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November 14, 2012

Sooners struggling to stop third down conversions

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NORMAN —

One of the reasons OU has fared better against spread offenses this season has been a lower risk bend-but-don’t-break defensive philosophy, designed to stop big offensive plays, even if it’s destined to turn in fewer game-changing defensive plays.

The drive Stoops zeroed in on was Baylor’s final drive of the game. The Sooners led by 16 points when the Bears went on a 19-play, 80-yard drive to score with 1:26 remaining. OU could live with giving up the points as long it forced Baylor to burn up the clock on the way dwon the field.

Saturday, however, getting off the field on third down is going to be critical when the 13th-ranked Sooners (7-2, 5-1) face West Virginia (5-4, 2-4) at 6 p.m. on Saturday at the Mountaineers’ Milan Puskar Stadium.

The Sooners, who are among the nation’s best offenses when it comes to converting third down (52.1 percent), need to keep the Mountaineers’ explosive offense on the sideline. Making some plays on third down is the key.

John ShinnFollow me @john_shinnjshinn@normantranscript.com

 

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