OU vs. UConn: Report Card

GLENDALE, Ariz. —The Sooners finally ended the BCS losing streak with a 48-20 Fiesta Bowl win over the UConn Huskies, and SI grades out that performance.

Getting out of the gates quickly: A

The Sooners needed to establish an early lead and dictate the tempo and rhythm of the game from the get-go. They did just that, scoring the game's first 14 points on their way to a two-score lead after the first quarter. UConn hung around some, but ultimately OU's big start was too much to handle.

Silencing the critics, yet again: A+

First, OU showed it could play well in the fourth quarter. Then, it showed it could win difficult road games. Now, the Sooners hushed the critics again, those that kept saying they could not win a BCS game.

Quarterback Landry Jones' MVP performance: A

He had just one minor hiccup. That was in the second quarter when UConn cornerback Dwayne Gratz picked him off and took it to the house for a 46-yard score. Aside from that, he was brilliant. Jones threw for 429 yards, completing 34-of-49 passes and three touchdowns. That 429 yards broke an OU all-time bowl passing mark he set last year in the Sun Bowl.

Running back DeMarco Murray's career closer: A-

Murray was a force early in the contest, as a few of his carries helped OU string together that early 14-0 advantage. He was methodical and went about his business in rushing for 93 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries. And even though, that's only 3.7 yards per carry, he was still effective.

Crowd turnout: C

There's a lot of excuses for this one. The matchup was poor, and the spread was 17 points. The weather has been a problem for people getting out to Arizona. And there's other reasons. But the bottom line is the Fiesta Bowl is a BCS game, and both teams, especially the Sooner fan base, should turn out for it.

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