O-line, backup receivers get an 'A'

The Sooners scored 28 unanswered points after trailing Missouri 14-3 early in the first quarter to win 38-28. SoonerNation's Jake Trotter grades OU's performance:

Landry Jones: A-

Jones underthrew Dejuan Miller on one interception, then had another pick that was tipped. Yet, Jones, without two of his starting receivers, completed 35 of 48 passes for 448 yards and accounted for four touchdowns.

Running back committee: B+

A committee for how long? Walk-on Dominique Whaley was marvelous again, compiling 150 total yards with a touchdown. The other backs did little. Brennan Clay averaged 2.9 yards per carry, and Roy Finch got only one rush and two receptions.

Ryan Broyles and Kenny Stills: A

Stills was out after suffering symptoms of a concussion late in the week, but Broyles more than made up for it with 13 catches, 154 yards and three touchdowns.

Other receivers: A-

With Stills and Trey Franks (suspension) out, reserves Jaz Reynolds and Dejuan Miller met the challenge. Reynolds had five catches for 93 yards (career highs) and Miller had four receptions for 40 yards. Tight ends James Hanna, Austin Haywood and Trent Ratterree finally were factors in the passing attack after two quiet games.

Offensive line: A

Not only was Missouri unable to put any pressure on Jones, the Sooners' line pounded the Tigers on the ground in the second half. A possible right forearm fracture to center Ben Habern, however, spoiled an otherwise solid night. If there is in fact a break, Habern could be out a month or more, which would force guard Gabe Ikard to center.

Frank Alexander and Ronnell Lewis: B+

Through three games, Alexander might be OU's most valuable defensive player. Alexander had another brilliant night, finishing with six tackles, 1 1/2 tackles for loss and a sack. His cohort, Lewis, was not quite as disruptive, but he did have six tackles and a quarterback hurry.

Travis Lewis and Tom Wort: D

Each said his performance was disappointing. Both were right. The two combined for 15 tackles, but too many times they allowed Missouri's runners to get to the second level, as the Tigers averaged 5.7 yards per carry. A week after unleashing their top performance as a tandem, Lewis and Wort might have had their worst.

Defensive backfield: C

Missouri had receivers running open all night. The Sooners tried to counter Missouri's speed by playing three cornerbacks, but to no great avail. After an awful start, OU quickly got out of man-to-man coverage and went to zone, which helped slow down the Tigers.

Special teams: B-

On his first career try, Michael Hunnicutt nailed a 26-yard field goal and looked good doing it. Jimmy Stevens has been productive, going back to the end of last season, but coach Bob Stoops said Stevens has been dealing with a pulled muscle, which opened the door for Hunnicutt. Tress Way pinned Missouri inside its own 20 three times, but OU's kickoff return unit continued to struggle, averaging less than 15 yards a return.

Jake Trotter covers University of Oklahoma football for SoonerNation.

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