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Clemson and Oklahoma will have a rematch for their 1989 Citrus Bowl where Dexter Davis batted away a pass from Jamelle Hollaway on the last play of the game to preserve a 13-6 Clemson win.
This year Bob Stoops brings in an 8-4 squad that is coming off a devastating loss to arch rival Oklahoma State 38-35 in overtime this past weekend. In this game the Sooners blew a 14-point lead with less than five minutes to go. Oklahoma gave up a 43-yard pass with just under five minutes left and then a back-breaking 92-yard punt return in the final minute of regulation to tie the game. The Cowboys went on to win with a field goal in overtime.
Like Clemson, Oklahoma has been hit by injuries including the starting quarterback. Sophomore star Trevor Knight went 162 of 279 for 2,197 yards with 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He rushed for 340 yards and five touchdowns but has missed the last three games with a neck injury.
Freshman Cody Thomas has taken over for Knight and has struggled. He has completed 30 of 66 passes for 342 yards with two touchdowns and four picks.
This past weekend their superstar also went down too. Samaje Perine suffered an ankle injury Saturday. Perine is a true freshman that has rushed for 1,579 yards and 21 touchdowns. The 243-pound power back broke an NCAA record with 427 yards rushing against Kansas earlier this season.
Oklahoma features Alex Ross and Keith Ford in its running game. Ross is a 220-pound back who rushed for 564 yards and Ford is a 205-pounder who has 324 yards rushing.
The wide recover corps is basically two wide outs. Sterling Shepard has 50 catches for 957 yards and five scores. Duron Neal has 40 receptions for 508 yards and three touchdowns.
The Sooners offense is ground oriented and has struggled throwing the ball since Knight went down. Oklahoma ranks eighth in the country in rushing offense averaging 268 yards per game. They are 80th in the nation throwing the ball with 211 yards per contest. The Sooners score 44 points per game which is 10th in the nation and average 480 yards per game which ranks 19th in the nation.
Defensively it is the same story. The Sooners stop the run but pass defense has been an issue. They are 10th in the country in rushing defense giving up 109 yards per game. They are 115th in the country in pass defense allowing 272yards per game. Oklahoma is 47th in the nation in scoring defense giving up 24.8 points a game. They are 53rd in the country in total defense allowing 382 yards a game.
Oklahoma lost four games this year but three of the four losses came to very good teams in Baylor, Kansas State and TCU. The only bad loss came to Oklahoma State. But the only teams they beat that have winning records are Louisiana Tech and West Virginia.
This game has a bunch of terrific story lines. Two of the nation's top freshmen are hurt and it is not known if either will play. Fans will keep an eye on Perine and
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