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.