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Red River Rivalry: Offensive Advantage

 

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Oklahoma is scoring an average of 49.6 points per game on their opponents but before you throw your arms up in victory know that the Texas Longhorns aren’t too far behind at 47.2 points per game. With 540 yards of offense against 471.8 and just a slight edge in points scored you would think that the Sooners have a slight advantage but let’s first see how the two teams stack up position by position.

 Quarterbacks

Quarterback Rating Attempts Completions Yards Y/G TDs INTs
Sam Bradford 205 146 106 1,665 333 18 3
Colt McCoy 197.9 130 103 1,280 256 16 3

At the end of the day Bradford has thrown for more yards and touchdowns but McCoy has a higher completion percentage 79.2% to 72.6%. Both of these guys are Heisman candidates for a reason. McCoy adds the extra dimension of running which we’ll discuss in the next section.

Advantage: Even

Running Backs

Running Back Attempts Yards Y/G Average TDs
DeMarco Murray 85 431 86.2 5.1 5
Chris Brown 67 313 62.6 4.7 6
Cody Johnson 50 193 38.6 3.9 6
Vondrell McGee 50 187 37.4 3.7 1

The Longhorns are 3rd in the conference in rushing yards with 990 and the Sooners are 5th with 895. However, that could be a little deceiving because Texas doesn’t have a running back that averages more than 39 yards per game. Texas’ biggest threat on the ground is quarterback Colt McCoy. He leads the team in rushing yards (317), rushing yards per game (63.4) and yards per carry (7).

You have to believe that isn’t the way that Texas drew it up this summer. It isn’t like Texas is the only team to have a dual-threat quarterback leading the way in rushing though. Looking within our own conference we find a handful of quarterbacks who can hurt you with their legs as well as their arms. Robert Griffin leads the Baylor Bears in rushing and Todd Reesing (KU), Austen Arnaud (ISU) and Zac Robinson (OSU) all have the tendency to tuck the ball and run. The difference between them and Texas is that they all have at least one workhorse back who averages at least 4 yards per carry. Texas doesn’t have that.

Advantage: OU

Receivers/Tight Ends

Receiver Receptions Yards Yards/G Average TDs
Manny Johnson 26 468 93.6 18 5
Juaquin Iglesias 23 401 80.2 17.4 5
Quan Cosby 32 416 83.2 13 3
Jordan Shipley 24 368 73.6 15.3 7

The numbers between the team’s top two receivers appear to be even but the difference in the passing game will come on the third and fourth options (sometimes in Oklahoma’s case even a 5th option) OU has them Texas doesn’t. Tight end Jermaine Gresham (278 yards, 17.4 average, 4 touchdowns) and slot receiver Ryan Broyles (256 yards, 19.7 average, 3 touchdowns) give Bradford extra options and will provide a mismatch somewhere in the Texas secondary. On the other side, with the loss of Blaine Irby, Texas is far more limited in options. Running back Chris Ogbonnaya (244 yards, 16.3 average, 3 touchdowns) could be McCoy’s third option but beyond him the Longhorns don’t have another receiver with more than 6 receptions.

Advantage: OU

Offensive Line

This game will be won in the trenches and both sides have outstanding offensive lines.

Unit Sacks Allowed Yards Per Game Yards/Rush Yards/Pass Attempt
Oklahoma 5* 540 3.9 10.7
Texas 7** 471.8 4.6 9.7
*  3 sacks on Bradford
** 5 sacks on McCoy

While these stats don’t rest solely on the offensive line the men upfront play a pivotal part in it. No offensive stat would be possible without them and even though we find numbers that are once again close in comparison we find that a slight edge goes to Oklahoma.

Advantage: OU