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How Good is UT's Run Defense? We'll Know Soon
Simply put, the clash between Peterson and Texas' defensive front is the most intriguing and intensive match-up either program will face all season. Indirectly, Co-Defensive Coordinator Gene Chizik has said that Peterson is a litmus test that will determine whether his run defense is as good as its gaudy numbers (36.6 ypg) have indicated. "Check with me after Saturday," Chizik said. Then again, we won't have to. We will know, based on the evidence, if Texas is able to contain the legitimate Heisman candidate who is stepping off 160.75 ypg. Peterson is currently 442 yards shy of RB Billy Simms' career rushing mark (4,118) set in 1975-79 and who won the 1978 Heisman Trophy as a junior. Peterson's unofficial 'coming out party' was OU's 12-0 win over Texas in 2004 when he collected 225 yards on 32 carries. A high ankle sprain all but sidelined him during last year's 45-12 Texas shellacking, when he carried just three times for 10 yards...
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