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 Cincinnati 17 Virginia Tech 33 Final 15 Arizona State 36 Duke 31 Final Miami (FL) 21 South Carolina 24 Final/OT Boston College 30 Penn State 31 Final Nebraska 42 24 USC 45
Final Nevada 3 Louisiana-Lafayette 16 Final Utah State 21 UTEP 6 Final 22 Utah 45 Colorado State 10 Final Western Michigan 24 Air Force 38 Final South Alabama 28 Bowling Green 33
Final Marshall 52 Northern Illinois 23 Final Navy 17 San Diego State 16
Final Central Michigan 48 Western Kentucky 49 Final Fresno State 6 Rice 30
Final Illinois 18 Louisiana Tech 35 Final Rutgers 40 North Carolina 21 Final North Carolina State 34 UCF 27
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State