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Oklahoma Sooners 34 – Texas Longhorns 27 | Defensive Position Grades

M. Hofeld

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There isn’t a Sooner fan around who didn’t walk out of the Cotton Bowl or turn there television off, after Oklahoma’s win over Texas on Saturday, not excited about the future of the defense. In the 34-27 win over the Longhorns the Sooners pressured Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger to 9 sacks and recorded 15 total tackles for loss.

In addition to relentlessly harassing Oklahoma’s defense held Texas to 6-of-14 on third down and a 2.8 yards per carry rushing average. After throwing multiple touchdown passes in each game this season, Ehlinger failed to throw for a score against Oklahoma’s defense.

Defensive Line

Faced with the challenge of plugging the middle of the line and stuffing the run, the Sooner defensive line make the Longhorns fight and scratch for every single yard they earned on the ground. It took Texas 36 rushing attempts just to get to 100 yards. To put that in perspective, OU had 276 yards on 38 rushing attempts.

Of the eight Oklahoma defenders who recorded a sack on Saturday Neville Gallimore was the only one to record multiple take downs of Ehlinger. He combined with Ronnie Perkins for 9 total tackles and three sacks. Marcus Stripling and Marquise Overton also got in on the sack action.

Overall Position Grade: A+

Linebackers

Two of Kenneth Murray’s five tackles were for loss. DaShaun White and Nick Bonitto combined for nine tackles, and when you throw in Brian Asamoah’s two take downs it adds up to 16 total tackles from this crew.

Texas running back Roschon Johnson did break free a couple of times due to missed tackles and linebackers not being able to shed blocks. However, the overall body of work from this crew was outstanding!

Overall Position Grade: A-

Defensive Secondary

How can you not be extremely proud of this position group. For the last two seasons they’ve been more than embattled and the arguments seemed to be justified. Brendan Radley-Hiles was excellent at calling out plays and taking away the bubble screen, leading to at least one sack, the rest of the unit was extremely physical against the Longhorn receivers.

Delarrin Turner-Yell led the team with 10 tackles, with Pat Fields and Tre Brown logging seven each to make up Oklahoma’s top three tacklers for the day.

Overall Position Grade: A+

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