The grades were high for OU's offense in the Sooners' 51-48 overtime victory in Bedlam. The silver linings in the OU defense were a little harder to find.
Landry late: A. On the drive that became do or die because of the clock, taking over with 6:18 left down seven, Landry Jones completed 10 of 13 passes for 77 yards. One of his incompletions was a drop. Another was a throw to Sterling Shepard in the end zone that one official ruled a touchdown. Landry simply was pristine. To review, counting the two touchdown drives in the final seven minutes at West Virginia, Landry the last two weeks has completed 19 of 23 passes for 212 yards in drives with no margin for error.
Scheming Chelf: C. The Sooners weren't ready for Clint Chelf's wheels. In the first half, the Cowboy quarterback repeatedly burned OU on quarterback draws and even option plays out of the shotgun. At halftime, he was the game's leading rusher, with 63 yards. But after halftime, Chelf's three draws totaled just 14 yards, and he scrambled for no positive yardage.
Pass protection: A. The Cowboys came in with a hot pass rush. OU ran 74 pass plays and gave up one sack and just two quarterback hurries. With a patched-together line, that's phenomenal blocking.
Red-zone defense: C. The Cowboys penetrated the OU 20-yard line six times. OSU scored on touchdowns on the first five trips and only once faced a third down in the red zone. But the Sooners staged their only stop when it mattered most — in overtime. Chelf threw incomplete on first down from the 13, hit Josh Stewart for a six-yard gain and then threw incomplete across the middle as the Sooners well-covered Blake Jackson. OSU settled for a field goal.
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.