Performance Grades for Oklahoma's 31-26 Victory over Texas

Oklahoma held off a late Texas rally to win the Red River Rivalry and get their season back on track after losing to TCU.  The Sooners still have a shot to win the Big XII and make the College Football Playoff, but they need to be firing on all cylinders to do so. How did they do today?


Trevor Knight was efficient against the Longhorns, going 12/20, but threw for only 129 yards. Knight's going to have to perform better while still being efficient for the Sooners to reach their full potential. There were too many checkdowns in this game, and he needs to get back to throwing the ball down the field.

Grade: C

Running Backs

Oklahoma's lack of running game was the biggest reason for their struggles today. Big freshman Semaje Perine has taken over the bulk of the carries, but they're going to have to do better than 3.4 yards per carry. The backs were also non-existent in the passing game.

Grade: D+

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

Sterling Shepard had a solid game (4 rec, 63 yards, 1 TD), but everyone else was subpar. They were unable to get any separation from Texas' defensive backs, and made life difficult for their quarterback.

Grade: D+

Offensive Line

The line only gave up one sack in this game, giving Trevor Knight time to throw. They weren't great in the running game, but they did what was most important.

Grade: B+

Defensive Line

On the flip side, the Sooners were only able to record two sacks, but were in the face of Longhorn quarterback Tyrone Swoopes all day long. They were disruptive, though not as productive as Bob Stoops would've liked.

Grade: B-


This group was good for most of the game, holding Texas to only 148 rushing yards on the game, but most of those came late when the Longhorns started running a lot of read option. That's what the linebackers had trouble with against TCU, and need to get a LOT better at defending it if Oklahoma wants to win the national title.

Grade: C

Defensive Backs

Zach Sanchez did return an interception 43-yards for a touchdown, but this unit still allowed for Texas to throw for well over 300 yards on the day. The Longhorns don't have a great passing game, so this was alarming - particularly after the Horned Frogs repeatedly exploited blown coverages last week.

Grade: D+

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