OU vs. Baylor: Report card

NORMAN, Okla. — Sooners Illustrated provides the grades for OU's 42-34 Saturday afternoon victory over the Baylor Bears..

Handling the Wind:A

With the wind howling out of the south, head coach Bob Stoops had to be concerned about how that would affect his team's play. No need to worry coach, because senior quarterback Landry Jones was efficient despite the conditions. Jones completed 25-of-36 passes for 277 yards, two touchdowns and just the one interception.

True freshman Ty Darlington's game filling in for Gabe Ikard at center:A+

Coach Stoops raved about the job Darlington did tonight against the Baylor Bears. With Ikard scratched due to a concussion, Darlington stepped up and handled all the identifications and snapping duties admirably. The Apopka, Fla., native flashed signs for why the coaching staff has been singing high praises of him since the preseason. For a true freshman, it was incredibly impressive to not see any issues in the center-quarterback exchange and managing the offense overall.

Defense against Baylor's No. 1-ranked offense:B

All things considered, OU held up well against the Bears' offense, which entered the game ranked No. 1 in the country in total offense. That said, Oklahoma missed way too many tackles allowing Baylor to rack up 252 rushing yards on 51 attempts. Statistically, senior quarterback Nick Florence had a brutal day completing 12-of-33 passes for just 172 yards and no touchdowns. He missed some opportunities with guys streaking wide open past the last line of the OU defense. Still, good day overall to slow down Baylor's attack.

Being a clean game:C

Flags flew early and often as the two teams combined for 14 penalties, totaling 103 yards (seven penalties apiece). For much of the first half, the game moved at a snail's pace. OU had to burn several timeouts, because the offense was not in sync. To put it in perspective, when a team calls a timeout before the first play on an offensive drive, the offense is not in sync.

Stoops passing Bud Wilkinson for second in all-time wins:A+

Oftentimes, head coach Bob Stoops gets a bad rap from fans when the team does not perform at national championship expectations. Still, on the day where Stoops passed legendary OU head coach Bud Wilkinson for lone possession of second place in all-time wins with 146, it is important to remember the cumulative success. Stoops resurrected the program from irrelevance after the 90's was anything but kind to Oklahoma football. In his tenure, he has won seven Big 12 titles and the national championship in 2000. Most importantly, he put OU back on the map nationally and keeps the program there fall after fall.


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