Oklahoma football report card: High marks all around for the Sooners

by Jenni Carlson Published: October 20, 2012

JUSTIN BROWN: B

The Sooner receiver had one roller coaster of a day. His muffed punt gave Kansas possession deep in OU territory, but then on his very next punt return, he went 90 yards for a touchdown. Later in the first half, he failed to haul in what would've been a sure touchdown pass.

JAVON HARRIS: A

Maligned much of last season, the Sooner safety had two interceptions. Easy to feel good for the guy after what he went through last year.

ALUMNI DRUM MAJORS: A

I assume the alumni band members were plenty good, but it's the alumni drum majors who always catch my eye. Drum majors have to be showmen, and even the ones who have gray hair or no hair at all take the opportunity to strut their stuff. Priceless.

SPECIAL TEAMS RETURNS: A

The Sooners had a punt return for a touchdown and a kickoff return for a touchdown, something that had never happened before in school history. The fireworks came from Brown in the first half and Roy Finch to start the second.

SPECIAL TEAMS COVERAGES: A

While everyone will remember the returns, the coverage was pretty darn spectacular, too. For as often as the Sooners kicked off, the Jayhawks managed 16.4 yards a return and rarely started beyond the 25-yard line.

JAYHAWK ENERGY: F

We're not talking about the players. The Kansas mascot, Baby Jay, spent much of the night sitting on the sideline. Occasionally, it was even lying on the ground. Huh? Show a little spunk, huh?

by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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