Running back DeMarco Murray: A
He rushed 25 times for 115 yards and two touchdowns, and he even got in on the Sooner receiving game with four catches for 31 yards. Murray’s two touchdown runs, an 18-yarder and 20-yarder, were a couple of the nicest runs in career. He juked a man out of his shoes for his first score and tightroped the sideline on his second.
Press box: F
It’s supposed to be a working environment. But with fans cheering in the box and a lack of Internet, it’s hard to consider it that. The barbecue was decent, but the rest of the experience was very poor at the Red River Rivalry.
Avoiding the big play defensively: C-
For a large part of the day, the defense shut down Garret Gilbert and the rest of the Texas offense. But there were some exceptions, the biggest of which was a 60-yard touchdown run by D.J. Monroe. Gilbert also hit receiver Malcolm Williams for a 40-yard pass late in the game that set up UT for a field goal. And these weren’t the only two big plays, although the defense played well for a majority of the contest.
Performance out of the gates: A
Granted it was boosted by some Texas penalties, but the Sooners came out and scored a touchdown on the first possession of the game for the fourth time in their first five games. They took a 14-0 lead later in the first quarter and truly had the Longhorns on their heels early.
Taking care of the ball: B+
No interceptions by OU quarterback Landry Jones and no fumbles lost is the good news. Running backs DeMarco Murray and Mossis Madu, along with fullback Trey Millard, valued possession. The bad news is Jones’ near fumble almost cost the Sooners mightily. But the ball bounced out of bounds, and it didn’t matter in the end. No turnovers at all trumps that near turnover.
Follow me at twitter.com/joeyhelmer10 or facebook.com/joeyhelmer.