OFFENSIVE GAMEPLAN: C
Dana Holgorsen seemed to abandon the run game early â€” just 19 tailback runs the entire night â€” and didn't throw enough to wounded flanker Justin Blackmon, who still made plays (eight catches, 105 yards) despite a bum ankle.
REPEATING HISTORY: B
This is OSU's fourth season ever with double-digit wins. The first three (1984, 1987, 1988) ended 10-2. These Cowboys are 10-2. In all four years, OSU's losses were administered by OU and Nebraska. But OSU is assured of either getting to 11 wins or losing to someone else.
PICKING UP THE BLACKMON SLACK: C
Josh Cooper had a solid game, but Bo Bowling was no big factor, and Hubert Anyiam had a disastrous two-play stretch in the fourth quarter, dropping a second-down pass and failing to get any yardage after an open third-down catch.
The Sooners broke few tackles. Even Ryan Broyles rarely darted free.
BRANDON WEEDEN: C
The OSU quarterback was not his usual self, throwing three interceptions and missing receivers several times in crucial situations.
AULD LANG SYNE: A
The Cowboy administration showed some class with a video salute to OU radio voice Bob Barry Sr., who is retiring after 50 college football seasons, 32 with the Sooners and 18 with the Cowboys. The OSU crowd showed class with a nice ovation.
PASS RUSH: B
The Cowboys got two big sacks on Landry Jones, by Justin Gent and Darius Hart, but didn't put consistent pressure on a team that called 64 pass plays.
SCREEN GAME: D
The Cowboys got very little out of perhaps their favorite play, the screen pass. Weeden threw eight screens and swings, and completed them all, but for just 34 yards.
CLUTCH DEFENSE: C
The Cowboys couldn't get off the field much of the night â€” OU had 28 first downs and converted 16 of 27 third downs â€” but finally killed the Cowboys was lack of a big play when one was offered. Landry Jones' deep ball in the final four minutes could have been intercepted by both Brodrick Brown and Johnny Thomas. On the next play, Jones threw an 86-yard touchdown pass to give OU a 40-31 lead.