OSU-Texas: Grading The Cowboys

AUSTIN, Texas - Last week it was pretty apparent how well nearly every area of the Oklahoma State team responded against Nebraska. This week it was painfully obvious where the Cowboys suffered in the matchup with Texas. The most disturbing areas were penalties, turnovers, and the fact the offense never looked anywhere close to what it has been throughout conference play.

An offense that has been dominant in the second half every week, even one week with a backup quarterback in the game, never got untracked in Austin as fourth-ranked Texas humbled the Cowboys 36-10.

Quarterback: D
It is painful to give Bobby Reid this kind of grade. However, Reid was off the mark in the passing game. He missed receivers early and, in part due to Texas pressure, locked in on receivers giving the Texas secondary no doubt as to where the ball was going to be thrown. Reid, who has not looked rattled at all since Florida Atlantic, seemed rattled against the Longhorns. One other consideration was his running. In situations he could have run the ball most of the time he did not.

Running Backs: B
With Mike Hamilton gimpy, Dantell Savage started and never really got a chance. Keith Toston came in and was more than solid with 48 yards on seven carries. The problem was Texas took the running game away from OSU early because of the scoreboard.

Wide Receivers and Tight Ends: D
They made some plays, but not enough. Some of that was their fault, and some Reid's. One aspect that was discouraging was it appeared the Texas secondary was more determined at times.

Offensive Line: D
They get the standard grade for the offense as well. The Texas pressure got to them too. It's almost grading on a curve because the whole offense was out of sync.

Defensive Line: B
They made plays and the tackles made plays as Ryan McBean had five tackles and a forced fumble. Larry Brown had four tackles and two were for losses. Marque Fountain and Victor DeGrate had sacks of Colt McCoy. Xavier Lawson-Kennedy had a big tackle for a four-yard loss. They were very tough inside the 10-yard line. They also applied pressure, but McCoy handled it well.

Linebackers: B
They made tackles and had some big hits. Patrick Lavine may be right up there with Chris Collins as he had 11 tackles and recovered Henry Melton's fumble in the fourth quarter. Rodrick Johnson had eight tackles, and Jeremy Nethon had two, but one was a monster hit on Jamaal Charles.

Secondary: C-
You can split this by players. Andre Sexton and Donovan Woods played well. Martel Van Zant played really well in shutting down Limas Sweed. The other corners struggled and McCoy went right at Jacob Lacey and freshman Perrish Cox.

Special Teams: B
Yes, I know they gave up a fake punt for a first down and I know they were called for roughing the kicker on a punt giving Texas more downs in the third quarter. Grant Jones also fumbled a kickoff return. They also had a punt blocked. However, special teams accounted for all the OSU scoring with a field goal and Grant Jones scored the only OSU touchdown on an 89-yard return. Accounting for 10 points gets the "B."

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