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Gearing up for game day: Sooners to take on the Horned Frogs

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NORMAN, Okla. – After a battle in South Bend where the defense set the tone early, the Oklahoma Sooners are now looking toward a fight much closer to home.

Last Saturday, OU traveled to Indiana to take on Notre Dame.

The 14th-ranked Sooners capitalized early, including two interceptions in the first three minutes.

Those interceptions led to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter.

While the defense took advantage of the Irish’s mistakes, they also surrendered only 12 first downs to Notre Dame’s offense.

On the Sooners’ offensive front, wide receiver Sterling Shepard caught five passes for a team-high 83 yards, including one touchdown.

Quarterback Blake Bell passed for 232 yards, completed 22-of-30 passes for two touchdowns.

He also ran it 12 times for 59 yards.

Bell left the game with cramps and was replaced by redshirt freshman Trevor Knight in the second half.

The Sooners hope to continue their winning streak against a solid TCU team this Saturday.

Texas Christian University is a small school that has proven to be a tough opponent for OU in the past.

Much like Notre Dame’s defense, TCU is extremely physical.

In fact, the Horned Frogs defense gave up just 10 touchdowns in the first four games of the season.

The defensive front also has a handle on running backs, holding them to just 3 yards a carry.

OU’s offense will likely to try to get into a passing rhythm early, relying on Jalen Saunders and Sterling Shepard to make plays.

After a stellar performance by both signal callers, Stoops left the option to use both quarterbacks throughout the season on the table.

The Horned Frogs are also capitalizing on mistakes; the staunch defense has created just under three turnovers a game.

The Sooners’ offensive coordinators are paying close attention to the Horned Frogs’ secondary.

Led by Chris Hackett and Sam Carter, the secondary has intercepted opposing quarterbacks 9 times this season.

While TCU’s defense grabs the headlines, quarterback Trevor Boykin is also known for being able to avoid defenders and keep plays alive by scrambling for gained yardage or even throwing the deep ball.

OU corner back Aaron Colvin, defensive back Julian Wilson, corner back Zack Sanchez, linebackers Corey Nelson and Frank Shannon are all tasked with creating plays and disrupting the Horned Frog’s methodical offensive.

Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.

The game will be televised on FOX.