Oklahoma vs. TCU: Postgame Grades for Sooners' Win over Horned Frogs

Chris Stephens@@chris_stephens6Correspondent IIDecember 1, 2012

Oklahoma vs. TCU: Postgame Grades for Sooners' Win over Horned Frogs

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    The Oklahoma Sooners still have a shot at a BCS bowl game and the Big 12 title.

    The Sooners took care of business against TCU and will now wait to see if Texas will beat Kansas State. If they do, the Sooners will win the Big 12 outright and go to the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.

    Oklahoma struggled throughout the day against TCU, but was able to hold on for a 24-17 win.

    It wasn't pretty, but the Sooners got the win and that's all that matters.

    Here's a look a the full postgame grades for the Sooners' win.


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    Overall Game Grade: B-

    Landry Jones finished the day completing 22 of 40 passes for 244 yards and two touchdowns.

    Jones did throw one interception and struggled in the second half, completing nine passes for 91 yards.

    The quarterback was instrumental in the Sooners going 7 of 16 on third downs.

    Overall, Jones showed he’s not ready for the NFL, even though he’ll go this year. Having played in a spread offense, Jones had some success, but has struggled against good defenses.

Running Backs

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    Overall Game Grade: A-

    The running game was actually pretty good considering it was Oklahoma's.

    Damien Williams had 154 yards of total offense, including a 66-yard rushing touchdown.

    Brennan Clay added 47 yards on the ground.

    There's not too much to complain about what the running backs did. They didn't get many chances (as usual), but when they did, they did their job.

Wide Receivers

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    Overall Game Grade: B+

    Jalen Saunders led all receivers with seven catches for 108 yards and one touchdown.

    It seemed all game long he was Jones' go-to guy, getting open in the middle of the defense for big gains.

    Kenny Stills was held to a quiet 16 yards on two receptions as TCU had him bracketed most of the game.

    The wide receivers did a decent job at getting open, but they weren't able to get that kind of separation to help out their quarterback. Had they gotten better separation, Jones might have completed a few more passes and been over 300 yards.

Offensive Line

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    Overall Game Grade: A

    The offensive line kept Landry Jones off the turf and helped the running game get 177 total yards.

    There were only three tackles behind the line of scrimmage, which shows the line didn't get pushed around by the TCU defensive line.

    They gave Jones time in the pocket to make passes and they can't be blamed for him missing on some of those passes.

    All told, that's a pretty good day.

Defensive Line

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    Overall Game Grade: B-

    There was nothing to exciting from the Oklahoma defensive line as they only garnered one sack.

    However, they did limit TCU to 117 yards rushing, forcing 15 of TCU's 30 rushing plays to go for two yards or less.

    The defensive line was pushing TCU around, it just didn't get sacks.

    Still, it was a good effort by a unit is often overlooked on the Sooners.


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    Overall Game Grade: D+

    When your three starting linebackers have seven total tackles, there's a problem.

    The Oklahoma linebacking corps of Tom Wort, Corey Nelson and Gabe Lynn were barely involved in the game.

    TCU rushed as many times as it passed (31), but it wasn't the linebackers who were making the plays.

    It was a very unimpressive effort from the linebacking corps.


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    Overall Game Grade: B+

    The secondary had one mistake in the game when they allowed an 80-yard touchdown reception.

    Outside of that, the secondary was on point all game.

    Tony Jefferson led the team with eight tackles, while Demontre Hurst had seven and Javon Harris had six.

    To put it simply, the secondary made plays the entire game and is the reason TCU didn't allow any more points than it did.

Special Teams

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    Overall Game Grade: B

    For the most part, the Oklahoma special teams played well.

    Two plays are what took the grade down as the Sooners had a muffed punt return and a missed field goal.

    Punter Tress Way averaged 49.3 yards per punt, including a 75-yard punt.

    The coverage on special teams was good as well with the longest kickoff return going for 13 yards and the longest punt return going for one yard.

    Now, that's coverage.


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    Overall Game Grade: C+

    The Oklahoma coaching staff did nothing spectacular.

    On offense, Jones wasn't able to air it out like he has in the past as the Sooners ran 32 of the 72 plays.

    For a team that averaged 350.2 yards passing per game, that's not good. Jones needed to have the ability to throw the ball more. There was no reason to run it 32 times.

    Once Oklahoma got a lead, it seemed content to run the ball and milk the clock.

    That's the reason why Oklahoma didn't score more points than it did.

    Defensively, the coaches did their job as Oklahoma really only allowed one big play that gave TCU a touchdown. The first touchdown can't be placed on the defense because it was after an interception.

    Overall, the defensive coaches showed they had their kids prepared.