Sooner coach Bob Stoops contends that some of the plays that fans and media consider gambles aren't really that, but still, the Riverboat Gambler rolled the dice. A pass to a tight end. A double reverse. A fake field goal that resulted in a touchdown. And those were all on one drive. The Sooners took some chances Saturday, and when the coaches called them, the players made good on them.
BLAKE BELL: A
What a day. It's impossible to overstate what a great day the third-string quarterback had. He came in after starter Trevor Knight was injured and back-up Kendal Thompson was ineffective. Bell took very few snaps in practice these past few weeks, but he was masterful. He was 10 of 16 for 140 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions.
BALL CONTROL: A
Time of possession is overrated, but ball control isn't. The Sooners had the ball for 34 minutes, 20 seconds, nearly nine minutes more than the Cowboys. They put together some sustained drives that kept the OSU offense sitting on the cold sidelines and shortened the game. And the Sooners had just one interception, an ill-advised pass thrown by back-up quarterback Kendal Thompson on his first snap of the game.
SOONER SENIORS: A
On OSU's senior day, OU had some seniors who played big. Safety Gabe Lynn made two tackles on the goal-line stand after missing a tackle on a big run earlier in the drive. Running back Brennan Clay rushed for 70 tough yards on 24 carries. Cornerback Aaron Colvin played with a still-injured shoulder and helped keep a talented OSU receving corps in check.