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Oklahoma football: High marks for the Sooners few and far between

OKLAHOMA REPORT CARD — There weren't a lot of positives for Oklahoma in a 44-10 loss to Oklahoma State. Blake Bell and the Belldozer package get high marks, but it was only used once.
by Berry Tramel Modified: December 3, 2011 at 11:53 pm •  Published: December 3, 2011

Not much to like about this Oklahoma performance in a 44-10 loss to Oklahoma State. The defense outplayed the offense, but that's not saying much in a game that just as easily could have been 51-3 as 44-10.


The move of Tony Jefferson back to free safety shored up the deep pass defense. The Cowboys never hurt the Sooners with the long ball. But it's like Bob Stoops said. You can rob Peter to pay Paul. Jefferson's absence at rover left a void, like on OSU's second possession, when Tracy Moore got loose from Joseph Ibiloye on a short crossing pattern, turned upfield and zipped to a 53-yard gain that set up OSU's first touchdown.


The Sooners have been strong in the third quarter most all season, outscoring foes 132-24. But OSU outscored OU 20-0 in the third quarter, when the Sooners went from ineffective to hapless. Two punts, two fumbles, only one defensive stop. The Sooners did not put up a fight.


The offensive line failed to protect Landry Jones and failed to generate much running room. OU tailbacks combined for 120 yards on 28 carries, but most of that was in the fourth quarter. Meanwhile, OU's defensive interior was gashed by OSU's run game (278 yards on 33 carries), and Brandon Weeden generally had all day to throw.


Pedestrian passing (27 of 50, for 250 yards), with no completion longer for 23 yards. Four turnovers – two fumbles, two interceptions – plus some overthrows. Not very pretty. But Jones also was constantly harassed and hit some solid throws facing the blitz. Jones' biggest crime was his two fumbles that OSU turned into touchdowns. One was caused by Alex Elkins; the other was unforced.

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by Berry Tramel
Columnist and Reporter
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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