Saturday, September 17, 2011
Updated: September 18, 2:21 PM ET
Kenny Stills, Jimmy Stevens key for OU
By Jake Trotter
Landry Jones: B
Through three-and-a-half quarters, Jones was having one of the worst games of his career. With two fourth-quarter passes, including a 37-yard touchdown strike to Kenny Stills, that changed. Jones, once was known for fourth-quarter flopping, has become Mister Fourth Quarter.
Jimmy Stevens: A
It isn't always pretty. But Stevens made all three of his field-goal attempts. His last one, a 31-yard knuckleball with 2:01 to go in the fourth quarter, put the game out of reach.
Kenny Stills: A+
Stills showed why it's going to be hard for defenses to completely key on Ryan Broyles this season. The Seminoles made life miserable on Broyles most of the night. But Stills made them pay when left in single coverage, no more than his 37-yard fourth-quarter touchdown grab over Greg Reid.
OU running game: C
On the first drive, the Sooners looked like they might rush for 300 yards. Instead, they did little else on the ground the rest of the night, finishing with 111 rushing yards and a 2.8 average. OU also rank into a wall twice on the goal line and had to settle for field goals. Dominique Whaley and Brennan Clay ran hard, but the question remains, where is Roy Finch? OU's playmaking scatback didn't get a carry, and saw the field sparingly.
Offensive tempo: D
The Sooners baffled FSU with their uptempo offensive style last season. Saturday, because of too many audibles and too many negative plays, OU never got into a rhythm.
Defensive line: A
OU's defensive line was supposed to be a liability this season. Instead, it was a strength. Despite playing a three-man front most of the night, the Sooner front dominated FSU's offensive line, recording six sacks while holding the Seminoles to 27 yards rushing.
|OU's Kenny Stills caught 7 passes for 125 yards and a touchdown against Florida State.|
Jake Trotter covers University of Oklahoma football for SoonerNation.
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