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November 30, 2012

Linebackers deal with diminished role for Sooners

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NORMAN — In some ways, it’s worked. Through 11 games, OU has given up 10 less passing touchdowns than last season. Passing yards allowed per game has dropped by about 47 yards per game.

However, the Sooners’ opponents are averaging 51 more rush yards a game and given up seven more rushing touchdowns than it allowed all of last season, and there’s still two more games to go.

Stoops pointed out — and it’s a valid point — that Baylor, West Virginia and Oklahoma State ran wild, but OU won all three of those games. It couldn’t have prevailed in Bedlam without forcing a three-and-out on the Cowboys’ final possession in the fourth quarter or holding them to a field goal in overtime.

Wort and Nelson both admit to being frustrated with the way their roles have changed but understand why.

“The position has definitely changed and the game of football is always evolving,” Wort said. “You have to adapt. We’re all just doing the best that we can.”

They’ll likely see more playing time when the 12th-ranked Sooners face TCU at 11 a.m. Saturday at Amon Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas.

The Horned Frogs employ a spread offense, but they are a running team. The Sooners need effective play from their linebackers to win.

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