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.
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.
Offensive line: B
The Sooners couldn't run much; tailbacks Chris Brown and DeMarco Murray combined for 73 yards on 32 carries. But the makeshift line, which included all-American tackle Trent Williams at center, protected Landry Jones reasonably well, which gave OU a chance to win. And Williams had no wild snaps.
Sun Bowl Stadium is carved out of the sides of mountains and overlooks the Texas-El Paso campus and the city. Not as majestic as, say, the view from Colorado's Folsom Field or Cal's Memorial Stadium, but still picturesque.
A beleaguered season ended in glory. Ryan Broyles (13 catches for 156 yards) joined G.K. McCoy and Stanford tailback Toby Gerhart as the best players on the field. Plus Dejuan Miller (six catches, 84 yards) and Jaz Reynolds (three catches, 36 yards) combined for seven catches that produced first downs, five of them on third-down plays. And OU's only drop came from a tailback (DeMarco Murray).