A disastrous night for the Sooners. Offense, defense, kicking game. The only solid performance came in pre-game ceremonies.
DEFENSIVE PREPARATION: F
Texas Tech's game plan constantly flummoxed Brent Venables' defense. An inside screen to flanker Alex Torres produced touchdown plays of 44 and 30 yards, and Seth Doege's quarterback keeper – he rarely runs – twice faked out OU and produced first downs. The Sooners were missing three starters on defense, but even the regulars looked out of sorts.
HOMEFIELD ADVANTAGE: B
The atmosphere wasn't bad, post-storm, considering the 94-minute delay. About 60,000 of the original 85,204 in the stadium returned for the game. But during the delay, the Sooners had their indoor facility available to stay loose. Tech remained in its cramped visitors locker room. Now that's an advantage.
Here was the difference in how these teams played and how these coaches coached. Late in the third quarter, with a 31-17 lead, Tech coach Tommy Tuberville ordered a fake punt from his 41-yard line, facing 4th-and-4. It failed when OU's Julian Wilson nailed upback Jackson Richards a half yard shy of a first down. With 11 minutes left in the game, with a 34-24 deficit, facing 4th-and-2 from his 45-yard line, OU coach Bob Stoops punted.
LANDRY JONES: C
Jones had his good moments, and he was plagued early by some inconsistent hands from his receiving corps, but Jones was not as sharp as usual. He played harried, and Josh Heupel's trust in the passing game withered. Just before the Stoops-ordered punt in the fourth quarter, OU faced 3rd-and-2. Heupel ran 194-pound tailback Brennan Clay up the middle. Clay was stuffed for no gain.
ALUMNI BAND: A
Great tradition at OU, with the grads ranging from the 20s to the 70s marching across Owen Field, playing Boomer Sooner. The best sight? The squadron of drum majors, maybe not bent all the way back like in days of yore, but still reminding not only us, but themselves, that there was a time when the world was young.
KICKING GAME: D
The Sooners' kickoff coverage was OK, and their kickoff returns were productive. But Michael Hunnicut hooked wide left a 39-yard field goal try on the first play of the second quarter, setting off a disastrous 15 minutes for OU. Then Hunnicut clanged a 28-yard field goal try off the right upright with 2:52 left in the game, which would have brought the Sooners within a touchdown.
NATIONAL ANTHEM: A
Hard enough for a student to sing a hard-to-sing song, in front of the biggest crowd they'll ever sing in front of. But then when the heavens open and lightning descends, just as you're singing about the rockets red glare and the bombs bursting in air, and you get drenched with the wind in your face? Nothing easy about it. But the OU student — sorry, officials couldn't locate the name — kept her composure and delivered a solid rendition.
RED ZONE OFFENSE: C
The Sooners made it four times. They scored two touchdowns and settled for two field goal tries. But they were costly settles. OU trailed 31-14 late in the third quarter and reached 2nd-and-goal from the Tech 1-yard line. The Sooners used Trey Millard at tailback; he was popped in the backfield and fumbled. Jones grabbed the ball to save possession. Then Jones threw incomplete on third down. Late in the game, trailing 41-31, OU reached first down at the Tech 11-yard line. Then Jones threw three straight incompletions, and Hunnicut missed the 28-yard field goal.
For a 90-minute rainstorm, the Owen Field grass drained remarkably well. The turf held up, with only limited slipping by players in the open field.
Tailback Dominique Whaley missed the game with the flu; Roy Finch was a solid replacement, with 93 yards on 13 carries and five catches for 43 yards. Finch had a 55-yard run on OU's first snap of the game, but Finch also had some negative plays. OU's defensive backups didn't fare so well, particularly cornerback Gabe Lynn, who subbed for the injured Jamell Fleming and was consistently burned. The Sooners eventually made a change, moving Aaron Colvin from safety to cornerback.
WEATHER DELAY ENTERTAINMENT: D
OU's giant video board was blank during the delay, except for the announcement about the weather. Of course, the whole point of the delay was to get fans out of the stands and harm's way. But for the fans under the upper deck and in the suites, a re-running of the pregame video featuring every one of Ryan Broyles' NCAA record 326 catches would have helped pass the time.