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Oklahoma football: Grading the Sooners' 20-17 win over TCU

OU REPORT CARD — The Sooner pass rush and short-yardage offense set the curve. Now, about that student section...
by Berry Tramel Published: October 5, 2013

The Sooner defense was sensational early and suspect late. The OU offense went dormant in the second half but revived enough to save the game. And the grades reflect such wide-ranging performance.

Pass rush: A. TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin is not an accomplished passer, but he can hurt defenses with his feet. But the Sooners corralled him well. Boykin was sacked four times, and he broke free for only one scramble that hurt, a 12-yard gain. Charles Tapper had two of the sacks; Aaron Colvin and Jordan Wade also had sacks.

Short-yardage offense: A. I know it doesn't seem like it, but the Sooners were perfect in short-yardage situations. They five times faced third or fourth down with less than four yards needed. And OU converted all five. One problem, though; Josh Heupel felt the need to throw on four of those situations. The only short-yardage run success came on a 4th-and-2 Belldozer run that gained seven yards.

National anthem: A. Six vintage planes, flown by the Warbird Pilots, staged a flyover during the Pride of Oklahoma's “Star-Spangled Banner.” Always cool to have a flyover; even cooler when all six pilots are Oklahoma civilians with either combat experience or active-duty status in the Vietnam War – Col. Paul Mackey from Creek County, Navy Cmdr. Steve Campbell of Tulsa, Maj. Fred Ruefer of Muskogee, Maj. Mike Hahn of Shawnee, Lt. Col. Charlie Sublett of Tulsa and Sgt. Ken Woodhead of Tulsa.

Pass blocking: B. The Sooners allowed three sacks — but don't blame the offensive line much. The Frogs have a good pass rush, plus much of the pressure on Blake Bell was prompted by sticky coverage of OU receivers. Bell held the ball too long a few times instead of just throwing it away, but he also scrambled for decent yardage.

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by Berry Tramel
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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