Game Grades: Oklahoma 41, Texas Tech 20


Oct 6, 2012; Lubbock, TX, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Blake Bell (10) reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Texas Tech Red Raiders in the first half at Jones AT

Landry Jones – Grade: A
It took him a month, but the Landry Jones we were promised at the beginning of the season finally decided to show up. Stache made some great decisions today and really impressed in this victory. Jones did not put up stellar numbers, but he involved multiple receivers and did not rely on just one guy. Not one interception was thrown, so you could say it was a successful day for Landry. Hopefully the loss to Kansas State was his Tim Tebow-Ole Miss moment. The moment he needs to get the Sooners back on track for a Big 12 title. His performance Saturday was a good start.

Running backs – Grade: A-
Damien Williams finally got the start for Oklahoma, and while he did not put up big numbers the move was definitely warranted. The run game was effective enough to keep the Tech defense on their toes for most of the game. Dominique Whaley only got two touches and Trey Millard got three. But Williams is our guy. He still looked good, but Texas Tech’s defense is not a pushover. Though, Blake Bell was pushing guys over belldozing his way to the end zone twice.

Wide Receivers – Grade: A-
A lot went right for the receivers. It mainly was a result of a good day from Landry, but give the receivers their credit. Kenny Stills is still your top receiver, but Sterling Shepard continued to impress. Justin Brown, the transfer from Penn State, got his first touchdown of the season and should have had two, but the referees claimed he did not have possession. Regardless, we saw a little bit of Durron Neal and LaColtan Bester. Though, props to Damien Williams who led the team in receiving yards thanks to a big 38-yard reception.

Offensive Line – Grade: B+
Landry Jones still had to put in a little more effort on some plays, but the line looked good in Lubbock. They allowed for Landry to work in the pocket and find the open guy. It, also, helps when Landry does not get sacked, fumbles, or throws a bad pass that ends up being intercepted. The run blocking could still be better, though, they were giving plenty of lanes for Blake Bell to work with when his number was called. Hopefully they are prepared for a solid Texas defense.

Defense – Grade: A
Putting the defense as one category, because I am not looking to talk specifics really. The D was capable of holding Tech to 13 points before they scored a garbage touchdown with like a minute left. However, the 13 they got were a result of the defense not being able to wrap up guys and leaving Doege with open receivers. Mike Stoops’ defense settled down, though. It took them a while to get some pressure on Doege, but his three interceptions say a lot about the secondary. Javon Harris had a pick-six and Aaron Colvin showed off his vertical on a beautiful interception. Also, Jamarkus McFarland caught an interception, but fumbled the ball giving it back to Tech. Overall, the defense still has some issues, but they looked really good in the second half and not allowing Tech to light up the scoreboard.

Special Teams – Grade: A
Not much to say here, though, Tress Way is one of the best punters in the land and you know it. Also, Michael Hunicutt was a perfect 2-2 on field goals and perfect on PATs. The Sooners didn’t really allow any big returns from the Red Raiders. They especially didn’t allow anything big when Aaron Franklin brought back glimpses of the Hammer on kickoff coverage.