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By John Rohde Modified: September 28, 2008 at 10:24 am •  Published: September 28, 2008
WR Manuel Johnson: A-

Johnson set a school record with 206 receiving yards. He also caught three touchdown passes, but cost his team a touchdown with a holding penalty that erased Jermaine Gresham's 66-yard touchdown reception on the third play of the game.

QB Sam Bradford: B+

A harsh grade, considering he threw for a career-high 411 yards (the third highest total at OU) and four touchdowns. But this was by far Bradford's worst completion percentage (55.9) of the season. Some throws were forced and he missed some open receivers.

OU Rush defense: A

TCU came in averaging 248.8 rushing yards a game and OU held the Horned Frogs to 102 yards. The Sooners jumped out to big lead and forced TCU to pass, which it does not do well.

OU Pass defense: C

As noted before, TCU doesn't pass well, so 212 passing yards are too many.

OU Rush offense: D

TCU entered as the nation's top defense against the run at 30.0 yards per game. OU averaged just 0.7 yards-per carry and the Sooners shouldn't average that against anybody. OU finished with 25 yards on 36 attempts.

FS Lendy Holmes: A+

Not only did Holmes recover two fumbles, he never quit on the Horned Frogs' first kickoff return when Aaron Brown broke loose and seemed destined for an 86-yard touchdown return. Holmes caught Brown from behind at the OU 11-yard line and TCU had to settle for a field goal.

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