OU vs. K-State: Report Card

MANHATTAN, Kan. — Sooners Illustrated provides this week's edition of grades below.

Quieting the crowd early: A

The Sooners scored a pair of touchdowns early en route to leaping out to a 14-0 lead by the 7:10 mark of the first quarter. Backup quarterback Blake Bell ran in the first touchdown from one yard out in a new offensive wrinkle, and quarterback Landry Jones found wide receiver DeJuan Miller for the second score just minutes later. OU led it 14-3 after the first.

Crowd sportsmanship: D-

Okay, let's be honest. Fans do these kinds of things, but when Sooner defensive back Tony Jefferson tried to hold up K-State quarterback Collin Klein on a late third quarter play out of bounds, which was at first called a personal foul before later being wiped away, the crowd chanted obscene things like BS and F-Oklahoma. That should not happen. But on another note, the tailgaters before the game were very friendly. Heck, they even offered us in the media food.

Resiliency: A+

Last week was a rough one for the Sooners, but they bounced back in a great way. After dropping a heart-wrenching 41-38 decision at the hands of the Texas Tech Red Raiders, they matter-of-factly took care of business against Kansas State Saturday with their 58-17 rout. Not only that, but after leaping out to a 14-0 lead, they allowed 17 straight Wildcats points but responded with 44 unanswered ones of their own.

Getting in K-State QB Collin Klein's grill: A+

Klein hit the Sooners in the mouth a couple times in the first half, and they hit him back the rest of the way. Linebackers Corey Nelson and Tom Wort each had two sacks, Jefferson and defensive end Ronnell Lewis had one and defensive end Frank Alexander was one of a host of other guys that managed a tackle for loss in the contest. Klein couldn't really get in the type of rhythm throughout that he's so accustomed to.

Quarterback Landry Jones' record-setting performance: A

He may have thrown a pair of interceptions in the first half, but man was he good after that. Jones threw for a school record 505 passing yards along with five touchdowns, completing 35-of-47 passes. He picked apart the K-State secondary time after time after time. And Jones looked much more like the one that could guide this team to a national championship with the right breaks.

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