Texas-OU Key Matchups (4 of 6)

<B>RB CEDRIC BENSON vs. MLB LANCE MITCHELL, WLB TEDDY LEHMAN</b>

Lance Mitchell and Teddy Lehman, both juniors, are the team leaders in total tackles. Mitchell, a junior college transfer, leads all tacklers with 62, including 11 tackles for loss. Lehman has a scant 52 tackles, is OU's top returning tackler, and is the fastest linebacker on the team. He is on both the Butkus Award and Lombardi Award watch lists. Lehman was the bad boy who intercepted Chris Simms' pass on the 2-yard line and scored late to seal the deal last year for the Evil Empire.

But the great equalizer this year should be Cedric Benson. Everybody except Texas coaches and players will tell you that Benson was ready to play against OU last year but, without him, Texas didn't have a whiff of a ground game in the 14-3 loss. UT's rushing game has been spotty this season, but so has Oklahoma's. And if the Texas O-line doesn't step up, Benson has already established a solid reputation for his YAC production and his ability to hit the hole (when there is one) and become his own blocker. At 124.4 yards per game, Benson is the league's second-leading rusher (No. 11 NCAA) behind Colorado's Chris Brown.


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