Oklahoma-Texas Grade Card

See inside for Tony Sellars' position-by-position breakdown of OU's 45-12 loss Saturday to Texas. Sooner quarterback Rhett Bomar (pictured above) was sacked three times and knocked down 16 times by the Texas defense. (AP Photo/Tim Sharp)

Quarterback
Rhett Bomar seemed overwhelmed from the start, throwing short of his receivers in the early going and repeatedly having to change plays at the line of scrimmage. There is no question about his toughness after another afternoon of being hit hard on both running and passing plays, but his decision making still needs a lot of work.

Not having Adrian Peterson in the backfield was a detriment, but Bomar still needs to show more poise and not rush things as much offensively. With less than 100 yards passing and just a 35 percent completion rate, Bomar's sub par performance once again shows that the Sooners will continue to struggle offensively against quality competition this year.

Grade: D

Running Backs

Without Peterson, Oklahoma was unable to establish the running game early. Donta Hickson ran hard in limited action and appears to be the Sooners best consistent threat if Peterson can't perform at full capacity.

Blocking was a problem on passing plays, as the backs failed to pick up the rush on a number of occasions.

The running backs averaged just three yards per carry and had just one 10 yard run. That is not going to keep you in many games.

Grade: C -

Offensive Line

The offensive line didn't play that poorly in the first half, but as the game progressed and Texas intensified their blitzing, Bomar was constantly taking some big hits.

It certainly wasn't their worst performance, but they did not provide enough blocking to sustain a drive over 38 yards in the game, and that one came in the fourth quarter after the outcome had been decided.

Grade: C –

Receivers

Much of the blame on the passing game goes on Bomar, but the receivers still aren't making plays when they have the chance.

While Travis Wilson is being held in check, no one else has stepped up to solidify the second wide receiver spot. The inexperience at the receiver position combined with the inexperience at quarterback continues to haunt the Sooners.

Grade: D

Defensive Line

The Sooners front gets credit for holding Vince Young in check on scrambles and if you take out the 80 yard run by Jamaal Charles, OU held Texas to less than four yards per carry. The Sooners got three sacks on Young and both Calvin Thibodeaux and Dusty Dvoracek made big plays.

For most of the game, the Sooners defensive line played well enough to keep them in the game.

Grade: C

Linebackers

Two missed tackles on Charles touchdown run stood out. Both Zach Latimer and Clint Ingram had a chance to take him down for a short gain and missed. That turned out to be a critical play in allowing the Longhorns to establish the lead.

Latimer was robbed of an interception by another poor interference call and was all over the field, along with Rufus Alexander.

Once again, the linebackers did not provide sufficient help in pass coverage.

Grade: C

Defensive Backs

Reggie Smith big mistake in not holding coverage on the touchdown pass right before halftime was a crushing blow to the Sooners chances. D.J. Wolfe also struggled and the Sooners gave up too many long completions - five pass plays of 22-yards or longer.

Even though Young's completion rate was just barely over 50 percent, the long pass plays against the OU secondary made up for that.

Nic Harris was effective on the blitz, but overall, it was a tough day for the inexperienced secondary.

Grade: D

Special Teams

Garrett Hartley hit a career-best 52-yard field goal and kicked off well early. His lone miss was due to a poor snap. Hartley's kickoffs were solid as well.

The Sooners kick coverage was once again stellar. That has been the bright spot of the entire season to this point. They held Texas to less than 20-yards per return on kickoffs and allowed only six total yards on punt returns.

Cody Freeby had a couple of solid punts and only two of his seven efforts were returned. He made a tremendous play to avoid a possible disaster for the Sooners as he scooped up Jacob Rice's bad snap and calmly got the kick away from deep in his own territory.

Lendy Holmes had two strong kickoff returns late, Travis Wilson had a game-best 31-yarder, but Reggie Smith struggled for the first time this season. Jejuan Rankins was unable to get anything going on punt returns.

Grade: B


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