Texas A&M's 41-13 Cotton Bowl rout of the Sooners matched the third-most lopsided defeat of the Bob Stoops era, and the grades reflect it.
CONTAINING JOHNNY FOOTBALL: F
When Johnny Manziel took off running, the Sooners looked like eighth-graders chasing the varsity. Manziel, who also threw for 287 yards, had eight runs of longer than 10 yards, including gains of 44, 31 and 24 yards. Manziel zipped through the Sooners on quarterback draws, option plays and scrambles. OU tried blitzing and three-man rushes, crashing and containing. Nothing worked.
PENALTY DECISION-MAKING: D
Bob Stoops erred in the first quarter. Damien Williams gained four yards on 1st-and-goal from the Aggie 5-yard line, but A&M was offside. Stoops declined the penalty, preferring 2nd-and-goal from the 1-yard line to 1st-and-goal from the 21/2. But Blake Bell was stuffed for no gain and then threw incomplete, then on fourth down, Brannon Green false started, and OU had to settle for a field goal. An extra down is worth more than 11/2 yards. Stoops' other penalty decision was not so obvious. The Aggies were called for clipping on a Manziel scramble early in the third quarter. A&M faced either 2nd-and-goal from the OU 8-yard line or 1st-and-goal from the 15. Stoops took the penalty, but A&M scored two plays later.
THIRD-DOWN OFFENSE: C
The Sooners converted seven of nine third downs in the first half, and one of the failures was a Belldozer incompletion. Landry Jones completed six of seven third-down passes before halftime, for 49 yards and a touchdown. But in the second half, OU converted just one of six third downs. Landry completed just two of six third-down passes after halftime, for 21 yards. He also was sacked once.
NATIONAL ANTHEM: A
The Gatlin Brothers, 30 years after their height of popularity, still can bring the vocals. They sang the anthem in the best possible way. Strong, straight, quick. And though Larry Gatlin was born in Seminole, Texas, he had an air of neutrality. He's a former University of Houston receiver who caught a touchdown pass in the Cougars' 100-6 victory over Tulsa in 1968.
RED ZONE OFFENSE: D
The Sooners penetrated A&M's 20-yard line on its first two possessions of the game but settled for field goals. OU had 2nd-and-goal at the Aggie 1-yard line on the first drive and 1st-and-goal at the A&M 8-yard line on the second. The Sooners did get a late touchdown from the red zone, on Landry's six-yard TD pass to Justin Brown.
RUN DEFENSE: D
Forget Johnny Manziel, if you can, and throw out his 229 rushing yards. Aggie tailbacks Ben Malena and Trey Williams combined for 14 carries and gained 97 yards, an average of 6.9 yards a carry.
SOONER ENTRANCE: C
The Schooner led the Sooners onto the field. It's great when the Schooner attends a bowl game, the Washington Orange Bowl fiasco notwithstanding. But at Owen Field, the wagon enters from the opposite end of the players. In JerryWorld, the Schooner held the Sooners back. R.J. Washington, the Sooner who always comes out first, had to slow to a trot so he wouldn't run up on the hooves of the ponies.
LANDRY JONES: C
The venerable OU quarterback played well in the first half, completing 23 of 30 passes for 175 yards and a touchdown, though a poor throw on a deep out pattern produced an interception. Landry's second half was forgettable, along with everyone else's wearing crimson. Landry in the second half completed 12 of 18 passes but didn't make a significant play. The OU offense didn't make a first down its first three possessions after halftime, and the Sooners punted four times in the third quarter alone.