October 6, 2006

Bennett, OU defense will key on run

Looking over the keys to Oklahoma's Red River showdown with Texas, two major points of emphasis come to mind, and those keys are all about the defensive side of the ball.

The Oklahoma defense must first stop the Longhorn running game to have any chance in the Cotton Bowl. Then they must force turnovers and give the offense more chances to put points on the board.

Oklahoma won five games in a row in this series because they were able to shut down what was thought to be a very potent Texas rushing offense each and every year.

They were also able to create big plays by forcing turnovers.

Oklahoma has always been the more physical team in this matchup, at least until last season. But heading into the 2006 edition of the Red River Rivalry, that becomes the biggest challenge for Brent Venables and the Oklahoma defensive front.

The Sooners go into every game trying to shut down any rushing efforts by the opposing team, but when they take the field against Texas, that objective is amplified.

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