Oklahoma has flawless second half
Report Card: Grading the Sooners after their win over Kansas State
Manhattan, Kan. -- Grading the Sooners' 58-17 win over Kansas State:
Landry Jones: A+
Jones threw a pair of interceptions in the second quarter, but Bob Stoops blamed Trey Franks for not coming back to the ball on one of the interceptions. Otherwise, Jones was sensational throwing for a school-record 505 yards and five touchdowns.
Running back committee: A-
The committee lost Dominique Whaley for the season on the first play of the game. Whaley suffered a fractured ankle and had to be carted off the field. It's a tough blow, but Roy Finch continued to dazzle with 73 yards on only nine carries, including a 31-yard touchdown. Fullback Trey Millard added a career-long 61-yard score, and could warrant more carries in power situations with Whaley out. Brandon Williams got his first significant action since Ball State, but averaged only 2.8 yards on eight carries. Brennan Clay continues to be limited, and touched the ball only once.
Broyles delivered another phenomenal performance, with 14 catches, 171 receiving yards and the first touchdown that ignited OU's second half scoring splurge. Stills didn't play as much, as he had been as Jay Norvell tries to keep him healthy, but still came up with 101 receiving yards on four receptions, including a tremendous 54-yard grab over double coverage.Other receivers: A+[+] EnlargeAP Photo/Orlin WagnerLinebacker Corey Nelson and the Sooners shut down Kansas State in the second half.
The best performance by OU's secondary receivers since 2008. Jaz Reynolds had only three catches, but all three were spectacular, and two ended in touchdowns. Dejuan Miller, who had been a complete non-factor, caught three passes for 42 yards and a touchdown in the first quarter off third-and-10 inside the red zone. Tight ends James Hanna (three catches, 59 yards) and Trent Ratterree (12-yard touchdown) were factors in the passing game, as well. If OU's supporting cast plays like this every week, the Sooners will be very difficult to stop.
Offensive line: A+
Not once was K-State able to get a hand on Landry Jones, a big reason why he was so precise in the passing game. The Sooners also averaged 6.8 yards per carry. The offensive line was spectacular.
Frank Alexander and Ronnell Lewis: A
Alexander and Lewis bounced back with a dominating performance, each contributing a sack. Lewis was especially active in the run defense as he totaled five tackles.
Other defensive linemen: B
K-State was able to fold OU's defensive line over in the second quarter, clearing running lanes for quarterback Collin Klein. But the unit bucked up in the second half, led by tackle Casey Walker, who played through a broken thumb.
Travis Lewis and Tom Wort: A-
After sitting out last week with a concussion, Wort came back a vengeance, leading the Sooners with six tackles, two for loss, and two sacks. Lewis didn't have his best game, but was solid with four tackles.
Defensive backfield: A
Although K-State is not known for its air attack, holding anyone to 58 yards passing is impressive. Outside Klein's 42-yard touchdown run, the secondary was also stout in run support, and also never bit on play-action.
Special teams: A
Michael Hunnicutt's 53-yard field goal was OU's longest since the third game of the '07 season. That overshadowed a missed extra point and shaky kick coverage.
Jake Trotter covers University of Oklahoma football for SoonerNation. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Submit questions to his mailbag and look for answers every Friday.
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