The Sooners were shaky early but dominant in the second half of their 48-10 rout of Iowa State. And the grades reflect it.
SHOTGUN OPTION: A
After Trevor Knight took over early in the third quarter, the Sooners ran 19 option plays. And gained 290 yards on those 19 plays. Even discounting home run plays of 70, 63 and 56 yards, the option netted 101 yards on 16 snaps, 6.3 yards per carry.
PASS RUSH: A
The Sooners played without suspended Charles Tapper in the first half, yet still managed to get decent pressure on ISU quarterback Grant Rohach. Then the floodgates opened in the second half. OU sacked Rohach four times in the second half. Linebacker Frank Shannon had two sacks.
KNIGHT PASSING: C
Trevor Knight directed the running game to great feats – in 2 1/2 quarters, OU gained 334 yards on 31 running plays with Knight. But his passing must improve. Knight completed eight of 14, and the Cyclones weren't showing blanket pass coverage. With the wind at his back, Knight missed a wide open Jalen Saunders deep and misfired on several shorter throws. Knight did have some nifty throws, notably on his first drive.
MILITARY HONOR: A
Quite the Veteran's Day celebrations. First, a splendid surprise homecoming, with the family of Sgt. David Brian Curtis of Eufaula standing at midfield to watch a video tribute from Curtis, taped in Afghanistan. But then out came the Sooner Schooner, with Sgt. Curtis aboard for a rousing midfield reunion. Later, Maj. Gen. Myles Deering, adjutant general of the Oklahoma National Guard, solemnly swore in a group of Guardsmen as virtually all the crowd and most of the players stood quietly and watched.
FIRST QUARTER: D
OU played abysmally in the first 15 minutes. Iowa State had more plays (24-9), more yards (123-25) and more first downs 7-1. All that while the Cyclones were facing a stiff south wind that was a virtual wall for high punts or long passes. The only saving grace? The Sooners got out of the quarter tied 0-0, though Iowa State finished off a touchdown drive three plays into the second quarter.
TIGHT ENDS: A
The Sooners used at least one tight end on 39 of their 67 snaps. To spectacular results. All four touchdown runs (70, 63, 56 and 19 yards) came with a tight end formation, and Kendal Thompson threw a three-yard TD pass to tight end Aaron Ripkowski.
THIRD-AND-LONG DEFENSE: B
Against a pass-challenged offense like Iowa State's, third-and-long should be almost automatic for a defense. But in the first quarter, the Cyclones converted a 3rd-and-8 and a 3rd-and-16 with Rohach passes. The latter led to ISU's only touchdown. But thereafter, the Cyclones didn't sniff a first down on seven third-and-longs.