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Pressure Landry Jones
Same as last week's contest against West Virginia and their quarterback Geno Smith, the Texas pass rush needs to get in Landry Jones' face early and often in order to avenge last season's 55-17 blowout.
Landry Jones has been sacked eight times this season, and five of those sacks came in OU's two closest games in the win over UTEP and the loss to Kansas State. Yes, the Sooners handily pulled away from the Miners in the second half, but the score was tied 7-7 at halftime after the UTEP pass rush got to Jones three times.
And considering how depleted the Sooners are up front, bookends Jackson Jeffcoat and Alex Okafor should be licking their chops. Last week they got to Geno Smith three times, forcing two fumbles with one being recovered by Jeffcoat in the end zone.
If these two can do to Jones what they did to Smith, Texas has a great shot at winning this game.
Stop the Run
This could be too much to ask unless Jordan Hicks returns from his hip injury, but Texas has to stop the run if it wants to beat Oklahoma.
Texas did not lose to West Virginia because Geno Smith and his receivers were too good. In fact, Smith and all of his receivers were held under their season averages by a Texas secondary that really stepped up.
No, Texas lost that game because it could not stop the run and should have lost the Oklahoma State game for the same reason. If the Longhorns allow the Oklahoma offensive line to punch big holes for Damien Williams and Dominque Whaley, it is going to be a long day for Texas fans and players alike.
Stick With What Works
During last weekend's loss against the Mountaineers, the Longhorns got away from what was working for them on offense and ended up missing out on a golden opportunity to put the game away late. They cannot make the same mistake this week against the Sooners.
The Longhorns had success getting Daje Johnson out in space in the first half, then he did not touch the ball the rest of the game. D.J. Monroe has scored three touchdowns in the red zone this season, but did not get an offensive touch the entire game. The Longhorn tight ends produced back-to-back receptions of 20 yards or more to close the first half, and then were absent from the offensive game plan throughout the second half.
For whatever reason, Texas got away from what was working on offense in the second half and became almost predictable on that side of the ball. The reason for this is unknown, but the Longhorns have weapons at every offensive possession and need to use each one of them if they want to knock off the Sooners.