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OU report card: Sooners' kicking woes, defensive gameplan get low marks

by Berry Tramel Modified: October 24, 2010 at 1:36 pm •  Published: October 23, 2010

KICKING: D

From Patrick O'Hara's botched opening kickoff, which bounced to the Mizzou 14-yard line despite a stiff wind at his back, to Jimmy Stevens' missed 30-yard field goal (also with the wind), kicking woes continued to cost the Sooners.

LANDRY JONES: C

Jones made some clutch passes and piled up the yardage (303), but he threw two interceptions that led to 10 Mizzou points, both on easy throws.

PASS RUSH: C

Mizzou QB Blaine Gabbert rarely was pressured, either by the front four or the occasional blitzer.

DEFENSIVE GAMEPLAN: D

The Sooners played decent defense in spurts but were consistently confused by Mizzou's quad formation, which included four wide receivers to one side. And OU never solved Mizzou's inside reverse handoff, which sent an in-motion slotback scampering up the middle.

RUN GAME: C

Freshman Roy Finch gave OU a boost, but the Sooners failed to get DeMarco Murray free. And while the passing game thrived in the first half, it stagnated in the second half (55 yards).

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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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