OU vs. Texas Tech: Report Card

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

Band: A+

Wanted to start this report card off on a positive note since everything hereafter won't be very pretty. On a night when, literally, the perfect storm hit OU square in the jaw to likely knock the Sooners from the BCS national championship race, OU's band put on an excellent homecoming performance. The nerd in me rejoiced at hearing the Pride of Oklahoma deliver renditions of Zelda, Tetris and Mario. During the Tetris reincarnation, OU's band members formed to spell out the letters T-E-T-R-I-S on the left while the right side was a mixture of the Tetris shapes. At least the band didn't dip on their beloved Sooners.

Fans: F

To those that stayed throughout the hour-and-a-half severe weather delay, wide receiver Kenny Stills made a point to thank you for staying to see OU fight until the end. To the upwards of 30,000 that decided enough was enough, Stills hit it right on the head by saying, "Fair weather fans are acknowledged." On a night when OU needed home-field advantage the most to extend what was the nation's longest home winning streak, the Sooner faithful disappointed in unbelievable fashion. Sure, the makeshift home crowd got loud at points, but overall it was pretty pathetic. Too bad head coach Bob Stoops didn't call out the fans before this game against Texas Tech like he did back in 2008.

Defense: F

This one is a no-brainer. Absolutely outclassed from start to finish in every phase defensively. Defensive coordinator Brent Venables said during the week that the key to beating Texas Tech would be stopping the run. OU surrendered 120 rushing yards to Tech and Red Raiders' quarterback Seth Doege carved the Sooner secondary for chunks of yardage repeatedly. Doege's 441 passing yards were the most by a Tech quarterback against Oklahoma in the Big XII era. He connected with wide receiver Alex Torres for three touchdowns. Filling in for injured cornerback Jamell Fleming, sophomore Gabe Lynn was abused left and right. Overall, Tech compiled 572 yards of total offense with zero turnovers and 41 points.

Offense: C+

Not having starting running back Dominique Whaley--out with flu-like symptoms--hurt this offense in a big way. Roy Finch did his best to fill the void left by Whaley, exploding for an electrifying 55-yard run on the Sooners' first play from scrimmage. After OU's three-play scoring drive to knot the score back up at 7-7 on the Sooners' first possession, quarterback Landry Jones and company looked lost for the rest of the first half. Overthrows, dropped passes and poor pass protection that kept Jones scrambling was a theme for much of the night. Jones did wind up racking up 412 yards passing, going 30-for-55 through the air with five passing touchdowns to only one interception. OU tallied 335 yards of total offense and 31 points in the second half, but it was too little too late. Three-and-outs played a big part in digging a 24-point hole for OU that ultimately spelled doom for the Sooners. Oklahoma finished with 536 yards of total offense but lost the time of possession battle at 25:01 to 34:59 for the Red Raiders.

Field goal kicking: F

Michael Hunnicutt had been terrific kicking field goals for the Sooners prior to this one, entering the contest 11-for-12 on the season. After pulling a 39-yard field goal attempt early and missing a 28-yard field goal attempt off the upright late with OU looking to narrow the margin to a one-possession game, much was left to be desired. Not all the blame should be placed on Hunnicutt's shoulders, but, certainly, a fair share of criticism should--and will--fall on the redshirt freshman's shoulders after he missed his only two kicks of the night.


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