OU vs. OSU: Report Card

Sooners Illustrated provides this week's edition of grades below.

Winning on the big stage: A+

A lot, in fact call it most, of the experts were picking the Cowboys in this game, and from the beginning OU proved they were poised in yet another huge game despite that. Quite frankly, it looked throughout like the Sooners were the team that had been there before and OSU was the team that hadn't. And why not? OU has been played the final game of the regular season now nine times in the past 11 seasons with a chance to advance to the Big 12 Championship game. And once again, they got it done in a difficult environment.

Quarterback Landry Jones' performance: B+

Let's start with the negatives. Jones threw three picks, all of which were in the first half, and he needs to learn how to throw the ball away. Toss it into the third row if salvaging a down. Now, time for the positives. Jones racked up 468 yards and four touchdowns on 37-for-62 passing. He did what people have said he's struggled to do, win on the road in a tough atmosphere and in a tight game in the fourth quarter. Jones came through with some very clutch passes in the final 15 minutes.

Out of the gates: A

Although OU failed to score on its first possession, it dominated the first quarter and most of the first half. The Sooners twice led by 11 points, at 14-3 and 21-10, and they never trailed in this contest. That's recipe for success on the road.

Closing time: A-

Three times it looked like the Sooners had this thing nailed down, and not until the third time did they actually get it done. But give them credit. Every time OSU punched them in the mouth, they got back up and delivered another big blow. Big response plays in the passing game by wide receiver Cameron Kenney and tight end James Hanna, who caught touchdown passes of 86 and 76 yards, respectively, in the final 3:03, allowed OU to seal this thing up.

Secondary's play: A

They held OSU quarterback Brandon Weeden to a season-low 257 passing yards on 28-for-43 passing, and even though star wide receiver Justin Blackmon had 105 receiving yards and a touchdown reception, they basically covered him up throughout the day. In fact, 105 yards is a season low for Blackmon.

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