Share “Sooners report card” Modified: August 31, 2008 at 10:52 am •  Published: August 31, 2008
Kicking Game: C

With Garrett Hartley gone, the Sooners are breaking in new kickers. Redshirt freshman Jimmy Stevens missed an extra point, but Matt Moreland generally was solid on kickoffs, with all but one going past the Chattanooga 10-yard line.

New scoreboard: B

The new video board is spectacular. Great picture, great graphics. But OU scrapped the “There's Only One Oklahoma” theme in favor of “This is the Time.” Bummer. And the first names of Jermaine Gresham and Mossis Madu (Germaine, Moses) were misspelled.

Receivers: B

Manuel Johnson (nine catches, 120 yards) and Juaquin Iglesias (four catches, 73 yards) were superb, and Quentin Chaney proved he could play east of Phoenix. But tight end Jermaine Gresham dropped two passes that would have been touchdowns.

Defense: B

One first down and 36 total yards allowed is dominant. But the Sooners didn't come up with a turnover. Dominique Franks dropped an interception.

Offensive line: B

Protection of Sam Bradford was superb. But OU's tailback numbers weren't awesome; 220 yards on 43 carries. Chattanooga knew the Sooners were going to run, but still.

Fans: C

Give the fans credit; some 30,000 stayed after the hour-plus weather delay at halftime. But some fans refused to leave their seats during the lightning storm, which doesn't show good sense. And the Mocs were noticeably booed when they ran onto the field. Hey, Chattanooga was doing OU a huge favor by playing.

By Berry Tramel

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