OU vs. A&M: Report Card

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Sooners Illustrated grades out the Sooners in their 33-19 loss to Texas A&M.

Getting off to a good start in a hostile environment: F

On the game's opening kickoff, running back DeMarco Murray picked up a post-play personal foul penalty, and it was followed up moments later with a snap through the back of the end zone on the first play from scrimmage. OU's defense then gave up a six-play, 70-yard scoring drive that put them in a 9-0 hole less than three minutes into the contest.

Second half adjustments: B

The Sooners again made a fatal mistake in the opening seconds of the half, as A&M return man Coryell Judie returned the kickoff 100 yards to pay dirt and took a 19-0 lead. But from that point on until early in the fourth quarter, the Sooners were solid. Offensively, they moved the ball at will in scoring 17 unanswered points and nearly taking the lead, and defensively they limited the Aggies to only 12 yards of total offense in the third. But they as good as the adjustments were, they couldn't quite get over the hump.

Quarterback Landry Jones' performance: C

He badly overthrew a wide open Kenny Stills in the first half on a play that would have been a touchdown, and he missed a number of other throws that should have been more on target. There were a couple other deep balls Jones missed short, as well. Jones finished 36-of-59 for 290 yards and a touchdown along with an interception.

Goal line play calling: D

OU was stopped three times in goal-to-go situations, twice on the one. And the common ingredient: OU never went to play action in those attempts. Offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson even admitted that he was going with the safe play and not with his "gut instinct," and perhaps he should have went the other way on some of those plays.

Defense's performance: C

There were a lot of moments where this defense looked pretty good. They racked up three sacks for a loss of 28 yards and flushed Aggie quarterback Ryan Tannehill out of the pocket several times. As mentioned, they were dominant in the third quarter, but they struggled at times in between, giving up some really big plays in both the running and passing game. Tannehill and the A&M offense finished with 382 total yards.

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