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If turnovers decide most games, the final scores of the ones that aren’t will usually be dictated by the team that produces more big plays.
Whether it is on a long pass, an explosive touchdown run, a defensive score or a game changing special teams’ return, those are the plays that make the difference in the final outcome.
The last couple of seasons the Sooners have just made more explosive plays. They have more completions for over 20 yards, rushes for longer than 10 yards and defensive touchdowns.
The only stat they don't have the advantage in is special team's touchdowns. But that is only 1-0 in the Longhorns favor and the late second-quarter return that Foswhitt Whittaker made in last year's game had little impact, because Oklahoma responded with a touchdown just two minutes later to end the half.
Texas has to turn these statistics in their favor if it hopes to come up with a win at the Cotton Bowl, and it has the tools to do it too.
The Longhorns feature explosive return men in Marquis Goodwin and D.J . Monroe—both of whom have sprinters speed and the ability to break a big return off at any moment. On offense they have three talented running backs who are no strangers to long runs and a pair of receivers with speed to stretch the field.
On the defensive side of the coin, they have a ball-hawking secondary capable of coming up with interceptions and doing something with the ball after it's picked off.
Texas also has Bryan Harsin as its offensive coordinator. And, as he proved last year in his first season on the job, he isn't afraid to call a trick play. He broke them out multiple times last season and they almost always resulted in a game-changing play.