OU Report Card: Bob Stoops' timeout, Oklahoma's pass rush move to the head of the class

The Oklahoman's Berry Tramel hands out the grades for Oklahoma's 23-20 victory over Nebraska in the Big 12 Championship football game. Punter Tress Way, a Sooner pass rush that recorded seven sacks and Bob Stoops' strategic timeout earn the highest marks.
by Berry Tramel Modified: December 5, 2010 at 11:47 am •  Published: December 5, 2010
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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 — who knows, maybe he lands the Indiana job — 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 — a fumbled interception by Nebraska's Courtney Osborne and Stills' 31-yard touchdown reception — 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.

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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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