OU's ‘Frog Draw' Gigged Texas

The offensive scheme that Oklahoma used so effectively against Texas was not something defensive coordinator <B>Carl Reese </b>had never seen before: it was just something he had not seen in a long, long time.

What sports commentators referred to as a "wrap-around draw" Saturday is a finesse play commonly known in coaching circles as the "Frog draw" because it originated at TCU. So while OU coaches could hardly be called innovative for employing the scheme, they can be called savvy for predicting its effectiveness against the Texas defense. (Or, maybe they just watched the North Carolina QB run draws successfully against the Horns and figured Griffin, instead of QB Nate Hybl, would be the obvious choice at making Texas miss. It's not rocket science, folks.)

It's a technique Texas A&M has used in the past, as has Iowa State. But not Oklahoma.

"If you look at the stats, in two plays they made 30 yards running the same play," Reese said.

The way it works is that the offensive line sets up as if they are zone blocking, and the running back lines up in an off-set I formation. The direction of the run is not called; it's entirely predicated on what the running back sees.

"(The Frog Draw) is just like option football," Reese said. "You have to know how to react to it."

But the play's effectiveness has as much to do with the lineman's stance, which is angled toward the right-hand side of the field, causing defenders to shoot through the wrong gaps.

"In the first part of the game they were doing things different," Reese said. "We adjusted, and in the second and third quarters they gained about 30 yards."

Here are Oklahoma RB Quentin Griffin's rushing totals against Texas per quarter.

CARRIES: 9 in the first; 3 in the second; 7 in the third; 13 in the fourth

YARDS: 117 in the first; 7 in the second; 22 in the third; 102 in the fourth

And what about that fourth quarter? Head Coach Mack Brown said the defense was tired because the offense left it on the field too long. Reese said his unit needed to run more.

"In the fourth quarter, they outran us," Reese said. "As a defensive coordinator, what I should have done is played zero coverage (in the fourth quarter) and blitz because that gets your kids running more."

So, does Kansas State run the Frog Draw?

"They haven’t," Reese said, "but we’re practicing on it."

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