A 62-6 victory wouldn't seem to warrant many low grades, but the Sooners were playing Ball State and had some dubious moments.
LANDRY JONES: C
I know, sounds a little harsh for a guy who completed 23 of 33 passes for 425 yards and five touchdowns. But Jones threw high much of the night; his interception was on an overthrow. Jones' long completions of 47 (Roy Finch), 62 and 56 yards (Jaz Reynolds) and 64 yards (Ryan Broyles) were to wide open receivers.
KICKING GAME: D
Let's see. Ball State gave up a game-opening onside kick, Broyles fumbled away a punt return, Aaron Franklin was penalized for a block in the back on a kickoff return, Michael Hunnicut missed a 30-yard field goal and Tress Way's first punt covered just 32 yards. At least the Sooners didn't allow a kickoff return for a touchdown.
OFFENSIVE DISCIPLINE: A
The Sooners had no offensive penalties. Their only penalties came on a defensive holding, a kick-return block in the back, an unsportsmanlike conduct after a defensive touchdown and interference on a punt return. OU came into the game leading the Big 12 in fewest penalty yards per game and figures to remain atop the list.
BALL SPIKING: C
Tom Wort celebrated his 22-yard fumble return for a touchdown with an old-fashioned spike. Quick, emphatic, on the dead run. But Bob Stoops got in Wort's grill immediately upon his return to the bench area, every bit as much as Stoops dressed down Kenny Stills for that dramatic spike against Texas Tech last season. At least Stills got his money's worth for his trouble.
Stoops kept trotting Jones out for possession after possession in the third quarter. After touchdowns that made it 45-6, 52-6, 59-6, here came Jones. It's not that backup Drew Allen would benefit from the snaps; cleanup duty against Ball State doesn't prepare a quarterback for much of anything. But why have Jones in the line of fire at all with such a huge lead? Plus, it wasn't very sporting.
Two of Tony Jefferson's three interceptions came on tipped balls, by Frank Alexander and R.J. Washington. Give them assists. And Ronnell Lewis tipped two passes at the line of scrimmage that weren't intercepted.
HISTORICAL APPRECIATION I: D
OU lists three as the record for interceptions in a game, a feat Jefferson achieved in a five-minute stretch of the second quarter. But Dale Arbuckle had five interceptions against SMU in 1925 and Bill Pansze had five against Tulsa in 1931. The NCAA began record-keeping in 1937, so that's the cutoff OU uses. But that seems arbitrary; it's a disservice to Arbuckle and Pansze, whose interceptions in dusty days gave the Sooners possession just as much as Jefferson's did Saturday night.
HISTORICAL APPRECIATION II: C
Always good to honor past Sooner greats. But the 55-year recognition of the 1956 national championship team seemed a little hollow when each player's name wasn't announced. There were only about 25 guys. It would have been great to hear their names. For them and us.
Strange night. The best catch of the night came from a safety and Broyles dropped a pass. Jefferson's one-handed, falling-out-of-bounds, get-your-foot-down interception was the play of the game. Broyles never drops a pass, but he did on an out pattern late in the second quarter. Stills made up for that with several superb catches.