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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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.

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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...
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