Sunday, October 7, 2012
3 Up, 3 Down: Oklahoma 41, Texas Tech 20
By Jake Trotter
LUBBOCK, Texas. -- A look at positives and negatives from Oklahoma's 41-20 win over Texas Tech.
1. QB Landry Jones. For two weeks, Jones was beaten up by the fans and the media for a rocky performance in the loss to Kansas State. Facing a ton of scrutiny from Sooner Nation, Jones rose to the occasion, passing for 259 yards and two touchdowns in his best performance without Ryan Broyles in the lineup.
Oklahoma's Aaron Colvin had a hand in two turnovers at Texas Tech.
2. CB Aaron Colvin. The junior is quickly proving to be one of the best one of the best cover corners in the country. Colvin had another huge game with an interception at the line of scrimmage and a tipped pass that led to Javon Harris’ 46-yard interception return for touchdown.
3. LB Frank Shannon. With Tom Wort struggling to cover the pass, the Sooners inserted Shannon as a middle linebacker in the first half. And the redshirt freshman did not disappoint. Shannon came up with a huge fourth-down sack early in the third quarter and finished with a team-high six tackles. Shannon’s showing will warrant him more playing time going forward.
1. LB Tom Wort. Wort’s struggles in pass coverage against the Red Raiders continued, and eventually Shannon supplanted him in the lineup. Coach Bob Stoops said afterward that the Sooners made the move because Shannon is better against four- and five-receiver sets. But who in the Big 12 doesn’t use four and five receivers?
2. RB Dominique Whaley. The Sooners had been going with a time-share at running back, using Whaley and Damien Williams. Saturday they went almost exclusively with Williams, who made his first career start and had 20 touches. Whaley, who had been the less productive back of the pair, got just two.
3. OU’s chances of running the table. The Sooners bounced back to play well. But West Virginia, Notre Dame and even Texas continue to look formidable. The Sooners will have to be at their best to have a chance of running through that gantlet unscathed.