2 percent on the same distance.
The Sooners did not have a pass for more than 30 yards until the fourth quarter, when Jalen Saunders broke off a 35-yard reception. Kenny Stills had OU's only other long catch, but that didn't come until the final drive when the Irish were in a prevent defense.
With the deep ball not there, the Sooners tried to dink and dunk their way down the field. But because of Notre Dame's tackling, yards after the catch were hard to come by, too.
The Irish might have the best tackling defense in college. But Iowa State is pretty solid, too. If the Sooners can loosen up the Cyclones defense with the deep ball, that should open up more space for Saunders, Stills and Sterling Shepard on the underneath passes.
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By Jake Trotter
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
-- QB Landry Jones, on being out of the national title picture after the loss to Notre Dame.
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