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Oklahoma football report card: High marks for Trevor Knight's running, Sooners' defense

by Jenni Carlson Published: August 31, 2013
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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.

FANS: A+

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.

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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