LAWRENCE, Kan. — The Sooner defense stiffened up in the second half and the Crimson and Cream rolled…
OU vs. Kansas: Report Card
Ryan Broyles' record-breaking performance: A+ Trailing the all-time NCAA receptions leader Taylor Stubblefield by three grabs and tied with former Oklahoma State standout Rashaun Woods atop the career Big 12 touchdown receptions mark with 44 prior to kickoff, senior slot receiver Ryan Broyles simultaneously broke both records with a bang. Junior quarterback Landry Jones hit Broyles in stride for a 57-yard touchdown reception on a post route. After the Norman native's record-setting reception, he went on to haul in 13 passes for 217 receiving yards--another school record--with a pair of touchdown grabs. Landry Jones' night: B- Jones started out 0-for-4 throwing the football and just seemed out of sync for a good portion of the night. His second-half interception to Kansas linebacker Steven Johnson was uncharacteristic and one of the worst throws Jones has made all season. Not to mention, Jones should have been picked off by Johnson in the first half as well. That being said, Jones did what Jones does: He completed 29-of-48 passes for 363 yards and three touchdowns while leading OU to 610 total yards of offense en route to a 47-17 rout of the Jayhawks. Red zone success: C- Oklahoma made seven trips to the red zone, coming away with points every time. It should have been eight trips to the "tight zone," but Broyles fumbled trying to reach the football past the pylon in the third quarter. While it's positive to have a perfect seven-for-seven result in red zone trips on the evening, the Sooners settling for field goals is beginning to become a glaring problem. Versus Kansas, OU kicked four field goals once inside the 20-yard line. One trip saw junior running back Dominique Whaley drop a pass out in the flat that would have been a touchdown, and then on third down sophomore fullback Trey Millard tripped over his own feet, spoiling another opportunity for six points. Do that against an Alabama, LSU or Wisconsin and Oklahoma might be reliving some nasty national championship game history. Pass Protection: A Another week has come and gone with OU's offensive line doing an excellent job of keeping Jones clean. The loss of starting center Ben Habern to a broken arm continues to be a non-factor with Gabe Ikard filling in nicely in the move over from left guard. Jones threw the ball 48 times and was not sacked and rarely hurried on the evening. Defensive performance: B+ At halftime, the odds of defensive coordinator Brent Venables' group receiving this grade seemed unlikely. The Sooners had just gotten finished surrendering 246 yards of total offense, 168 of which came on the ground. Sophomore running back James Sims burnt the OU defense with a 56-yard touchdown trot off an option. Together, Sims and freshman Darrian Miller combined to average 8.1 yards per carry in the first half. Boy, was the story different in the second half. The Sooner defense swarmed the Jayhawks after intermission, holding KU to just six yards of offense on 27 plays. Oklahoma forced Kansas to punt seven times and also turned the Jayhawks over on downs once. Senior linebacker Travis Lewis put it simply, "We dominated them."
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