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OSU report card: Mike Gundy, OSU defense get low marks

BY BERRY TRAMEL, Staff Writer, Modified: November 28, 2009 at 8:33 pm •  Published: November 28, 2009

Grading the Cowboys on their 27-0 loss at Oklahoma Saturday:

Mike Gundy: D

The OSU coach ripped his own game plan, but even worse, Gundy, usually a riverboat man, didn't gamble on 4th-and-1 from his 46-yard line late in the second quarter. OSU then still was in the game and needed every play possible to make a first down. Also, Gundy should have challenged the spot on the previous play, when Josh Cooper might have been shortchanged after his catch.

Equipment protection: D

A Dan Bailey pre-game practice kick sailed into the stands, and OU fans started tossing the ball up the north stands. An OSU fan intercepted, tried to throw the ball back onto the field, but Sooner fans intercepted back and eventually tossed the ball over the side of the wall, drawing a cheer.

Pass coverage: B

The Cowboy defensive backs and linebackers played solid. OU receivers seldom ran free, when Landry Jones had time to throw.

Patrick Lavine: C

The Cowboys have come to depend on their senior linebacker for big plays. And Lavine had a fumble recovery in the first quarter. But Lavine, who has five interceptions this season, dropped two interceptions and whiffed on an easy sack of Landry Jones.

Officiating: C

The crew had a rough first quarter. Excessive and long video reviews, twice losing track of the downs. This game never would have ended had the officials not stabilized.

Defensive line: C

Playing against a patchwork OU offensive line, OSU's defensive front did not impose its will. The Cowboys registered only two sacks, one on a Hail Mary on the final play of the first half, and OU's running game gained more and more steam as the game went on.

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