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September 2, 2012

Shinn at 3 p.m.: Sooners fall short on third down conversions

NORMAN — Oklahoma's season-opening 24-7 victory over UTEP left a lot to be desired.

It will spend the six days leading up to the Saturday's home opener against Florida A&M trying to fix a lot of things.

The best place to start would be on third down. The Sooners were just 5-for-16 converting third downs and were 2-for-12 heading into the fourth quarter.

It was a strange night because OU didn't face a third-and-short situation until the second half.

"All of them seemed like they were third and longs," OU coach Bob Stoops said. "We didn't execute. We missed some protections where Landry got pressured. We had some guys open but he wasn't able to see them. Yeah, we didn't execute very well on third downs."

The Sooners' saving grace was it held the Miners to 3-for-16 converting third downs.  Outside or points, there's no better statistic for displaying offensive performance.

It takes sustained drives for an offense to be effective. For most of the game Saturday, OU's offense wasn't.

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