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Oklahoma football report card: Win over an undefeated Texas Tech earns Sooners high marks

by Jenni Carlson Published: October 26, 2013

LATE-DOWN DEFENSE: A

The Red Raiders were 6 of 17 on third- and fourth-down conversions. Tech has an offense that is bound to move the chains some, even when they have third or fourth and long, but the OU defense stepped up when it needed to. Two of its late-down stops came in the fourth quarter, first with a Gabe Lynn interception early in the quarter, then with a fourth-down stop on Tech's last possession.

SPECIAL TEAMS: C

Texas Tech threw two surprises at OU, and the Sooners responded poorly. The Red Raiders called a fake punt return — at least, I guess that's what you'd call it — where the punt returner went left and acted like he was going to field the ball but instead the ball was headed right. Another Tech player went and snagged the ball and returned it 32 yards to give the Red Raiders a short field that resulted in a field goal. Then on the ensuing kickoff, the Red Raiders went onsides. Kass Everett could've stepped up and fielded the ball, but instead, he backed away from the ball and Texas Tech recovered. Another short field resulted in another Red Raider score.

WEATHER DELAY: B

Because of bad weather moving into the area, kickoff was pushed back an hour and 15 minutes long before the game was supposed to start. That's never any fun. But even though folks in and around the stadium say they never saw lightning or heard thunder, the National Weather Center had a radar image indicating that in one five-minute period, there were three lightning strikes within 10 miles of the stadium. Best to use caution, and OU officials did the right thing. Plus, it kept the teams from starting, then stopping their pregame routines.

BOB STOOPS TOUGHNESS: A

We knew the Sooner coach was a tough guy — you have to be when you're sitting in the head coach's office — but he proved his mettle Saturday afternoon. On what appeared to be a possible Texas Tech fumble on a lateral, Aaron Colvin ran to pick up the ball, but with referees blowing their whistles, Sooner coaches had come on the field to protest whether it was a pass or a lateral. When Colvin snagged the ball and stood up to run, the Sooner cornerback smacked directly into Stoops. The coach went down but rolled off Colvin and quickly popped back up — and kept right on arguing with the refs.

CROWD: A

On a less-than-great weather day, Sooner fans were as engaged as we've seen them in awhile. Yes, there were obviously empty seats, but the folks who came and stayed more than made up for the absentees. They were lively and loud.

RESILENCY: A

The Sooners had several chances to fold as the Red Raiders kept stealing back the momentum, but they didn't. They came back from a deficit twice, then late when Tech cut the lead to five, the offense put together a long drive that burned clock and got a field goal and the defense held the Red Raiders on downs to get the ball back.

by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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