Look Back Oklahoma - Report Card

Despite the loss, the Bearcats put together probably their best all around performance of the season against a top-10 team in Oklahoma. Go inside to see how they grade out.

QUARTERBACK

Zach Collaros had possibly his best game to date of the 2010 season on Saturday. Collaros did a good job of getting the ball out early and not holding onto it too long, and also showed the playmaking ability UC fans saw in 2009. In most cases he sensed the pressure coming and bought some time to find a receiver down field and hit seven different targets. Hopefully Cincinnati fans will see more of this Zach Collaros as the season goes on. Grade: B+

RUNNING BACKS

The return of Isaiah Pead paid instant dividends as the speedster racked up 171 yards on 21 carries and for most of the game looked completely unstoppable. Those numbers could have been much bigger had Pead's elbow not been down on a huge run that was brought back. While Pead got most of the headlines, senior John Goebel deserves a lot of credit for what he did in pass protection as UC kept at least one, and most times two, running backs in the backfield to help block. Goebel also had the first receiving touchdown of his career. Grade: A D.J. Woods had a monster game with seven catches for 171 yards and a touchdown. However, he also had some big mistakes with a fumble on a possible long touchdown run and a muffed punt. It's hard to fault the guy who was just trying to make plays. Just as important as Woods' game was for UC was the emergence of true freshman Anthony McClung who racked up four receptions for 58 yards and made several eye-popping catches. Grade: B With Ben Guidugli out, Adrien Robinson was able to see extended playing time. While he didn't put up big numbers, he did put up similar numbers to what Guidugli had when he was healthy. Robinson did have that nice touchdown catch and run to pull Cincinnati within two points late in the game. He also did a pretty good job run blocking. Grade: C+

OFFENSIVE LINE

After being much maligned this season, the offensive line really stepped up against Oklahoma. It looks as though the personnel shuffling along the line by the coaching staff finally has the right combination of players and now has the right player in the right positions. The line only surrendered three quarterback sacks and helped clear the way for Pead's big day. Long story short, the offensive line was a big reason UC was able to stay in the game. Grade: A The front four once again came up big on Saturday holding the very talented Demarco Murray to a 2.4 yard per carry average. Despite getting two sacks on the day the front four had a difficult time getting to Landry Jones as Jones had lots of time to throw most of the game. However, their play against the running game would not allow Oklahoma to simply lean on the ball and run more clock at the end of the game. Grade: B+

LINEBACKERS

Different game, same story for linebackers J.K. Schaffer and Maalik Bomar who once again led the team in tackles combining for 23 total tackles and an interception by Shaffer. Walter Stewart, who has been pretty quiet most of the season, had a pretty good game with six tackles, one for a loss. Grade: B

DEFENSIVE BACKS

When Jones had time to throw he was usually able to find someone as the defensive backs were forced to cover for too long in many instances. However, they also had several assignment mix ups which could have been much more costly had it not been for some drops by OU receivers. Grade: C-

SPECIAL TEAMS

Jacob Rogers was 3-3 on field goal attempts and continues to show off his strong leg on kickoffs by booming balls for touchbacks, however, he did miss an extra point. Pat O'Donnell also continued his strong season with a 49.2 yard average and along of 61 yards. Of course we all know about Woods' muffed punt. Grade: C


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