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December 24, 2012

Sooner scheming

(Continued)

NORMAN —

That extra time finally allows a coaching staff to see what went right and what went horribly wrong against those teams.

OU’s defense dominated Texas Tech but absorbed beating in shootout wins over the Bears, Cowboys and Mountaineers.

The teams all share very similar offensive styles. The major difference is Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel’s running ability propelled him to the Heisman Trophy.

“He can run, but a lot of people overlook his throwing ability. He can throw just as good as he can run,” OU defensive tackle Jamarkus McFarland said of Manziel. “He makes some of those plays that RG3 made. His percentage was higher scrambling than standing in the pocket, so that’s just amazing ability to add to the game. Our defense has to be versatile with this guy, and not just focus down on just pass because he can run it this well.”

The Sooners wrapped up early bowl preparations for the game on Friday. Practice resumes back in Norman later this week before it heads to Texas on Saturday.

Stoops has a history of using that time wisely and coming up with a plan that catches opposing offenses off guard.

“We’ll win the game if we stop him. If we don’t, we’ll have problems all night,” OU defensive end David King said. “That’s what our goal is this practice this week and then when we get to Dallas and practice for the week.”

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