Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) celebrates his touchdown on a keeper in the first half with running back Samaje Perine (32) and offensive lineman Erick Wren (58) against Texas Christian at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas, on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016. Oklahoma won, 52-46. (Rodger Mallison/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS)

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The Eyes of Texas: Three Sooners the Horns will be watching

Posted October 8th, 2016

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On Saturday against Oklahoma, the eyes of Texas will be upon…

 

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield scrambles in the first half against Texas in the Red River Showdown held at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, TX. RODOLFO GONZALEZ/AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield scrambles in the first half against Texas in the Red River Showdown held at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, TX. RODOLFO GONZALEZ/AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN

BAKER MAYFIELD, QB

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Mayfield — who was named after a UT booster and won a state championship at Lake Travis, virtually in UT’s own backyard — has thrown for 1,067 yards and nine touchdowns in his follow-up to last year, which saw him finish fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting. Mayfield is expected to play after injuring an ankle during last week’s win over TCU. He accounted for four touchdowns against the Horned Frogs. The two-time walk-on’s story is well-known, but one chapter is missing: Mayfield is 0-2 all-time against Texas.

 

Running back Samaje Perine #32 of the Oklahoma Sooners looks for an opening against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane September 19, 2015 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Tulsa 52-38.(Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)
Running back Samaje Perine #32 of the Oklahoma Sooners looks for an opening against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane September 19, 2015 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Tulsa 52-38.(Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)

SAMAJE PERINE, RB

Perine (247 yards on 50 carries) has been outrushed by teammate Joe Mixon (340 yards on 44 carries), but the Hendrickson product has scored a team-high four rushing touchdowns. Already the owner of the FBS single-game rushing record, Perine is closing in on Oklahoma’s all-time rushing record; he needs 810 yards to overtake Billy Sims’ career mark. Perine has scored in each of his previous two games against the Longhorns.

 

TCU quarterback Kenny Hill (7) is sacked by Oklahoma linebacker Ogbonnia Okoronkwo (31) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
TCU quarterback Kenny Hill (7) is sacked by Oklahoma linebacker Ogbonnia Okoronkwo (31) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

OGBONNIA OKORONKWO, LB

Oklahoma has sacked nine quarterbacks this season, and Okoronkwo has four of them (for a combined loss of 29 yards). A junior from Houston who recorded four sacks in his first two years, Okoronkwo ranks third among the Sooners with his 22 tackles. On Saturday, he’ll attempt to break through a Texas offensive line that gave up only one sack in last week’s loss to Oklahoma State.

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