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

RED-ZONE DEFENSE: A

The Tigers penetrated the OU 20-yard line five times but settled for three field goals. That at least kept the Sooners in the game.

MOMENTUM CONTROL: C

Columbia was bustling with excitement all day with Homecoming and ESPN's GameDay in town, and the Sooners did nothing to stem the tidal wave in allowing Gahn McGaffie to run back the opening kickoff 86 yards for a touchdown.

MATH: D

Bob Stoops ordered a 2-point conversion attempt after OU scored with 6:06 left to draw within 36-27. The pass failed. Drawing within eight would have kept it a one-possession game. On the other hand, it's hard to blame Stoops for keeping his kickers on the sideline. But it is easy to blame Stoops for punting with 2 1/2 minutes left, down nine points, even if it was 4th-and-10 from the OU 6-yard line. Who cares if you get beat 36-27 or 43-27?

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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...
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