Halftime analysis: OU 34, FSU 7

September, 11, 2010
9/11/10
5:22
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NORMAN, Okla. -- Turning point: Oklahoma and Florida State traded impressive opening drives to start with a 7-7 stalemate. But Oklahoma forced the Seminoles into a three-and-out on their next drive and established a defense that dominated the second quarter.

Stat of the half: Florida State on opening drive: 70 yards. Florida State offense since: 50 yards.

Best player in the half: Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma. Jones has thrown three touchdown passes and completed 22-of-28 passes for 321 yards. A much-needed stat line to silence the criticism sent his way after last week's stinker on the same field against Utah State. His total was the second-highest in a half in Oklahoma history, second only to Sam Bradford's 350 yards against North Texas.

What Oklahoma needs to do: Everything it did in the first half. Take the short passes that have been open, pick its spots downfield, and establish the run game.

What Florida State needs to do: Fly defenders to the ball and play for swing passes and screens. Jones has played well, but he's only had to throw the ball downfield when the Oklahoma coaches have wanted him to. Swing passes and screens to Ryan Broyles and DeMarco Murray have done the rest. It won't matter what Christian Ponder does the rest of the game if the defense lets Oklahoma hang 30 points in the second half like it did the first.

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