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Report Card: Grading the Sooners after their 30-point win against Kansas

Updated: October 16, 2011, 3:02 PM ET
By Jake Trotter | SoonerNation

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Despite a less than dominating performance, Oklahoma defeated Kansas 47-17 Saturday night. SoonerNation's Jake Trotter grades OU's performance:

Landry Jones: C+

The stats didn't reflect it  29 of 48 passing with 363 yards and three touchdowns  but Jones was off his game against the nation's most inefficient defense against the pass. He misfired badly on several throws, and was fortunate to only have one interception.

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Peter G. Aiken/US PresswireRyan Broyles and Oklahoma's offense struggled again in the red zone, but managed to handle Kansas, 47-17.
Running back committee: A

Dominique Whaley quietly rolled to a career-high 165 yards on 30 carries with a touchdown. But the most encouraging development was the play of Roy Finch, who gave the offense a spark off the bench. Finch finished with 58 yards on six carries and a touchdown before leaving the game in the third quarter with a minor head injury. After the game, Finch said he didn't make a single mistake in pass protection, which is what had been limiting his playing time.

Ryan Broyles and Kenny Stills: A+

On a night be broke the NCAA career receptions and Big 12 career touchdown receptions records, Broyles might have had his finest game yet. He reeled in 13 passes for a school-record 217 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Broyles nearly had a third score, but fumbled the ball away at the 2-yard line. Stills, meanwhile, had another solid game with eight receptions, 74 yards and a 17-yard touchdown grab. Stills appeared to have suffered a serious injury when he went down holding his knee after twisting it into the turf. But plays later, he was back on the field. Stills now has a touchdown in every game he's played this season.

Other receivers: D

Third wideout Jaz Reynolds had a decent performance with three catches for 37 yards, but that was about it. Tight end James Hanna continues to have little part in the passing game, and Dejuan Miller and Trey Franks were nowhere to be found in this game.

Offensive line: C+

Landry Jones took a couple of shots, but never was sacked. And the Sooners were able to run the ball relatively well, averaging 6.2 yards per carry. But at the goal line, the line continued to struggle. The Sooners scored only three touchdowns on eight trips inside the Kansas 20. On one troubling possession, OU had six plays to punch the ball in from inside the Jayhawks 5, and couldn't do it.

Frank Alexander and Ronnell Lewis: C

Alexander and Lewis had decent games, but they weren't as menacing as they have been. Alexander finished with a sack and two tackles for loss. Lewis had five tackles.

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Jamie Squire/Getty ImagesDominique Whaley was one of the Sooners' bright spots against Kansas.
Other defensive linemen: C

The OU front was dominant in the second half, surrendering just a single first down. But in the first half, Kansas ran up and down the field against OU's three-man front and tallied 168 yards on the ground.

Travis Lewis and Tom Wort: C-

Neither Lewis nor Wort played well in the first half, as the Jayhawks ran the ball at will. Both came back to play much better, as the Jayhakws were held to negative yardage rushing after halftime. Lewis led OU with nine tackles, but Wort only had three and got banged up again. Jaydan Bird filled in for several plays, and showed he has the potential to be a good run-stopping middle linebacker. Bird had five tackles.

Defensive backfield: B

The Jayhawks weren't nearly as successful throwing the ball as they were running it, thanks to consistent solid coverage; Jordan Webb completed just 13 of 25 passes for 108 yards. But a week after forcing five turnovers, the Sooners failed to force any against the Jayhawks.

Special teams: A

This might have been OU's best special teams performance of the season. Ryan Broyles had a 36-yard punt return, his longest this season. The Sooners were solid in kick coverage, too, keeping D.J. Beshears from breaking off a return longer than 30 yards. Placekicker Michael Hunnicutt tied a school record with four field goals, Patrick O'Hara booted the ball well on kickoffs and on all three of his punts, Tress Way pinned the Jayhawks inside their 20.

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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