OU vs. Texas: Report Card

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

Defense's performance: A+

They bothered Texas into five turnovers. The defense scored on three of those, including a 55-yard interception return by field corner Demontre Hurst, a 19-yard fumble return by defensive end David King and a 56-yard fumble return by boundary corner Jamell Fleming. OU blew up the Texas offensive line and hassled them for 17 tackles for loss, including eight sacks. Defensive end Frank Alexander had four TFLs, while defensive end Ronnell Lewis had three and Fleming, defensive tackle Casey Walker and linebacker Jaydan Bird all had two. Additionally, OU allowed just 259 yards of total offense.

Red zone efficiency: B+

It's hard to complain too much about 5-for-5, but the Sooners struggled a couple times early in the game. Twice in the first quarter they were inside the five and only came up with field goals. But the other three times, the Sooners got the job done. Quarterback Landry Jones twice hit wide receiver Kenny Stills for touchdowns, including 14- and 19-yards, and he found slot receiver Ryan Broyles for a 5-yard score as well once.

Special teams: C-

The only thing separating OU from a 34-3 halftime lead was a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Texas' Fozzy Whittaker late in the second quarter. If not for that, OU would have allowed just three points in the first half. And outside of that, the special teams wasn't too bad. Punter Tress Way only averaged 31.3 yards per punt, but he had two inside the 20. And place kicker Michael Hunnicutt connected on his only two field goal attempts of the day, from 24 and 26 yards out.

Rivalry game energy: A+

It was obvious from the opening kickoff that the Sooners were amped up and ready to go for this one. OU immediately marched down the field and got points on the board. The defense came out just as enthused. There was heart and hustle all over the field throughout the day and after the game, when linebacker Travis Lewis yelled ‘I'm taking this thing [Golden Hat] home. I'm sleeping with it.'

Pedal to the metal: A+

People won't, or at least they shouldn't, question OU head coach Bob Stoops for calling off the dogs too early in this victory. Stoops still had Jones in during the fourth quarter. It seems like he was sending a message, perhaps, to those AP voters out there who went back on the Sooners in the poll. He didn't necessarily run it up, but he didn't give Texas any breaks either until late in the fourth quarter when backup Drew Allen entered the game.

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