OU vs. Mizzou: Report Card

Sooners Illustrated provides this week's grades for the Crimson and Cream.

Landry Jones' performance: D+

He completed 74.4 percent of his passes through the first three quarters, but that plummeted in the fourth quarter when he failed to complete a pass, going 0-for-7 in the final 15 minutes. Jones finished the game 32-of-50 for 303 yards and three touchdowns, but the biggest storyline was two costly interceptions, including one in the red zone in the first half.

Press box etiquette: F

From the very beginning of the game, it was poor. The opening kickoff return for a touchdown featured cheering that was tenfolds worse than that of the OU-Texas game at the Cotton Bowl. During each score, a group of Missouri media members not associated directly with the team exploded with fist pumps, threw their hands in the air and did almost everything except giving each other high fives.

Red zone production: D-

This is the main reason the Sooners lost the game. They failed to cash in when inside the 20-yard line. An interception by Jones, fumble by running back Mossis Madu, as well as a missed 30-yard field goal by place kicker Jimmy Stevens accounted for three scoring zone chances the Sooners left on the table. The Sooners were only 3-for-6 in that category.

Weathering the early storm: B

After surrendering the kickoff return and and a quick three-and-out on its first possession, OU was able to stay in the game despite a terrible start, thanks in large part to a muffed punt by Mizzou. But they never really could take advantage of most of the Tigers' mistakes that allowed them to hang around.

Secondary's play: D-

Mizzou quarterback Blaine Gabbert was able to find pockets amongst the Sooner secondary consistently. Not only that, but the tackling from this group as well as the rest of the defense was pitiful. A number of long yardage situations turned into first downs for the Tigers, aided by the poor play of the secondary.

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