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

by Berry Tramel Published: October 13, 2012

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.

PLUMBING: F

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.

INGENUITY: A

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.


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...
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