OU report card: Sooners second-half defense stellar; First half not so much

by Jenni Carlson Published: October 16, 2011

Oklahoma's performance against Kansas may not have been the prettiest thing, but the Sooners got the job done on the road.

RYAN BROYLES: A-

The Sooner receiver had a night for the ages. He broke the NCAA career record for receptions, blasting past the old mark of 316 receptions. His 13 catches against Kansas move Broyles' career mark to 326 receptions. The only blemish on an otherwise glorious night was a third-quarter fumble that was recovered by KU.

ENERGY: C

The Sooners looked like a team who'd sat around the hotel all day long watching other teams play. Oh, wait ... that's exactly what they did Saturday. The Sooners lacked the focus and the drive that was so impressive a week ago. Against the Jayhawks, sleep walking doesn't get you beat. Against other upcoming opponents? The same might not be true.

FIRST-HALF RUN DEFENSE: C

Kansas took it right at OU's defense, and the Sooners struggled. Right up the gut was where they were most vulnerable. The Jayhawks had 168 yards rushing in the first half, more than four of the Sooners' first five opponents managed in an entire game. They finished the game with 144 yards rushing, second only this season to Missouri's 241 yards.

SECOND-HALF DEFENSE: A+

Wowza. The Sooner defense was a whole new animal in the second half. The Jayhawks managed just one first down after halftime, 24 yards rushing and 30 yards passing.

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by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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