Texas vs. OU: Sooners' show stoppers
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Ash deadly on short throws
By Brandon Chatmon
Those numbers mean OU will have to be very aware of an underrated trait of the Longhorns' offense: Their running backs' big play ability out of the backfield. Jeremy Hills, Daje Johnson and Joe Bergeron have each gained a least 88.9 percent of their receiving yardage after the catch this season. Johnson is a hybrid running back/receiver who is used in various sets designed to get him the ball in the open field to utilize his speed.
Bergeron and Johnathan Gray get a lot of the attention for their prowess in the running game but Hills has made a major impact as the Longhorns' third-down back. He's caught 12 of the 13 passes thrown his way for 118 yards with 117 of those coming after the catch. He's a overlooked threat to the Sooners defensive success as seven of his 12 receptions resulted in first downs.
OU will need to stop the Longhorns running backs on the ground if they have any hope of winning the Red River Shootout, yet if the Sooners overlook the receiving threats they present, they could pay for it.
KEY STAT: 77
By Jake Trotter
In 2011, Texas quarterback David Ash completed just 56 percent of his passes. This season, Ash's completion percentage is better than 77 percent, a big reason why the Longhorns rank sixth in the country in scoring. Texas ranked 55th last season.
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By Jake Trotter
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