OU football report card: Trevor Knight outstanding running the option, but passing needs work

by Berry Tramel Published: November 16, 2013


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The Sooners were shaky early but dominant in the second half of their 48-10 rout of Iowa State. And the grades reflect it.

SHOTGUN OPTION: A

After Trevor Knight took over early in the third quarter, the Sooners ran 19 option plays. And gained 290 yards on those 19 plays. Even discounting home run plays of 70, 63 and 56 yards, the option netted 101 yards on 16 snaps, 6.3 yards per carry.

PASS RUSH: A

The Sooners played without suspended Charles Tapper in the first half, yet still managed to get decent pressure on ISU quarterback Grant Rohach. Then the floodgates opened in the second half. OU sacked Rohach four times in the second half. Linebacker Frank Shannon had two sacks.

KNIGHT PASSING: C

Trevor Knight directed the running game to great feats – in 2 1/2 quarters, OU gained 334 yards on 31 running plays with Knight. But his passing must improve. Knight completed eight of 14, and the Cyclones weren't showing blanket pass coverage. With the wind at his back, Knight missed a wide open Jalen Saunders deep and misfired on several shorter throws. Knight did have some nifty throws, notably on his first drive.

MILITARY HONOR: A

Quite the Veteran's Day celebrations. First, a splendid surprise homecoming, with the family of Sgt. David Brian Curtis of Eufaula standing at midfield to watch a video tribute from Curtis, taped in Afghanistan. But then out came the Sooner Schooner, with Sgt. Curtis aboard for a rousing midfield reunion. Later, Maj. Gen. Myles Deering, adjutant general of the Oklahoma National Guard, solemnly swore in a group of Guardsmen as virtually all the crowd and most of the players stood quietly and watched.

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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 Oklahoman,...
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