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).
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.
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?