High marks across the board for OU

DALLAS -- The Sooners handed Texas its fourth-worst defeat in the history of the series, blasting the Longhorns on Saturday, 55-17. SoonerNation's Jake Trotter grades OU's performance:

Landry Jones: A+

Texas coach Mack Brown said Jones "played like a Heisman Trophy winner." Jones' Heisman campaign had lost steam since the Florida State win, but Saturday's performance should give him a jolt in the race. Jones completed 31 of 50 passes for 367 yards and three touchdowns with no turnovers against a solid Texas defense.

Running back committee: B

Walk-on Dominique Whaley had a nifty 64-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, but otherwise had 19 yards on 12 carries. Roy Finch gave the offense a lift with a couple of first-half catches.

Ryan Broyles and Kenny Stills: A+

Is there any better receiving duo in college football? Broyles and Stills put on a clinic in the first half, with 10 catches, 149 yards and three touchdowns. The Longhorns had no answer for the twosome.

Other receivers: A-

The Jaz Reynolds redemption tale continues. Facing third-and-25 at the Texas 35, Landry Jones lofted a sideline pass that Reynolds hauled in before slipping out of bounce at the UT 5. The Sooners scored three plays later to go up 20-3. Reynolds finished with nine catches and 92 receiving yards – his third straight 90-yard-plus game. OU's other receivers, however, did little. Dejuan Miller had only one catch, and in his first game back from a two-game suspension, Trey Franks didn't have a reception. Other than the Reynolds catch, tight end Austin Haywood made the biggest play, rumbling 19 yards on a screen pass.

Offensive line: A

The Sooners didn't run the ball like they wanted to, but Landry Jones had plenty of time to throw against Manny Diaz's blitz-happy defense. Much of the credit goes to Gabe Ikard, who was marvelous in his second career start at center making the protection checks. Jarvis Jones looked good at right tackle, and Adam Shead got his most significant playing time yet at guard.

Frank Alexander and Ronnell Lewis: A+

Alexander is making a serious push for Big 12 defensive player of the year. Saturday he continued to dominate with three sacks, four tackles for loss, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble that led to a David King touchdown. Lewis shared more time with King than usual, but still finished with two sacks and three tackles for loss.

Other defensive linemen: A+

Casey Walker said after the game the tackles have been playing with a chip on their shoulder since being denoted as the weak link on the defense in the preseason. As Brent Venables said afterward, "this isn't the 'Steel Curtain.'" But the d-line has been the most consistent unit on the defense, and Saturday they stood out again. On the ground, Texas averaged just 0.8 yards per carry.

Travis Lewis and Tom Wort: A

Lewis and Wort were somewhat overshadowed by the play of the ends and the secondary. But Texas couldn't get past the second level in the run game, and Lewis, Wort and Corey Nelson were a big reason why. Texas' longest run went for only 18 yards.

Defensive backfield: A+

The "Sharks" feasted on rookie quarterbacks David Ash and Case McCoy, returning two of three interceptions for touchdowns. Cornerback Jamell Fleming had the best game of his career, adding 13 tackles to his strip touchdown. Cornerback Demontre Hurst also was dominant, adding a pick six. Safeties Tony Jefferson and Aaron Colvin were stout against the run and kept everything in front of them. Texas' longest pass play was 23 yards.

Special teams: C+

Let's face it, OU just isn't that great on special teams. The Sooners allowed their first kickoff return touchdown of the season, but it was their 10th since 2008, the most of any school during that span. Tress Way had a chance to pin Texas inside the 5, but his punt sailed out of bounds at the 15. The bright spot was placekicker Michael Hunnicutt, who converted a pair of short field goals in the first quarter.

Jake Trotter covers University of Oklahoma football for SoonerNation. He can be reached at trotterjake@gmail.com. and look for answers every Friday.

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