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

by Berry Tramel Published: October 12, 2013

RUN-STUFFING: B

I know, everyone will point to Texas tailbacks Jonathan Gray and Malcolm Brown going over 100 yards. But UT tailbacks ran 59 times for 254 yards, a 4.3-yard average. OU tailbacks ran 25 times for 133 yards, a 5.3-yard average. The Texas running game isn't what beat OU.

CLEANLINESS: D

Since making Bell the starting quarterback, OU had zero offensive turnovers and only eight unintentional penalties total in three games. Saturday, the Sooners had two turnovers and eight penalties for 63 yards. The Sooners were flagged for four major penalties. Pass interference on Aaron Colvin, offensive holding on Daryl Williams, roughing the passer on Eric Striker and facemask on Adam Shead (while pass blocking).

KICKING GAME: B

OU allowed a punt return for a touchdown, but Roy Finch's 73-yard kickoff return set up a Sooner touchdown, so that's close to a wash. OU's Jed Barnett (46.3-yard average) out-punted UT's Anthony Fera (31.0) by 15 yards a try. Fera nailed three field goals, including a 50-yarder, but OU's Michael Hunnicut was 2-for-2. Plus, the Sooners blocked an extra point. Special teams did not cost OU.

NATIONAL ANTHEM: D

Jack Ingram sang a funky rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” with an acoustic guitar. It's hard to butcher a song that's sort of butchered to begin with, but Ingram gave it a solid try. It was hard to even know where he was in the song. Sort of made you glad OU fans yelled “SOONERS!” at the end of the song, so you didn't have to listen to quite as much of the song.

RED-ZONE OFFENSE: C

The Sooners got within 20 yards of the end zone on four possessions. Those four possessions totaled one touchdown and two field goals. The Sooners needed at least 20 points from those drives.

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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