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 3 grades:
Baker Mayfield – F: There was a worry from some when Mayfield transferred over from Texas Tech that he was an uncontrollable gunslinger who was prone to making mistakes because he liked to play ‘Hero ball.’ Last year disproved all of those notions as he worked within the system and made some incredibly sound decisions.
Those fears have come back to the surface over Oklahoma’s two losses this season and especially the Sooners’ loss on Saturday to Ohio State. Mayfield threw two interceptions, but Bob Stoops counted three in his post-game press conference – by including the pick that was correctly ruled an incomplete pass.
Mayfield’s 17-for-32 performance wasn’t the type of accuracy Mayfield usually displays. He wasn’t able to buy the time in the backfield to make any ‘Sooner Magic’ happen. Last year won’t recreate itself, no matter how hard Mayfield tries.
Offensive line – C-: Touted as the best position group through the first two games of the season, things really came crashing down after Cody Ford left the game with a broken leg in the first half. Ohio State really put pressure on Mayfield in the second half, and Oklahoma struggled to get much of a push out of the interior of the offensive line.
Samaje Perine, who does most of his running in between the tackles, averaged just 3.5 yards per carry.
Oklahoma’s receivers – D: Ohio State’s secondary wasn’t exactly a strength of the defense, but even in a scramble drill, the Buckeyes looked like an All-American unit. Dede Westbrook and Mark Andrews included, the Oklahoma receivers couldn’t get any separation through almost the entire game.
Oklahoma averaged seven yards per completion, one of the lowest rates under Lincoln Riley. It was a below-average performance, but it saw a lot of changes. Geno Lewis got more reps, and A.D. Miller scored the first touchdown of his career and had three receptions.
Joe Mixon– B: It has taken one season and three games for everyone to realize the inevitable fact that Mixon is the best offensive player on the Oklahoma Sooners' roster.
He averaged 8.7 yards per carry and had two receptions – could have been a big third one if not for a drop. There was also the big kick-off return, that wasn’t called back. Mental mistakes cost him in the grade book. And that’s a big one.
Cornerbacks – D+: Oklahoma seems to have a carousel installed at right cornerback, and no one is able to ride. But on Saturday night, it wasn’t like Jordan Thomas shined like a superstar either.
Ohio State, predominantly a running team, had its way through the air simply because it couldn’t pass up the opportunity. J.T. Barrett completed 70 percent of his passes and one out of every four was for a touchdown. It wasn’t a good look for a group already lacking in confidence.