OU vs. Texas A&M: Report Card

OU wide receiver Jaz Reynolds

Sooners Illustrated provides this week's edition of grades below.

Jaz hands: A

Sooner wide receiver Jaz Reynolds made SportsCenter for the second week in a row with another one-handed highlight reel touchdown grab. It happened early in the third quarter when quarterback Landry Jones dropped back on a first-and-10 play from the A&M 31 and found Reynolds deep down the right side. Reynolds did the rest from there, one of his six catches for 75 yards on the day.

Defense: B

Call it for what it was. OU allowed more than half of the Aggies' points and a large majority of their yardage in the fourth quarter when it didn't really matter, but it still surrendered 527 yards of total offense. That's 123 more yards than the potent Sooner offense produced. In the second quarter, A&M signal caller Ryan Tannehill found speedster Ryan Swope for a 79-yard touchdown on a complete breakdown in the secondary. Things like this are always a concern. Nevertheless, they came up with four turnovers, including three interceptions and a fumble recovery. But the national leader in sacks didn't produce any.

The Bellcat: A+

Well, the Sooners finally may have found a way to pick up third and short situations on a regular basis, and that's through backup quarterback Blake Bell. With it, they scored two touchdowns and converted six third downs on seven attempts, including three on one possession in the second quarter. Bell has asserted himself as a viable option at quarterback in those short yardage situations.

Resolve: A

Just a couple weeks removed from having its nation-long 39-game home winning streak snapped, OU came out with renewed energy to start a new one. And that's just what the Sooners did. And it was pretty impressive considering some of the pressure A&M put on them from the stand point that it was close at halftime. They could have had a relapse but turned it on in the second half for a big victory.

Red-zone production: B

The Sooners got into the tight zone five times and came up with points on four of those opportunities. But only three of those times (60 percent) did OU manage touchdowns. That's because they were sacked and forced out of comfortable field goal range once and managed a 29-yard field goal on the other occasion. Besides that, though, it was solid inside the red zone. Bell scored a pair of touchdowns from 2- and 4-yards, respectively, and running back Roy Finch scampered in from three yards out for the third touchdown.

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