Oklahoma football report card: Sooners' move back to the four-receiver formation was sensational

by Berry Tramel Published: September 14, 2013

RED-ZONE OFFENSE: C

The Sooners penetrated the Tulsa 20-yard line six times and produced just three touchdowns. OU settled for three field goals, including after Jaz Reynolds' 82-yard pass reception put the Sooners at the TU 4-yard line.

CLEANLINESS: A

The Sooners had only three penalties, and one of those was admittedly a bogus call. OU was penalized for having 12 men on the field before the first snap of the game, then on back-to-back plays late in the first quarter, Gabe Lynn was flagged for targeting and Stanvon Taylor was called for pass interference. Lynn was allowed to stay in the game upon review, when officials ruled he didn't hit TU's Trey Watts in the head, but the penalty stood.

STUDENTS: C

OU kept alive its sellout streak, but only after a late push after Tulsa returned tickets. But the student section had huge blocks of empty seats, and the students left early. Hey, I know 11 a.m. is a tough starting time, but lots of students can roll out of bed at 10:30 and be there by kickoff.

KICKING GAME: B

Trey Watts' 77-yard punt return is cause for concern, but otherwise, the Sooner special teams were solid. Jed Barnett's only punt went 45 yards. Nick Hodgson produced touchbacks on six of his 10 kickoffs, and TU didn't have a kickoff return longer than 29 yards, though Hodgson did sail one kick out of bounds. Jalen Saunders had a 28-yard punt return, to go with his 45-yarder against Louisiana-Monroe and 17-yarder against West Virginia.

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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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