Monday, November 19, 2012
Oklahoma 10: Week 12 power rankings
By Jake Trotter
Each week, SoonerNation will rank Oklahoma’s top 10 performers of the season up to this point. In a wild 50-49 victory at West Virginia, the Sooners had some clutch performances offensively. On the defense, not so much:
1. S Tony Jefferson (Last week: No. 1): OK, it wasn’t a great night for Jefferson or the defense. But imagine how many more yards Tavon Austin would have rushed for without Jefferson’s game-high 12 tackles.
Cornerback Aaron Colvin had an interception for the Sooners vs. West Virginia.
2. QB Landry Jones (4): Without Jones, the Sooners might have lost by two touchdowns. In perhaps the finest game of his career, he threw 554 yards and six touchdowns, including the game-winner on fourth down. Jones was spectacular.
3. WR Kenny Stills (8): Stills was virtually uncoverable through the night and matched the performance of West Virginia's Stedman Bailey. Stills had four touchdown catches, including two in the game’s final five minutes. He was clutch.
4. CB Aaron Colvin (3): Colvin was about the only OU defender who came to play. He got beat deep by Stedman Bailey more than once. But Colvin still had eight tackles, three pass breakups and his third interception of the season.
5. FB Trey Millard (2): Millard got the Sooners on the board early with a 4-yard touchdown catch on third down. The game plan was to throw the ball downfield, so Millard’s role was somewhat limited. He still had three catches for 17 yards.
6: WR Jalen Saunders (NR): Saunders’ 76-yard touchdown reception was OU’s longest since Cameron Kenney’s 86-yard bomb two years ago at Oklahoma State. On that play, Saunders broke a tackle, then weaved through the West Virginia secondary untouched. Saunders finished with seven catches for 123 yards.
7. WR Justin Brown (6): Where would the Sooners be without Saunders and Brown? The Penn State transfer had another monster performance with six catches for a career-high 112 yards. He caught two passes on the game-winning drive, including a 36-yarder to put the Sooners in West Virginia territory.
8. C Gabe Ikard (9): After missing last week’s game with a concussion, Ikard returned with a strong performance. Jones dropped back to throw 51 times. He wasn’t sacked once.
9. RB Damien Williams (5): Williams still isn’t 100 percent from the ankle injury, but he was effective enough against the Mountaineers. He finished with 163 yards rushing and receiving.
10. QB Blake Bell (NR): It was hardly a night to remember for Bell or the Belldozer. Bell rushed for 12 yards on five carries, but was stuffed on the final drive of the game on third down. Fortunately for the Sooners, Jones came through on fourth down.