TREVOR KNIGHT'S LEGS: A
The Oklahoma quarterback showed off his wheels early, scrambling for 24 yards and making it look easy. It was a sign of things to come. He finished with a team-high 103 yards on 13 carries and clearly gives the Sooners an offensive dimension that they haven't had for several years.
TREVOR KNIGHT'S ARM: C
When your head coach tells everyone repeatedly what a great arm you have, everyone expects big things. Instead, Knight was off much of the night, especially early. His first pass went long of the intended receiver. His third sailed high. His fourth went low. Sure, he was a redshirt freshman making his first start, but the passes he misfired were largely easy throws. Even though he improved dramatically after halftime, he finished the game 11 of 28 for 86 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.
DEFENSIVE PRESSURE: A
The Sooner defense created more havoc that we've seen in quite some time. It got six quarterback hurries, including two from Erick Striker, four pass breakups and one sack. After struggling to disrupt much of anything late in the season a year ago, the Sooners brought pressure from all sorts of places, using their new three-man front to cause confusion and disguise where the pressure would come from.
Remember when the place kicking duties were a weekly adventure for the Sooners? Or when getting a touchback on a kickoff required a hurricane-force wind? Those days seem long gone. Michael Hunnicutt hit all of his extra points and nailed two field goals, including one from 41 yards, and Nick Hodgson put all seven of his kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks.
MARCHING BAND: A
After much wailing and gnashing of teeth over the Pride of Oklahoma's pregame routine, all was well Saturday night. The fanfare remained as it has been in the past, and the band added a cool entry, running out of the tunnels and onto the field in tight columns. Also cool — the band went without a singer during the national anthem, so the fans had to pick up the slack. It was neat to hear the song echoing around the stadium.
BALL CARRIERS: A
This looks like a run-first bunch, and why not with all the weapons that the Sooners have? They went for 305 yards rushing on 50 carries, led by Knight and Damien Williams, but nine different Sooners carried the ball. Not only were they effective, averaging 6.1 yards a carry, but they were also secure. They had no fumbles.
PASS CATCHERS: C
On a night that Knight struggled, he didn't get a ton of help from his receivers. There were several drops, and a couple of times, receivers didn't make great adjustments on errant passes. But Jalen Saunders showed a promising connection with Knight, hauling in three passes, two of which went for touchdowns.
PREGAME VIDEO: C
The “There's Only One” videos before kickoff are usually goose-bump worthy, but Saturday's was just average. Fun highlights. Cool music. But no goose bumps.
Anyone who willing attended a game that was 100 degrees at kickoff deserves a gold star. But the folks in the upper decks on the east side and in the upper rows in the south end zone deserve something even bigger. They were still sitting in the sun at halftime. Brutal.