Lately, OU’s been up the challenge. It’s held Texas Tech, Texas and Kansas to under 3.5 yards per carry. Nevertheless, the Sooner defense got a tremendous amount of help in all three of those games. OU put up a minimum of 24 points in the first half of all three games. The Red Raiders, Longhorns and Jayhawks spent most of the games trying to play catch-up.
That advantage isn’t always there.
“We’re going to have to do a good job of controlling the line of scrimmage,” defensive end David King said. “That’s been a key for us the past three weeks. That’s going to play a huge factor in deciding who wins Saturday.”
In that sense, Sooners will get a shot at redemption. Three costly turnovers were what led to their loss to Kansas State. However, the Wildcats did rush for 50 yards in the fourth quarter with two touchdown drives and another to run the final four minutes off of the clock.
The Sooners were clearly pushed around when the game was on the line. Notre Dame has a seven-game winning streak because it can do the exact same thing with the ball.
“If we come out there and hit them in the mouth,” defensive end Chuka Ndulue said. “They’re gonna try to do the same.”
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