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OU report card: Sooners' grades reflect the beating they got from Texas

by Berry Tramel Published: October 12, 2013

OU was not very good on defense and awful on offense. And thus the Sooners were thrashed 36-20 by Texas on Saturday. The grades reflect such a beating:

THIRD-AND-LONG DEFENSE: F

What should have been perfume for the OU defense instead was poison. The Longhorns converted their first seven plays on third-and-long. On third downs when Texas needed more than five yards, UT was 8-of-10 for the game. Mike Stoops consistently blitzed, and the ‘Horns consistently blocked it, giving Case McCoy time to launch passes. The conversions didn't always produce points, but they lengthened drives and wore down the OU defense.

COORDINATORS: D

Mike Stoops did not have a good day with the OU defense. His blitzes failed to get to McCoy and allowed the ‘Horns to produce some big plays. Josh Heupel had a worse day. He failed to produce a plan for Blake Bell to run on Texas like other quarterbacks had done, and Heupel did not balance his attack. On OU's first 17 first-down plays, Heupel called for a pass only twice. In the fourth quarter, he opened it up out of necessity. But Heupel put Bell in a bind with few throws on running downs.

COTTON BOWL SECURITY: A

A member of Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin's party forgot their ticket. Fallin vouched for the honor of the guilty party, but to no avail. They weren't allowed into the stadium with the rest of Fallin's entourage.

PASSING GAME: D

The Sooners called 31 pass plays and managed 102 total yards on those snaps. And that's not counting Chris Whaley's 31-yard interception return for a Texas touchdown. Bell completed just 12 of 26 passes for 133 yards. Only three OU pass plays went for double-digit yardage – a 12-yard swing pass to Brennan Clay in the first quarter, a 29-yard gain to Trey Millard over the middle in the third quarter and a 47-yard inside screen play to Lacoltan Bester in the fourth.

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by Berry Tramel
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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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