November 4, 2007

The grades are in - OSU report card

How does one even describe the scene of events from Saturday in Stillwater? If your glass is half-full, you'll look at Texas' breathtaking 38-35 win over Oklahoma State as a defining moment for one of the most resilient teams in the nation. If your glass is half-empty, you'll look at the 600 yards allowed on offense and the fact that the team trailed by three scores in the final quarter as a sign that this team is still not very good. One thing that is certain is that there's plenty to view in this fourth chapter of craziness that the Texas/OSU series has become.

Grading scale

A - All-American level
B - All-Conference level
C - Average
D - Below average
F - Complete failure

Quarterback - Sophomore Colt McCoy committed one of the cardinal sins for quarterbacks when you play on the road - he turned the ball over three times, including a brutal overthrow on the team's first snap on offense that was returned for a touchdown. If we can get past those three turnovers, this will go down as one of McCoy's defining moments as a player at Texas. The West Texas Kid made play after play, both with his feet and his arm, in helping lead the Longhorns to an improbable come-from-behind win. In addition to completing 20 of 27 passes for 282 yards and a touchdown, McCoy added 106 yards on 21 carries. In the fourth quarter, when his team needed him the most, McCoy delivered time after time, whether it was making a key throw on third down or running for first downs when nothing was available in the passing game. I'm one of those guys that believes that a quarterback is defined by winning and losing. In this game, McCoy helped will this team to a win and that's the kind of play that will always overshadow a few mistakes.

Grade: B+

Running backs - For the second consecutive week, junior Jamaal Charles morphed himself into a version of Superman, as the majority of his 180 yards rushing came in the fourth quarter when the Longhorns started to make their comeback in earnest. Charles' key play was his 75-yard touchdown run, but he made things happen all day when he got the opportunities. Even more impressive than the 209 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns is the face that Charles wasn't stopped for a loss on any of his 16 carries. Vondrell McGee and Chris Ogbonnaya also added key plays in this game. Overall, this position was responsible for nearly 250 all-purpose yards, four touchdowns and not a single turnover.

Grades: A+

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