Five Answers: Oklahoma at Texas A&M

In this feature we answer the questions that we posed prior to the Texas A&M game, a game the Sooners ended up winning in a huge, huge way…

1. Is this the same Texas A&M team that lost to Arkansas State?

It was easy to say no heading in to the game, but if you give up 66 points that may be worse than getting beat by Arkansas State, well maybe not….

A&M was able to put up 28 points, but this game was never in doubt. OU blew the doors right off of the Aggies.

"Their offense is good because they're proficient in both areas-they can run and they can throw it," A&M head coach Mike Sherman said after the game. "I think in the end that they're going to be difficult to beat because they're proficient and diligent in both areas."

2. How will the defensive line look with out Auston English?

Frank Alexander and Jeremy Beal played a tough games and the line actually did a great job of holding A&M in check.

"I thought our guys were great against the run," Stoops explained. "For four games straight he (Alexander) has played well and I think he has gotten the game ball three out of the last four games."

Alexander proved that he has a ton of potential, but the ends took another hit when they lost Alan Davis to a sprained knee injury.

3. Will Austin Box continue to improve?

Looks like Box has kept up the progression. In the game he accumulated eight tackles (second on the team behind Travis Lewis), one tackle for a loss, and had an interception.

The coaching staff has to be somewhat pleased with how he has reacted to being put in a tough situation by moving positions in the middle of the season.

"I feel more comfortable every game," Box said. "We held A&M under 300 yards and that's a team goal we set every week. There are some things we need to clean up. We can always get better."

4. Will Jerrod Johnson and Jeff Fuller set new marks for A&M?

Johnson would be able to tie the Texas A&M single season touchdown passing record by throwing one touchdown pass, but Jeff Fuller was kept out of the end-zone.

That had to give some relief to OU, because if Dennis Franchione would not have been fired Fuller would have been catching passes for the Crimson and Cream…

5. Outside of Sam Bradford who will step up as the offensive MVP?

The game ball has to go to the OU offensive line. They cleared the way for a HUGE day.

Bradford was able to throw for 320 yards and four touchdowns, but the most impressive stats were on the ground.

All-in-all the Sooners rushed for 328 yards, the most this season, behind some strong run blocking by the line.

The guys up front have been doing a solid job all year, but this is the first game that they have absolutely dominated and crushed their opponents.

Effective run blocking is something that could come in quite handy with games against Texas Tech and Oklahoma State on the horizon.

"It was a great win for us on the road," Bradford informed. "The running game was great. The five guys up front did a great job. We felt everything we did was right. We were really balanced with the running and passing games. We left a lot of points out on the field in the first half but we were really happy to score 38.


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