Monday, November 26, 2012
The Oklahoma 10: Week 13 power rankings
By Jake Trotter
Each week, SoonerNation will rank Oklahoma’s top 10 performers of the season up to this point. Several Sooners stepped up to the challenge in a 51-48 Bedlam victory that went to overtime, including the Oklahoma 10’s new No. 1:
1. QB Landry Jones (Last week: No. 2): Had the Sooners knocked off Notre Dame, Jones would be topping the Heisman polls right now. He’s been unconscious the last two weeks and still deserves to be in the Heisman conversation. Collin Klein has been incredible this season, but I’m not so sure Jones isn’t the All-Big 12 QB.
Oklahoma quarterback Blake Bell's fourth-down run tied up Bedlam with four seconds left in regulation.
2. CB Aaron Colvin (4): Colvin was downright nasty in Bedlam, intercepting his fourth pass of the season off a tip. OSU’s outside receivers had little impact on the game, and Colvin was a big reason why.
3. S Tony Jefferson (1): Obviously it wasn’t a great night for the defense, but Jefferson still led the Sooners with 14 tackles. OSU running back Joseph Randle didn’t go completely crazy, with Jefferson holding up as the last line of defense.
4. WR Kenny Stills (3): Stills was overshadowed by the performances of the transfer wideouts, but he still had another spectacular performance, highlighted by an acrobatic touchdown grab at the end of the first half to tie the game. He finished with nine catches and 103 receiving yards.
5. FB Trey Millard (5): Millard’s fumble was costly, but he was dynamite otherwise. He finished with five rushes for 33 yards, including a seven-yard plunge up the middle in overtime. Millard also had three catches for 28 yards, including a 14-yard touchdown reception off a play-action boot in the second quarter.
6: WR Jalen Saunders (6): The OU transfer wideouts were awesome in their first Bedlam. Saunders had 10 catches for 162 yards and a touchdown catch, as well as the play of the game for the Sooners, an 81-yard punt return touchdown in the fourth quarter that tied the game. The Cowboys had no one that could guard him out of the slot.
7. WR Justin Brown (7): Brown abused OSU cornerback Brodrick Brown with a school-record 15 receptions for 146 yards, his third 100-yard receiving game in the last four games. In Stills, Saunders and Brown, the Sooners had a trio of 100-yard receivers in the same game for the first time in school history.
8. C Gabe Ikard (8): The Sooners suffered yet another injury on the offensive line losing right tackle Daryl Williams. And yet the line continued to hold down the fort, and Ikard held his own against OSU tackle Calvin Barnett, who’s been tough this season. Landry Jones was only sacked once, and the Sooners pounded out 25 yards on the ground in overtime to secure the win.
9. QB Blake Bell (10): When the Sooners had to have a yard, Bell delivered. On fourth-and-1, Bell not only got the first down, but fought his way through for a four-yard touchdown to send the game to overtime. On the run, he skipped over OSU linebacker Caleb Lavey, then trucked Brodrick Brown into the end zone.
10. RB Brennan Clay (NR): Clay is proving to be quite the gamer. He only had 59 yards on 13 carries, but was huge on OU’s game-tying drive, then in overtime, as he broke through he OSU front for the 18-yard game-winning scamper.