NORMAN — Oklahoma wins, and Ryan Broyles has a big game. Those two things have become a constant this season. But despite a 38-28 victory against Missouri, the Sooners had some unexpected issues against the Tigers.
STAR RECEIVER: A
Ryan Broyles is so consistently good that you almost take him for granted. The senior receiver had 13 catches for 154 yards and three touchdowns. Whenever the Sooners needed a big play, he was there.
RESERVE RECEIVERS: B
With Kenny Stills and Trey Franks sidelined, the Sooners leaned on some little-used reserves. There were some not-so-pretty moments, but Jaz Reynolds had five catches for 93 yards and Dejuan Miller had four catches for 40 yards.
EARLY PHYSICALITY: D
OU didn't just get popped in the chin. The Sooners stood there and took it. The Tigers dominated the lines, giving the Sooners problems on both sides of the ball. Was it a Florida State hangover? Was it an underestimation of Missouri? Whatever the case, it sure wasn't pretty.
LATE PHYSICALITY: B
The Sooners still had the occasional issue, but after the first quarter, the Tigers weren't pushing them around anymore. Credit OU for bowing up and getting after it. Giving the ball to battering rams like Dom Whaley and Trey Millard doesn't hurt either.
OU BATON TWIRLER: A+
One word: fire. Megan McGeary twirled flaming batons at halftime. Aren't we under a burn ban or something? No matter. She twirled not one, but two flaming batons at once.
A week after one of the best defensive performances in the Stoops era, the Sooners allowed 532 yards. Tiger quarterback James Franklin had lots of open receivers while running back Henry Josey found plenty of room to roam.
IN-GAME PROMO TIMING: D-
The “Who Am I?” promotion is always fun, with baby pictures of one player acting as clues for some lucky fan contestant. But the subject on Saturday? Jimmy Stevens. On the night he didn't play, showing baby pictures to the jumbotron seemed like piling on.