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OU report card: Sooners got some high marks, but in all the wrong places

In Jenni Carlson's OU report card, the Sooners got average to low marks in most phases of the game. The high points? The fans and the kicking game.
by Jenni Carlson Modified: September 5, 2010 at 5:54 pm •  Published: September 4, 2010

Defensive secondary: D

Oklahoma gave up too many big plays, and if Utah State quarterback Diondre Borel was a bit more accurate, the secondary just might've gotten the Sooners beat. A late interception by Jamell Fleming kept the secondary from a failing grade.

Crowd: A

Against a bad opponent and on a beautiful day, you'd think some Sooner fans might've taken a pass on the opener. But no. There was a sellout crowd of 85,151. What's more, most stayed to the end and were rowdy when the Sooners needed them. A bunch even applauded for the Utah State players as they left the field.

Landry Jones: C-

The Sooner quarterback made too many bad throws and too many bad decisions. Much of the problem the three times he was sacked, for example, was Jones holding onto the ball too long. There were times that he locked in, but those times were too few and far between.

Pre-game ceremony: B

Chalk it up to opening day, but one of the Ruf-Neks shot his gun early on "Oklahoma!" and the Sooners' entry, which is supposed to come right after the intro video, was delayed at least three minutes. Got to clean that up, folks.

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by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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