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Sun Bowl report card: Landry Jones, defense get high marks

BY BERRY TRAMEL, Staff Writer, Modified: January 1, 2010 at 8:33 am •  Published: January 1, 2010

Landry Jones: A

One major blunder — a first-quarter interception that set up a Stanford touchdown — but otherwise a superb game; 30 of 51 passing for 418 yards, three touchdowns and no sacks. No quarterback derby in 2010.

Halftime: B

American Idol star David Archuleta thrilled the teeny-boppers with a short concert, the Pride of Oklahoma was its usual solid self and the kooky Stanford band entertained with a spoof of games — tic-tac-toe, pong and bowling. But that's too much entertainment; a 28-minute halftime is too long.

Defensive game plan: A

The Sooners ran a virtual matchup zone, running extra defensive backs or linebackers or linemen into the game to match Stanford's personnel. Stanford had a little first-half success but managed just 272 total yards. The key performers: senior Keenan Clayton, who could move from linebacker to safety with ease, and freshman linebacker Ronnell Lewis, who provided strength at strongside linebacker.

Kicking Game: D

A missed field goal from 32 yards. A blocked punt and a fumbled punt, both of which set up Stanford field goals. Short kickoffs, at least compared to Stanford's. The only bright spot was Ryan Broyles' 41-yard punt return that set up the go-ahead touchdown.


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