Sun Bowl report card: Landry Jones, defense get high marks

BY BERRY TRAMEL, Staff Writer, btramel@opubco.com Modified: January 1, 2010 at 8:33 am •  Published: January 1, 2010

Landry Jones: A

One major blunder — a first-quarter interception that set up a Stanford touchdown — but otherwise a superb game; 30 of 51 passing for 418 yards, three touchdowns and no sacks. No quarterback derby in 2010.

Halftime: B

American Idol star David Archuleta thrilled the teeny-boppers with a short concert, the Pride of Oklahoma was its usual solid self and the kooky Stanford band entertained with a spoof of games — tic-tac-toe, pong and bowling. But that's too much entertainment; a 28-minute halftime is too long.

Defensive game plan: A

The Sooners ran a virtual matchup zone, running extra defensive backs or linebackers or linemen into the game to match Stanford's personnel. Stanford had a little first-half success but managed just 272 total yards. The key performers: senior Keenan Clayton, who could move from linebacker to safety with ease, and freshman linebacker Ronnell Lewis, who provided strength at strongside linebacker.

Kicking Game: D

A missed field goal from 32 yards. A blocked punt and a fumbled punt, both of which set up Stanford field goals. Short kickoffs, at least compared to Stanford's. The only bright spot was Ryan Broyles' 41-yard punt return that set up the go-ahead touchdown.


Trending Now


AROUND THE WEB

  1. 1
    11 Obvious 'Friends' Mistakes You Won't Believe You Missed
  2. 2
    Microsoft Will Reportedly Launch A Smartwatch Within Weeks
  3. 3
    Labor Secretary: Lack Of Paid Parental Leave In U.S. Is Embarrassing
  4. 4
    Silicon Valley Gets A Warm Washington Welcome To Politics
  5. 5
    Here Are The Best Reactions To That Shocking 'Walking Dead' Ending
+ show more