Not a great night for a unit that's normally rock solid. The Cowboys gave up a punt return for a touchdown, then made a couple questionable squib kicks on kickoffs that gave the Sooners good field position. They got nothing spectacular in the return game to negate the other missteps.
ADVERSITY RESPONSE: A
The Cowboys kept fighting. They had several opportunities to fold in the face of adversity but always had an answer. OU had a big touchdown drive right before halftime, but OSU came back with a quick touchdown of its own. The Sooners had the punt return for a touchdown, but the Cowboys came back with a 77-yard touchdown drive. The only time the Cowboys didn't answer came at the end of the first half and at the end of regulation; in neither case did they get the ball back with enough time to respond.
THIRD- AND FOURTH-DOWN DEFENSE: D
The Cowboys just didn't get off the field enough when they had the chance. The Sooners converted 10 of 19 times on third down and 2 of 3 times on fourth down, including Blake Bell's game-tying touchdown at the end of regulation. It's difficult to win close ballgames when the opponent converts nearly 55 percent of the time on third and fourth down.
WALSHING MACHINE: C
An average day for the special package for J.W. Walsh. He did save OSU's last scoring drive with a one-handed grab of a high snap. One play later, the backup quarterback scored on his only running attempt. But Walsh attempted no passes and handed off more than anything. Not that that's a bad thing. The package just wasn't as effective as it was when it debuted a week ago against Texas Tech.