Oklahoma football report card: Sooners' offensive line, tackling get high marks

by Berry Tramel Published: December 1, 2012

SETTING: A

The new Amon Carter Stadium is a jewel, with modern amenities and an old-school look — the south end zone will remind you some of Folsom Field's charm in Boulder. Sooner fans, from 8,000 to 10,000, made the easy trip to Fort Worth and were welcomed by delightful TCU fans. Good stadium, good fans, good city, good team. Welcome to the Big 12, Frogs.

LANDRY JONES: C

After two monster games, Landry came back to Earth, completing 22 of 40 passes for 244 yards. Landry threw high early in the game — then not high enough, when his pass to Justin Brown on an out pattern was speared by strong safety Sam Carter, who was playing in front of Brown. But Landry was excellent on a second-quarter drive against the wind, when he completed six of seven passes for 84 yards on a 75-yard drive.

TIME MANAGEMENT: D

The Sooners were excellent at manipulating the clock the previous two weeks, but not so Saturday. Leading 24-17 with seven minutes remaining, OU drove deep into TCU territory. But on 2nd-and-13 from the Frog 25-yard line with little more than three minutes left, Josh Heupel dialed up two passes. Both were incomplete, then Michael Hunnicutt missed a 42-yard field goal, allowing TCU 2:49 to try to score. OU should have ran the ball twice, burn more time or TCU timeouts, and give the shaky Hunnicutt a closer kick.

DEFENDING BOYKIN: B

Mobile quarterbacks often give OU fits, but the Sooners mostly kept the wraps on TCU's Trevone Boykin. The Sooners sacked Boykin twice and flushed him from the pocket several more times, without giving up much scrambling yardage. Discounting sacks, Boykin had 49 yards on nine carries, but 36 of them came on a run up the middle off the shotgun option.

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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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