OU vs. West Virginia: Report card

Sooners Illustrated provides the grades for OU's 50-49 last-second win over the Mountaineers.

Quarterback Landry Jones: A+

Jones set a school record with 554 passing yards and tied another with his six touchdown tosses while completing 38-of-51 passes. He keyed key drive after key drive and ultimately found wide receiver Kenny Stills for the game-winning 5-yard touchdown with 24 seconds left. Despite throwing an interception, this was easily Jones' best game as a Sooner.

Jumping on their backs early: A

The Sooners immediately drove down the field 75 yards on 13 plays on their opening sequence and finished it off with a 4-yard touchdown pass from Jones to fullback Trey Millard to capture a 7-0 lead. On the ensuing possession, cornerback Aaron Colvin picked off West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith's pass and returned it to the 33, setting up a Mike Hunnicutt 32-yard field goal. That gave OU a 10-0 lead 10 minutes into the contest and had the crowd silenced for the time being.

Overall defense: F

This was one of the worst performances, if not the worst one ever, by a Sooner defense. It surrendered a ridiculous 778 yards of total offense, including 458 on the ground. Time after time after time Tavon Austin, who the Mountaineers shifted from the wide out to backfield position for this contest, torched the Sooners. He amassed 344 rushing yards, and the Sooners just never really had an answer for him. Nor did they for Smith and wide receiver Stedman Bailey who connected four times for scores. Smith finished 20-of-35 with the four touchdowns and a pair of picks, while Bailey racked up those scores on 13 catches for 205 yards. A completely unacceptable performance turned in by these guys for the second year in a row.

Pressure poise: A+

Give Jones credit. He did what he had to do when he had to do it, and that's command the Sooner offense to the end zone inside the final three minutes for the winning score. He kept his cool and delivered multiple clutch passes, including the final one that ultimately led to this victory. People may criticize him sometimes for his mental toughness on the road, but this is not one of those times where that's acceptable. Not only did Jones do his part, but the entire offense stepped up on the final drive and other big ones as well.

Special teams: B-

The coverage teams were good, as the one area Austin didn't exactly torch OU was in kickoff returns. He averaged 18.3 yards per return and only once allowed West Virginia to set up shop outside the 25 after a Sooner score. Meanwhile, punter Tress Way pinned a pair of his three punts inside the 20, with a long of 45. The only downside here is Hunnicutt shanked a 37-yard field goal late in the first half that would have given OU a very commanding 17-point lead at intermission. He was 1-for-2 on the evening.

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