OU Report Card: Texas

Sooners' pass the test but not all with flying colors

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 6 grades:

Zack Sanchez – A+ : This past week, Sanchez took all the criticism, and there was plenty of it. He responded with possibly the best game of his career. Facing a quarterback that hadn’t made a mistake, Sanchez forced Tyrone Swoopes into one – returning an interception for his second career Pick 6. He also led the team with three pass break-ups as he aced the test that Texas put in front of him. But he ALSO made eight tackles and was willing to stick his head in the running lane. He was truly special Saturday and sparked the Sooners’ to a surprising victory.

Trevor Knight – C : The stage was set for Knight to redeem himself after an embarrassment of a loss against TCU the week before. He had his chance and couldn’t take advantage of it. Granted, it’s not all his fault. Oklahoma had only 14 plays in the first half, drastically cutting into any rhythm Knight could establish. Still, he missed his share of open receivers but did complete 60 percent of his passes for a more than 10-yard average. He wasn’t great. He wasn’t bad. He was average.

Crowd support – B+ : This was my (Justin’s) first Cotton Bowl, and it was well worth the wait. Watching the stadium fill up and the surrounding atmosphere was something great to take in. The emotional swing of the crowd was special to watch. Oklahoma’s fans showed up to support their Sooners. Texas’ fans did, too. In that sense, the crowd support was incredible.

Blake Bell – B-: Bell had his most productive game Saturday, catching two passes for a 15-yard average. He was able to settle in between linebackers and give Knight the intermediate option he needed. For a long time, he was the best option for the Sooners. By catching passes though, he opened up the game for Sterling Shepard, who had 98 yards of offense (receiving and rushing).

Defensive line – C+ : The stats alone don’t look good, unless you count the entire team effort. Chuka Ndulue, Charles Tapper, and Jordan Phillips (who was incredibly disruptive) didn’t register a sack or a tackle for loss. But the Sooners’ as a whole had two sacks and five tackles for loss. The D-line did enough though to let their playmakers shine but allowed Texas to reach its average of 3.7 yards per game.

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