OU Report Card: TCU

Sooners fail to prove much in loss to Horned Frogs

Every week Sooners Illustrated will break down a few players and a few units and assign them grades based on their performance.

Here are the Game 5 grades:

Trevor Knight – D+ : After an incredible start to the game (2-for-3 for more than 100 yards), Knight came crashing back down to Earth. His fall was so steep that he ultimately threw the game-winning interception. There were a few positives – a few. He ran very well and showed touch on his deep ball. Ultimately, as a quarterback he needs to take advantage of two fourth-quarter TCU turnovers and can’t make a game-losing play.

Play-calling – D+ : Like Knight, there was good and bad. The quarterback run game was there, but it’s hard to ignore the pass-happy calls after TCU tied the game 31-31 – with 10 of the next 14 plays resulting in an interception, an incompletion or a sack – and a QB draw on the final drive. Late delay of game penalties killed Oklahoma, and burning the final timeout with almost four minutes to play is nearly inexcusable. Defensively, communication was horrid with multiple blown coverages that allowed TCU to take an early lead and no real schematic answer for TCU QB Trevone Boykin – except maybe when Oklahoma dropped 11 men into coverage that one time. Bob Stoops said after the game that the play-calling had nothing to do with the loss and that he has no issue with it.

Sterling Shepard – A : If there was a star on the field for Oklahoma, it was Shepard, who finished with 215 yards – the second most in school history. He had seven catches and one touchdown, and he even made two plays to knock away interceptions on underthrown passes. Shepard is now 11th in Sooners’ history for catches and eighth in receiving yards.

Secondary – D: Oklahoma’s defensive backs eventually found TCU’s receivers. But that big word EVENTUALLY means a lot. It probably came because the Horned Frogs stopped trying to test the Sooners’ secondary. They didn’t have to. TCU didn’t attempt a pass in the fourth quarter after throwing for 318 yards in the first three quarters. The Sooners were constantly confused, and the cornerbacks – Julian Wilson and Zack Sanchez – were overmatched, having to cover receivers for far too long.

Samaje Perine – B : The punishing freshman became the first Sooner to rush for three touchdowns in consecutive games since Chris Brown did it twice in 2008. It’s tough to fault the back for much. He gained 87 yards and scored three times, but he was schemed out by the play-calling and either the poor play of the Sooners’ offensive line or the talented TCU defensive line.

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