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BERRY TRAMEL'S OU REPORT CARD: The biggest difference in Oklahoman's 48-20 Fiesta Bowl victory over Connecticut ws between the receiving corps.
by Berry Tramel Modified: January 2, 2011 at 12:19 pm •  Published: January 1, 2011

Receivers: A.

You'd think the biggest difference in these teams would be quarterback, where OU has a guy threatening Sam Bradford records and UConn has a guy who completed less than 50 percent of his passes. But no. The biggest difference in these teams were the receiving corps. Broyles' TD was a magic act, plus he had 13 catches for 170 yards. Cameron Kenney was sensational, with seven catches for 154 yards. And Kenny Stills added eight catches for 73 yards.

Kickoff coverage: D.

A 34-yard return gave UConn confidence to try to move the ball in the final two minutes of the first half, leading to a field goal. Then Robbie Frey's 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown put the Huskies back in the game after OU took a 34-10 lead. Even lumbering fullback Anthony Sherman returned a squib kick 26 yards. This is getting ridiculous. Time to hire a special-teams coordinator, Bob Stoops.

Officiating: A.

The Pac-10 crew might have sent shivers up Sooner spines before the game, but the Fiesta Bowl was expertly called. Few flags. The players were allowed to play, even the defensive backs. Both teams could have been called for pass interference once, but weren't. And no play was sent to replay until Ryan Broyles' tip-toe touchdown catch with 7:49 left in the game.

Jeremy Beal: A.

The stalwart defensive end was his usual superb self, but in his final OU game, Beal was most effective on run plays, twice running down UConn star Jordan Todman from behind on sweeps.

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by Berry Tramel
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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