Tramel: OU report card gives high marks for deep-ball offense and containing Max Duggan
OU’s 33-14 rout of Texas Christian on Saturday was a prime example of a team victory, with contributions from all sides, reflected in a mostly-glittering report card:
Containing Duggan: A.
TCU’s Max Duggan is a multi-threat quarterback, but the Sooners largely contained him. Duggan had a 34-yard scramble late in the game, with the outcome determined, but otherwise lost two yards combined on four quarterback designed runs, was sacked three times (by Brian Asamoah, Marcus Stripling and Kori Roberson) and scrambled for a gain (seven yards) just one other time. And Duggan only once scrambled into a passing attempt.
Deep ball-offense: A.
Spencer Rattler threw deep 10 times. He completed five for 231 yards, and another drew a pass interference penalty. That’s phenomenal return. Rattler’s deep-ball completions included touchdown throws of 50 and 61 yards to Marvin Mims, plus 43 yards to tailback Seth McGowan on a wheel route, and 44 yards and 33 yards to flanker Theo Wease.
Deep-ball defense: B.
Duggan threw deep just four times and completed just one, for 30 yards. But another throw drew a pass interference penalty, and Duggan’s other two throws were close calls -- Quentin Johnson dropped a perfect pass and Blair Conwright bobbled a ball as he landed in the back of the end zone. But give OU credit; pressuring a quarterback into throwing the ball early is good defense, too.
Running game: B.
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Tailback T.J. Pledger had another breakout game, with 122 yards on 22 carries, including 89 yards on 15 second-half carries. But McGowan was not as successful (11 carries, 41 yards), and the quarterback run game was a bust. Rattler finished with minus-three rushing yards on seven designed runs. That seems like a decision-making problem more than a blocking problem.
Kicking game: A.
Another strong performance by OU special teams. No punt returns for TCU and no kickoff return longer than 26 yards. The Sooners’ Reeves Mundschau had punts of 48 and 42 yards before pinning the Frogs inside their 20-yard line with his final kick. Gabe Brkic kicked four field goals, missing only when his 54-yard attempt hit the crossbar. Mims had a 38-yard punt return that set up a field goal. And Austin Stogner blocked a TCU field goal, though it was negated by an OU penalty, after which the Frogs still missed a 49-yard attempt.
The Horned Frogs repeatedly tried to attack OU with one-on-one plays on the sideline. They never sprang free. The only flagrant missed tackle was when safeties Dellarin Turner-Yell and Justin Broiles bounced off 250-pound tight end Pro Wells, resulting in a 47-yard gain that set up TCU’s only touchdown in the first 56 minutes. That will happen when a team snaps the ball more than 60 times. Safety Brendan Radley-Hiles, repeatedly picked on, answered the call, with a team-high nine tackles, mostly on the perimeter.
Fourth quarter: A.
The Sooners have been plagued by fourth-quarter meltdowns this season. Not Saturday. The Sooners led 27-7 after three quarters and never let up on the Horned Frogs. OU kept the ball for 9:42 of the final period, milking clock with a run game that produced 55 yards in the quarter. When TCU got the ball with 6:17 left in the game down 30-7, the Frogs had run just three plays in nine minutes.