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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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FIRST QUARTER: D

OU played abysmally in the first 15 minutes. Iowa State had more plays (24-9), more yards (123-25) and more first downs 7-1. All that while the Cyclones were facing a stiff south wind that was a virtual wall for high punts or long passes. The only saving grace? The Sooners got out of the quarter tied 0-0, though Iowa State finished off a touchdown drive three plays into the second quarter.

TIGHT ENDS: A

The Sooners used at least one tight end on 39 of their 67 snaps. To spectacular results. All four touchdown runs (70, 63, 56 and 19 yards) came with a tight end formation, and Kendal Thompson threw a three-yard TD pass to tight end Aaron Ripkowski.

THIRD-AND-LONG DEFENSE: B

Against a pass-challenged offense like Iowa State's, third-and-long should be almost automatic for a defense. But in the first quarter, the Cyclones converted a 3rd-and-8 and a 3rd-and-16 with Rohach passes. The latter led to ISU's only touchdown. But thereafter, the Cyclones didn't sniff a first down on seven third-and-longs.

by Berry Tramel
Columnist
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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