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D’Onta Foreman continues his dominance while the Texas defense trends in the wrong direction during the Horns’ 45-40 loss to OU.

NCAA Football: Texas at Oklahoma Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

25 - 159 (6.4) - 2: D’Onta Foreman rush attempts - rushing yards (yards per carry) - rushing TDs

As bad as the Texas defense has been, D’Onta Foreman has been an absolute stud. If the Texas defense hadn’t completely imploded to this point, Foreman’s performance would put him in at least the Doak Walker conversation and at best the Heisman discussion.

Foreman’s 148.75 yards per game remains second nationally, and his 6.84 yards per carry is No. 6 nationally among ball carriers with 80+ carries. He’s the key cog in a Texas offense that ranks No. 7 nationally per S&P+, No. 17 in scoring, and No. 20 in yards per game.

86 - 672 (7.8) - 4: Oklahoma total plays - yards (yards per play) - turnovers

71 - 555 (7.8) - 0: Oklahoma State total plays - yards (yards per play) - turnovers

80 - 507 (6.3) - 0: California total plays - yards (yards per play) - turnovers

76 - 444 (5.8) - 0: Notre Dame total plays - yards (yards per play) - turnovers

If it feels like the Texas defense has been regressing over the course of the season, well you have plenty of reason to feel that. Excluding the tune up game against UTEP, the Texas defense has given up more yards and more yards per play each game.

In all, the Horns defense ranks 115th in total yards and 110th in yards per play. Advanced statistics aren’t very forgiving, with the Texas defense ranking 99th in Football Outsiders S&P rankings.

22-31, 390 (12.6), 3-2: OU QB Baker Mayfield completions-attempts, passing yards (YPA), passing TDs-INTs

10 - 232 - 3: OU WR Dede Westbrook receptions - receiving yards - passing TDs

35 - 214 (6.1) - 2: OU RB Samaje Perine rushes - rushing yards (yards per carry) - rushing TDs

A trio of Central Texas HS prospects served up the latest carving of the Texas defense. Lake Travis product Baker Mayfield settled in after a rough 2015 showing, despite throwing two interceptions and a having a number of ball handling gaffes.

Dede Westbrook had Texas fans longing for the days of containing Chad Hansen by going over 200 through the air.

And Samaje Perine refused to be overshadowed by Foreman by going for over 200 on the ground.

3 - 81 - 1: Devin Duvernay receptions - receiving yards - receiving TDs

Texas freshman receiver Devin Duvernay may have had his breakout performance against the Sooners, taking an early second half reception to the house over the head of OU CB Jordan Thomas. If he can emerge as a consistent inside weapon, to complement Armanti Foreman and John Burt/Collin Johnson outside, the Texas offense gets a little more dangerous.

6 - 269 (44.8): Michael Dickson punts - punting yard (yards per punt)

And when the Texas offense doesn’t get the job done, Michael Dickson remains a weapon. The sophomore punter’s 48.12 yard per punt average this season is No. 3 nationally.