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

Receivers: A. On a night of lackluster offense, the receivers were not the problem. No drops, a couple of nifty catches (Kenny Stills, Trey Metoyer) and the emergence of Sterling Shepard as a playmaker (seven catches, 108 yards, one touchdown). Great game for a corps that was a question mark all summer.

Belldozer: D. Blake Bell was on the field for two plays. Bell scored on a three-yard TD run in the third quarter, but he also fumbled a snap when OU was on the KSU 1-yard line, and the ‘Cats recovered. That's not an acceptable ratio for an offense that is set up in prime real estate.

Matching wits: C. Bill Snyder got the best of his old lieutenants, the Stoops brothers. Snyder stuck surprise plays in his hip pocket, set them up beautifully and pulled them out at just the right time. A perfect example: third-and-12, KSU on its 42-yard line, midway through the fourth quarter, and the ‘Cats Tramaine Thompson flared out for a throwback that went unguarded for a 26-yard gain. Mike Stoops said OU didn't have a good game plan ready for KSU's no-back formations.

Fan wardrobe: B. Most Sooner fans came properly adorned in crimson. But a few fans caused confusion. A man, standing in line to enter the stadium, wore a classic K-State purple shirt, with an OU cap. Two people walked toward the stadium in bright orange T-shirts that said “BOOMER SOONER,” and no, there was no profanity on the back. Finally, a guy on Campus Corner wore an OU shirt with a Nebraska cap. Choose a side, people.

Defending Klein: B. KSU throwback quarterback Collin Klein was his usual bulldozing self, with 79 yards on 17 carries. And Klein's passing was very efficient — 13 of 21 for 149 yards, including 4-of-5 for 72 yards in the fourth quarter. But still, the Sooners contained him decently throughout the game, aside from a couple of fourth-quarter passes.

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by Berry Tramel
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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...
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