OU 11: Game 4

Oklahoma comes alive in time to keep WVU from upset

In victory, everybody looks good. In a loss, everybody looks bad. Each week Sooners Illustrated will rank the top 11 players from Oklahoma’s past week’s performance.

Players are assigned a point value equal to the rating given by Bob and Justin. (Top player on either list gets 11 points, 11th player gets 1). That makes for a maximum of 22 points.

Here’s the OU 11 for Game 4:

Samaje Perine – (22 points): For those wondering, this is our first unanimous top pick in the OU 11 this season. Perine had a monster day, truly special. He had nine carries of 10 or more yards, finished seven yards shy of the school’s new freshman rushing record and went from one TD to five on the season in just one game.

Daryl Williams – (17 points): Watch the tape. Williams was a beast – as was the offensive line as a unit. Most of the runs went behind Williams, but he guided an offensive line that averaged more than seven yards per carry on traditional run plays and 6.5 for the entire game.

Quentin Hayes – (17 points): Hayes has quietly become dominant in the back end of the Sooners’ secondary, but it’s his play behind the line of scrimmage that has turned him into a game-changer. He had a sack and an interception to go along with five tackles.

Geneo Grissom – (13 points): Grissom had a great start to the game and then began to disappear when everyone caught up with his performance. He had two batted passes and a sack-fumble that ultimately pushed Oklahoma to the victory.

Jordan Evans – (13 points): Frank Shannon who? Evans’ play has been stellar. He surpassed double digit tackles for the first time in his career, recording 11 and a tackle for loss. His play in space has been invaluable to Oklahoma as he is second on the team with 25 tackles, despite missing almost all of the season opener.

Eric Striker – (12 points): It looked like it could have been a long day for West Virginia when Striker reached quarterback Clint Trickett on the first play of the game. Instead, he was slowed but only for a time. Striker finished with a team-high two tackles for loss, a sack and eight tackles.

Michael Hunnicutt – (10 points): He hit just one field goal against West Virginia, but his inclusion on this list is based on the simple fact that he is the Sooners’ all-time career points leader. Congratulationss to Michael Hunnicutt, who has been a bastion of consistency for the past four years.

Alex Ross – (10 points): One long run really cleared up Ross’ issues in the backfield, but it was his play as a kick returner that has made him important to the team. Ross made the single most important play of Saturday’s victory. His kick return TD changed the momentum and as one West Virginia fan put it, “It sucked the life out of our team. It killed us.”

Trevor Knight – (8 points): Knight was nothing special and his receivers didn’t really help him, but the first-year, full-time starter finished with a 55-percent completion rating. He had horrible stretches Saturday but still finished with 200 yards and had a unique role in an early Sooners’ score.

Jed Barnett – (6 points): No player more saved Oklahoma from itself than Barnett. He had a 70-yard punt that should have been downed on the 1-yard line and averaged more than 47 yards per kick. He kept the Sooners from losing the field-position battle when it went four of its first five drives had just one combined first down.

Dominique Alexander – (2 points): It’s amazing how silent Alexander can be in a big game. That’s a good thing, though. He just racks up tackles – finishing with eight – and goes about his business. Everyone else around him makes big plays, but he’s the anchor of defense.

Honorable mention: Sterling Shepard

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