Oklahoma-Baylor Grade Card

See inside for Tony Sellars' position-by-position breakdown of OU's 36-10 win over Baylor. Freshman running back Chris Brown (pictured) rushed for a career-high 169 yards in his start as a Sooner. (AP Photo)

Quarterback
Paul Thompson was on target most of the day, hitting 12 of 19 passes and having a couple dropped. He also was bailed out on a couple of passes, so things tended to even out.

His most impressive play came on the drive to start the third quarter, where he drove the Sooners down the field and finished it with a perfect strike to Malcolm Kelly for the touchdown. Thompson also made a great read and pitch to Chris Brown on another scoring drive in the third quarter.

One interception marred an otherwise solid performance, as Thompson continues to move up the single-season passing charts.

Grade: B+

Running Back
Oklahoma really got a chance to see what Brown could do for them, as he ran for 169 yards and a score, averaging seven yards a carry. Brown seems to be gaining more and more confidence with every carry. He is starting to show the mixture of moves and power that may make him the front runner to replace Adrian Peterson next season.

An inexplicable late fumble that was run back for Baylor's only touchdown of the day was the only blemish on his afternoon.

Jacob Gutierrez struggled early, but had some solid runs as the Sooners were burning clock late in the game. Gute replaced Brown after the fumble and made the most of the opportunity. He also dropped a Thompson pass earlier in the game.

Brody Eldridge hung on to his pass out of the backfield and saw the majority of the action there against the Bears.

Grade: B+

Wide Receiver
Kelly had another big game but it could have been larger if he had not fumbled away the ball without being hit as he was about to score on a long pass. As it was, he came up with five catches for 115 yards and a score. The Big 12 has some quality receivers, but Kelly should be a first team all-conference selection.

Juaquin Iglesias had three catches, and the tight ends, Joe Jon Finley and Jermaine Gresham, each grabbed a pass, with Finley getting a touchdown.

Fred Strong caught a pass for the first time since the non-conference schedule, as he saw action in the absence of the injured Manuel Johnson.

Grade: B+

Offensive Line
The Sooners averaged almost six yards per running play and the line prevented Thompson from getting sacked.

There were a couple of penalties against the linemen, but nothing that blunted a Sooner drive. Duke Robinson continues to play well, and he saw some action at tackle for the second straight week, as Brian Simmons gets more playing time at guard. Late in the game, the Sooners were able to get some work for their backup players.

It was Baylor, but the front line got the job done when they had the opportunities.

Grade: A-

Defensive Line
Bears quarterback Blake Szymanski will be seeing the Sooners defensive line in his nightmares for the next few days. Oklahoma tormented the freshman quarterback and sacked him for 66 yards in losses, helping to give Baylor a -48 yard rushing total for the game.

C.J. Ah You and Steven Coleman delivered some savage hits, as did Alonzo Dotson, who provided a safety on the field where his uncle, Santana Dotson, once dominated for the home team.

It was the most dominating performance of the year for the front wall, which has been improving dramatically in the last half of the season.

A+

Linebackers

Rufus Alexander got in on the hit parade Saturday, recording a couple of tackles for losses. Zach Latimer whiffed on a couple of tackles, but came back to play a solid game.

Bob Stoops is doing it, so we might as well give in and call Nic Harris a linebacker. He was all over the field and was the leading tackler on the day.

Curtis Lofton's time was limited with Baylor throwing almost all the time, but he played well in limited duty.

Grade: A

Defensive Back
Baylor threw for only 188 yards, completed less than 50 percent of their passes and didn't throw for a score. That's a pretty impressive list of stats for OU's secondary.

Marcus Walker was again the shutdown corner. Reggie Smith was at his most active, breaking up three passes and intercepting two more, one for a touchdown. He almost ran the other pick for a score as well.

Darien Williams left the game with a second quarter injury and didn't return. Baylor did have what little success they achieved all day against his replacement, Jason Carter.

Another outstanding performance against the spread. The Sooners will be looking to make it a trifecta next weekend.

Grade: A+

Special Teams
The highlights - Juaquin Iglesias returning the free kick after the safety for an 88 yard touchdown and Michael Cohen averaging over 50 yards per kick including a 72-yarder, out kicking Baylor's all-American Daniel Sepulveda.

The lowlights – Reggie Smith fumbling away two punts and having another runback shortened by penalty and a botched extra point after the first touchdown of the game.

OU's kick coverage was outstanding as usual, and Garrett Hartley appeared to be recovered from last week's ankle injury. He maintained his perfect extra point record and was not called upon to attempt any field goals.

Grade: B


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