Overall Grade: A
The coaches took a little while to figure out Oklahoma's offense, and the Sooners took advantage of that. Oklahoma kept up with A&M for the first half, and the teams were only one-point apart when the refs blew the halftime whistle.
A big part of that was the A&M play-calling on defense. On many of the plays, A&M would stuff the Sooners at the line of scrimmage, but Oklahoma would run a different play and speed by sloppy tacklers to gain a first down.
The pass coverage was a little loose in the first half as well, but the defense did get to stand up in the end zone twice. Oklahoma only found the end zone once, and the Sooners didn't score at all in the second half.
That's what brings us to the overall grade. A&M played a first half that was actually below its potential, and the Aggies still allowed only 13 points. Make no mistake, the coaching was not bad by any stretch of the imagination. The coaches just had to make some serious halftime adjustments.
What earned them an “A” for the game? Those halftime adjustments. The Aggies entered halftime looking a little better the Florida Gators did in the Sugar Bowl, and they came out of halftime looking like the 2011 Alabama Crimson Tide in the BCS title game.
Any coach who can make adjustments like that should be paid well enough to stay at A&M until he loses his touch or retires. Kevin Sumlin might not have gotten a trophy for what he accomplished at A&M, but he should get the league's longest contract extension. If not, there are at least three SEC programs (Tennessee, Arkansas and Kentucky) that would love to have him.
Gig 'Em! Aggies. Wait...you already did!
Texas A&M Aggies 41, Oklahoma Sooners 13