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

by Jenni Carlson Published: October 16, 2011

RUN GAME: B

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.

USE OF TREY MILLARD: F

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.

LANDRY JONES: B

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.

ATMOSPHERE: B-

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
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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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