OU 11: Game 9

There weren't many bright spots in Oklahoma's loss to Baylor

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 9:

1. Dominique Alexander – (22 points): Alexander was one of the few bright spots on an otherwise embarrassing day for Oklahoma’s defense. The sophomore finished with a season-high 18 tackles and a career-high 1.5 tackles for loss. He finished with the most tackles by an Oklahoma player since Alexander registered 19 tackles in his first start last year against Texas.

2. Michiah Quick – (20 points): With Sterling Shepard on the bench with an injury, Oklahoma needed someone to step up in what has been a really thin receiving core this year. Quick finished with 94 yards, including his first career touchdown catch. He showed great hands on the TD to cap off a solid game.

3. Keith Ford – (18 points): In his first game back in almost two months, Ford returned at 100 percent. He was the most-often used running back on the team and finished with 40 yards on just eight carries. He made a key block in pass protection that allowed Oklahoma to score one of its two first-quarter touchdowns.

4. Steven Parker – (16 points): Parker made the second start of his career and had both his good and bad moments. He finished with eight tackles and one pass break-up in an otherwise humiliating display in the secondary.

5. Alex Ross – (13 points): Ross didn’t have many opportunities, but he clearly made the most of them. He had the longest run of the game – the second longest play Saturday for the Sooners. He averaged 11.8 yards per carry and had one kick return for 35 yards, which was the third-longest play of the game for Oklahoma.

6. Jordan Phillips – (8 points): Disruptive early, Phillips was all but invisible as Baylor took its passing game to another level. Like much of the defensive line, Phillips didn’t have time to reach the quarterback and no real chance to make an impact in the run game. He did finish with five tackles, including one for loss, and a sack.

7. Chuka Ndulue – (8 points): Ndulue was named as one of Oklahoma’s most valuable players of the game against Baylor. He had six sacks, batted a pass down at the line and recorded half of a sack. Like Phillips though, he was taken out of the game by all the success that Baylor found through the air.

8. Daryl Williams – (7 points): Three holding calls aside, Williams was a monster. Penalties are a funny thing, and sometimes they’re called at the discretion of the referee. Oklahoma did average 5.2 yards on the ground but couldn’t maintain any offense – running 30 fewer plays than Baylor.

9. Durron Neal – (6 points): Neal had one of his better games, playing for nearly the second full game without Shepard. He finished with four catches, including a nine-yard touchdown, for 41 yards.

10. Tyrus Thompson – (5 points): Quarterback Trevor Knight was sacked just once, and it happened while he was rolling to his right. Thompson was solid in pass defense and really strong in run blocking. He continues to put together a stellar, albeit quiet, senior season.

11. Blake Bell – (4 points): Bell was just inches away from changing the game for Oklahoma. On the opening play of the game, Knight missed Bell just barely on a deep route down the seam. If he catches it, how much changes Saturday.

Honorable mention: Nick Hodgson, Jed Barnett, Eric Striker

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