October 9, 2007

Sooners perform big in Cotton Bowl

There were certainly some rough outings for the Sooners on Saturday but for the most part Oklahoma had a strong team effort and many key Sooners stepped to the forefront and made big impacts when their team needed them the most. The offense in particular rebounded from a very rough outing in Boulder to have well over 400 yards of offense against one of the best defenses the Sooners will face all year.

11. Jermaine Gresham , Tight End - Stats: Two Catches for eight yards, and two touchdowns.
Analysis: While he only had two catches and averaged four yards per catch he was responsible for half of the Sooners touchdowns and can't be held responsible for the fact that a long pass early in the game was negated by a holding penalty. Gresham was a weapon through the air that Texas had to account for throughout the day and undoubtedly opened up other receivers like Iglesias and Kelly. Yet again it seems the Sooners are getting the ball to all of their weapons this season, and for the first time in several years focusing on the tight ends as much as the wide receivers.Last Week: Unranked

10. Phil Loadholt, Left Tackle - Stats: N/A
Analysis: Oklahoma worked hard to run the ball on Saturday and for a long time it seemed as it was an effort to simply keep Texas honest, however when Demarco Murray broke in between Duke Robinson and Loadholt for a 65-yard touchdown run it was clear that their efforts were not in vain. Loadholt also did a great job, along with the rest of the line, in giving his quarterback plenty of time to throw as Bradford was sacked just once on the day. Last Week: Unranked

9. Nic Harris, Safety - Stats: Eight tackles (six solo), one and a half tackles for loss (10 yards), one sack (nine yards).
Analysis: Unlike most games Harris's impact was somewhat subtle compared to his usual massive plays. However, that doesn't mean his impact wasn't positive as he was part of the adjustments that Oklahoma made to slow down Texas' passing game down the middle. However, Harris also made some plays behind the line of scrimmage and as always was a serious disruption to the running game where is among the Big 12's most destructive forces. Harris will again be needed this weekend as Missouri is bringing in some talent at tight end themselves. Last Week: Unranked

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