Oklahoma At TCU | A Look At The Quarterbacks

Last week certainly didn’t go as planned for Oklahoma. That being said, there was no lack of impressive QB play from either side. The week four loss was the first time we have seen Dillon Gabriel get outplayed by an opposing quarterback. Adrian Martinez played the game of a lifetime and handed the Sooners their first loss of the season.

Just as it always does when one week of college football is over another one is right around the corner. The Sooners now have to recoup and focus on the TCU Horned Frogs. This is not going to be a cake walk for OU. If Kansas State can keep the Sooners on their toes, imagine what this TCU team could possibly do at home. Let’s take a look at this weeks QB matchup.

Dillon Gabriel

Last weekend Gabriel completed 66.7% of his passes (second highest in four games) for 330 yards and 4 touchdowns. He also ran the ball 7 times for 61 yards. He did miss some wide open looks that would have given the Oklahoma offense a big boost. But, it’s still hard to be mad at a guy who put up those kinds of numbers. It’s especially hard to put the blame on him. The Sooners struggles on Saturday go way beyond the play of Dillon Gabriel.

The most impressive stat from Gabriel through four games is that he doesn’t have a single turnover. I believe this offense will begin to find a rhythm and we will see an offense that looks more familiar to OU fans. But, the key to that success will be if Gabriel can continue to keep the ball safe. In fact, it might just decide the game this week against TCU. Who can win the turnover battle?

This week Dillon Gabriel will be going up against a Horned Frog defense that has given up an average of 21 points per game. The Sooners average just over 40 points per game. It will be interesting to see what gives in this one. Gabriel has already proven he can win on the road after the big performance against Nebraska. It will be important for him to settle in early and get as comfortable as possible.

Max Duggan

Max Duggan decided to stick it out at TCU for his last season despite a coaching staff change and Oklahoma transfer QB Chandler Morris joining the team. Things worked out in his favor after Morris unfortunately suffered an injury in week one. Duggan took over the offense and got right back into the swing of things. Anytime a guy has been in a program for four plus years he becomes a real threat to opposing defenses. It’s really hard to stop a guy who is confident, comfortable, and familiar with the system he is in.

Duggan has been able to lead TCU to a perfect record through three games. Including impressive victories over Colorado and SMU. TCU has the 9th best offense in the country averaging 510 yards per game, and they put up an average of 46.33 points. It’s safe to say the Sooners defense will have their hands full once again.

The Sooners have figured out how to stop Duggan over the years. But, it hasn’t been an easy task. This year will likely be the most difficult that it’s been to control Duggan. It’s his last season of college football and it’s his last shot at the Sooners in Fort Worth. TCU will be giving their best shot against Oklahoma. So let’s hope Brent Venables and the crew has this team focused on moving forward and not looking back at the loss last week.

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