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Oklahoma football: With no margin for error, Landry Jones was at his best

OU REPORT CARD — For the second straight week, an Oklahoma victory depended on Landry Jones delivering flawlessly late. And for the second straight week, the Sooner senior quarterback thrived in the clutch.
by Berry Tramel Published: November 24, 2012

/articleid/3731918/1/pictures/1892718">Photo - Oklahoma's Landry Jones (12) passes during the Bedlam college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012. OU won, 51-48 in overtime. Photo by Nate Billings , The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Landry Jones (12) passes during the Bedlam college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012. OU won, 51-48 in overtime. Photo by Nate Billings , The Oklahoman

Red-zone offense: B. The Sooners penetrated the OSU 20-yard line nine times and produced five touchdowns and two field goals. Michael Hunnicut missed a 32-yard field goal and Trey Millard lost a fumble at the OSU 14. That's a C grade, except the Sooners get extra credit for clutch. With the game on the line, they bulled the ball into the end zone — Blake Bell's fourth-down touchdown with four seconds left to forge a tie, and the overtime touchdown off back-to-back running plays.

Honoring history: A. OU showed a video tribute to the late Bob Barry Sr., who has been voted the National Football Foundation's Chris Schenkel Award. As a classy gesture, the tribute did not omit Barry's 18 years as the radio voice of the Cowboys.

Hands: B. The Sooner receivers were mostly spectacular — three 100-yard passcatchers, and Justin Brown in particular made some spiffy catches. But normally sure-handed Kenny Stills had three drops and almost dropped another before tipping the ball to himself for a second-quarter touchdown.

Aaron Colvin: A. Burned at West Virginia, Colvin impacted Bedlam even though the Cowboys clearly stayed clear from throwing at the OU cornerback. Colvin had an interception, a pass breakup and two sacks, off Mike Stoops blitzes.

Stoops defense: D. Mike Stoops' unit gave up 45 regulation points and 490 total yards to OSU. But that wasn't even the biggest defensive crime in the Stoops family on Saturday. Mark Stoops' Florida State defense gave up 37 points to offensively-challenged Florida, in a 37-26 defeat.

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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