The Moore American

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September 25, 2013

Loss to Irish still leaves bad taste in Sooners mouths

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MOORE —

Theyll need to because throwing short passes only gets an offense so far against quality opponents. If you want to score touchdowns in the red zone, it requires the toughness to impose your will.

Offensively, OU couldnt do it last season. It got in the red zone four times, scoring one touchdown and kicking two field goals. Notre Dame did impose its will. Both of those fourth-quarter touchdown were red zone scores.

“The most important thing from last year was who controlled the line of scrimmage and that was obviously them,” OU center Gabe Ikard said. “We didnt rush the ball well at all. They started to wear us out. Its one of those things where thats our focus now is establishing and controlling the line of scrimmage.”

Some of the personnel from last years game have changed. Both teams have different quarterbacks. Notre Dame no longer has Mantei Teo at middle linebacker.

But the difference between winning and losing will likely come down to which team wins in the trenches Saturday. The Sooners believe they are better on both sides of the ball in that area this season.

Theyll know for sure Saturday.

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