Pass Rush: B
The restructured defensive line put some decent pressure on OU's mobile quarterbacks and tallied five sacks – two by converted end Rashad Favors, one each by end Geneo Grissom, tackle Jordan Phillips and linebacker Eric Striker. However, Thompson and Knight also got loose for nice gains on scrambles.
Bob Stoops has had his squad practicing with piped-in music all spring, so why change Saturday? Music blared all day long, even during plays, and the only relief was an occasional stoppage to let the pep band belt out a traditional campus tune. Only the occasional classic – “Old Time Rock & Roll” or “Ain't No Mountain High Enough” – made the onslaught bearable.
Jed Barnett, who is apparently going to be the OU punter in 2013, had a rough day. He averaged 36.4 yards on five punts, including clunkers of 17 and 24 yards against the wind. Barnett grew up in Camas, Wash., and is a transfer from a California junior college. Welcome to Oklahoma, Jed.
Pass coverage: A
Just like last season, Mike Stoops had his defenders guarding pass catchers. That wasn't the problem in 2012, and there weren't a lot of receivers running free Saturday. And cornerback Aaron Colvin didn't even play. The big gains in the pass game came on well-covered completions. Converted safety Trey Franks in particular made some nice plays.