THE EYES OF TEXAS ARE UPON …
Three Sooners the Longhorns will be watching
BLAKE BELL, QB
Since taking over in the third game, Bell has been one of the Big 12’s best quarterbacks. His 69.2 completion percentage is second only to Baylor’s Bryce Petty. And he can run. Bell has had at least 10 rushes every game since becoming a starter; against Texas last year, he Bell-dozed his way to four touchdowns on 11 carries. One of the Longhorns’ biggest weaknesses has been stopping running quarterbacks.
STERLING SHEPARD, WR
When Bell does throw, he’s had a connection with Shepard, who had only three catches and no touchdowns in Oklahoma’s first two games, but has 18 catches for 243 yards and three touchdowns with Bell at quarterback. Texas had to leave cornerbacks isolated against Kansas State and Iowa State in order to stop the run. Shepard has home run ability.
BRENNAN CLAY/DAMIEN WILLIAMS, RB
OU’s two-headed backfield averages almost 150 yards a game. Clay averaged 7.4 yards a carry against Texas last year, while Williams had a career-high 167 yards. Earlier this week, Mack Brown said stopping the run will be a key to a Longhorns victory. Oklahoma is their toughest test to date, and Texas’ defense has already been gashed on the ground this season.
— Dave Behr