An all-around solid game, and a 35-20 victory, for the Sooners brings excellent grade for the offense, not quite so high for the defense, since Iowa State's team strength is defense.
THIRD-DOWN PASSING: A
Landry Jones completed six of seven third-down passes, all six for first-down yardage or touchdowns. Might have been Landry Jones' greatest conversion game in four years. Jones threw 20-yard TD passes to Sterling Shepard and Justin Brown on 3rd-and-9 plays.
Big Blake converted just two of five tries. He ran for a first down on 3rd-and-1 from the OU 25-yard line in the first quarter, saving an errant snap with a one-handed grab. Bell also converted a 4th-and-1 from the OU 46, after getting stuffed on 3rd-and-1. But in the first quarter, Iowa State stoned Bell on 3rd-and-2 from the Cyclone 5-yard line and 4th-and-1 from the 4. After the opening drive, OU never ran a play inside the Iowa State 18.
Against a solid defensive front and excellent linebackers, the OU wall had its best game of the season. Landry Jones was not sacked and only twice was hurried. Even better, the Sooner running game was solid. OU's running backs combined for 174 yards on 31 carries, 5.6 yards per carry.
DEFENSIVE DISCIPLINE: C
Iowa State had 19 first downs. Five of them came on OU penalties. OU was flagged for facemask, illegal hands to the face, pass interference and defensive holding. You can survive that against the Big 12's second-worst offense, but that's too many major infractions to make the Brothers Stoops feel too comfortable going forward.
KILLER INSTINCT: C
The Sooners took a 35-13 lead with 10:59 left in the game. But Iowa State dominated the rest of the way. The Cyclones went on a 75-yard touchdown, quickly forced an OU punt and threatened again, before Tony Jefferson's interception finally sealed the game with 3:21 remaining. The fourth quarter should have been breezier.
Temperatures at kickoff were 45 and rose into the 50s, with only a slight wind. You can't beat that in Iowa in November. It wasn't San Diego weather – though the Cali trio of Brennan Clay, Jefferson and Kenny Stills certainly made it their day with its greatest collective performance ever.
PRESSURING JANTZ: B
Iowa State quarterback Steele Jantz was sacked thrice and hurried thrice – and it seemed like more. However, OU didn't rattle the usually-erratic Jantz into mistakes. Jantz dropped back to pass almost 50 times but didn't throw an interception until turning desperate in the final minutes.