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Report Card: Grading the Sooners after their 62-6 rout over Ball State

Updated: October 1, 2011, 11:34 PM ET
By Jake Trotter | SoonerNation

NORMAN, Okla. -- The Sooners routed Ball State 62-6 Saturday night for their 39th consecutive win at Owen Field. Oklahoma outgained the Cardinals 655 to 214 in an all-around dominating performance. SoonerNation's Jake Trotter grades OU's performance:

Landry Jones: A

Jones finished with a cool 425 yards passing and five touchdowns, his only blemish a poorly thrown interception in the second quarter. Jones also spread the ball around to eight different receivers, with Jaz Reynolds, Ryan Broyles, Kenny Stills and James Hanna all catching touchdowns.

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Mark D. Smith/US PresswireOklahoma junior running back Dominique Whaley rushed for 109 yards and two touchdowns in Oklahoma's victory over Ball State.
Running back committee: A+

Walk-on Dominique Whaley continued his magical season, rushing for 109 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries. Brennan Clay suffered a neck injury in the first half and was a non-factor, but Roy Finch showed signs of life, turning a swing pass into a 47-yard gain. In mop-up time, true freshman Brandon Williams made his debut and showed plenty of spark, averaging 5.3 yards on 11 carries.

Ryan Broyles and Kenny Stills: A-

After sitting out last week with a concussion, Stills bounced back nicely, making several tough catches. Broyles only had four receptions, but that was enough to give him the Big 12 record with 304 career receptions. The duo combined for 189 yards receiving and three touchdowns, despite sitting the fourth quarter.

Other receivers: B+

Jaz Reynolds continued to impress, snagging his first career touchdown to go along with three catches and his first 100-yard receiving game. Dejuan Miller and Kameel Jackson, however, failed to get involved.

Offensive line: A

The Sooners ran the ball at will, and Jones rarely was pressured. Gabe Ikard also seemed to make a seamless transition from guard to center in place of injured Ben Habern.

Frank Alexander and Ronnell Lewis: A+

OU's defensive ends continued to wreak havoc, combining for 13 tackles. Alexander's tipped pass in the second quarter led to an interception, which helped the Sooners put the game away in the first half.

Other defensive linemen: A-

Tackles Stacy McGee, Casey Walker and Jamarkus McFarland were all solid, and backup ends David King and R.J. Washington totaled five tackles.

Travis Lewis and Tom Wort: A

Two weeks ago, Wort made his first career interception. Saturday he scored his first touchdown, coming off a 20-yard fumble return. Lewis, who had a team-high eight tackles, made the strip.

Defensive backfield: A+

In the second quarter nickelback Tony Jefferson completed one of the most amazing stretches in Sooner history, ending three consecutive Ball State drives with interceptions. He very nearly came up with a fourth, but bobbled it to the ground. Cornerback Gabe Lynn, who had a rough outing last week against Missouri, played very well in place of Jamell Fleming, who left in the first half with a head injury. The Sooners were also without safety Aaron Colvin, but senior Sam Proctor filled in nicely.

Special teams: C+

On the opening kickoff, Ball State recovered an onside kick. Later in the first quarter, the Cardinals recovered a Ryan Broyles fumble off a punt return. Michael Hunnicutt converted a 44-yard field goal attempt, though it did bounce through off the left upright. Hunnicutt hooked a 30-yard chip shot, but came back and nailed a 39-yarder.

Jake Trotter covers University of Oklahoma football for SoonerNation.

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