No. 20 Oklahoma Too Much for Kansas State
MANHATTAN, KAN (AP) – Brennan Clay ran for a career-high 200 yards and two touchdowns, leading No. 20 Oklahoma to a 41-31 victory over Kansas State on Saturday and moving Sooners coach Bob Stoops past Barry Switzer for the most wins in school history.
It was the 158th victory at Oklahoma for Stoops, and it came against his former mentor. Stoops was a defensive assistant under Kansas State coach Bill Snyder from 1989-95.
Freshman Trevor Knight, filling in for the injured Blake Bell, threw for 171 yards and accounted for two TDs for the Sooners (9-2, 6-2 Big 12). He made do without running back Damien Williams and wide receiver Lacoltan Bester, who were reportedly suspended earlier in the week.
Tyler Lockett had 12 catches for a school-record 278 yards and three touchdowns for Kansas State (6-5, 4-4), which had its four-game win streak end.
Jake Waters threw for 348 yards and accounted for four TDs, but he also threw an interception that the Sooners’ Zack Sanchez returned 74 yards for a fourth-quarter score that put the game out of reach.
Lockett finished with 440 all-purpose yards, also setting a Kansas State record.
The Sooners struck first when Knight hit Sterling Shepard from 12 yards out on third-and-goal in the first quarter, but that was about the last pass that Oklahoma called in the first half.
At one point, Stoops called for runs on 17 of 18 plays, including all 14 on a 98-yard TD drive. Clay and Knight did most of the work, with Knight fooling defensive end Ryan Mueller on a fake handoff and running untouched the final 8 yards for a 14-0 lead.
While the Sooners were pounding the ball, Kansas State abandoned the run.
Waters and Lockett took advantage of blown coverage to hook up for the first time for a 48-yard scoring strike early in the second quarter. When the Wildcats got the ball back, Waters found his favorite target with a perfectly thrown 30-yard TD pass in the corner of the end zone.
Oklahoma answered on the ground with Clay scooting to his right, sticking his foot in the turf and turning up field, racing past the secondary for a 69-yard touchdown run.
It took all of one play — a 90-yard pitch-and-catch from Waters to Lockett — for the Wildcats to make it 21-all. The TD catch also allowed Lockett to match the school record for a single game.
Michael Hunnicutt’s field goal in the final seconds gave Oklahoma a 24-21 halftime lead.
As entertaining as the first half was for offensive savants, the third quarter turned into a sluggish affair. Both teams muddled their way to field goals on time-consuming drives.
The Sooners finally seized control when they pinned Kansas State at the 3-yard line. The Wildcats went three-and-out, and Mark Krause’s punt into the wind went nowhere. Jalen Saunder caught it on the run and returned it to the 3, where Clay ran it in on the next play.
Oklahoma put the game out of reach moments later, when Sanchez picked off Waters and returned it up the sideline for a touchdown. The Sooners’ sideline erupted as he crossed the goal line to make it 41-24 with just over 11 minutes left in the game.
Waters added a TD run for Kansas State in the closing minutes for the final margin.