Oklahoma's victory over A&M a testament to Sooners' good-hands people, Barry Switzer and Bob Barry Sr.

OU REPORT CARD — The Sooners' good-hands people ruled the field while salutes to young Barry Switzer and Bob Barry Sr. highlighted the event that was Oklahoma 41, Texas A&m 25.
by Berry Tramel Published: November 5, 2011
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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.


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...
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