TRESS WAY: A
A monster punting game for the Sooner junior. Punts of 51, 51 and 46 yards, all downed inside the FSU 15-yard line, plus a 37-yarder when the Sooners were backed up on their own 1-yard line.
NEW WRINKLES: C
O-coordinator Josh Heupel shocked the Seminoles with a power game in the first drive; 10 running plays in a 15-play drive that included nine plays with Jones under center. But the ploy worked less and less as the game continued, and the Sooners rallied to victory in the fourth quarter using their old standby – a shotgun-based passing game.
Sooner fans turned out in droves, an estimated 9,000, and they were much-needed to help counter the Florida State frenzy. For a place that's not easy to reach, an excellent turnout. Not that such a mob wasn't expected.
The Sooners didn't play nearly as fast as usual. Give credit to Mark Stoops' defense; Florida State seemed to befuddle Jones much of the night. But on the tie-breaking drive midway through the fourth quarter, OU's tempo quickened considerably.
PASS RUSH: A
The Sooners got after FSU quarterbacks E.J. Manuel and Clint Trickett all game long, but the heat intensified in the fourth quarter. Trickett went down five times in the final 15 minutes, and it was a team effort. Aaron Colvin, Frank Alexander, R.J. Washington, Tom Wort, Ronnell Lewis and Tony Jefferson accounted for the fourth-quarter sacks.
BRENT VENABLES: A
The oft-maligned defensive coordinator produced a superb plan, with constant and varied blitzes. Florida State's three scores came on field goals of 53 and 46 yards, plus a 56-yard TD pass in which Sooners Jamell Fleming and Harris were in position, they just out-athleted by leaping Seminole Rashad Greene.