Receivers: A. Saunders and Shepard were playmakers supreme. Saunders had five catches for 75 yards and two TDs; Shepard had seven catches for 63 yards and a TD, plus a running touchdown. But they got some help. Lacoltan Bester was superb, with six catches for 105 yards, a touchdown and the game's biggest play, a 34-yard reception on a third-and-15 play in the fourth quarter, setting up a touchdown. Seldom-used Derrick Woods made a leaping catch for 20 yards on third-and-12. Even tight ends Brannon Green and Taylor McNamara each had a catch.
Secondary: B. OU's defensive backs had a rough start. They failed to corral 'Bama's receivers early in the game on quick throws, and then they were beaten deep by some McCarron long balls. But Tide receivers increasingly were well-covered, causing some of the sacks. Gabe Lynn had a first-quarter interception, then Zack Sanchez jumped a McCarron slant pass for a second-quarter interception that sent momentum cascading OU's way.
Offensive line: B. The patched-together OU line didn't open a ton of holes, but it opened some. Sooner tailbacks and flankers rushed 24 times for 77 yards. And while Knight's protection withered the longer the game went, it held up early as he found a hot hand.