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OU report card: Sooners get high marks all around

by Berry Tramel Modified: November 21, 2010 at 7:03 am •  Published: November 20, 2010


The Sooners were the only Big 12 team without a non-offensive touchdown, but that ended three plays into the second half, when Ronnell Lewis jumped a slant rout, intercepted Robert Griffin's pass and returned it 12 yards for a touchdown. Then the kickoff team added a safety.


Zero offensive penalties. And Kenny Stills proved he's a willing learner. Stills outraged Bob Stoops last week with a dramatic spike of the ball after a touchdown against Texas Tech, but Stills was a statue after hauling in a 49-yard touchdown pass from Landry Jones.


The Sooners had just three first-half penalties, but all were of the stupid variety. They ran into (Marcus Trice) or roughed (Corey Nelson) the punter twice, hit Griffin out of bounds (Quinton Carter) and got into a heated exchange as the half ended. Frank Alexander, defending teammate Jeremy Beal, appeared to throw a punch during the scrum, but a Big 12 spokesman said unless a penalty was called (it wasn't), Alexander shouldn't face a possible suspension.


The Sooners used the hurry-up offense to great success, for short-yardage first downs and drawing substitution penalties from Baylor.


Jones was well-protected in the first half, when this was a game. The only Sooner who didn't protect Jones was Stoops, who had Jones in the game with a 50-10 lead late in the third quarter. Jones took two hard hits that made you cringe for his ribs, then later was the victim of a roughing-the-quarterback penalty. Why risk injury with a 40-point lead?

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by Berry Tramel
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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