Keys for OU Beating Missouri


Thursday, May 26th 2011, 1:28 pm
By: News 9


Originally Published: Oct 20, 2010 4:38 PM CDT

<U>Offense</U></P>1.&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; QB Landry Jones must keep his composure and make good decisions because he&rsquo;ll feel heat from a much-improved Mizzou defense and from all that&rsquo;s on the line.</P>2.&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Get the ball to Ryan Broyles in space. That looks easy, but Missouri will do what Texas did if it needs to. Third-down conversions become much easier if the short game with Broyles is open.</P>3.&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Protect the football. Turnovers in a hostile environment and giving the ball to a potent offense is a recipe for disaster.</P></P><U>Defense</U></P>1.&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; MLB Tom Wort must play smart and be a force. MLB&rsquo;s (most notably Curtis Lofton vs. Chase Daniel) have played major roles against the Tigers, and with Gabbert&rsquo;s propensity for hitting throws over the middle, the freshman must make good drops, proper adjustments and be sound.</P>2.&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Stop run with pass defense personnel. Mizzou is not a good running team, and OU is usually lights out when they&rsquo;ve gotten Missouri to be one-dimensional. Doing so without dedicating an extra man or calling run blitzes is ideal.</P>3.&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Don&rsquo;t allow missed tackles in space to turn into big plays. OU sees this offense a lot and they know tackling well in space is mandatory</P></P><U>Intangibles</U></P>1.&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Remain poised. OU&rsquo;s a young team that handled the pressure of the Cotton Bowl well, and &#160;things like motion penalties on offense because of crowd noise must be avoided.</P>2.&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Block out distractions. It&rsquo;s easy to get your mind off the task with ESPN Gameday rolling into Columbia and the hype surrounding being the No. 1 team in the BCS. It&rsquo;s critical to have focus during the week of preparation all the way up to kickoff.</P>3.&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Play like you own the joint. Nothing beats confidence if you are able to back it up. Always keep in mind there&rsquo;s a reason your coach has never lost to Missouri and that your program has won 19 of 20. There&rsquo;s a fine line between confident and cocky, and a bunch of the former is always a good thing.</P>