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OU report card: Fill-ins, pregame ceremonies get high marks

BY BERRY TRAMEL, Staff Writer, btramel@opubco.com Modified: November 28, 2009 at 8:30 pm •  Published: November 28, 2009
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Erik Mensik: A

Tight end is the only position Mensik has ever played, on any level. But the junior moved to tackle this week after Trent Williams' concussion and played solid.

Pre-game ceremonies: A

From Sam Bradford's farewell speech to Corey Wilson's inspiring walk, it was a stirring home finale for the Sooners.

Landry Jones: C

In his ninth start, Jones played somewhere in between his great home performances and his rocky road games. Jones completed just 11 of his first 27 passes but nine of his final 10. Jones fumbled twice and threw two should-be interceptions.

Matthew Moreland: A

In six kickoffs, Moreland produced two touchbacks, including one against the wind, and pinned the Cowboys deep with his other kickoffs.

Sportsmanship coordination: D

A few moments after OU's customary video request for welcoming the visitors, costumed mascots Boomer and Sooner feigned agony at having to listen to the OSU band play "Ride 'Em Cowboys."

Pass defense: A

Everyone talked about the stuffing of OSU's running game. But the Cowboys gained 77 yards on 27 running plays. OSU threw for 47 yards on 25 pass plays. Cowboy receivers were well-covered, even on short routes.


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