NORMAN — Oklahoma's 41-25 victory over Texas A&M was a credit to the Sooners' good-hands people as much as the day was a tribute to young Barry Switzer, Big Bob Barry and a big-time battle of the bands. Here's the grades:
Jaz Reynolds' hand: A. The OU flanker again was remarkable with his one-hand act. For the second straight game, Reynolds made a one-handed touchdown catch, a 31-yarder in the third quarter. Reynolds also tipped a bouncing punt back into the field of play, allowing Corey Nelson to down the ball at the Aggie 1-yard line. Just to show his versatility, Reynolds caught another Tress Way punt at the A&M 5-yard line, but with both hands.
Jamell Fleming's hands: A. The strong-armed cornerback made another huge strip play, to go with his takeaway against Texas. Fleming grabbed Aggie tailback Christine Michael and simultaneously pulled the ball away, setting up an OU field goal. In the third quarter, Fleming made a nifty interception of a Tannehill pass, one of four Sooner takeaways.
Barry Switzer statue: B. Fun Barry Switzer ceremony, reminiscing about good ol' days, but just like most of the football statues that now dot Jenkins Avenue, the Switzer monument wasn't a great likeness. At least they went for the young Switzer look.
Landry Jones: C. Jones made some big throws but was off target much of the game, finishing below 50 percent (18 of 38) for just the third time in his career (Nebraska 2009, Utah State 2010). At halftime, Jones was just 10-of-26 passing.
Front four: B. The Sooners didn't sack Ryan Tannehill, but there's more than one way to bother a quarterback. The OU line tipped three Tannehill passes (two by Frank Alexander, one by R.J. Washington) and kept the Aggie QB on the move. Tannehill completed barely 50 percent of his passes (32 of 63) and threw three interceptions. Also, the defensive line played stout against A&M's run game. Aggie tailbacks averaged 4.9 yards per carry but never really hurt the Sooners.
Bob Barry salute: A. The OU band spelled out “Thanks Bob,” and the video board displayed a short clip from Barry, talking about how lucky he was. Classy, and just the right touch for the legendary radio voice who died last weekend at the age of 80.
Backups: A. In the wake of injuries, the Sooners got quality play from nickel back Joseph Ibiloye (subbing for Tony Jefferson), middle linebacker Jaydan Bird (Tom Wort) and tailback Roy Finch (Dom Whaley).
Band rebuttal: A. Hard to follow the Fightin' Texas Aggie Band, but the Pride of Oklahoma put up a good fight. You can't go wrong with “Boogie Woogie Bugel Boy,” and twirler Megan McGeary's handled her baton flawlessly even after setting both ends on fire.
Belldozer: A. The Sooners used the Blake Bell formation 10 times in short-yardage situations. They converted eight of those plays, including two for touchdowns. The new wrinkles this week included a pass (Bell threw incomplete), a reverse to Ryan Broyles (someone else will have to fill that role) for a first down and a double-fullback set in which Bell just follows blockers Trey Millard and Aaron Ripkowski through the line.