OU vs. TCU: Report card

FORT WORTH, Texas — The Sooners clinched a share of the Big 12 Championship with their Saturday victory over TCU, and Sooners Illustrated now provides the grades for it.

Rush defense: A

The Sooners held the TCU Horned Frogs to nearly 30 yards under their season average running the football, surrendering just 119 yards on the ground after getting gashed the previous three weeks. That included just 71 combined yards for running backs B.J. Catalon and Matthew Tucker, who netted 10 yards more than that on average heading into the contest. It was a much more gap-oriented performance than we've seen in several weeks.

Quarterback Landry Jones' Big 12 finale: B-

Jones, who barely completed more than 50 percent of his passes and threw an awful pick that set up the Horned Frogs' first score in the first half, stays out of the C-range because of his resiliency after the interception. As he's seemingly done all year, Jones commanded his troops 75 yards on nine plays for a touchdown on the very next drive. He found wide receiver Jalen Saunders for a 24-yard score on third-and-23 on that drive. In his final game, Jones finished with 244 yards and two touchdowns on 22-for-40 passing.

Special teams: C-

A couple of special teams blunders allowed the Horned Frogs to stay in the game. Perhaps the biggest came when Justin Brown muffed a punt with nine minutes remaining that allowed TCU to draw within a score. Later, place kicker Michael Hunnicutt pushed a crucial field goal inside the final three minutes that enabled TCU to have a chance to tie it or up possibly winning it in the waning seconds. He converted 1-of-2 attempts, hitting a 34-yarder. Punter Tress Way proved to be the bright spot, pinning a pair inside the 20 while averaging 49.3 yards per punt on seven attempts. Way boomed a 75-yard punt that nearly pinned the Horned Frogs inside the one, though they did score on the very next play.

Receiving corps: B+

Saunders went off for 108 yards and a touchdown on seven catches. Meanwhile, five other guys caught at least two passes, including running back Damien Williams, who finished with a touchdown and 39 yards on four catches. All together, they amassed 244 yards from Jones. Still, there were a few drops that could have and should have been avoided. That bumps them down from an A.

Adapting to the conditions: A-

Hunnicutt's field goal might have been altered by the wind, but other than that the Sooners handled the elements well. Jones was still on point with most of his throws and hit his targets. On top of that, Way used the win effectively for that 75-yard punt.

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