Sooner Scoring Drives

Thursday, May 26th 2011, 1:27 pm
By: News 9

Originally Published: Oct 5, 2010 9:48 AM CDT

My statistical nerd came out this morning and I looked up all of OUs touchdown scoring drives so far this season. Below is a list of each touchdown, time of drive and total plays in each drive.

vs Texas: 4:09 (13 plays), 3:13 (11), 3:15 (8), 2:48 (8)

vs Cincinnati: 4:03 (12 plays), 3:59 (11), 2:59 (9), :25 (2)

vs Air Force: 4:47 (12 plays), :22 (2), 4:02 (10)

vs Florida State: 4:45 (14 plays), 3:41 (9), :49 (5), 1:29 (5), :57 (6), :47 (3)

vs Utah State: 1:37 (6 plays), 3:22 (9), 2:21 (7), 2:14 (6)

A couple of points here. One, look at the opening scoring drives. Except for Utah State, all of them over four minutes and all of them double digit plays. In fact, OU has an amazing 12 touchdown drives this season of eight plays or more. Nothing wrong with long, time consuming possessions that end in touchdowns. They allow your defense to rest and wear out opposing defenses.

I would, however, like to see them show the ability to strike from deep. I cant remember too many touchdown strikes from midfield this year. Just to know that possibility existed would be nice. So far, this has been a dink and dunk offense that rarely goes deep. Maybe the addition of Roy Finch to the arsenal will increase the big play threat.