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Oklahoma football: Sooners' grades indicative of a blowout loss to Texas A&M

by Berry Tramel Published: January 4, 2013

/articleid/3743437/1/pictures/1921622">Photo - Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel (2) reacts after a touchdown during the college football Cotton Bowl game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and Texas A&M University Aggies (TXAM) at Cowboy's Stadium on Friday Jan. 4, 2013, in Arlington, Tx. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel (2) reacts after a touchdown during the college football Cotton Bowl game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and Texas A&M University Aggies (TXAM) at Cowboy's Stadium on Friday Jan. 4, 2013, in Arlington, Tx. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

RED ZONE OFFENSE: D

The Sooners penetrated A&M's 20-yard line on its first two possessions of the game but settled for field goals. OU had 2nd-and-goal at the Aggie 1-yard line on the first drive and 1st-and-goal at the A&M 8-yard line on the second. The Sooners did get a late touchdown from the red zone, on Landry's six-yard TD pass to Justin Brown.

RUN DEFENSE: D

Forget Johnny Manziel, if you can, and throw out his 229 rushing yards. Aggie tailbacks Ben Malena and Trey Williams combined for 14 carries and gained 97 yards, an average of 6.9 yards a carry.

SOONER ENTRANCE: C

The Schooner led the Sooners onto the field. It's great when the Schooner attends a bowl game, the Washington Orange Bowl fiasco notwithstanding. But at Owen Field, the wagon enters from the opposite end of the players. In JerryWorld, the Schooner held the Sooners back. R.J. Washington, the Sooner who always comes out first, had to slow to a trot so he wouldn't run up on the hooves of the ponies.

LANDRY JONES: C

The venerable OU quarterback played well in the first half, completing 23 of 30 passes for 175 yards and a touchdown, though a poor throw on a deep out pattern produced an interception. Landry's second half was forgettable, along with everyone else's wearing crimson. Landry in the second half completed 12 of 18 passes but didn't make a significant play. The OU offense didn't make a first down its first three possessions after halftime, and the Sooners punted four times in the third quarter alone.

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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