OU vs. UC Postgame: Breaking it Down

CINCINNATI — The Sooners won yet another one possession game, their third out of four games so far this season, with Saturday night's 31-29 victory over the Cincinnati Bearcats.

Game ball goes to: Strong safety Jonathan Nelson--He was a true game changer. First, Nelson forced a fumble and touchback on a play where Cincy appeared to be headed for touchdown. Then, the Bearcats were in the red zone again minutes later in the second quarter when he picked off a pass to kill that drive. He also had six tackles in a huge performance.

Play of the game: There were so many, but the biggest moment came late in the fourth when OU led 24-22 and Cincy punt returner DJ Woods couldn't field a punt cleanly, as James Winchester came up with it for the Sooners, who scored two plays later.

It was over when: Wide receiver Ryan Broyles came up with an onside attempt with 58 seconds left that would have given Cincinnati a chance to take the lead on one final possession.

Surprise of the game: Cincinnati forced OU to punt on the first drive of the game. Coming into the contest, OU had received the ball (three times because opponents deferred) and scored a touchdown on its opening drive. The Sooners wouldn't this time, as they managed just one first down on the game's first possession.

The biggest thing we learned: Quarterback Landry Jones does have the tools to put together an impressive outing on the road. Aside from his one pick in the fourth quarter, he was brilliant, going 36-of-51 for 370 yards and two touchdowns, although he did throw that one pivotal interception that almost cost OU.

The biggest concern: OU lacks the killer instinct. Three times now the Sooners have had opponents on the verge of getting blown out, and in all three they have allowed these teams to get back into it. OU held 15-point leads or greater against Utah State, Air Force and Cincinnati and couldn't deliver knockout blow in any of them.

Streak count: 7 straight 100-yard receiving games for slot receiver Ryan Broyles

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