DEFENSIVE GAMEPLAN: A
Brent Venables befuddled OSU quarterback Brandon Weeden with a variety of blitzes and coverages. The Cowboys punted seven times and committed three turnovers, in 15 possessions.
LANDRY JONES: B
Jones threw three interceptions â€” two on plays he was just trying to throw out of bounds â€” and kept OSU in the game in the first half. But Jones came up huge late, with TD passes of 86 and 76 yards in the final 3:03. He finished with a school record 468 yards, on 37 of 62 passing.
DEMARCO MURRAY: A
As always, Murray ran tough, despite limited space. Before a late injury, he gained 80 yards on 20 carries, including four third-down conversion runs, and had six catches for 41 yards.
ACTIVE HANDS: A
OU defenders played a little basketball, with their hands in the passing lanes. Two of Weeden's interceptions came on tipped balls, by Tony Jefferson and Ronnell Lewis.
RED-ZONE OFFENSE: D
Another frustrating night inside the 20-yard line. The Sooners reached the red zone seven times and settled for four field goals and three touchdowns. That won't do against Nebraska.
KICKING GAME: B
Jimmy Stevens received a game ball for going 4-for-4 on field goals, but OU allowed Justin Gilbert's 89-yard kickoff return in the final three minutes, which kept the Cowboys in the game.
QUINTON CARTER: A
Let's see. Two interceptions and few big OSU gainers over the middle. Not a bad night for a senior safety.
SALT RUBBING: A
The Sooners not only admittedly stole the full-house backfield idea from OSU, they used it to great success. On a first-quarter touchdown drive, the Sooners used their diamond formation on the last five plays, four of which were runs and one a 25-yard completion to Ryan Broyles.