OU vs. Mizzou: Report Card

NORMAN, Okla. — Sooners Illustrated provides this week's edition of grades below.

Out of the gates: D-

The Sooners looked extremely lethargic coming off a massive road victory in Tallahassee over the Florida State Seminoles. They were three-and-out on their first possession and immediately allowed a seven-play, 76-yard touchdown drive to the Tigers. It got worse from there, though, as OU quarterback Landry Jones threw a bad first quarter interception and Mizzou scored again to take a 14-3 lead before OU really got going.

Responding to the initial blow: A

As bad as the start was, OU's response was that good and then some. It started when Jones hit slot receiver Ryan Broyles for a 24-yard touchdown. The two later connected again in the second quarter to give the Sooners a 17-14 lead. Jones scored again before the half on a quarterback sneak, which made it 24-14 at the half. And running back Dominique Whaley capped off 28 unanswered points with his 4-yard touchdown run.

Offense clicking: A-

Quarterback Landry Jones' two interceptions makes you scratch your head a little bit, but 592 yards and 38 points makes up for that. Outside of the first possession, when the Sooners couldn't convert a first down, they were crisp for the majority of the contest. They had Mizzou guessing and had a healthy mix between run (39) and pass (48). There's not too much to critique here.

Overall defensive outing: F

It was the worst defensive performance in quite some time. The Sooners allowed 532 total yards in what linebacker Travis Lewis called a "horrible" night. He also said the Sooners looked relaxed out there, which is completely true. Mizzou quarterback James Franklin carved through them for nearly 300 passing yards and another 103 on the ground. And running back Henry Josey ripped off 133. This is completely unacceptable.

Receivers play in Kenny Stills, Trey Franks' absence: A+

Stills had to sit out with a head injury from last week's game against FSU, and Franks was suspended indefinitely earlier in the week due to multiple team violations, but that didn't stop this group from having a monster game. Broyles racked up 154 yards and three touchdowns on 13 receptions, while Jaz Reynolds wasn't four behind with five catches for 93 yards. Whaley even got in on the action with five catches and 82 yards of his own. DeJuan Miller had 40 yards on four catches, while tight ends James Hanna, Austin Haywood and Trent Ratterree combined for five catches and 61 yards, and running backs Roy Finch and Brennan Clay had a trio of receptions for 18 yards.

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