Best Grades from Pro Football Focus in OU’s win over WVU

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The Oklahoma Sooners have started to find a way to win defensive battles in 2021. It’s a far cry from what the Sooners looked like just a couple of years ago when they had to score 40-50 points per game to win. The defense in those early years of Lincoln Riley’s tenure as offensive coordinator and then head coach were some of the worst years of defense this program’s ever seen.

The script has flipped for the 2021 Oklahoma Sooners. The offense has been inconsistent. They haven’t been able to run the ball as effectively as they’d like and the Sooners defense is carrying the day.

For the second straight week the Sooners were unable to reach 30 points while the defense held their opponent to fewer than 16 points. While we’d certainly like to see more points scored, the Sooners are going to win a lot of games if they can continue to keep their opponent to fewer than 20 points a game.

There will be challenges in the coming weeks with Kansas State, Texas, and TCU on the docket, but the Sooners defense looks more up to the challenge than at any other point in the last five years.

Let’s take another look at Saturday’s win over West Virginia through the lens of Pro Football Focus (Subscription required) and take a look at which Sooners graded in the top five of various categories.

Top 5 Offensive Grades for the Sooners

Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

  1. Spencer Rattler, QB: 73.1

  2. Mario Williams, WR: 72.9

  3. Michael Woods, WR: 70.2

  4. Kennedy Brooks, RB: 67.1

  5. Marquis Hayes, Guard: 66.9

Top 5 Defensive Grades

Sep 25, 2021; Norman, Oklahoma, USA; Oklahoma Sooners safety Delarrin Turner-Yell (32) celebrates with Oklahoma Sooners defensive end Reggie Grimes (14) after making an interception during the first quarter against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

  1. Latrell McCutchin, CB: 90.6

  2. Delarrin Turner-Yell, S: 87.6

  3. Nik Bonitto, EDGE: 79.2

  4. Shane Whitter, LB: 75.1

  5. Brian Asamoah, LB: 72.5

Top 5 Pass Blocking Grades

Oklahoma’s Chris Murray (56), Andrew Raym (73) and Marquis Hayes (54) line up for a play in front of Spencer Rattler (7) during a college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the West Virginia Mountaineers at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021. Oklahoma won 16-13. Lx11337. © BRYAN TERRY/THE OKLAHOMAN via Imagn Content Services, LLC

  1. Wanya Morris, T: 79.6

  2. Eric Gray, RB: 77.3

  3. Kennedy Brooks, RB: 76.7

  4. Marquis Hayes, G: 75.4

  5. Anton Harrison, T: 71.3

Top 5 Run Blocking Grades

Sep 25, 2021; Norman, Oklahoma, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers defensive lineman Akheem Mesidor (90) grabs the shirt of Oklahoma Sooners running back Eric Gray (0) during the first half at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

  1. Brayden Willis, TE: 68.5

  2. Marquis Hayes, G: 64.7

  3. Michael Woods. WR: 61.1

  4. Mario Williams, WR: 60.6

  5. Jadon Haselwood, WR: 60.5

Top 5 Receiving Grades

Sep 25, 2021; Norman, Oklahoma, USA; Oklahoma Sooners running back Eric Gray (0) runs as West Virginia Mountaineers safety Sean Mahone (29) defends during the first quarter against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

  1. Eric Gray, RB: 74.5

  2. Mario Williams, WR: 73.9

  3. Michael Woods, WR: 69.4

  4. Jeremiah Hall, H-Back: 66.9

  5. Marvin Mims, WR: 63

Top 5 Coverage Grades

Sep 25, 2021; Norman, Oklahoma, USA; Oklahoma Sooners safety Delarrin Turner-Yell (32) makes an interception during the first quarter against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

  1. Delarrin Turner-Yell, S: 88.6

  2. Justin Broiles, CB: 76.8

  3. DaShaun White, LB: 71.4

  4. Latrell McCutchin, CB: 71

  5. Brian Asamoah, LB: 68.4

Top 5 Pass Rush Grades

Sep 25, 2021; Norman, Oklahoma, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers quarterback Jarret Doege (2) throws during the first half against the Oklahoma Sooners at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

  1. Nik Bonitto, EDGE: 80

  2. D.J. Graham, CB: 68.8

  3. DaShaun White, LB: 66.9

  4. Perrion Winfrey, DL: 66.5

  5. Isaiah Thomas, EDGE: 66

Top 5 Run Defense Grades

Oklahoma’s Brian Asamoah (24) celebrates after a play during a college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the West Virginia Mountaineers at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021. Oklahoma won 16-13. Lx10545. © BRYAN TERRY/THE OKLAHOMAN via Imagn Content Services, LLC

  1. Latrell McCutchin, CB: 96.2

  2. Shane Whitter, LB: 81.3

  3. David Ugwoegbu, LB: 78.6

  4. Brian Asamoah, LB: 73.9

  5. Delarrin Turner-Yell, S: 72.5

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