Game Grades: Oklahoma 19, Kansas State 24


Sep 22, 2012; Norman, OK, USA; Oklahoma Sooner quarterback Landry Jones (12) scrambles against Kansas State Wildcats linebacker Justin Tuggle (2) and Jarrell Childs (26) in the second quarter at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRELandry Jones – Grade: D
The second he fumbled the ball deep in OU territory and allowed K-State their first points of the night, bad memories of Bedlam 2011 surfaced. He had a terrible night. Even in the post-game interviews, he pinned the loss on himself. Maybe this one you can blame on Landry, because while he strung together a few nice throws, he never could complete a drive and was off the mark one too many times. Jones was extremely inconsistent, and hopefully a bye week will serve the senior well.

Running backs – Grade: C
The Sooner rushing attack was effective in the beginning, but K-State’s defense showed up Saturday night. They didn’t break off any big runs, well none that counted. Oklahoma’s backs had some nice spurts, but one of the problems may have been running the ball too much. Also, I think it’s time to make Damien Williams the starter and give Finch more reps. Oklahoma needs a jolt on offense, and those two can provide it.

Wide receivers – Grade: B+
Why doesn’t Heupel call more deep pass plays? The receivers looked good in my opinion, especially Sterling Shepard. The Sooner receiving corps still has room for improvement, but they did as much as they could with what appeared to be the worst Landry performance to date. The pass game just wasn’t there, but you can’t blame the receivers.

Defense – Grade: B+
I am combining all the groups on defense for the sole purpose of time, regardless, here’s the skinny of it. The defense played solid. Tony Jefferson looked good, and there were times when Wildcat receivers were left all alone, but Oklahoma never allowed anything too big. Klein is clearly not a passer, so the secondary was more an issue with finding white jerseys out in the flats. The defense, though, played three good quarters and held K-State to 24, but they couldn’t stop them on third when it mattered. Though, I pin no blame on the defense. They bailed out the offense plenty of times and if it wasn’t for them, this could have been ugly.

Crowd – Grade: B
Maybe it was just me, but I felt like this was the best crowd since Tech 2008. It was electric at the beginning, but as you would expect, it deflated there at the end. It’s beginning to feel like Oklahoma Memorial Stadium is losing its magic.