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Oklahoma football report card: Sooners get high marks all around; bathrooms a black eye again

by Berry Tramel Published: October 13, 2012

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.

REDEMPTION: A

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.

ARTWORK: D

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.

BLOCKING: A

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

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by Berry Tramel
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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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