Oklahoma football: Grading the Sooners' 24-19 loss to Kansas State

REPORT CARD — Kansas State's Collin Klein dominated. But Landry Jones' worst game in three season, poor fourth-quarter defense and several incidents of game mismanagement crippled the Sooners' comeback chances.
by Berry Tramel Published: September 22, 2012

Not a good night at Owen Field for the Sooners. Landry Jones was not good. The defense withered in the fourth quarter. Not a lot to get excited about.

Landry Jones: D. Landry Jones had perhaps his worst game of the past three seasons, despite numbers that don't look awful on the ESPN ticker – 28 of 43 passing, 298 yards, one TD, one interception. Landry fumbled near his goal line, giving K-State a gift touchdown, and threw a panic interception late in the third quarter that ignited the Wildcats' dominant fourth quarter. But it was even worse than that. KSU's Ty Zimmerman dropped an easy interception late in the second quarter, replay review bailed out a shovel pass disaster and Landry fumbled while being sacked on OU's final drive, though the Sooners recovered. Even early, Landry was off target, throwing behind receivers.

Fourth-quarter defense: F. K-State had the ball three times in the fourth quarter. The ‘Cats drove 38 yards in seven plays for the go-ahead touchdown, 77 yards in eight plays for a back-breaking touchdown and finally converted two third downs while running out the clock in the final four minutes. Through three quarters, the Wildcats had just 229 total yards and three offensive points. In the fourth quarter, KSU had 133 total yards, seven first downs and 14 points. The ‘Cats faced only three third downs in the fourth quarter and converted them all.

Game management: D. The Sooners seemed consistently confused, burning five timeouts just before a snap. The chaos came from both offense and defense. The most damaging was after OU's touchdown with 4:09 left, which drew the Sooners within 24-19. Lined up for a two-point conversion, the Sooners were in a no-back set. Then Brennan Clay shifted back to tailback, tight end Brannon Green switched sides of the field and receiver Justin Brown went in motion. Then OU called timeout, which it desperately needed to extend the game.

Run game: C. The Sooner running backs gained 110 yards on 23 carries, which is a decent return on investment. But after early success, the gains dried up. Dom Whaley had 27 yards on four carries in the first seven OU snaps of the game. And Roy Finch gained 11 yards on a sweep out of a full-house backfield, but the Sooners never went back to Finch or that play.


by Berry Tramel
Columnist
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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