Instant Analysis: OU 41, Texas A&M 25
November, 5, 2011
By Jake Trotter | ESPN.com
J.P. Wilson/Icon SMIOklahoma quarterback Blake Bell ran for two touchdowns against Texas A&M.NORMAN, Okla. – After having its 39-game home winning streak snapped two weeks ago, OU started a new one Saturday. But at the expense of losing wide receiver Ryan Broyles for the season with a torn ACL:
How the game was won: OU exploded with four touchdowns in the third quarter to put the game away after a competitive first half. Jaz Reynolds got the scoring going with a one-handed 31-yard touchdown grab, his second one-handed scoring grab in as many weeks.
Player of the game: With running back Dominique Whaley out for the season with a fractured ankle, sophomore Roy Finch filled in nicely, carrying the ball 26 times for 99 yards and a touchdown. No other OU running back received more than one carry.
Unsung hero of the game: Out of the “Bell-Dozer” formation, third-string quarterback Blake Bell had six carries in the first half, which resulted in four first downs and a touchdown. The Sooners installed the offense last week to have the threat of a running quarterback on certain downs. Bell had a rushing touchdown against Kansas State last weekend, too.
Stat of the game: OU, which led the nation in sacks going into Saturday, failed to sack Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill once. The Sooners were also outgained by the Aggies 500-404. The difference was turnovers. A&M committed four; OU just one.
What it means: The Sooners picked up a big victory. But it was a Pyrrhic one with Broyles possibly out for the season with ligament damage to his knee. The pressure will be on Landry Jones, and receivers Kenny Stills, Jaz Reynolds and Dejuan Miller to keep the offense humming without one of the most prolific pass-catchers in NCAA history.
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BIG 12 SCOREBOARD
Final Washington State 45 Colorado State 48 Final 20 Fresno State 20 25 USC 45 Final Buffalo 24 San Diego State 49 Final Tulane 21 Louisiana-Lafayette 24
Final Pittsburgh 30 Bowling Green 27 Final Utah State 21 23 Northern Illinois 14
Final Marshall 31 Maryland 20 Final Syracuse 21 Minnesota 17 Final Brigham Young 16 Washington 31
Final Rutgers 16 Notre Dame 29 Final Cincinnati 17 North Carolina 39 Final Miami (FL) 9 18 Louisville 36 Final Michigan 14 Kansas State 31
Final Middle Tennessee 6 Navy 24 Final Ole Miss 25 Georgia Tech 17 Final 10 Oregon 30 Texas 7 Final 14 Arizona State 23 Texas Tech 37
Final Arizona 42 Boston College 19 Final Virginia Tech 12 17 UCLA 42 Final Rice 7 Mississippi State 44 Final 24 Duke 48 21 Texas A&M 52
Final Nebraska 24 22 Georgia 19 Final UNLV 14 North Texas 36 Final Iowa 14 16 LSU 21 Final 19 Wisconsin 24 9 South Carolina 34 Final 5 Stanford 20 4 Michigan State 24 Final 15 UCF 52 6 Baylor 42
Final 13 Oklahoma State 31 8 Missouri 41 Final 12 Clemson 40 7 Ohio State 35