The Sooners were punched firmly in the mouth in the fourth quarterback when FSU hit them for a 56-yard touchdown. Then, facing a seemingly impossible third-and-12 considering the momentum and lack of fluidity of the OU offense since late in the second quarter, they converted it. One play later, quarterback Landry Jones found wide receiver Kenny Stills for a gigantic 37-yard touchdown. And that was basically all she wrote, as OU came up with a pick and sealed it with a field goal.
Goal-to-go production: D
Three times the Sooners were inside the three, and only once out of those chances did OU cash in for a touchdown. It came on the first possession of the game when Jones snuck in from 1-yard out. The other two times, OU simply couldn't get the job done.
Free safety Javon Harris' bounce back game: A+
The second A+ is rewarded to Harris for his resiliency after a very poor performance in game one. He responded with a pair of picks, none bigger than the one midway through the fourth quarter. He came up with a tipped ball there. Earlier in the game, Harris intercepted FSU quarterback E.J. Manuel's pass over the middle of the field and returned it 69 yards to the 3-yard line.
Overall defensive outing: A
With the exception of one play, the Sooners really played excellent defense. That one play: the 56-yard touchdown. Other than that, the numbers speak for themselves. Outside of that one pass, the FSU offense managed just 190 yards. OU had 12 tackles for loss, including six sacks, and three interceptions. Again, the one play keeps this from a perfect mark, but it was a pretty dominant defensive performance.
Special teams: A+
OU's third A+ of the night goes to the special teams department. Place kicker Jimmy Stevens booted through all three of his attempts, connecting on 21-, 29- and 31-yard attempts. OU also nullified return specialist Greg Reid. Punter Tress Way averaged 46.2 yards per punt, placing three inside the 20 and allowing Reid just one return for zero yards. Reid also only managed 62 yards on three attempts in the kickoff return game, where OU's tackling on the coverage team was tremendous.