TEXAS VS. OU: LONGHORNS' SHOW STOPPERS
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Sean Adams: Edge to Texas
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By Carter Strickland
But this might be the week for OU to get its vertical passing game going. Texas has allowed eight completions of 30 or more yards. The Longhorns only allowed 11 such completions all of last season. Texas has also allowed eight touchdown passes of 20 or more yards in the past seven games. Through the first 11 games in 2011, the defense did not surrender one such touchdown pass.
Then again, Jones has completed 3 of 14 passes thrown 20 yards or longer in three career games against Texas with no touchdown passes.
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FOUR DOWNS: Pressure Jones
By Sean Adams
Everyone knew coming into the season that West Virginia had an explosive offense with huge stars on that side of the ball. The plan going into that game last Saturday was about stopping the passing game, getting pressure with the front four and really not thinking about the Mountaineers running game. But the running game killed the Longhorns.
Against Oklahoma the plan changes completely. Stopping the run is at a premium and the goal is to pressure Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones. Pressure has caused him to turn the ball over and make mistakes. The Texas defense is in strong need of the confidence that comes from forcing turnovers.
While every defense wants to start out by stopping the run, forcing Jones to beat Texas is the best way to initiate and force turnovers by the Sooner offense.
Read Adams' four downs here.
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