September 16, 2007

Defense: Inside the gameplan

Playing the 2007 version of the Oklahoma Sooners can be a very scary proposition for overmatched opponents. Utah State certainly came into Norman knowing they margin for error was minimal against Sam Bradford and the Oklahoma offense.

It was easy to see the Aggies gameplan was to limit their mistakes early in the game against Oklahoma. And for the most part, the Utah State offense was playing mistake-free football.

They played things very close to the vest against the speedy and talented Oklahoma secondary. There were no deep shots down the field, nothing to put their defense in scary situations.

The Aggies also took care of the football in the first half of play. The OU defense was prepared for multiple formations, short passes to receivers and backs out of the backfield and option plays from their quarterbacks.

The Aggies were looking to force the OU defense into assignment mistakes and breakdowns. But the OU defense was clearly up for the challenge.

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