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Kenny Stills was a virtual ghost in the second half of the Cotton Bowl.
Kenny Stills seemed to be on track for a great game in the first half. He hauled in six passes for 52 yards and was the most effective outlet for Landry Jones.
Stills did hurt his grade by dropping a potential touchdown early in the second quarter (the drive ended in a field goal).
The junior was omnipresent until halftime. The second half couldn't have been a starker contrast. The only contributions he made were a 15-yard catch and a pass-interference penalty.
Granted, the interference call was a poor one. But where was the junior wideout when the Sooners needed him most? Whatever defensive adjustments the Aggies made at halftime worked marvelously.
Despite failing to reach the end zone, Jalen Saunders played a fairly solid game. He caught nine passes for 63 yards and made several key blocks.
Also of note, the Aggies stuffed Saunders in special teams. Out of four Texas A&M punts, Saunders returned only one, losing a yard.
The lone Sooner touchdown went to Justin Brown just before halftime. At the time, that seemed to be a pivotal score, bringing the Sooners within one point of the Aggies.
But, like the rest of the Oklahoma offense, Brown was under the radar in the second half. His most notable catch was ultimately ruled incomplete due to illegal touching.
The Penn State transfer finished his last game with seven catches for 57 yards and a touchdown.
Four catches for 43 yards is nothing exceptional, but Sterling Shepard warrants optimism. The freshman turned in a promising 2012 debut with 45 catches for 621 yards and three touchdowns.
His Cotton Bowl performance earns him a "B-" because he almost met expectations. Considering his youth and the talent at wide receiver, four catches is a commendable effort.
The bottom line, though, is the OU offense was woeful against Texas A&M. Zero points in the second half is inexcusable. Shepard and his fellow receivers share some of the blame for this.