Report card: O-line, pass coverage receive bad marks

BY BERRY TRAMEL, Staff Writer, btramel@opubco.com Modified: November 22, 2009 at 7:11 am •  Published: November 22, 2009

Offensive line: D

OU's line avoided its usual rash of penalties — Ben Habern's first-quarter chop block was the only infraction. But maybe the Sooners ought to go back to committing penalties; they didn't appear to block anybody.

Uniforms: C

The new white threads looked OK, just not with the throwback white helmets. The Sooners looked like Stanford. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Landry Jones: C

Jones wasn't awful, completing 18 of 35 passes, with only one interception. That's better than many of his road performances. But Jones also didn't do much in the way of play-making or avoiding the Tech pass rush.

Pass coverage: D

An OU strength all season and an OU strength most of the 10 times the Sooners have played against Mike Leach. But Red Raiders roamed free most of the day.

Fence-mending: B

OU always is treated rough by the rowdy Tech student section, but Bob Stoops did his best to offer an olive branch. In pregame, after a student busted Stoops for not wearing his trademark visor, Stoops returned to the field with an extra visor and delivered it to his heckler.

Second downs: F

Everyone always gets worked up about first downs and third downs, but OU was awful on second down. The Sooners faced 15 third downs and only four times needed less than five yards. OU had just one 3rd-and-1 and no 3rd-and-2's.


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