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

by Jenni Carlson Published: October 16, 2011


If you can't gash Kansas for more than 112 yards in the first half, you're not a great running team. And if you can't score a touchdown against anyone when you have first and goal from the 2, you're really struggling. Even though Dom Whaley went over the 100-yard mark and Roy Finch gave them a nice spark, the Sooners should've been able to pound the ball into the end zone on several trips inside the red zone.


The big fellow got exactly zero carries. When you're struggling to pick up tough yards on the ground, nothing is better than a battering ram of a fullback. Millard is underutilized in pretty much every game, but he was especially noticeable Saturday with the struggles against Kansas.


The Sooner quarterback looked off much of the game. You don't pass for 363 yards without making some good throws, but there were plenty of bad balls. He threw a near interception on OU's first possession of the second half that looked like it was intended for the guys in blue.


It was better than expected. It's basketball season in Jayhawk Country, after all. Less than 24 hours after Midnight Madness tipped off the basketball season, the Kansas faithful still had a nice football showing. The attendance of 42,580 was helped by about 10,000 Sooner fans, too.

by Jenni Carlson
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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