Grading the Sooners in their 63-21 rout of Texas is like deciding what to eat at an Eddie Deen's barbeque buffet. You can't go wrong no matter what you pick.
THREE-BACK OFFENSE: A
The Sooners used their full-house backfield on 17 snaps. On those snaps, Damien Williams carried nine times for 132 yards, including a 95-yard TD run; Dom Whaley carried three times for 16 yards; Trey Millard carried once for 20 yards; and Landry Jones completed three of four passes for 47 yards, including a 25-yard TD pass to Millard.
Some of OU's most beleaguered players shined. Tom Wort forced a fumble and bulldogged tailback Johnathan Gray short of a first down on a third-down run. Fellow linebacker Corey Nelson had two tackles for loss and tipped a pass. Defensive end R.J. Washington had two quarterback hurries. And oh, yes, Landry had a solid game – 21 of 37 passing, 321 yards and two touchdowns, with one interception.
The midfield cotton logo was bordered by a large black circle. Not attractive and an affront to the classic look of a simple cotton stalk.
From the line to fullbacks Millard and Aaron Ripkowski to the receivers on the perimeter, the Sooners moved the Longhorns out of the way. Landry was sacked just once, and that on an intentional-grounding penalty that wasn't initially called. Meanwhile, OU ballcarriers rushed 50 times for 353 yards, an average of 7.1 yards per carry.
KICKING GAME: B
Bob Stoops raved about the special teams, and there was much to be pleased with. Justin Brown had a 44-yard punt return. Brennan Clay had a 42-yard kickoff return. Michael Hunnicut nailed field goals of 36 and 32 yards. Brown downed a Tress Way punt at the Texas 1-yard line, leading to a safety. But a wide snap led to Way dropping the ball on an extra point, and Hunnicut's desperate kick was blocked and returned for two Texas points. Also, Brown failed to field a punt that was downed at the OU 5-yard line.
More reports of flooded bathrooms, even before the end of the first quarter. Listen, Dallas. I'm serious. The only thing that can move this game is people having to walk in sewage. And now it's happened two straight years.
PASS COVERAGE: A
Texas receivers did not have a strong day, dropping a few David Ash passes. But even so, OU defenders blanketed UT receivers and running backs. Ash completed just 13 of 29 passes but didn't miss a lot of throws. He just had no one to throw to.
Josh Heupel had an excellent gameplan, but the OU offense also did some nice things on the fly. On the first touchdown drive, Landry wasn't ready for a 3rd-and-9 center snap but still scrambled to find Millard for a screen pass that gained eight yards. Then on fourth down, OU had to play without guard Bronson Irwin, who had limped off, and his replacement, Tyrus Thompson, who lost his helmet on third down and had to sit out a play. The Sooners converted anyway, on Blake Bell's three-yard run, followed by Bell's eight-yard TD run.