CLUTCH PUNTING: A
Tress Way hit a couple of clunkers, but when the Sooners needed him, he came up big. Way's 55-yard punt on a snap that started from the OU 19-yard line with two minutes left reversed the field.
PASS RUSH: A
Seven sacks? Phenomenal pass rush, and sackmaster Jeremy Beal didn't even have any of the seven. Pryce Macon had three as Husker quarterback Taylor Martinez ran for his life most of the night.
RED-ZONE OFFENSE: D
Five trips inside the Nebraska 20-yard line resulted in 16 points. That's a good way to get beat. The Sooners settled for four field goals (made three of them) on drives in which they had first down at the NU 14-, 16- and 3-yard lines, plus 3rd-and-2 from the Husker 9-yard line. OU's only red-zone touchdown came after Kenny Stills' 30-yard reception put the Sooners a half yard from the goal line.
RUN DEFENSE: B
The Huskers were very effective with tailbacks Roy Helu Jr. and Rex Burkhead, who combined for 181 yards on 27 carries. But the Sooners put the clamps on Martinez, a running whiz who even discounting sacks had just 16 yards on seven carries.
OFFENSIVE TRICKS: B
If this was offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson's final game â€” who knows, maybe he lands the Indiana job â€” he went out with a bang. A shovel pass, a counter sweep we hadn't seen, the naked bootleg. Wilson was on his game.
CONSPIRACY EVIDENCE: F
Those who believe the Big 12 is out to cheat Nebraska were dealt a setback. The Huskers were called for just three penalties (15 yards) while the Sooners had six for 47 yards. Plus, two plays were reviewed â€” a fumbled interception by Nebraska's Courtney Osborne and Stills' 31-yard touchdown reception â€” and while both seemed too close to call, both went Nebraska's way. Osborne's fumble was overruled, setting up a Husker touchdown, and Stills' TD was wiped out, though OU scored a play later.
LANDRY JONES: B
The OU quarterback seemed shaky early; in the first 16 1/2 minutes, he was 5-of-10 for 51 yards with an interception. But Jones, despite a ferocious Nebraska pass rush, went 18 of 31 the rest of the way, for 291 yards and a touchdown.
SHORT-YARDAGE OFFENSE: B
Even aside from the red zone, OU struggled to make first downs in short yardage. Nebraska turned back Roy Finch on 4th-and-1 from the Husker 25-yard line on the final play of the first quarter, and OU's four fourth quarter drives ended on plays of 3rd-and-3, 3rd-and-4, 3rd-and-3 and 3rd-and-4. But OU also converted two 4th-and-1 plays on scoring drives; Jones' naked bootleg for 15 yards that set up a field goal and Jones' 11-yard completion to Cameron Kenney that set up the game-winning field goal.
COACHING ALERTNESS: A
Bob Stoops' timeout late in the game, just before Nebraska faked a punt, might have saved the game. Stoops saw the Huskers send a man in motion and immediately called timeout. Nebraska then indeed punted.
PUNT RETURNS: D
Always-dependable Ryan Broyles was shaky, fumbling his first two punt returns, and he caught a punt at the OU 8-yard line midway through the fourth quarter, when he might should have let the ball fall and probably roll into the end zone. Broyles did have a 17-yard return that helped OU regain field position in the third quarter.