OU Report Card: Baylor

Quick and Ford stand out among a below average roster

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 9 grades:

Michiah Quick: B+ – Saturday was a day of firsts for Quick, and he was one of the very few bright spots on an otherwise abysmal day for Oklahoma. Quick was dynamic with the ball in his hands and hauled in the first touchdown of his career. There will probably many more to come. What might have been the best feature of Quick’s game was the way he caught his touchdown. He had questionable hands all through camp, and it looked like it kept him off the field. He wrestled the touchdown away from his defender in open space. Quick finished with a team-high 94 yards.

Secondary: D- – The Sooners allowed more than 300 yards in the air for the fourth time this season, but Saturday’s 396 yards allowed was a new season-high. Without an interception, this was clearly the worst game Oklahoma has played on the back end of its defense all season and since last year’s game against Baylor. In fact, it was probably the worst game all around by the Sooners’ defense since that last embarrassing loss to Baylor. The secondary was decimated. This was about as ugly as a loss can get. From the gameplan to the execution, Oklahoma did everything but fail. Failure is an achievement for a different grouping.

Coaching staff: F – Sure, Oklahoma came out quickly and took a 14-3 lead, but you don’t earn points for early leads. No adjustments were made when Baylor bunched back, and if head coach Bob Stoops and offensive coordinator Josh Heupel wouldn’t call out Trevor Knight for his third “Pick 6” of the season, then it’s a coaching issue. When defensive coordinator Mike Stoops says tackling is the issue with the defense, then it’s failing to understand how to combat what Baylor was doing. This was the worst performance of the season by any single player or unit. No adjustments. No preparation. No motivation. But plenty of boos.

Trevor Knight: D – Knight is a failure if not for one special, athletic play. He jumped clear over a defender, and it’s also tough to fail a player when he suffers a scary injury. Knight, who walked away from the Switzer Center under his own power, wasn’t good though, not even close. He threw for just 146 yards. A team-high 13 carries turned in to just 45 yards, including one 20-yard sack in the red zone. His biggest problem was his third “Pick 6” of the season. It’s not a true “Pick 6,” but it might as well have been. Knight never looked off the middle linebacker on the cross route. “It’s not hard to figure out,” Stoops said after the game. Stoops added that he thinks it can be learned. Then why hasn’t Knight been taught in the past two-and-a-half years?

Keith Ford: B – Finally back on the field after a nearly two-month absence, Ford look like he didn’t miss a beat. He finished with 40 carries and an eight-yard average. He caught two passes but made a great block on a blitz to help Oklahoma score one of its two first-quarter touchdowns. Other than Ford and Quick, there was nothing to see out of Oklahoma.

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