Sooners prep for another stiff road test

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Following their first bye week of the season, the No.4 Oklahoma Sooners will hit the road to take on No.25 TCU.

The Sooners and Horned Frogs will go to battle at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Fort Worth and be televised regionally by FOX commentary new.qxd

The Big 12 contest will be the second conference game for OU and the first for Texas Christian. Oklahoma comes into the matchup with a 4-0 record and 1-0 in league play, while the Frogs come in with an unblemished 3-0 record.

“We know we are going to be in a tough battle this week with TCU,” Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said in his weekly press conference last week. “We have a ton of respect for Gary Patterson and his staff. We know they will be ready to play, and it will be a tough environment on the road. We’ve had good practices in the bye week and we are looking forward to getting back after it Saturday.”

OU opened the season with a home win against Louisiana Tech 48-16. They then turned around and went on the road to take on in-state opponent Tulsa. The Sooners hammered the Golden Hurricane 52-7.

In week three, Oklahoma played host to SEC opponent Tennessee. OU took care of business against the younger Volunteers 34-10. The Sooners then turned around and traveled to Morgantown for a tough road test against West Virginia, beating the Mountaineers 45-33.

TCU has had two bye weeks already this season as they have only played three games, compared to most teams around the country playing four games.

The Horned Frogs defeated Samford 48-14 in week one. They caged the Golden Gophers of Minnesota 30-7 in their second game and then gave SMU a 56-0 beating last Saturday in Dallas.

Offensively, the Sooners come into Saturday’s game averaging 44.8 points per game. OU has accumulated 97 first downs.

Oklahoma averages 495 total yards per game including 222.8 rush yards and 272.2 pass yards.

The Sooners have turned the ball over five times this season and have been penalized 21 times for 217 yards.

OU running back Samaje Perine leads the way on the ground this year, carrying the ball 66 times for 422 yards and five touchdowns. Running back Keith Ford is next on the list with 34 carries for 199 yards and five touchdowns. Running back Alex Ross is the next stat leader for the Sooners with 29 carries for 193 yards and three touchdowns.

Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight is the leading passer, completing 76 passes this season out of 130 attempts for 1,065 yards, with four touchdowns and three interceptions.

Sooners receiver Sterling Shepard is the leading receiver through four games with 23 receptions for 436 yards and two touchdowns. Receiver Durron Neal is second in the receptions list with 17 for 211 yards, and third is receiver K.J. Young with 13 for 144 yards.

Offensively for the Horned Frogs, they are averaging 44.7 points per game this season and have amassed 86 first downs.

TCU is averaging 532 total yards of offense including 211.3 rush yards and 320.7 yards through the air.

Texas Christian has turned the ball over four times this season and has been penalized 17 times for 165 yards.

TCU quarterback Trevon Boykin is the team’s leading rusher with 29 carries for 214 yards and three touchdowns. Running back B.J. Catalon is second with 35 carries for 182 yards and three touchdowns, and third is running back Aaron Green with 14 carries for 97 yards.

Boykin is also the team’s leading passer from the QB position, completing 79 passes out of 123 attempts for 858 yards, with eight touchdowns and one interception.

Horned Frog receiver Deante Gray is the team’s leading pass catcher with 13 receptions for 144 yards and two touchdowns. Receiver Josh Doctson is second with 13 receptions for 136 yards and three touchdowns, and receiver David Porter is third with 12 receptions for 143 yards and one touchdown.

Defensively, OU is allowing teams to score an average of 16.5 points per game and have allowed 82 first downs to their opponents.

The Sooners are allowing 349.8 total yards of offense through four games including 99.2 rush yards and 250.5 pass yards per outing. Oklahoma has also created 11 turnovers defensively.

Dominique Alexander leads OU in tackles this season with 30. Jordan Evans is second on the list with 25 and Eric Striker is third with 23 tackles.

On the defensive side of the ball for the Horned Frogs, they are one of the best statistical defenses in the country. They allow an average of seven points per game and have given up 40 first downs through three games.

Opponents are averaging 218.7 total yards of offense against TCU including 91.7 rush yards and 127 pass yards. They have forced 10 turnovers this year.

Paul Dawson leads the way for the Horned Frogs with 21.5 tackles. Marcus Mallet is second with 18 tackles and Chris Hackett is third with 14.5 tackles.