Oklahoma football report card: Sooners' blocking, third-down passing get high marks

by Berry Tramel Published: November 3, 2012

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.

WEATHER: A

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.

by Berry Tramel
Columnist
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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