NORMAN — Oklahoma's regular-season ended with another conference championship — albeit a shared one — and a 10-2 overall record.
OU faces Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 4.
With the Sooners finishing up their final exams, here is a unit-by-unit look at the team, with grades for each position group.
Senior Landry Jones' turnovers directly caused Oklahoma's Sept. 22 home loss to Kansas State, but after that he was mostly terrific.
The four-year starter continued to put up impressive numbers, and led the Sooners on clutch drives late in the fourth quarter to help eek out victories at West Virginia and against Oklahoma State.
Blake Bell, Jones' heir apparent, continued to score touchdowns out of the Belldozer package, although he wasn't as automatic from it as defenses started to figure it out.
Bell also showed an ability to come through in clutch situations. His fourth-down pass against Notre Dame kept the Sooners in that game, and he scored the tying touchdown in Bedlam to force overtime.
Running backs: B+
Damien Williams displayed his home-run capability in the first game at UTEP, and then a few more times at big moments after that. He burst free for a 95-yard touchdown run in the Red River Shootout and finished the regular season with a team-high 905 yards and 11 touchdowns despite being limited by an ankle injury at Iowa State.
Speaking of Iowa State, Brennan Clay started in Williams' place and rushed for 157 yards and an 18-yard touchdown. He also scored the final touchdown of the Sooners' overtime Bedlam win. The junior finally seems to be reaching the high potential he arrived with.
Dominique Whaley never fully recovered from his severe 2011 ankle injury. The senior hasn't played at all in the last four games.
After suspensions gutted the unit's depth in May, newcomers stepped in to save the day. Justin Brown and Jalen Saunders transferred from Penn State and Fresno State, respectively, and true freshman Sterling Shepard stepped in and immediately contributed.
Saunders gained his eligibility after four 2012 games and quickly became one of Jones' favorite targets. He turned in 100-yard receiving performances in each of OU's last three games.
Junior Kenny Stills, though, was Mr. Dependable all season long. He was OU's leading receiver, finishing the regular season with 75 catches, 892 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Offensive line: B
Oklahoma's offensive line suffered injury after injury, but continued to play at a remarkably high level considering its attrition.
When a concussion forced center Gabe Ikard to sit the Baylor game, true freshman Ty Darlington stepped in and did well. Darlington's quick learning allowed Ikard to shift out to guard when Adam Shead had to leave the regular-season finale at TCU.
Senior Lane Johnson moved into the starting lineup just before the season began, and played extremely well. The former junior-college quarterback drastically improved his NFL Draft stock with his strong play this season.
Defensive line: B-
The OU defensive line has played well at times, and poorly at others. Senior David King switched between playing end and tackle with some success, and after he returned from his mysterious two-game absence to start the season, tackle Casey Walker played well.
The senior-dominated group loses every major contributor from this season except sophomore Chuka Ndulue.
Sophomore Geneo Grissom, who switched to tight end last summer but returned to defense, saw increased playing time at the end of the season.
In new defensive coordinator Mike Stoops' system, linebackers weren't relied upon as playmakers like they were under Brent Venables. As the season progressed, Stoops tinkered with six- and seven-defensive back units against spread offenses like Baylor, West Virginia and Oklahoma State, with little success.
Earlier in the season, though, juniors Tom Wort and Corey Nelson often struggled and were inconsistent. Freshman Frank Shannon emerged as a strong option in pass coverage.
The secondary was the OU defense's strongest unit for much of the season.
Safety Tony Jefferson and cornerback Aaron Colvin emerged as the defense's top overall players, but even they struggled in shootout wins over Baylor, West Virginia and Oklahoma State.
Senior safety Javon Harris had a strong season overall, despite the overall unit's late-season lapses. He led the Sooners with five interceptions.
Gabe Lynn and Julian Wilson each saw lots of playing time in nickel and dime packages, and showed flashes of their potential. Wilson was there with Jefferson to break up a fourth-down pass in the end zone that sealed the Sooners' regular-season finale win at TCU.
Special teams: A
After returning no kicks or punts for touchdowns a year ago, the Sooners recorded three in the 2012 regular season.
Brown and Saunders each scored on a punt return, and Roy Finch took a kick back for a touchdown
Brown averaged 13.6 yards per punt return, while Clay and Finch were each solid on kickoffs, averaging 26 and 32.4 yards a return, respectively.
Michael Hunnicutt had a kick blocked in the season opener, then went eight games without a miss before misfiring on one attempt in each of OU's last three games. Punter Tress Way was solid, averaging 43.6 yards per punt with a long of 75.