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October 23, 2013

Where did the Sooners’ vertical passing game go?

(Continued)

NORMAN —

It would be if OU could hit more of those deep shots. The reasons OU hasn’t are multiple.

“That goes along with a little bit of everything with the offense,” Bell said. “We can get our running game going a little bit better — obviously, we are doing a great job with our running game, but going that way and then obviously taking shots down the field and connecting on a couple of more. Missing, obviously, some is a little bit of the reason too. That can be a little bit on me, the receiver and the offensive line.”

This will be essential for the 17th-ranked Sooners (6-1, 3-1 Big 12) when they face No. 10 Texas Tech (7-0, 3-0) at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Owen Field.

It’s a game OU will try to dominate by running the ball, controlling the clock and thereby controlling the game.

But it has to do something to loosen up defenses. In its last two games defenses have shown little fear of being beat deep. Texas and Kansas both sold out to stop the run. They kept one safety deep and played mostly man coverage on the outside.

It’s the scheme of choice to stop the run, but it makes it very hard to cover deep.

Midway through the season, the Sooners still haven’t shown enough reasons for defenses to get out of it.

The offense is going to struggle until it does.

“It’s the difference, whether it’s in the run game or throwing it,” offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said. “We haven’t the big hitters.”

John Shinn

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